|Date of game: 12/20/2014
Recap: Houston vs. Atlanta
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Korver scored 22 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc to help the Atlanta Hawks to a 104-97 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
Paul Millsap and Al Horford each chipped in with 14 points and DeMarre Carroll added 13 for the Hawks, who have won three straight and 12 of their last 13.
Dennis Schroder tallied eight points with six rebounds and six assists in the place of Jeff Teague, who missed the game with a strained left hamstring.
Houston lost back-to-back home games for the first time since November of last season and also had a 19-game home winning streak against Eastern Conference opponents halted.
Dwight Howard paced the Rockets with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden supplied 18 points and a career-high 14 assists. Jason Terry and Patrick Beverley each had 14 points in the loss.
Harden left the game briefly in the first half with a strained hamstring but returned to action.
The Rockets acquired Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Alexey Shved from the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, but both players were inactive. Houston dealt Troy Daniels and some cash to acquire the two wings. The Rockets waived Francisco Garcia to make room for their newest additions.
Houston charged back into the game with a late surge in the third quarter and it remained a back-and-forth affair in the fourth.
"The first half we were just slow to everything and they were knocking down shots," said Harden. "(Then) we started playing our brand of basketball."
Beverley tied the game at 90-90 on a 3-pointer with 3:08 left in the contest. Terry then committed a traveling violation before Horford found Millsap inside for a bucket and Kyle Korver nailed a triple on the following possession to make it a five-point game with 1:29 to play.
Terry's floater was off the mark out of a timeout, then Schroder netted a pair of free throws at the other end to increase the cushion.
"They are a great team, they have great players and they have great spacing. We probably didn't adjust well enough (in the third)," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. "I thought the first half was really how we want to play on both ends."
Houston trailed 32-26 after the first and 52-40 at the half, then Harden opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to jump-start a 9-0 burst that closed the gap.
Atlanta countered, however, with six straight points and built its lead back to 12 minutes later on a Horford basket at the midway point.
The Rockets finished the final 2:38 of the frame on a 13-4 run that tied the game up at 74-74 entering the fourth.Game Notes
Atlanta wraps up its three-game road trip in Dallas on Monday ... The Hawks
had lost four straight in Houston ... Atlanta shot 51 percent from the floor
and held the Rockets to 39 percent shooting ... Houston had a 43-37 edge on