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NBA: Dwight Howard Shines in Debut as Rockets Beat Bobcats 96-83
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NBA: Dwight Howard Shines in Debut as Rockets Beat Bobcats 96-83

Oct 30 2013, 10:39pm CDT | by

Dwight Howard scored 17 points and grabbed 26 rebounds in his Houston Rockets debut on Wednesday to lead his team to a 96-83 win over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats.

The Dwight Howard era officially kicked off in Houston on Wednesday as the Rockets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 96-83.  Howard was a major force in the middle, scoring 17 points and grabbing 26...

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NBA: Dwight Howard Shines in Debut as Rockets Beat Bobcats 96-83

Oct 30 2013, 10:39pm CDT | by

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Dwight Howard scored 17 points and grabbed 26 rebounds in his Houston Rockets debut on Wednesday to lead his team to a 96-83 win over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats.

The Dwight Howard era officially kicked off in Houston on Wednesday as the Rockets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 96-83. 

Howard was a major force in the middle, scoring 17 points and grabbing 26 rebounds in a dominating performance. Guard James Harden added 21 points in a supporting role to help Houston pull away late. 

Leading by just four at 72-68, the Rockets uncorked a 14-4 run to lead by 14. Harden and Howard collaborated on an alley-oop dunk during that spurt which got the Toyota Center crowd on its feet. 

Howard, who left the Los Angeles Lakers during the offseason to sign an $88 million contract with the Rockets, had a two-handed jam at the end of that run. 

Houston saw several of its players limping on and off the court due to several injuries. Harden, Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin all went to the Rockets locker room at one point during the first half. 

Beverley never came back as he was saddled with a rib injury. Lin and Harden eventually returned -- the latter shaking off a lower back issue and a 2-for-8, four-turnover start to finish second in scoring behind Howard.

Francisco Garcia made five three-point baskets on his way to 19 points for the Rockets. Lin scored 16 for Houston.

The Bobcats were led by forward Josh McRoberts who had 15 points.Center Al Jefferson, who signed a three-year, $41 million deal in the offseason, made his debut for Charlotte and had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Rookie Cody Zeller, the fourth overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft out of Indiana University, had two points and four rebounds for the Bobcats.  

The Rockets will next take on their in-state rivals, the Dallas Mavericks, on Nov. 1 while the Bobcats head home to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on that same day. 

 

 

 
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Oct 21 2014 9:51pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra wanted to get Miami’s starters some extra in-game conditioning. Winning was a bonus. Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, including a jumper that made it a two-possession game with 35.8 seconds remaining, and the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 90-85 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Wade either scored or set up Miami’s final five field goals, helping the Heat to their third consecutive exhibition win. "We have a lot of work ...
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Wade leads late charge as Heat top Rockets

Oct 21 2014 9:51pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra wanted to get Miami’s starters some extra in-game conditioning. Winning was a bonus. Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, including a jumper that made it a two-possession game with 35.8 seconds remaining, and the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 90-85 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Wade either scored or set up Miami’s final five field goals, helping the Heat to their third consecutive exhibition win. ...
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Wade leads late charge as Heat top Rockets

Oct 21 2014 9:51pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, including a jumper that made it a two-possession game with 35.8 seconds remaining, and the Miami Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 90-85 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Wade either scored or set up Miami’s final five field goals, helping the Heat to their third consecutive exhibition win. Chris Bosh added 22 points in 35 minutes for the Heat, who went largely with starters against Houston b ...
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Wade leads late charge as Heat top Rockets

Oct 21 2014 9:51pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, including a jumper that made it a two-possession game with 35.8 seconds remaining, and the Miami Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 90-85 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Wade either scored or set up Miami’s final five field goals, helping the Heat to their third consecutive exhibition win. Chris Bosh added 22 points in 35 minutes for the Heat, who went largely with starters against Houston ...
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Hakeem Olajuwon: Dwight Howard Should Be the MVP This Season

Oct 20 2014 9:20am CDT | Source: slamonline

Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon says Dwight Howard is ready to once again dominate his position, and that he should be the NBA’s best player in 2014-’15. Howard is fit and feeling strong again, having recovered from a 2012 operation on his back, and Olajuwon thinks the Rockets have what it takes to contend for a championship. Dwight, 28, averaged 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in his first season with the Rockets. Per NBA.com: “He’s h ...
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Harden records 15 points as Rockets down Warriors

Oct 19 2014 10:15pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

HIDALGO, Texas – James Harden had 15 points and seven rebounds to help the Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors 90-83 in an exhibition game Sunday night. Trevor Ariza added 13 points, and Dwight Howard had 11 points and eight rebounds in limited action for the Rockets (4-1). Justin Holiday led Golden State (4-2) with 18 points, and Nemanja Nedovic had 16. ...
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Harden records 15 points as Rockets down Warriors

Oct 19 2014 10:15pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

HIDALGO, Texas – James Harden had 15 points and seven rebounds to help the Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors 90-83 in an exhibition game Sunday night. Trevor Ariza added 13 points, and Dwight Howard had 11 points and eight rebounds in limited action for the Rockets (4-1). Justin Holiday led Golden State (4-2) with 18 points, and Nem ...
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