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MEXICO CITY – Dwight Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds, James Harden added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-101 on Wednesday night in the NBA's first regular-season game played south of the border since 1997.
Howard, who missed the Rockets only loss of the season, Saturday against the Golden State Warriors, came back strong. He was 9 of 16 from the field and blocked four shots in 33 minutes.
With Ricky Rubio sidelined indefinitely after spraining his left ankle during Friday*s loss to the Orlando Magic, the Wolves lost their third game in a row.
The teams played without a problem nearly a year after a game between the San Antonio Spurs and Timberwolves was canceled because a short circuit in a generator room sent smoke and fumes inside the Mexico City Arena during warmups.