Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets after missing the last 11 games due to right knee soreness.

Howard initially began to experience slight pain in his knee during Houston's Nov. 17 game against the Memphis Grizzlies and had platelet-rich plasma therapy to restore the cartilage in his knee.

He is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this season.

The Rockets went 8-3 without him.