Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork. Randy Moss Jersey .com) - James Harden had 32 points, including a tying layup late in regulation, and the Houston Rockets scored eight of their 13 points in overtime at the foul line to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-111 on Friday night. Josh Smith had 21 points and eight rebounds in his Rockets debut after being signed earlier in the day and Harden added 10 assists. It feels great to play for the Rockets, Smith said. Its a big opportunity for me. I have newfound brothers in this locker room. Hardens layup with 15.5 seconds remaining in regulation tied the score and came after Vince Carter had made two go-ahead 3-pointers for the Grizzlies. Houston took a half-game lead over Memphis in the Southwest Division, handing the Grizzlies their first four-game losing streak in more than a year. Corey Brewer added 13 points for Houston, Trevor Ariza scored 15 with 10 rebounds and Patrick Beverley had 12 points in the win. Marc Gasol scored 29 points to lead Memphis and Beno Udrih had 17 off the bench. Zach Randolph (knee) remained out for the Grizzlies while Tony Allen (eye) returned to score 10 points in 26 minutes. Good game, exciting game, said Grizzlies coach David Joerger. (We) didnt execute defensively well enough. Carters first go-ahead 3 capped a 13-2 run that turned a 10-point Grizzlies deficit with 4 1/2 minutes left into a one-point lead with 1:33 remaining. After Smiths layup at the other end gave Houston the lead back, Carter buried a long 3 from several feet behind the line. But Harden beat Tayshaun Prince on a driving layup to tie the score with 15.5 ticks remaining and Carter lost control of the ball at the other end after stepping on Hardens foot driving through the lane. A replay review determined the ball went out of bounds off Dwight Howard, giving the Grizzlies the ball with 0.6 seconds left. Gasol got a good look off the inbounds pass, but missed off the rim from behind the foul line. Houston then scored the first five points in overtime on Howards foul shots and Arizas 3 and never trailed. The Rockets announced earlier Friday that they signed Smith, who was released by the Detroit Pistons on Monday less than two years into a four-year, $54 million contract. Smith was reunited with Howard, a close friend and former AAU teammate. He checked in for the first time after Howard picked up his second foul just 2:49 into the game and scored four points in the first quarter, including two on a baseline dunk. But Gasol scored 11 points in the quarter and Memphis led 31-24 going into the second. The spread remained seven at halftime, with the Grizzlies leading 57-50 despite Hardens 14 points for Houston. Gasol scored 13 points to keep the Grizzlies on top in the third quarter, when Houston shot 63 percent to pull within 81-79 going into the fourth. Game Notes The Grizzlies hadnt lost four in a row since a five-game slide from Dec. 11-18, 2013 ... Smith averaged 13.1 points for the Pistons this season ... The Rockets remain on the road to play San Antonio on Sunday ... The Grizzlies play in Miami on Saturday. JaWhaun Bentley Jersey . The Italian side scored twice in a four-minute span in the second half to defeat former stars from S. Bruce Armstrong Jersey . -- Augusta James of Bath, Ont. RENTON, Wash. -- Pete Carroll pulled Richard Sherman aside on Monday and made sure his fiery cornerback understood that his rant against San Franciscos Michael Crabtree was overshadowing the Seattle Seahawks reaching their second Super Bowl in franchise history. Sherman seemed to get Carrolls message. "He was really clear that the last thing he wanted to do was take something away from our team, what we had accomplished," Carroll said. Sherman became the focal point of attention -- both positive and negative -- after Seattle beat San Francisco 23-17 on Sunday to win the NFC championship. Sherman was already going to be in the spotlight for what he did on San Franciscos final offensive play, twisting his body to deflect a pass intended for Crabtree into the air and allowing time for teammate Malcolm Smith to run over and make an interception in the end zone to clinch the Seahawks victory. The athleticism on the play was worthy of praise. But Shermans antics from that point drew praise from some for being honest and unfiltered, and criticism from others for being too harsh and combative. "This is a very emotional kid and thats what drives him," Carroll said. "We did sit down and talk about it because I want him to present himself in his best light. Hes an incredible kid. "He has a great sense about things and understanding and sensitivity and awareness and he cares and hes a very thoughtful person so when he puts out those kind of thoughts he has to know what hes saying and understand it and I think hes very understanding at this point that he caused a stir that took away from the team." Sherman had been rarely targeted by the 49ers, with most of Colin Kaepernicks passes being thrown in the direction of Byron Maxwell. But in the final minute, Kaepernick decided to take a shot to the end zone with Crabtree and Sherman matched up one-on-one. Sherman won the matchup, staying in position to deflect the pass and have it fall into Smiths hands, similar to a tipped interception from Sherman to safety Earl Thomas in Week 15 against the New York Giants. Except this was far more meaningful, giving Seattle its second conference championship. But Sherman didnt let the celebration end with Smith and his teammates. Sherman ran over to Crabtreee and gave him a pat on the backside, then appeared to extend his arm for a handshake. Ryan Izzo Jersey. Instead, Sherman got shoved in the face before picking up his personal foul as his celebration continued. The taunt included a choking gesture in the direction of Kaepernick. Asked about the incident afterward by Fox reporter Erin Andrews, Sherman lit up Twitter with a rant that began: "Im the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, thats the result you gonna get. Dont you ever talk about me!" And Sherman didnt back down later, apologizing to Andrews but calling Crabtree "mediocre." He said his issues with Crabtree went back to an incident during the off-season. Carroll said he viewed the situation as a father talking to his son and wanted Sherman to realize some more thought should have gone into what he was saying. "Theres some stuff in there I think you should think about and did you really want it to come out the way it did and talk our way through that," Carroll said. "And he didnt. He didnt feel right about that. "There were a lot of great things that happened last night and were talking about some other stuff." For Carroll, the return to New York is heading back to where he got his start as a head coach in the NFL, albeit a short-lived tenure as the head coach of the Jets. Carroll was the Jets head coach for one season in 1994 before getting fired after a 6-10 season. "I think my first time in New York as a head coach was kind of in the middle of the circle somewhere or maybe it wasnt even a circle, it might have been some other shape," Carroll joked. "It was kind of a hairy time." Notes: Carroll said WR Percy Harvin (concussion) could be cleared to practice later this week and is expected to be ready for the Super Bowl. Harvin was injured in the first half of Seattles divisional playoff win over New Orleans. ... WR Doug Baldwin (hip), DT Brandon Mebane (foot/ankle) and RB Marshawn Lynch would be eased back into practice when the Seahawks return to the field on Wednesday, Carroll said. ... LB K.J. Wright was sore but otherwise came out of Sundays game fine, Carroll said. It was his first game since breaking a bone in his right foot in Week 14. ' ' '