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Jones, Harden lead Rockets past Lakers 145-130

Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Terrence Jones and James Harden scored 33 points apiece, and the Houston Rockets kept up their playoff push with their third straight victory, 145-130 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Chandler Parsons scored 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 49-point third quarter to solidify their hold on fourth place in the Western Conference standings despite their second-worst defensive performance of the year. Houston won the opener of a three-game road trip without injured Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley.

Steve Nash moved into third place on the NBA's career assists list for the miserable Lakers (25-53), who tied the franchise record for losses in a single season with their worst defensive performance of the year.

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