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ORLANDO (6 - 13) at HOUSTON (14 - 7)
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ORLANDO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games6-13-4.49-109-998.949.046.1%49.0103.350.545.8%50.6
Road Games1-8-5.55-45-499.749.745.3%47.4108.851.848.1%52.9
Last 5 Games1-4-32-33-296.850.445.9%42.2109.656.449.2%52.8
ORLANDO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.949.038-8146.1%8-2136.6%16-2175.7%49921218164
vs opponents surrendering99.549.737-8245.2%8-2135.9%18-2374.8%511122208155
Team Stats (Road Games)99.749.738-8445.3%8-2137.0%16-2174.1%471022238163
Stats Against (All Games)103.350.539-8545.8%8-2138.2%18-2379.5%511023198146
vs opponents averaging99.949.638-8345.6%8-2136.1%17-2275.3%501022218155
Stats Against (Road Games)108.851.840-8348.1%9-2239.8%20-2678.0%53924197156

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games14-7+0.212-812-9107.954.547.9%57.5101.849.442.6%49.9
Home Games9-3+2.17-45-7106.255.647.1%60.996.244.739.6%52.1
Last 5 Games3-2-4.73-23-2104.454.844.7%
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.954.538-7947.9%10-2736.5%23-3270.5%571121218176
vs opponents surrendering99.95037-8345.3%7-2035.6%18-2475.0%521121218155
Team Stats (Home Games)106.255.637-7947.1%10-2738.3%22-3268.2%611121209187
Stats Against (All Games)101.849.438-8942.6%8-2336.4%17-2375.3%501221259146
vs opponents averaging99.549.937-8344.9%8-2135.9%17-2374.8%511122218155
Stats Against (Home Games)96.244.736-9239.6%8-2334.9%15-2172.7%5214192610155
Average power rating of opponents played: ORLANDO 96.5,  HOUSTON 96.3
ORLANDO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/29/2013@ INDIANA87-97L12.5W189U36-9338.7%521734-7147.9%5620
10/30/2013@ MINNESOTA115-120L10.5W199.5O47-10047.0%631842-10042.0%6114
11/1/2013NEW ORLEANS110-90W4W194O39-7055.7%511832-9234.8%5212
11/6/2013LA CLIPPERS98-90W7W208U40-8248.8%541536-9537.9%5713
11/9/2013@ ATLANTA94-104L6.5L199U38-8246.3%491743-9047.8%5512
11/11/2013@ BOSTON105-120L1.5L191O39-8545.9%431851-8560.0%4213
11/23/2013@ MIAMI99-101L13W202U34-7346.6%471637-7847.4%4612
11/26/2013@ ATLANTA109-92W7.5W200O42-8350.6%481230-7341.1%4314
11/29/2013SAN ANTONIO91-109L9L193.5O34-7843.6%331542-7655.3%4619
12/2/2013@ WASHINGTON80-98L7L194U30-7739.0%441633-7345.2%5117
12/3/2013@ PHILADELPHIA125-126L4.5W206O47-9450.0%461846-9647.9%6823
12/6/2013@ NEW YORK83-121L6.5L195.5O30-7042.9%351244-8353.0%5410
12/8/2013@ HOUSTON              
12/9/2013@ MEMPHIS              
12/11/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
12/15/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/16/2013@ CHICAGO              
12/23/2013NEW YORK              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/2/2013@ UTAH104-93W-6W199.5U34-6750.7%461834-8142.0%4815
11/4/2013@ LA CLIPPERS118-137L5.5L211.5O41-8250.0%551549-9452.1%4910
11/5/2013@ PORTLAND116-101W2W208.5O41-7554.7%572036-8741.4%4414
11/7/2013LA LAKERS98-99L-13.5L216U29-7737.7%681736-9239.1%5924
11/9/2013LA CLIPPERS94-107L-2.5L215U35-7844.9%511842-8847.7%5713
11/13/2013@ PHILADELPHIA117-123L-6.5L207.5O43-9644.8%631943-10341.7%6713
11/14/2013@ NEW YORK109-106W-1.5W207O31-6845.6%531438-8743.7%449
11/20/2013@ DALLAS120-123L2.5L214.5O42-7655.3%351142-7258.3%4315
11/25/2013@ MEMPHIS93-86W0W194.5U34-6949.3%541834-8241.5%4115
11/30/2013@ SAN ANTONIO112-106W6.5W205.5O40-9044.4%681644-9148.4%4415
12/2/2013@ UTAH103-109L-7.5L202O40-8348.2%45843-7954.4%4311
12/6/2013GOLDEN STATE105-83W-5W213.5U37-8344.6%621527-7635.5%5422
12/12/2013@ PORTLAND              
12/13/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
12/15/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
12/20/2013@ INDIANA              
12/21/2013@ DETROIT              
ORLANDO: GUARDS: JAMEER NELSON will be trade bait all year, as the Magic have no interest in picking up his option after the season . . . ARRON AFFLALO is also on the trade block, and has more on-the-court value than Nelson . . . The Magic will find starter's minutes for rookie VICTOR OLADIPO somehow, at the expense of Afflalo, Nelson (if Oladipo proves capable of handling the point later this year) or both. He's the future in this backcourt . . . E'TWAUN MOORE is back mostly because he's a cheap option at back-up point guard. He's still a fringe NBA player . . . RONNIE PRICE is lucky to have a roster spot anywhere after a brutal year in Portland . . . Second-year man DORON LAMB will have a chance to prove himself as a second-unit scorer. FORWARDS: MAURICE HARKLESS has nice upside, and Orlando will find him more opportunities on offense. He reportedly added weight in an effort to be able to attack the rim more effectively . . . TOBIAS HARRIS is a disaster defensively, but after arriving in Orlando he showed the kind of versatile offensive skill set this team lacks. Expect him to win the starting job at the four . . . GLEN DAVIS will battle Harris for minutes, but as A 27-year-old, injury-prone player, he's more likely to be phased out by the rebuilding Magic . . . JASON MAXIELL will provide some physicality at the four and five . . . ANDREW NICHOLSON is still a work-in-progress, but is showing flashes of becoming an effective stretch four. CENTERS: NIKOLA VUCEVIC is a cornerstone in the Magic's rebuilding project. He's not terribly skilled or athletic, but he's a high-energy rebounder who has the touch to get plenty of baskets cleaning up garbage . . . KYLE O'QUINN had some nice moments in meaningless games late last year. The second-year pro might be able to hang on for a few more seasons as a back-up center.
HOUSTON: GUARDS: JAMES HARDEN is a franchise player, and as one of the league's elite pick-and-roll threats, he and Dwight Howard have the potential to be dominant . . . Trade rumors will continue to circle JEREMY LIN, who isn't an off-the-ball threat to fit alongside Harden. He is, however, clearly a starting-caliber point guard . . . PATRICK BEVERLEY really shined in back-up minutes last year, and he's part of the reason that Lin is expendable. He's strong defensively, and he proved capable of running the second unit. He'll be one of the league's top back-up PGs if Lin stays . . . Rookie combo guard ISAIAH CANAAN will be developed as a spot-up shooter . . . REGGIE WILLIAMS is a roster filler . . . AARON BROOKS is around as a reclamation project . . . RONNIE BREWER provides a much-needed athletic perimeter defender. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS is an elite role player. He entered the league with the reputation as a pure athlete, but it's his ability to knock down the corner three that's made him so valuable in Houston . . . GREG SMITH looks like another great find for the Rockets. He's an athletic banger who can allow Dwight Howard to roam a bit on defense . . . DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS showed flashes as a rookie, but the stretch four looks like a situational role player for the foreseeable future . . . FRANCISCO GARCIA will lend a veteran presence to the second unit . . . Versatile TERRENCE JONES could be in for more minutes as the Rockets look for the right role players . . . OMRI CASSPI might be getting his last chance at the NBA. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD should be much happier in Houston, though the Rockets still have to convince him that he can dominate as a pick-and-roll player. He should make everyone forget about his season with the Lakers . . . The fact is OMER ASIK just doesn't fit alongside Howard. But if he stays somewhat happy in Houston, he could be a valuable second-unit player . . . MARCUS CAMBY has latched on to chase a ring.
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Orlando (6-13) at Houston (14-7), 7:00 p.m. EDT

