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     === Houston stifles Golden State in first quarter en route to win ===
 
 Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - Dwight  Howard  totaled 22  points and  18
 rebounds  in the Houston Rockets 105-83 rout of the Golden State Warriors from
 Toyota Center.
 
 The Rockets jumped out to a comfortable 31-12 lead after the first quarter and
 cruised the rest of the way. The 12 points Golden State put up in the first on
 4-of-20  shooting  was the  lowest output  against Houston  in any period this
 season.
 
 "I thought that we came out and really got after them" said Houston head coach
 Kevin McHale. "I thought James (Harden) really did a nice job."
 
 Harden  led  Houston with  34 points  as the  Rockets broke  out of a two-game
 slide. Harden surpassed the 30-point mark for the third time in four games.
 
 Terrence  Jones added  16 points,  10 boards  and three  blocked shots  in the
 victory.
 
 Stephen  Curry  paced Golden State with  22 points. Harrison Barnes had 14 and
 Kent  Bazemore took advantage of a season-high 17 minutes with 12 points on 4-
 of-6 shooting.
 
 "There  is  no magic  formula  but  we have  to  play  hard and  play  better,
 especially on the road," said Curry. "It?s frustrating."
 
 The Warriors' trio of Curry, Klay Thompson and Barnes missed all 11 shots they
 attempted  during the decisive first period, while Howard matched Golden State
 with nine rebounds himself.
 
 Curry  scored five straight  early in the second, but Houston kept its lead in
 double  figures  behind Donatas Motiejunas, who  came off the bench and scored
 five himself, including transition slam on a feed from Harden.
 
 Harden's  three-point  play early in the  third gave the Rockets their biggest
 lead at 65-37, and the hosts were never challenged after that.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Warriors have lost six of nine ... Houston outscored Golden State 54-36 in
 the  paint ...  Golden State, which entered the contest making 10.2 3-pointers
 per game on a league-best 43.7 percent, shot just 2-of-16 from the arc in this
 one.
 
 12/07 01:56:33 ET