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Sunday, December 8th
(All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (6-13) at Houston Rockets (14-7), 7 p.m.
(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
The Rockets buried the Warriors, 31-12 in the first quarter and cruised from
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
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 10:25:54 ET