HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 28 points, Dwight Howard added 23 and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 115-79 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday night, rebounding quite nicely from their most lopsided loss of the season.
Coach Kevin McHale said his team was “terrible” in a 11-83 loss at New Orleans on Friday night. But the Rockets used a 19-point second quarter from Howard to build a double-digit lead against Miami, and then put together a big run in the third before coasting to their biggest win of the season.
Houston’s starters were benched early in the third quarter against New Orleans by a disgusted McHale. On Saturday night, they spent the fourth quarter on the bench with the Rockets leading by 34 after three.
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scored 15 apiece for Miami, which has lost four in a row.
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