Dwight Howard scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Houston Rockets continued their dream start, beating the in-state rival San Antonio Spurs, 98-81, on Thursday night at Houston.
Howard exploited a Spurs interior that was missing two key players, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. Manu Ginobili also was held out of the game for rest a night after helping San Antonio to a 94-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Howard and Houston took advantage, leading the game wire to wire on the way to a league-best 6-0 record. With the loss, the Spurs dropped to 2-2.
James Harden had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Rockets.
Cory Joseph led the Spurs with 18 points off the bench and Aron Baynes had 12 points.