James Harden scored 31 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a victory over the Orlando Magic, 101-89. The Rockets shot 40-82 (48.8%) from the field and controlled the offensive glass with 14 rebounds. Houston (42-19) has now won three in a row.
Harden went 11-19 (2-7 from three-point range) and 7-7 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. Other key players for Houston included Dwight Howard with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Chandler Parsons with 19 points and 7 assists, and Terrence Jones with 17 points and 11 rebounds. On 8-16 shooting, Arron Afflalo scored 18 points for Orlando in the loss.
This drops Orlando (19-44) to 0-2 against Houston on the year.
Coming up next, the Rockets square off against the Indiana Pacers, who are 46-15 on the year. The Magic go up against the San Antonio Spurs, currently 44-16 this season. The Rockets are 0-1 versus Indiana this season. The Magic have a 0-1 record against San Antonio this season.