There’s little doubt that is what has happened over the last two games for the Houston Rockets as they’ve turned a brief two-game losing streak into a two-game winning streak. James Harden is fifth in the NBA in scoring at 24.5 points per game. “I thought the last two nights, James was fantastic on both sides of the ball,” Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said.
Dwight Howard was late for the pregame shootaround. Howard had 20 points and 22 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Houston Rockets over the Orlando Magic 98-88. ''I'm just happy our team came out tonight, settled down and played basketball.'' Howard became the first Rockets player since Ralph Sampson in 1985-86 to pull down 18 or more rebounds in three straight games. ''I shouldn't have done it.'' James Harden scored 27 points and also had 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets.
HOUSTON -- There were moments this season when Houston Rockets guard James Harden was chastised for his lackluster commitment to defense and an overall malaise toward anything outside of scoring. Harden offered no opportunity for criticism Sunday night, delivering a dominating all-around performance while leading the Rockets to a 98-88 victory over the Orlando Magic at Toyota Center. Harden combined critical scoring with dazzling playmaking, pairing 27 points with 10 assists while defending Magic guard Arron Afflalo with vigor. He challenged Afflalo throughout, with his engagement on both ends of the court central to the Rockets' ability to outlast feisty Orlando.
James Harden finished with 27 points and recorded 10 assists and 8 rebounds in a spectacular all-around effort to lead the Houston Rockets to a victory over the Orlando Magic, 98-88. This is the seventh win for Houston (15-7) in its last 10 games. Other key performers for Houston were Dwight Howard with 20 points and 22 rebounds, and Terrence Jones with 16 points and 13 rebounds. On 8-18 shooting from the field and 2-4 from the free throw line, Glen Davis put up 18 points for Orlando in the loss.
HOUSTON (AP) Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday in a big way, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Houston Rockets over the Orlando Magic 98-88. James Harden scored 27 points and also had 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Terrence Jones contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jones also picked up two big blocks in the third period, including one on Victor Oladipo as time expired to preserve the score 83-61 Houston.
HOUSTON -- Guard James Harden delivered a dominating all-around performance, leading the Houston Rockets to a 98-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night at Toyota Center. Harden combined critical scoring with dazzling playmaking, pairing 27 points with 10 assists while defending Magic guard Arron Afflalo with vigor. Houston (15-7) won for the 10th time in 13 games and embarks on a West Coast swing through Portland, Golden State and Sacramento. The Magic (6-14) cut a 22-point deficit to 10 midway through the fourth quarter but could not stave off a fifth consecutive defeat.
The Houston Rockets have dominated eastern conference competition this year and Sunday night was no different as they beat Orlando 98-88, to improve to 7-1 against the east and move to 15-7 overall. Dwight Howard was a monster against his former team posting 20 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, the seventh time in his career he’s had a 20 point-20 rebound game. James Harden was fantastic on both ends for the second game in a row. He helped hold Orlando’s leading scorer Arron Afflalo to 6-of-17 shooting and just 16 points.
That was what Rockets guard James Harden said about why the team came out and just suffocated the Warriors en route to a comfortable, 105-83 victory Friday night at Toyota Center. That’s the seventh time the Rockets have scored at least 20 fast-break points and they are 6-1 in those games. They also held Golden State to just 35.5 percent shooting. It’s the first time this year, the Warriors have been held under 40 percent
The Rockets' offense is one of the best in the NBA. However, against Golden State on Friday night, it was the defense that was the key. Houston leaned on its defense in the first quarter while jumping out to a double-digit lead it didn't relinquish. James Harden scored 34 points, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Rockets beat the Warriors 105-83.
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