Harden and Howard lift Rockets over Blazers

Harden and Howard lift Rockets over Blazers
November 6, 2013, 12:48 am
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PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 5: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 5, 2013 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) James Harden scored 33 points, Dwight Howard added 29 points and 13 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-101 on Tuesday night.

Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley each added 12 points for the Rockets (4-1).

Damian Lillard scored 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 to lead the Blazers, who fell after winning two in a row. Wesley Matthews added 19 points.

Playing for the fourth time in five nights, the Rockets bounced back from getting clobbered by the L.A. Clippers 137-118 Monday night in Howard's first trip back to the Staples Center since leaving the L.A. Lakers during the summer.

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