Coming into tonight's match up, the Warriors had lost four games in a row to the Rockets, Thunder, Grizzlies and Mavericks in that order. Just one week ago the Rockets embarrassed the Warriors in Houston and tied an NBA record for three pointers made; Mark Jackson and his team were not gracious losers. Tonight the Rockets earned their second critical win against the Warriors, 116 to 107, who edge Houston in the Western Conference playoff seedings. The showdown was not the blood thirsty redemption crusade I was expecting and at the end of the first half the home town team had blown a chance to take advantage of some favorable circumstances. James Harden was limited throughout the game by a sore knee and he rolled his ankle so terribly in the second half that he might not play again until the All-Star Game.

The Rockets can attribute tonight's win to Chandler Parson's second half performance, Jeremy Lin's flawless "homecoming" debut, and a hobbled James Harden's ability to somehow still get to the line. Parsons came alive in the third quarter to swing the momentum of a close game and finished with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists. Lin managed to scrape together 14 points on a poor shooting night and added ten assists while turning the ball over zero times. Omer Asik's 13 point, 15 rebound performance was priceless. His offensive contributions, while they always feel like a bit of a bonus, were key in the second half. Boy, can this guy eat glass.