HOUSTON, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Houston Rockets came from behind in the fourth quarter Friday night at Toyota Center to narrowly beat the New York Knicks 102-100.
The Rockets wrangled with their opponents and seemed to be losing the game when the Knicks made a fatal mistake in the last minute and gave away their hard-won advantage.
With 19 seconds left in a tie game 100-100, the Knicks hoisted a 3-pointer they didn't have to take and missed it. The Knicks then fouled Aaron Brooks on the rebound, and Brooks' two free throws with 17 seconds remaining gave the Rockets their final win.
James Harden led all the players with 37 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Chandler Parsons added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Dwight Howard had 15 points and seven boards. Jeremy Lin scored all of his 14 points before halftime.
Knicks guard Iman Shumpert finished with 26 points on 6-for-6 shooting from behind the arc. Forward Carmelo Anthony added 25 points.
With the win, Houston snapped its two-game losing streak and improved to 22-13. The Knicks is 10-22.