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NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Houston

(Monday, January 29th)

Final Score: Houston 105, Philadelphia 84

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Juwan Howard scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets smoked the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-84, at the Toyota Center.

Tracy McGrady poured in 25 points and Rafer Alston chipped in with 12 points and nine assists for the Rockets, who won for the third straight time.

"Passing was contagious tonight in a positive manner," Howard said. "You have to give credit to our defense, which allowed us to get into a groove."

Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 19 points. Samuel Dalembert recorded 13 points and 11 boards for the Sixers, who lost for the 10th time in 15 games.

"You can always fix some things, clean up the offense, and always learn from every game, but you don't want to harp on a game like this," Iguodala said. "(The Rockets) are a very good team, and don't get the credit they deserve. They're a great team, and have guys step up and play their roles. They're playing good without Yao (Ming), and will be more dangerous when he gets back. They have good tools in each and every aspect of the game."

Philadelphia came out with some energy early and took a 13-11 lead on an Andre Miller jump shot. The Rockets responded by outscoring the Sixers 18-8 to close the first quarter and take a 29-21 lead into the second stanza. Howard scored 10 points in the period.

Houston opened the second session with a 14-2 run, capped by a Luther Head trey to open up a 43-23 lead. The Rockets took a 58-34 advantage to the locker room.

Houston continued the onslaught in the third period by scoring 20 of the first 29 points in the quarter and opening up a 78-43 lead with 2:55 remaining in the third stanza. McGrady scored 15 of his 25 points in the third.

The Rockets led 89-51 going into the fourth and were ahead by as many as 41 in the final quarter.

Game Notes

Houston outscored Philadelphia 60-30 in the second and third quarters...Houston has won 10 of its last 12 meetings with Philadelphia...Louis Williams scored a career-high 11 points for the Sixers, who also got 16 from Kyle Korver and 11 from Rodney Carney...Head had 11 points...The Sixers have lost 14 of their last 17 at Houston...The Rockets are 13-2 versus the Eastern Conference.

01/30 02:12:28 ET

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