James Harden scored 24 points and matched a career high with 12 assists to lead the host Houston Rockets over the Toronto Raptors 117-101 on Tuesday night.
Patrick Patterson added 22 points for the Rockets, who have won four in a row. Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds.
Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points and Terrence Ross added a career-high 19 for the Raptors, who have lost five straight.
The Rockets planned to fly to Minneapolis immediately after the game to attend Wednesday's funeral for Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of coach Kevin McHale. Sasha McHale died Saturday from complications of lupus. The team will then fly from Minneapolis to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder on Wednesday night.
"I think we're strong enough to get through it," Harden said. "We've got to be there for Coach. He's going through a lot right now. Our biggest thing is just supporting him, and making sure we comfort him."
It was going to be an emotional day for Harden anyway. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year will return to Oklahoma City for the first time since he was traded to Houston on Oct. 27.
"It'll be good to see some faces, some old teammates and coaches," Harden said. "I look forward to every game I play. It's another game."
Jeremy Lin (Palo Alto High) had 16 points and 10 assists for Houston. Lin went 7 for 9 from the field, his best shooting game of the season. He was 6 for 12 from the field in Friday night's
76ers 100, Mavericks 98: Evan Turner scored 22 points and Thaddeus Young had 20 to lead host Philadelphia over Dallas.
Jrue Holiday had 18 points and seven assists for the Sixers, who snapped a six-game losing streak to Dallas. Philadelphia shot 6 of 14 on 3-pointers and won its second straight game. Elton Brand chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks and played with an edge against his former team.
"I was a part of it last year. We used to do it time and time again," Brand said. "It was just hustle plays and being in the right spot at the right time."
The 76ers used their one-time amnesty provision over the summer in the new labor deal to let Brand go. The move meant the $18.1 million Brand was owed in the final season of his $80 million, five-year contract did not count against the salary cap for Philadelphia.
The Mavericks won the bidding at $2.1 million to land Brand, a two-time All-Star forward, off waivers.
Suns 91, Cavaliers 78: Goran Dragic scored 19 points, Michael Beasley added 15 and Phoenix took control late in the third quarter to beat host Cleveland.
The Suns scored the final 14 points of the third to take a 71-59 lead they would not relinquish, sending Cleveland to its 10th loss in 11 games.
"We wanted to push the tempo a little bit," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "Once we finally got our energy up in the third quarter, we did that, and I thought we did a great job of finding the mismatches."
Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao had 20 points and 18 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. He came in leading the NBA in rebounding with a 14.7 average.
Cleveland was playing its fourth game in five nights.