Mason, Hornets beat Rockets, win 3rd straight

Mason, Hornets beat Rockets, win 3rd straight
January 9, 2013, 10:47 pm
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New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Roger Mason Jr. (8) celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The Hornets won 88-79. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)


NEW ORLEANS (AP) Roger Mason scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to rally the New Orleans Hornets to an 88-79 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Greivis Vasquez and Jason Smith each scored 17 points for the Hornets, who have won three in a row for the first time this season. Robin Lopez added 14 points for New Orleans.

James Harden scored 25 points for the Rockets, who had won 10 of 12. Harden, who was held to three points in the final quarter when the Rockets were outscored 28-10, was the only Houston player in double figures.

Eric Gordon struggled with five points on 2-of-12 shooting, but the Hornets have won four of five since his return.