Eric Gordon scored 30 points and James Harden added 10 in his return from injury as the Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98 on Thursday.
Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and guard Gerald Green were each suspended two games by the NBA on Wednesday for a hostile confrontation with rivals in their opponents' locker room.
The NBA is investigating the post-match confrontation which erupted in the wake of the Los Angeles Clippers' ill-tempered clash with the Houston Rockets on Monday.
The Houston Rockets take some good news -- and perhaps some bad -- into 2018 after snapping their five-game NBA losing streak with a 148-142 double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
James Harden finished one point shy of Houston's franchise record, pouring in a career-high 56 points as the Rockets routed the Utah Jazz 137-110 on Sunday.
Chris Paul made an auspicious debut in his new team as the hot-shooting Houston Rockets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-97 to start the preseason.