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Dwight Howard powers Rockets’ rout of Spurs, 98-81

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Rockets center Dwight Howard looks for a shot against Spurs center Aaron Baynes in the first half Thursday night in Houston.
(Patric Schneider / Associated Press)

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.

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Cory Joseph led the Spurs with 18 points off the bench and Aron Baynes had 12 points.

at Portland 108, Dallas 87: The Trail Blazers trailed the Mavericks 50-46 at the half but outscored them 35-18 in the third quarter. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points, and Damian Lillard added 18 points. The game was delayed several minutes midway through the fourth quarter when a fan collapsed.


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