While Dwight Howard grew unhappy in Orlando after eight seasons with the Magic, he's surely pleased with how things are working out in Houston.

The Rockets go for an eighth home win in nine games Sunday night when Howard faces his former team.

Houston, which signed Howard to a four-year deal worth roughly $88 million this summer, has opened 14-7 while posting an NBA-leading 107.9 points per game. The Rockets have also started to clamp down defensively, holding teams to an average of 95.1 during a 6-2 stretch.

After falling 109-103 at woeful Utah on Monday and 97-88 to Phoenix two nights later, Houston cruised to a needed 105-83 win over usually high-scoring Golden State on Friday. James Harden led the way with 34 points while Howard scored 22 and pulled down 18 rebounds for his team-leading 12th double-double.

"The last two games before tonight were terrible, and we don't want to play like that again," Howard said. "We wanted to come in with a lot of energy, defend, push the pace, and win.

"(There) has to be a sense of urgency for us to get a good win, and that's how we played. We're getting a lot better, our chemistry is still growing."

Terrence Jones also came up big with 16 points and 10 boards as the Rockets outscored the Warriors 54-36 in the paint and held them to a season-low 35.5 percent shooting.

"When me and him (Jones) are in the paint causing havoc on both ends of the floor it makes it tough for teams, and we have to bring that every night," Howard said. "We've got to bring that intensity and effort every single night for us to win."

Howard was at his best in his first two matchups against Orlando (6-13) while with the Lakers last season, averaging 30.0 points and 15.5 rebounds. The Magic, who saw Howard go a combined 34 of 60 from the foul line in splitting those games, may try to implement the same strategy.

Orlando has dropped a season worst-tying four straight and 11 of 14, and things won't get any easier if Nikola Vucevic can't go again. The third-year center, averaging 14.7 points and a team-best 10.9 boards, is uncertain to be available after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle.

"We can't wait on that. That can't be a crutch for us," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Guys have to step up and be ready to play every night. That's the challenge, that's the job you have as a professional."

Vucevic's presence was certainly missed in Friday's 121-83 loss at New York. Arron Afflalo had 20 points, Victor Oladipo scored 17 and Jameer Nelson added 13 and nine assists in his first game back since missing three with a foot injury.

"It's all a learning process for this team. It's frustrating, but this is the game of basketball and this is how it's going to be sometimes," Oladipo told the team's official website. "We just have to learn from nights this."

Three of the Magic's last four losses have come by at least 18 points. Orlando has allowed 108.8 per contest in going 1-8 on the road,.

"We have a lot of games and a lot of practices ahead of us and a lot of time together to get better," Nelson said. "We just have to focus on that. The attention to detail has to be a lot better in terms of us knowing situations and individual personnel."

Orlando had taken five straight from Houston before giving up 114.5 points in losing both meetings last season.

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