HOUSTON — Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday in a big way, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Houston Rockets over the Orlando Magic 98-88.
James Harden scored 27 points and also had 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Terrence Jones contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Jones also picked up two big blocks in the third period, including one on Victor Oladipo as time expired to preserve the score 83-61 Houston.
Chandler Parsons, who missed two games because of a sore back, started for Houston and had 18 points.