• Harden, Rockets top Magic

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    HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) (AP)

    ong> - James Harden had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 108-104 win over the Orlando Magic in a preseason game Wednesday night.
     
       Harden finished 7 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 6 from behind the arc in 18 minutes - all in the first half. Harden had 15 points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Houston a 33-29 lead after one en route to a 61-53 halftime lead.
     
       Patrick Beverley added 13 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes, and Dwight Howard had eight points and four rebounds in 18 minutes -- also all in the first half -- to lead the Rockets (3-1) to their third straight preseason win.
     
       Reserce Manny Harris led the Magic (1-3) with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting in 23 minutes.
     
       Houston played without Jeremy Lin, who was sent home due to illness.


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