Patrick Patterson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night, and James Harden had his first career triple-double to help the Rockets stave off a Bobcats comeback attempt for a 109-95 victory at Toyota Center.
Patterson hit all six of his shots from the field in the fourth quarter, and Harden helped the Rockets close out the Bobcats with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
The Bobcats trailed by 12 points at halftime but pulled within two after three periods and took an 88-83 lead with 8:40 remaining in the fourth quarter on 3-pointers by Jeffery Taylor and Ben Gordon.
But Patterson helped bring the Rockets back, including a pair of 3-pointers that gave the Rockets a 95-91 lead with just over five minutes to play.
Chandler Parsons had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, and center Omer Asik had 19 points and 15 rebounds.
The Bobcats played most of the fourth quarter without rookie forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who took a knee in the back of the head from teammate Jeff Taylor when he and the Rockets' Toney Douglas went down on a missed layup in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
Kidd-Gilchrist was down for about eight minutes and was taken from the court on a stretcher with his head immobilized. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for evaluation.
Rockets hold off Bobcats behind Harden's 1st career triple-double
Houston Chronicle | Feb 3