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Howard leads Rockets past Suns

English.news.cn   2014-02-06 15:17:09

HOUSTON, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Center Dwight Howard scored 34 points Wednesday night at Toyota Center to help Houston Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 122-108.

The Rockets started the game with a 5-0 run and finished the first quarter with 35-30. The Suns made a few surges in the second quarter, but the host team maintained a 3-point lead at halftime with 66-63.

The Suns trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter before going on a 10-3 run to cut the lead to 95-90 entering the fourth quarter. Phoenix struggled in the last quarter, once cutting the deficit to four points, only to be routed by Houston's fierce attacks.

Howard had 34 points and 14 rebounds, his fifth game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, the most 30-10 games by a Rocket in a season since Yao Ming had six in 2007-08.

James Harden chipped in 23 points for Houston. Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones added 19 points each in their fourth consecutive win.

Guard Goran Dragic had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Suns. Twins Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench.

With the win, Houston has improved to 33-17 on the season. Phoenix is 29-20.

Editor: Fu Peng
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