Dwight Howard scored 34 points and added 14 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a victory over the Phoenix Suns, 122-108. The Rockets shot lights out in this one, going 39-71 (54.9%) from the field, including 11-16 (68.8%) from three-point range. This is the fourth straight victory for Houston (33-17).
Howard shot 11-17 from the field, in a good performance. Houston also got solid performances from Chandler Parsons with 19 points and 7 rebounds, and Terrence Jones with 19 points and 9 rebounds. On 6-13 shooting (2-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-9 from the free throw line, Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Phoenix in the loss. He also tallied 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Gerald Green contributed 13 points and 6 rebounds and Markieff Morris finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The Rockets combined an eFG% of 62.7% with 68.8% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (12-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Suns, on the other hand, are 1-2 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Phoenix (29-20) to 1-1 versus Houston on the season.
Coming up, the Rockets take on the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 9-39 on the season. The Suns match up against the Golden State Warriors, currently sitting at 29-20 this year. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against Milwaukee this season. The Suns are 1-1 versus Golden State this season.