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Third quarter ends on a huge swat by TJones, which crowd seemed to enjoy more than anything. Rockets 83, Magic 61. Harden 25p, 9a. TJ 15-10.
83-61 Rockets through three. James Harden has 25 points, 9 assists, 5 boards.
Flagrant foul called on Big Baby Davis. Pretty good hit on Harden.
Double-double for Terrence Jones -- he has 10 points, 10 boards, 3 blocks, 2 steals. Rockets up big at 77-58.
Harden's really risen to challenge against Afflalo, who's had terrific yr. Harden has owned matchup w/ 2nd straight strong 2-way performance
That goes in the Terrence Jones highlight reel: Stuffs Big Baby on one end, finishes w/ a layup on the other. Harden now has 22, 8 assists.
Harden just toying with the Magic now, sends fast break pass between Oladipo's legs to Jones.
68-52 Rockets, 5:24 3Q. Hard to believe Rockets are up by 16 when you look at turnover difference (15 to Orlando's 4).
Lately, James Harden is better offensively when he's better defensively. Tonight vs. Afflalo a good example.
Not sure I've seen a coach hold his team in locker room this long, but three guys are back.
The Magics still are not back for second half. It tips in 2:50.
Rockets 52, Magic 38 at half. Harden, Howard do their thing. Parsons with 11, but 1 of 5 on fts. Magic shoot 27.7 %.
At half, Rockets up 52-38 on Magic. Harden has 14p, 6ast. Parsons 11p, Dwight 10p, 11reb. 11 turnovers kept this from being a total blowout.
Rockets' best players did their thing in first half: Harden 14 pts, 6 dimes; 11 pts, 11 boards for D12; 11, 3 & 3 for Parsons. HOU up 52-38.
Rockets started red hot from 3-point range, hitting 7 of their first 9, but are just 1-10 from distance since. 52-38 Rockets.
Apparently those crafty Magics have come up with a hack-everyone-but-Dwight strategy.
Harden has been sensational in a very controlled, smart sort of way. He's 4 of 7 for his 12 points with six slick assists.
James Harden and Chandler Parsons have just ripped Orlando D to shreds this half. It's what they should do against young team, but still.
Very odd: Terrence Jones and Chandler Parsons are a combined 1-9 tonight... from the *free throw line*.
Rockets shooting 44.4 percent on 3s, 40 % (6 of 15) from the line. Dwight 4 of 6 on fts.
High screen-and-roll between Harden & Howard ends with the standard Dwight dunk. For 2nd straight game, D12 with first half double-double.
Dwight Howard with a double-double in the first half. 10 points, 11 boards. Rockets up 46-35, 2:27 2Q.
Rockets enjoying another monstrous night on the offensive glass. Off. rebound rate now up to 46.7%. D12 & TJ, as usual, doing most of damage
Rockets had seemed to be improving in 2 shortcomings -- turnovers, 2nd chance points allowed. Not tonight. Rockets 9 tos, 12 2nd pts allowd.
Not sure if fan-coach in stands behind us thinks he's helping on court or if trying to impress his date. Don't think he's doing either.
Parsons' shooting ball well tonight, but his playmaking has been even better; making great decisions and creating good looks for teammates.
Rox bench has been a strength this yr, but off to rough start tonight. 7-0 ORL run to start 2Q as turnovers (now at 8) fueling Magic rally.
Rockets with as many 3s, (7) as Magic have field goals. Lead, 28-18, after one. Six turnovers keep things in check. Dwight 1p, 9r, 28 years.
28-18 Houston after one. Rockets 7-11 from 3-point range in the first quarter. Just like last game, Dwight had 9 rebounds in the 1Q.
Orlando defense entirely protecting lane, surrounding Dwight, but giving up 3s. Gift of the Magi(c)?
Rockets with seven treys in 9 1/2 minutes. They are starting to look like the Vipers. Record of 24 possible again.
Welcome to the future: The last 8 field goals in this game have been 3s -- 7 of them by the Rockets, who now lead 25-12 amid 23-3 run.
Rockets have hit SEVEN threes already. 25-12 Rockets. The run is 23-3.
Rockets' run now 14-0 after yet another trey, this one courtesy of Pat Beverley. That's 4 straight 3s for HOU, who now lead. 16-9.
Rockets went from 1 of 6 with 3 tos before time out to 5 of 5 (with two tos, naturally) in 14-0 run since.
Someone on Orlando must have angered the Rockets' three-point shooters. Beverley makes it a fourth and the run is 14-0 Rockets. Timeout ORL.
Terrence Jones passed up one open 3; he wasn't about to pass up another. Drains it as HOU now on 11-0 run. Parsons already w/ 8 pts, two 3s.
Rockets respond with an 11-0 run after a pair of Chandler Parsons threes and a TJones triple.
Rockets have missed 5 straight shots... the Magic haven't. 9-0 Orlando run forces McHale into an early timeout. 9-2 Magic.
Not the most auspicious of starts for HOU this evening. 9 possessions, 3 turnovers, 1-6 shooting. Magic up 9-2 early.
Not much of a start for the birthday boy. Dwight four touches: two missed shots, two turnovers.
Whoa. Chandler Parsons with a vicious fast break slam to get the Rockets on the board.
Good omens for bday boy Dwight Howard: Averaged 30 ppg, 15.5 rpg vs. ORL last yr & averages 15.1 rpg vs EC competition this yr, No. 1 in NBA
Nik Vucevic out for Magic vs. Rockets. Davis to start.
Lin ran today, stepping up his on court rehab/workouts.
McHale said. Parsons good to go. Lin might be ready fot Thursday.
McHale says he expects Parsons to play once again. Also said he thinks J-Lin could return Thursday vs blazers.
My kids just said "Whoooooaahhh, look at that snow!" while watching the NFL games. They are fully assimilated to Houston now.
Good morning world
Good morning. Y'all have a blessed day.
Up & at it.
Sparty taken over.
I am what everybody in my past don't want me to be!!!!
Who do you guys have in the second half Auburn or Missouri?
Parsons after acupuncture: "It’s more sore than it’s ever been. I'm just trying to do what I can to play. I'm definitely not 100 percent."
Lights out ! Time to go home! http://t.co/xvQo7meMMb
Tough times don't last, tough people do
Parsons just finished a two-hour acupuncture session. Went with the three-inch needles today. Another scheduled for early tomorrow.
Working hard with the guys http://t.co/exEWrITyq4
McHale said season has been "two steps forward, one step back." You are what your record says you are. Rockets winning percentage is .667.
McHale said Parsons was predictable sore after playing, but sounded more positive that Parsons would be able to play again than he had been.
Once again, Rockets did not have enough healthy bodies to practice. Parsons, getting treatment, day-to-day depending on how back responds.
Alex Lyons nearly had Rakeem Cato in his grasp, but Cato escaped, found Hoskins right by the end zone. Marshall scores the nxt play.