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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

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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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NBA wrap: Houston Rockets stay unbeaten

Nov 5 2014 3:59am CST | Source: Stuff.co.nz

James Harden had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Dwight Howard added 26 points and 10 boards as the Houston Rockets remained unbeaten with a 108-91 win over the Miami Heat 108-91 ...
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So Far, Undefeated Houston Rockets Making Up for Missing Out on Chris Bosh

Nov 5 2014 12:54am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

MIAMI — Patrick Beverley went a bit beyond imagining the possibility. He tried to help the Houston Rockets realize it. When Chris Bosh was torn about where to continue his NBA career, and when the Rockets were looking to round out their lineup with the perfect complement to their current core, Beverley put in a call to the nine-time All-Star, someone he'd gotten to know during 2010 Heat training camp, and had stayed friendly with since.  The pitch? ...
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Rockets stay unbeaten after defeating Heat

Nov 4 2014 9:34pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — James Harden had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Dwight Howard added 26 points and 10 boards, and the Houston Rockets stayed unbeaten, beating the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night. Trevor Ariza added 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Patrick Beverley scored 15 for Houston (5-0). Chris Bosh scored 21 points for Miami (3-1). Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, with Shawne Williams and M ...
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Rockets stay unbeaten after defeating Heat

Nov 4 2014 9:34pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — James Harden had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Dwight Howard added 26 points and 10 boards, and the Houston Rockets stayed unbeaten, beating the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night. Trevor Ariza added 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Patrick Beverley scored 15 for Houston (5-0). Chris Bosh scored 21 points for Miami (3-1). Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, with Sh ...
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Rockets stay unbeaten after defeating Heat

Nov 4 2014 9:34pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — James Harden had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Dwight Howard added 26 points and 10 boards, and the Houston Rockets stayed unbeaten, beating the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night. Trevor Ariza added 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Patrick Beverley scored 15 for Houston (5-0). Chris Bosh scored 21 points for Miami (3-1). Dwyane ...
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Rockets stay unbeaten after defeating Heat

Nov 4 2014 9:34pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — James Harden had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Dwight Howard added 26 points and 10 boards, and the Houston Rockets stayed unbeaten, beating the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night. Trevor Ariza added 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Patrick Beverley scored 15 for Houston (5-0). Chris Bosh scored 21 points for Miami (3-1). Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, with Shawne Williams and Mario Chalmers each ...
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Rockets stay unbeaten after defeating Heat

Nov 4 2014 9:34pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — James Harden had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Dwight Howard added 26 points and 10 boards, and the Houston Rockets stayed unbeaten, beating the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night. Trevor Ariza added 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Patrick Beverley scored 15 for Houston (5-0). Chris Bosh scored 21 points for Miami (3-1). Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, with Shawne Williams and Mari ...
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Rockets stay unbeaten after defeating Heat

Nov 4 2014 9:34pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — There’s no mystery to Houston’s game plan. The Rockets shoot a ton of 3-pointers, feed Dwight Howard when the long ball isn’t there, and run when they can. So far, it’s been foolproof. James Harden was one rebound away from a triple-double, Howard scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Rockets stayed unbeaten by beating the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night. "We’ve started great," Howard said. "We just want to fin ...
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Rockets move to 5-0 on season, cool off Heat

Nov 4 2014 9:17pm CST | Source: CBSSports.com NBA Basketball News

MIAMI (AP) James Harden had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Dwight Howard added 26 points and 10 boards, and the Houston Rockets stayed unbeaten, beating the Miami ...
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Dwight Howard Anoints Houston Rockets 'The Swag Champs,' Leads Pregame Cheer

Nov 4 2014 6:39pm CST | Source: Bleacher Report

The Houston Rockets may not have won an NBA title since Dwight Howard's arrival, but don't tell him he's not a champion.Prior to the Rockets' November 4 showdown with the Miami Heat, Howard led his teammates in an enthusiastic cheer about how they play with swag and ultimately are the "swag champs."The full transcript of the cheer goes as follows:We the swag champs, right? We're gonn ...
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