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Rockets win without Harden, routing Magic 116-98

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) James Harden's strained left hamstring figures to be a problem for the Houston Rockets. It wasn't a big deal Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Gerald Green scored a season-high 27 points, Clint Capela had 21 points and eight rebounds and the Rockets (27-9) got by without the NBA scoring leader in routing the Magic 116-98.

''This was a good day. We've got Golden State (Thursday) so ask me tomorrow,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''We'll try to hold the fort down until we get James back.''

Green made his first five 3-point shots and finished 7 for 10 from behind the arc for the Rockets, who were never behind and led by as many as 28 late in the third quarter.

Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, with 17 points each, were among six Rockets in double figures and that did not include Chris Paul, who had eight points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.

''We'e still trying to get healthy,'' Paul said. ''We're still waiting for Luc (Mbah a Moute) to get back and obviously James is out for a while, but it's by committee right now for us.''

Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 16 points after missing his first eight shots. Elfrid Payton and Mario Hezonja added 14 each in Orlando's 12th loss in 13 games.

The Magic missed 16 of their first 18 shots and fell behind by 15 points before the end of the first quarter. A scoring burst by Hezonja kept them in the game in the second quarter but they could get no closer than nine.

Capela scored on a layup, a dunk and two free throws during the Rockets' 15-5 spurt at the outset of the second half, turning the game into a rout at 70-46.

In his first start and only his fourth game with the Rockets, Green produced his 27 points on only 15 shots.

''Chris (Paul) did a great job of getting me going early,'' Green said. ''My rhythm felt really good and I was able to knock down shots.

''Everybody knows we can score, but people underestimate that when we do lock down, we lock down. Today made that point. We held them to 12 points in the first quarter.''

Houston shot 44 percent (15 for 34) from 3-point range while Orlando shot 19 percent (6 for 31).

''When you're not making shots, everything in the game gets harder,'' noted Magic coach Frank Vogel. ''You press a little bit more, your focus on the defensive end slips a little more and we've got to overcome that.''

RECORD-BREAKING PACE

The Rockets are well on their way to breaking their own records, set last season, for 3-point attempts (40.3 per game) and 3-pointers made (14.4 per game). ''I don't go out and tell a guy we've got to get 45 threes up,'' D'Antoni said. ''I don't care. It could be 20. Depends on how the other team plays you. But we will not run a play that is set up to get a 15-foot shot.''

TIP-INS

Rockets: The game was only the third missed by Harden in the last four seasons. ... After getting 10 points and five rebounds, Nene left the game with a bruised right knee.

Magic: F Jonathon Simmons left the game in the second quarter with back spasms and did not return.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host Golden State on Thursday night.

Magic: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.

