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James Harden, Dwight Howard carry Rockets by Wizards

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Terrence Jones registered his 10th double-double this season, scoring 19 points and registering 17 rebounds, to help the Houston Rockets beat the Washington Wizards, 114-107. The Rockets took quality shots in this one, going 38-73 (52.1%) from the field and 30-42 (71.4%) at the free throw line. Houston (24-14) has now won seven of their last 10 games.

Jones shot 7-14 and converted 5-5 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Houston were James Harden with 25 points and 8 rebounds, Dwight Howard with 23 points and 7 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin with 18 points and 8 assists. On 8-22 shooting (1-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-8 from the free throw line, John Wall scored 23 points for Washington in the loss. He also recorded 10 assists. John Wall contributed 23 points and 10 assists.

The high-octane offense of Houston (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the elite defense of Washington (ranked fifth in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.10 points per possession. The Rockets combined an eFG% of 57.5% with 44.4% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (9-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Wizards, on the other hand, are 2-5 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

Washington (16-19) has now lost back-to-back games after falling to Indiana on Friday.

Coming up next, the Rockets square off with the Boston Celtics, who are 13-24 on the year. The Wizards match up with the Chicago Bulls, currently 17-18 this season. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against Boston this season.


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