The Houston Rockets extended their unbeaten run to eight games by defeating the New York Knicks 109-106 on Thursday night.
Rockets shooting guard James Harden was in outstanding form for his side as he scored 36 points on his return from a minor foot injury.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was also in devastating form for his side, scoring 45 points for Mike Woodson's side, but was unable to prevent his side from falling to a fourth straight home defeat.
Rockets star Dwight Howard was well marshalled by Andrea Bargnani but the Knicks were still unable to record a win over Woodson's side.
The Knicks were unable to tame Harden, who missed his side's midweek 123-117 defeat to the 76ers in Philadelphia through injury, scored seven straight points to give his side a nine-point lead with under four minutes on the clock.
Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale will be hoping Harden can replicate his fine form when his side take on the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.