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Key Players
C. Paul
3 PG
A. Gordon
00 PF
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
18.9 Pts. Per Game 18.9
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
8.1 Reb. Per Game 8.1
44.8 Field Goal % 48.3
45.7 Three Point % 49.1
91.9 Free Throw % 74.8
+ 2 Wesley Iwundu made alley-oop shot, assist by Shelvin Mack 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Shelvin Mack 0:02
  Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
  Offensive rebound by Khem Birch 0:23
+ 2 Khem Birch made dunk 0:23
  Khem Birch missed layup 0:28
+ 3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot 0:39
+ 2 Khem Birch made dunk, assist by Shelvin Mack 0:53
  Personal foul on Briante Weber 1:09
+ 3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot 1:14
+ 2 Arron Afflalo made layup, assist by Shelvin Mack 1:26
Team Stats
Points 116 98
Field Goals 42-89 (47.2%) 35-91 (38.5%)
3-Pointers 15-34 (44.1%) 6-31 (19.4%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 22-25 (88.0%)
Total Rebounds 57 53
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 42 39
Team 6 5
Assists 25 16
Steals 6 7
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 15 12
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 0 1
8 PTS, 7 REB, 13 AST
14 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Rockets 27-9 25303427116
home team logo Magic 12-27 1229253298
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 27-9 112.4 PPG 43.5 RPG 21.5 APG
home team logo Magic 12-27 103.4 PPG 41.6 RPG 23.4 APG
Key Players
G. Green SG 12.1 PPG 3.2 RPG 0.6 APG 40.7 FG%
A. Gordon PF 17.6 PPG 7.9 RPG 2.3 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Green SG 27 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
A. Gordon PF 16 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
47.2 FG% 38.5
44.1 3PT FG% 19.4
81.0 FT% 88.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Capela 23 21 8 0 0 2 1 1 8/12 0/0 5/6 1 7 30 +26
E. Gordon 30 17 5 6 2 0 4 2 5/16 3/10 4/5 0 5 32 +9
R. Anderson 29 17 7 0 1 0 0 2 6/12 1/4 4/4 3 4 25 +20
T. Ariza 32 12 3 2 1 0 1 2 4/7 3/5 1/2 0 3 19 +22
C. Paul 31 8 7 13 2 0 3 2 3/13 1/4 1/1 2 5 40 +23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Capela 23 21 8 0 0 2 1 1 8/12 0/0 5/6 1 7 30 +26
E. Gordon 30 17 5 6 2 0 4 2 5/16 3/10 4/5 0 5 32 +9
R. Anderson 29 17 7 0 1 0 0 2 6/12 1/4 4/4 3 4 25 +20
T. Ariza 32 12 3 2 1 0 1 2 4/7 3/5 1/2 0 3 19 +22
C. Paul 31 8 7 13 2 0 3 2 3/13 1/4 1/1 2 5 40 +23
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Green 27 27 6 2 0 1 4 2 9/15 7/10 2/2 0 6 34 +9
Nene 13 10 5 0 0 0 0 3 5/8 0/0 0/0 1 4 15 -5
T. Black 8 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/1 0 1 2 0
B. Weber 16 2 4 2 0 0 1 2 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 3 9 -5
P. Tucker 25 0 5 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 5 -6
B. Brown 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
L. Mbah a Moute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harden - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Qi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 116 51 25 6 3 15 19 42/89 15/34 17/21 9 42 211 +90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 32 16 8 0 0 0 2 1 7/23 2/6 0/0 0 8 22 -14
E. Payton 22 14 4 4 5 0 5 3 5/9 0/1 4/4 1 3 26 -23
E. Fournier 29 10 5 1 0 1 1 2 2/11 0/5 6/6 3 2 17 -20
B. Biyombo 17 4 6 0 0 0 3 4 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 5 7 -16
J. Simmons 15 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 1/3 0/2 1/2 0 1 7 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 32 16 8 0 0 0 2 1 7/23 2/6 0/0 0 8 22 -14
E. Payton 22 14 4 4 5 0 5 3 5/9 0/1 4/4 1 3 26 -23
E. Fournier 29 10 5 1 0 1 1 2 2/11 0/5 6/6 3 2 17 -20
B. Biyombo 17 4 6 0 0 0 3 4 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 5 7 -16
J. Simmons 15 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 1/3 0/2 1/2 0 1 7 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Hezonja 28 14 9 2 0 0 1 1 6/14 2/6 0/0 2 7 26 -4
A. Afflalo 18 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 5/7 1/3 0/0 0 1 12 +2
W. Iwundu 26 9 5 0 0 1 0 1 2/4 0/1 5/6 0 5 15 -4
M. Speights 16 5 3 1 0 1 0 1 1/7 1/5 2/2 1 2 11 -6
S. Mack 16 5 3 7 1 0 0 2 1/3 0/1 3/4 0 3 23 +10
K. Birch 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 7 -4
D. Augustin 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 1/1 0 0 3 -5
N. Vucevic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 98 48 16 7 3 12 19 35/91 6/31 22/25 9 39 176 -90