The Houston Rockets' bench came to the rescue twice Tuesday night, and the second time made the difference.

James Harden had 29 points and seven Rockets scored in double-figures as Houston used a big second-half run and stopped a three-game losing streak with a 111-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chris Paul added a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Clint Capela had 13 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with five minutes left, and Eric Gordon, who started in place of James Ennis, had 14 points for the Rockets, who shot 49 percent from the field.

"We did a good job of just competing, playing harder," Harden said. "That was really it — playing harder and got into them. We were a little more aggressive. Good things seem to happen when you play harder."

Houston's bench played a key role in a 24-6 first-half run that erased a 15-point deficit, and then led a charge in the second half. Gerald Green had 13 points, and Danuel House had 12 off the bench.

"They won the game for us," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said of the bench. "They turned it around when we were down 15, and they came in, and Nene, Danuel House and Gerald put a lot of energy."

Toronto 123, L.A. Clippers 99: Serge Ibaka scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry 21 to lead the Raptors over the Clippers in Los Angeles.

San Antonio 111, Phoenix 86: Bryn Forbes had a season-high 24 points and a career-best 11 rebounds as the Spurs beat the host Suns.



Cleveland's Tristan Thompson could miss a month after spraining his left foot in Monday night's 108-92 loss at Milwaukee.