HOUSTON, Mar. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Houston Rockets throttled the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers 112-86 Friday night at Toyota Center, making a four-game winning streak.
The Rockets had every way they wanted in the game and once had a lead as much as 30 points. They opened the contest with an early lead, outscoring the Pacers 27-16 in the first quarter. The guest team had a few runs in the second and cut the deficit to seven points by halftime break.
But it was the third quarter that strip the game of any suspense. The Rockets scored 38 points whereas the Pacers only had 16. All Houston starters went to the bench in the fourth quarter to watch their teammates win the game effortlessly.
James Harden, who had a scuffle with Indiana's Evan Turner in the third quarter, had 28 points, including 16 points in that quarter. Dwight Howard finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin added 11 points apiece for the Rockets.
David West had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers. Paul George added 13 points.
It was Houston's fourth consecutive win and the team is 43-19 on the season. The Pacers is 46-16.