Orlando Magic (6-13) at Houston Rockets (14-7), 7 p.m. (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets stopped a two-game slide last time out and will try to keep the momentum Sunday when they welcome the Orlando Magic to the Toyota Center.
After an ugly road loss to the Utah Jazz and an equally bad home loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Rockets got back into the win column with a 105-83 drubbing of the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
The 83 points allowed matched a season-low for the Rockets.
"I thought that we came out and really got after them," said Houston head coach Kevin McHale. "Those guys are tough guys to guard and they did a nice job of not getting them started. We were able to just kind of play from there."
The Rockets buried the Warriors, 31-12 in the first quarter and cruised from there.
James Harden led the way with 34 points, followed by 22 and 18 rebounds from Dwight Howard. Terrence Jones also registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.
Chandler Parsons returned from a two-game absence with a back issue, but only had eight points.
It will be a familiar foe for Howard as he spent the first eight seasons of his career in Orlando. He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he languished last season, before signing with the Rockets in the offseason.
The Rockets will head west for three games following Sunday's tilt.
The Magic are playing the fourth of a six-game road trip and so far the results have not been good. Orlando is 0-3 after a 121-83 smackdown at the hands of the New York Knicks Friday.
The Magic couldn't stop the great Knicks shooting, which started in Thursday night's decisive win over the Brooklyn Nets. New York shot 53 percent from the field against Orlando and 50 percent from long range.
"I think the results of their game in Brooklyn carried over to this game," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "They shot the ball extremely well like they did in Brooklyn, so there you have an NBA game for you."
Arron Afflalo followed up a career-high 43 points on Wednesday against Philadelphia with 20 points on Friday. Glen Davis had a career-best 33 against the Sixers, but only managed four points against the Knicks.
Victor Oladipo had a triple-double in Orlando's heartbreaking double-overtime loss to the Sixers and he finished with 17 points and nine rebounds versus New York. Jameer Nelson returned from injury and had 13 points against the Knicks.
The Magic will visit Memphis and Charlotte before returning home for just one game.
The Rockets won both contests last season and that snapped a five-game winning streak for Orlando in this series. The Magic have taken three of their last five in Houston.
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden dumped in 27 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds, Dwight Howard scored 20 points with 22 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Orlando Magic, 98-88, at Toyota Center.
Chandler Parsons netted 18 points, while Terrence Jones scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and five blocks for Houston, which has won seven of its last nine tilts.
Glen Davis scored 18 points starting in place of Nikola Vucevic, who sat out his third consecutive game with a sprained left ankle.
Arron Afflalo contributed 16 points and nine rebounds while fellow backcourt mate Jameer Nelson added 15 points.
Parsons scored the first bucket of the game with a dunk off a Patrick Beverley feed and the Magic ran off nine straight when Andrew Nicholson capped the spurt with a jumper at 8:12.
Then, a 3-point barrage ensued.
Harden hit a pullup jumper that ignited a 17-0 run. Parsons hit back-to-back treys which were followed by triples from Jones, Beverley, and Harden.
The Rockets used the run as a springboard to take a 28-18 lead into the second frame.
Orlando scored the first seven in the second but Howard gave the Rockets their double-digit lead back after a putback midway through the stanza.
The lead grew to as many as 15 in the half, and the Rockets took a 52-38 lead into the break.
Houston maintained the 14-point lead for most of third and slowly pushed it to 22, 83-61, after a three-point play from Jones with 4.4 seconds left in the third.
Jones split a pair at the line and the Magic went on a 10-1 run to cut the deficit to 91-81 with 5:59 to play in the game.
The comeback was short lived, however, as Howard scored five straight, including 3-of-3 at the charity stripe, to give the Rockets a 96-81 lead with just under five minutes on the clock.