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Harden and Howard lift Rockets to 116-101 win over Blazers

  • Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard complains that he was fouled during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard complains that he was fouled during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard, center, goes to the basket as the Portland Trail Blazers'  LaMarcus Aldridge, left, and Nicolas Batum, from France, watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard, center, goes to the basket as the Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, left, and Nicolas Batum, from France, watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard, second from right, pulls in a rebound against Portland Trail Blazers' Robin Lopez, left, and Nicolas Batum, from France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard, second from right, pulls in a rebound against Portland Trail Blazers' Robin Lopez, left, and Nicolas Batum, from France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

James Harden scored 33 points, Dwight Howard added 29 points and 13 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-101 on Tuesday night.

Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley each added 12 points for the Rockets (4-1).

Damian Lillard scored 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 to lead the Blazers, who fell after winning two in a row. Wesley Matthews added 19 points.

Playing for the fourth time in five nights, the Rockets bounced back from getting clobbered by the L.A. Clippers 137-118 Monday night in Howard's first trip back to the Staples Center since leaving the L.A. Lakers during the summer.