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Thursday, December 26th (All times Eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (12-15) at Houston Rockets (19-11), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets will try to keep the momentum going from a huge Christmas night victory Thursday when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toyota Center.

The Rockets trounced the San Antonio Spurs, 111-98 in San Antonio Wednesday night. Houston shot 52.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range.

The Rockets have now alternated wins and losses over the last nine games, but play five of the next six at home.

James Harden led the way for Houston against the Spurs with 28 points, but he was gigantic in the fourth quarter. The All-Star guard had 16 in the final frame, but he also finished with six assists and six rebounds.

"My teammates needed me," Harden said. "The first three quarters, I was just trying to be a facilitator, making sure the ball moved well. In the fourth quarter I just tried to be creative and make some shots."

Houston's starting forwards, Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones, each had 21 points. Parsons went 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and Jones pulled down 14 rebounds.

Dwight Howard posted his 20th double-double this season with 15 points and 20 rebounds. Jeremy Lin chipped in 13, but the Rockets' bench only combined for 13.

The Grizzlies will try to get out of the Southwest Division cellar with a victory over one of the top teams in the division.

Memphis has won two in a row after a five-game losing streak. The Grizz were one of the NBA's best home teams last season, but the story has changed in the 2013-14 campaign.

The Grizzlies are 6-5 outside of FedExForum.

On Monday, the Grizz picked up a home victory over the Utah Jazz, 104-94.

"It feels good," Zach Randolph said of the team notching consecutive wins. "We're getting better. We've been struggling, but I think we should just come out and play hard, and let everything else take care of itself."

Randolph registered his 16th double- double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds, but it was the Memphis bench which really keyed the victory.

The Grizzlies' second unit outscored Utah's reserves 51-18. Jerryd Bayless tallied 17 points, while Mike Miller scored 15 and Jon Leuer added 11 for Memphis, which won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-November.

Kosta Koufos was the only starter besides Randolph to score in double figures.

The Rockets knocked off the Grizzlies, 93-86 on Nov. 25 in Memphis. The Grizzlies have taken three of the last five meetings, but they are 3-16 in their last 19 in Houston.

12/26 10:27:42 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 4
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 5
KAN 1
Final
PIT 1
CIN 2
Final
DET 7
CWS 4
Final
TAM 7
MIN 9
Final
NYM 4
STL 1
Final
CHC 2
ARI 5
Final
WAS 3
SDP 4
Final
TOR 4
BAL 11
Final
BOS 5
NYY 14
Final
HOU 1
OAK 10
Final
LOS 3
PHI 7
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
ANA
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
MIA
 
7:35pm Tonight
ATL
CIN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
CHC
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
DET
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
TAM
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
PIT
 
9:40pm Tonight
ARI
PHI
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
COL
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
TEX
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
CLE
 
Final
ATL 98
IND 85
Final
MEM 98
OKC 95
Final
GSW 96
LAC 98
7:00pm Tonight
BRK
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
WAS
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
POR
HOU
Final
DET 2
BOS 3
Final
MIN 2
COL 1
Final
LOS 6
SJS 3
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
NYR
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 4
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR