Magic Vs. Rockets: Dwight Howard, Orlando Bounce Back For Win

Dwight Howard scored 21 to help the Orlando Magic beat the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Dwight Howard scored 21 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks as the Orlando Magic knocked off the Houston Rockets 104-95 at the Amway Center on Monday. The Magic cajoled Rockets wing Kevin Martin into a shockingly bad night; the typically efficient scorer shot just 1-10 from the field, finishing with four points. That ruined a brilliant night from point guard Kyle Lowry, who had 20 points and 12 assists for Houston.

New Rocket Samuel Dalembert didn't started, but did get 20 minutes off of the bench. Jordan Hill, who started at center, was ineffective and it's only a matter of time before Dalembert replaces him.

Orlando's Ryan Anderson cooled off after a brilliant game in Oklahoma City on Sunday; he hit just 2-8 on three-pointers. Hedo Turkoglu scored a game-high 23 points on 10-14 shooting, and J.J. Redick added 20 on 8-12 shooting off of the bench.

In other action:

Raptors 104, Cavaliers 96: Six Raptors scored at least 13 points, and Toronto shot 53 percent from the field. Kyrie Irving shot 2-12 in his pro debut.

Pacers 91, Pistons 79: Indiana blew Detroit out of the water early. The Pistons shot just 36 percent from the field, with the bench shooting a combined 5-22. David West shot just 3-12 in his Pacers debut, but had 12 rebounds, seven on the offensive glass.

Nets 90, Wizards 84: Washington outscored New Jersey 26-13 in the first quarter, but the Nets erased all of that over the rest of the game. Kris Humphries finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Andray Blatche took the opportunity of this loss to announce he needs the ball in the low post more frequently.

Bobcats 96, Bucks 95: Kemba Walker hit two free throws to ice the game late as the Cats came back to edge the Bucks. Andrew Bogut had 17 and nine for the Bucks, and perhaps most importantly shot 3-4 from the line.

Thunder 104, Wolves 100: The Wolves put up a great fight, but OKC was too good. The usual suspects -- Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love -- were excellent, and Ricky Rubio had an auspicious debut with some brilliant passes and crunch-time minutes. As noted by Myles Brown on Twitter, Michael Beasley had as many FGAs (27) as the other four starters combined. Beasley missed a runner in the waning seconds, of course.

Hornets 85, Suns 84: New Orleans poured molasses all over the court and watched the Suns struggle like flies on the back side of duct tape. Eric Gordon scored 20, nonetheless.

Blazers 107, Sixers 103: Portland survived one of those Lou Williams Nights from Lou Williams to prevail. Lou had 25 in 27 minutes on 9-17 shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge paced the Blazers with 25 of his own, but had to play 42 minutes as Portland is insanely thin up front.

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