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Dwight Howard finished with 32 points and added 11 rebounds to help the Houston Rockets beat the Boston Celtics, 104-92. Houston (25-14) has now won seven of their last 10 games.

Howard shot 11-17 from the field, in an efficient offensive performance. Other top performers for Houston were James Harden with 16 points and 7 rebounds, Jeremy Lin with 16 points and 9 assists, and Chandler Parsons with 14 points and 7 rebounds. On 11-21 shooting, including 2-7 from behind the arc, Avery Bradley scored 24 points for Boston in the loss.

In addition to 17.6% from 3-point range, the Celtics tallied an eFG% of just 39.1%. They are 1-8 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Rockets, conversely, are 9-1 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.

Boston (13-26) has now lost nine straight contests.

Coming up, the Rockets square off against the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 15-21 on the season. The Celtics meet the Toronto Raptors, currently sitting at 19-17 this year. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against New Orleans this season. The Celtics are 0-1 versus Toronto this season.

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