HOUSTON – James Harden had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 108-104 win over the Orlando Magic in a preseason game Wednesday night.
Harden finished 7 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 6 from behind the arc in 18 minutes - all in the first half. Harden had 15 points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Houston a 33-29 lead after one en route to a 61-53 halftime lead.
Patrick Beverley added 13 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes, and Dwight Howard had eight points and four rebounds in 18 minutes — also all in the first half — to lead the Rockets (3-1) to their third straight preseason win.
Reserce Manny Harris led the Magic (1-3) with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting in 23 minutes.
Houston played without Jeremy Lin, who was sent home due to illness.