HOUSTON — Chase Budinger scored 19 points, Samuel Dalembert grabbed 14 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks 97-84 on Saturday night for their ninth win in 10 games.
Jordan Hill had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Courtney Lee scored 14 points in place of the injured Kevin Martin, and the Rockets shot 49 percent (38 of 77) to improve to 9-2 at home this season.
Houston blew open a close game in the third quarter as the Knicks' offense sputtered again. New York failed to reach 90 points for the fifth time in seven games.
Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points and Tyson Chandler added 14 for the Knicks, who again played without the injured Carmelo Anthony.