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James Harden, Dwight Howard spark Rockets by Magic

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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.

Harden finished 7-17 from the field (3-7 on 3-pointers) and 10-11 from the free throw line. 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. Arron Afflalo contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds and E'Twaun Moore finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds.

The Magic posted an eFG% of just 38.7%, including 27.6% from 3-point range. This year, they are winless (0-3) when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Rockets are undefeated (4-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.

Orlando (6-14) has now dropped their last five consecutive games.

Coming up, the Rockets square off against the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 17-4 on the season. The Magic match up with the Memphis Grizzlies, currently sitting at 9-10 this year. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against Portland this season.


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