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Birthday boy Howard dominant vs. original team

HOUSTON — Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday in a big way, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Rockets over the Magic 98-88.

James Harden had 27 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Houston. Terrence Jones added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and picked up two big blocks in the third quarter, including one on Victor Oladipo as time expired to preserve an 83-61 Rockets lead.

Chandler Parsons, who missed two games because of a sore back, started for Houston and had 18 points.

Glenn Davis scored 18 in Orlando's fifth straight loss.

This was Howard's first game against the Magic in a Rockets uniform. He faced his original team last season while with the Lakers.

Orlando made Howard the top pick of the 2004 draft. He played for the Magic from 2005-12, once led the team to the Finals and remains Orlando's all-time leading scorer.

The Magic shot 27.7 percent (13-for-47) from the field in the first half. It benefited from at-times lackluster rebounding by the Rockets, which led to second-chance points.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds and the host Thunder turned a matchup of two of the NBA's best teams into a blowout with a 118-94 win over the Pacers. … LeBron James had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the visiting Heat breezed to a 110-95 victory over the Pistons to avenge a home loss to Detroit less than a week ago. … Jordan Crawford had 23 points and the visiting Celtics posted the most lopsided victory in the NBA this season, battering the Knicks 114-73.

KINGS DEAL FOR GAY: The Raptors agreed in principle on a deal that would send small forward Rudy Gay to the Kings, media reports said. Sacramento would send small forward John Salmons, point guard Greivis Vasquez and power forwards Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes to Toronto for Gay, center Aaron Gray and small forward Quincy Acy.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Clippers coach Doc Rivers called his players out after their third loss in four games Saturday night. "We did a lot of pouting in the game," he said. "You can't play that way. You have to keep playing." … Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who missed two games last week with knee soreness and an illness, sat out.

Rockets 98, Magic 88

ORLANDO (88): Afflalo 6-17 3-4 16, Nicholson 4-11 2-2 11, Davis 8-18 2-4 18, Nelson 5-12 1-3 15, Oladipo 2-11 4-6 8, Moore 4-10 2-3 12, Maxiell 1-4 0-2 2, Price 0-3 0-0 0, Harkless 2-7 2-4 6, Lamb 0-0 0-0 0, O'Quinn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-93 16-28 88.

HOUSTON (98): Parsons 7-12 1-5 18, T.Jones 6-13 2-7 16, Howard 6-12 8-14 20, Beverley 3-9 1-3 9, Harden 7-17 10-11 27, Brooks 1-4 0-0 2, Casspi 2-5 2-2 6, Garcia 0-3 0-0 0, Motiejunas 0-1 0-0 0, Brewer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-76 24-42 98.

Orlando 18 20 23 27— 88

Houston 28 24 31 15— 98

3-Point GoalsOrlando 8-29 (Nelson 4-6, Moore 2-5, Nicholson 1-5, Afflalo 1-6, Harkless 0-2, Price 0-2, Oladipo 0-3), Houston 10-33 (Parsons 3-6, Harden 3-7, T.Jones 2-4, Beverley 2-8, Motiejunas 0-1, Casspi 0-2, Brooks 0-2, Garcia 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 62 (Afflalo 9), Houston 73 (Howard 22). AssistsOrlando 14 (Nelson 4), Houston 22 (Harden 10). Total FoulsOrlando 29, Houston 20. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second, Houston defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Davis. A16,407 (18,023).

Thunder 118, Pacers 94

INDIANA (94): George 9-17 10-11 32, West 5-11 1-1 11, Hibbert 6-12 0-0 12, G.Hill 2-8 0-0 4, Stephenson 4-11 0-0 8, Scola 2-4 2-2 6, Johnson 0-3 2-2 2, Watson 1-4 2-2 5, Mahinmi 1-4 1-1 3, Copeland 1-4 0-0 2, Sloan 0-1 0-0 0, S.Hill 1-2 1-2 3, Butler 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 34-85 19-21 94.

OKLAHOMA CITY (118): Durant 14-23 6-6 36, Ibaka 6-8 1-2 13, Perkins 2-2 2-2 6, Westbrook 11-17 3-3 26, Sefolosha 2-4 0-0 4, Adams 1-1 3-3 5, Jackson 6-11 2-2 15, Collison 0-1 2-2 2, Lamb 2-6 0-0 5, Fisher 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 47-77 19-20 118.

