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                === Howard, Rockets welcome Magic to Houston ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Houston Rockets stopped a two-game slide last time
 out  and  will try to  keep the momentum Sunday  when they welcome the Orlando
 Magic to the Toyota Center.
 
 After  an ugly road  loss to the Utah Jazz and an equally bad home loss to the
 Phoenix  Suns, the Rockets got back into the win column with a 105-83 drubbing
 of the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
 
 The 83 points allowed matched a season-low for the Rockets.
 
 "I  thought  that we  came out and  really got after  them," said Houston head
 coach  Kevin McHale.  "Those guys are tough  guys to guard and they did a nice
 job  of not  getting them  started. We  were able  to just  kind of  play from
 there."
 
 The  Rockets buried  the Warriors, 31-12 in the first quarter and cruised from
 there.
 
 James  Harden led the  way with 34 points, followed by 22 and 18 rebounds from
 Dwight  Howard. Terrence  Jones also registered a double-double with 16 points
 and 10 boards.
 
 Chandler  Parsons returned from a two-game absence with a back issue, but only
 had eight points.
 
 It  will be  a familiar foe for Howard  as he spent the first eight seasons of
 his  career  in Orlando.  He was  traded to  the Los  Angeles Lakers, where he
 languished last season, before signing with the Rockets in the offseason.
 
 The Rockets will head west for three games following Sunday's tilt.
 
 The  Magic are  playing the  fourth of  a six-game  road trip  and so  far the
 results  have  not been good.  Orlando is 0-3 after  a 121-83 smackdown at the
 hands of the New York Knicks Friday.
 
 The  Magic couldn't  stop the great Knicks shooting, which started in Thursday
 night's decisive win over the Brooklyn Nets. New York shot 53 percent from the
 field against Orlando and 50 percent from long range.
 
 "I  think  the results of  their game in Brooklyn  carried over to this game,"
 Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "They shot the ball extremely well like they
 did in Brooklyn, so there you have an NBA game for you."
 
 Arron  Afflalo  followed up  a  career-high  43  points on  Wednesday  against
 Philadelphia with 20 points on Friday. Glen Davis had a career-best 33 against
 the Sixers, but only managed four points against the Knicks.
 
 Victor  Oladipo had a triple-double in Orlando's heartbreaking double-overtime
 loss to the Sixers and he finished with 17 points and nine rebounds versus New
 York. Jameer Nelson returned from injury and had 13 points against the Knicks.
 
 The  Magic will visit Memphis and Charlotte before returning home for just one
 game.
 
 The Rockets won both contests last season and that snapped a five-game winning
 streak  for Orlando  in this series. The  Magic have taken three of their last
 five in Houston.
 
 12/08 09:42:29 ET

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