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  • Rockets dominate Blazers

  • PORTLAND — Houston's All-Star tandem of James Harden and Dwight Howard refused to let the Rockets give in to fatigue.
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  • PORTLAND — Houston's All-Star tandem of James Harden and Dwight Howard refused to let the Rockets give in to fatigue.
    Harden scored 33 points, Howard added 29 points and 13 rebounds, and the Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-101 Tuesday night despite playing for the fourth time in five days.
    Houston (4-1) bounced back from getting routed by the Clippers 137-118 Monday night in Howard's first trip back to the Staples Center since leaving the Lakers during the summer.
    "We got in at 3 a.m. last night," Houston coach Kevin McHale said. "That was a tough one but we got a big win here tonight. James and Dwight had tremendous games."
    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.
    Jeremy Lin and reserve Patrick Beverley each had 12 points for the Rockets.
    Howard, the seven-time All-Star has teamed up with Harden to give Houston one of the most talented duos in the NBA. Harden, who averaged 25.9 points last season, recovered from a poor shooting performance against the Clippers, hitting 11 of 18 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line
    Howard was dominant under the basket as Houston outscored Portland 54-28 in the paint and outrebounded the Blazers 47-30. With center Robin Lopez sitting in foul trouble and his backup Joel Freeland out with a hip injury, the Blazers couldn't defend the rim.
    "Dwight makes the whole game so much easier for each teammate," Harden said. "He draws double teams. He's a great passer. He dominates the post and he can score it. He does everything."
    The Blazers shot better than 55 percent and had six players score in double figures in a 115-105 victory over San Antonio on Saturday, but shot only 41 percent from the field Tuesday and 65 percent from the line.
    "We had a hard time getting shots to fall and when that's going to happen, we've got to do better defensively," Lillard said.
    Houston led 55-50 at the half and then went on a 15-2 run to start the second half. The Rockets led by as many as 18 points before Portland started chipping away at the lead, getting to 93-88 on a jumper by Mo Williams. However, Beverley hit a 3-pointer and Harden converted a three-point play to push the lead back to double figures.
    "They are a type of team that can put runs on you," Portland coach Terry Stotts said "They put up points quickly."
    Heat 104, Raptors 95
    At Toronto, LeBron James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors for their first road victory in three tries this season.
    Pacers 99, Pistons 91
    At Auburn Hills, Mich., Paul George scored 31 points, and the Pacers remained the NBA's only unbeaten team with a victory over the Pistons.
    The Pacers have matched their best start in franchise history. They are 4-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
    Mavericks 123, Lakers 104
    At Dallas, Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists, Dirk Nowitzki was one of seven Dallas players in double figures with 11 points and the Mavericks beat the Lakers.
    Ellis, Nowitzki's new pick-and-roll partner, put on a show for Steve Nash, the big German's buddy and old running mate. He was 11 of 14 from the field, made all eight of his free throws and had just one turnover.
    Bobcats 102, Knicks 97
    At New York, Kemba Walker scored 25 points, Gerald Henderson added 18 and the Bobcats held off a late run by New York to beat the Knicks.
    Charlotte led by 13 in the third quarter before New York cut it to two points late in the game. Henderson hit two free throws with 13 seconds left and Walker one seven seconds later to seal the victory.
    Nets 104, Jazz 88
    At New York, Brook Lopez scored a game-high 27 points, Deron Williams had 10 points and eight assists and the Nets ended their four-game losing streak to the Jazz.
    There were several firsts for Brooklyn, who beat the Jazz for the first time since January 2011. Williams got his first victory over the team that traded him to the Nets in February 2011, and it was first-year coach Jason Kidd's first regular-season game on their home court. He missed the home-opening win over Miami because of a two-game suspension.
    Suns 104, Pelicans 98
    At New Orleans, Eric Bledsoe had 25 points, Gerald Green tied a career high with six 3-pointers and the Suns rallied to beat the Pelicans.
    Spurs 102, Nuggets 94
    At Denver, Tony Parker scored 24 points, Tim Duncan had 17 and the Spurs pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Nuggets.
    Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and Tiago Splitter 12 for the Spurs, who beat the Nuggets for the fifth time in the last eight meetings at the Pepsi Center.
    Hawks 105, Kings 100
    At Sacramento, Calif., Al Horford had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds and the Hawks held off the Kings.
    The Hawks (2-2) led by 17 points going into the fourth quarter but but the Kings cut it to three points with 32 seconds left. Isaiah Thomas had a chance to tie it with 3 second left but missed a 3-pointer and the Hawks beat the Kings for the 11th straight time, including six straight in Sacramento.
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