Indiana 18 19 32 25— 94

Oklahoma City 28 28 34 28— 118

3-Point GoalsIndiana 7-21 (George 4-6, Butler 2-3, Watson 1-2, Copeland 0-1, Sloan 0-1, S.Hill 0-1, Johnson 0-1, G.Hill 0-3, Stephenson 0-3), Oklahoma City 5-13 (Durant 2-3, Lamb 1-2, Jackson 1-2, Westbrook 1-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 35 (Hibbert 9), Oklahoma City 49 (Durant 10). AssistsIndiana 13 (West, Stephenson 3), Oklahoma City 27 (Westbrook 13). Total FoulsIndiana 18, Oklahoma City 24. TechnicalsIndiana Coach Vogel. A18,203 (18,203).

Heat 110, Pistons 95

MIAMI (110): James 10-15 4-5 24, Battier 1-3 0-0 3, Bosh 5-13 6-6 16, Chalmers 3-7 1-2 8, Allen 6-10 4-4 18, Andersen 4-5 2-2 10, Lewis 3-5 0-0 9, Mason Jr. 4-6 0-0 12, Cole 3-5 2-2 8, Haslem 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-72 19-21 110.

DETROIT (95): Smith 6-14 0-0 13, Monroe 3-10 4-5 10, Drummond 8-11 3-6 19, Jennings 6-14 6-7 19, Caldwell-Pope 0-4 0-0 0, Singler 3-4 3-4 10, Jerebko 5-9 0-0 12, Villanueva 4-8 0-0 10, Harrellson 0-3 0-0 0, Siva 1-3 0-0 2, Datome 0-4 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-85 16-22 95.

Miami 29 30 32 19— 110

Detroit 21 32 17 25— 95

3-Point GoalsMiami 11-28 (Mason Jr. 4-6, Lewis 3-5, Allen 2-5, Chalmers 1-2, Battier 1-3, James 0-2, Bosh 0-5), Detroit 7-20 (Jerebko 2-2, Villanueva 2-6, Singler 1-2, Smith 1-4, Jennings 1-4, Caldwell-Pope 0-1, Datome 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 36 (Bosh 9), Detroit 53 (Drummond 14). AssistsMiami 26 (James 9), Detroit 17 (Jennings 6). Total FoulsMiami 18, Detroit 21. TechnicalsDetroit defensive three second. A18,034 (22,076).

Celtics 114, Knicks 73

BOSTON (114): Bass 4-8 8-9 16, Green 6-9 3-3 16, Sullinger 9-13 1-1 21, Crawford 8-14 1-1 23, Bradley 4-11 3-3 13, Humphries 2-5 2-2 6, Lee 4-7 0-0 10, Wallace 0-0 0-2 0, Faverani 0-0 0-0 0, Pressey 0-3 1-2 1, Brooks 2-2 3-4 8. Totals 39-72 22-27 114.

NEW YORK (73): Hardaway Jr. 3-7 1-1 8, Anthony 5-15 8-10 19, Bargnani 1-7 0-0 2, Felton 0-6 0-0 0, Shumpert 0-6 0-0 0, J.Smith 1-5 1-2 3, Prigioni 1-1 0-0 3, Stoudemire 5-7 7-10 17, World Peace 5-10 0-0 12, Udrih 2-5 0-0 5, Aldrich 0-0 0-0 0, Murry 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 25-73 17-23 73.

Boston 34 24 34 22— 114

New York 11 20 25 17— 73

3-Point GoalsBoston 14-25 (Crawford 6-12, Bradley 2-2, Sullinger 2-3, Lee 2-4, Brooks 1-1, Green 1-2, Pressey 0-1), New York 6-16 (World Peace 2-4, Prigioni 1-1, Anthony 1-2, Udrih 1-2, Hardaway Jr. 1-2, Felton 0-1, Shumpert 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 57 (Bradley 10), New York 35 (Anthony 5). AssistsBoston 22 (Crawford 7), New York 13 (Prigioni 4). Total FoulsBoston 19, New York 18. TechnicalsBass, Boston defensive three second, Prigioni, Stoudemire. A19,812 (19,763).

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