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4th
Sun Jan. 13
6:00pm
BONUS
116
TF 7
ML: -222
ORL 5.5, O/U 214.5
ML: +185
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Magic rally in fourth quarter to beat Rockets 116-109

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic threw about everything they had at Houston's James Harden and the strategy worked. Barely.

Orlando rallied in the fourth quarter to squeeze out a 116-109 win over Houston on Sunday behind 22 points apiece from Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon, and 17 points from Evan Fournier.

The Magic outscored Harden and Houston 14-4 in the final four minutes of the game to win their second straight game.

''That was exhausting,'' said Fournier, who spent most of the game chasing Harden around pick-and-rolls. ''The guy is terrific. I thought overall, we did a pretty good job, but the guy still had 38.''

Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30-point games to 16, but at a high price. Harden was just 1 for 17 on 3-point attempts. He did get fouled three times shooting from beyond the arc and was 9 for 9 from the free throw line on those occasions (15 of 16 overall), but it was never enough to give the Rockets a comfortable advantage.

''I thought we did well against him, except for the fouls,'' Magic coach Steve Clifford said. ''It's not easy to guard him without fouling and yet it's necessary, but he also was 11 for 32, 1 for 17 and we didn't make a lot of mistakes, except that.''

Houston led much of the game and was up 105-98 when Harden made a pair of free throws with 4:34 left.

From there, however, he was 1 for 5 from the field, including three misses on step-back 3-pointers. His teammates were 0 for 3 during that span, giving him no help when the game was being decided.

''The problem is you can't rely on (Harden) to be super human every night,'' Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''We have to have some contribution from other guys. I thought they came in with a lack of focus on the defensive end and it carried over on the offensive end. We didn't play well.''

Harden agreed with his coach.

''We scored enough points to win,'' Harden said. ''We didn't have our focus defensively, like we have the last few weeks. We gave them 70 points or something in the second half (actually, 64). You give a team like this some confidence and open shots and they made them. It's pretty simple.''

Austin Rivers scored 25 points and Clint Capela 17 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, which lost for only the fourth time in its last 17 games.

Terrence Ross had 17 points for Orlando, including six straight in the late-game run when the Magic put away Houston.

With Harden on the bench for a brief rest, the Rockets used a 10-2 run to start the fourth period and grab a 98-88 lead, but the Magic passed them when Ross followed a three-point play with a 3-pointer to make it 106-105 with 3:11 left.

Fournier and D.J. Augustin followed with back-to-back 3-pointers and Vucevic hit a short jump hook that finished the run that sealed the game.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Brandon Knight (knee) and Nene (rested because of back-to-back) joined Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee) on Houston's injured list. ... Houston is averaging nearly 10 points more in its last 16 games than it did in its first 16 games. (116.2 vs. 106.6) . ... Harden had his string of five or more 3-pointers in a game end at 12.

Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba missed his third straight game with a foot injury. ... Orlando is 10-8 in back-to-back situations, but only 3-7 in the second game.

UP NEXT:

Rockets: Houston heads home to play Memphis in the second game of a back-to-back.

Magic: Travel to Detroit Wednesday to play the Pistons.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
N. Vucevic
9 C
30.7 Min. Per Game 30.7
20.1 Pts. Per Game 20.1
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
12.0 Reb. Per Game 12.0
43.4 Field Goal % 52.6
43.0 Three Point % 52.4
85.9 Free Throw % 76.7
  Defensive rebound by Evan Fournier 0:05
  James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
  Aaron Gordon missed floating jump shot 0:17
  Personal foul on P.J. Tucker 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Terrence Ross 0:43
  James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:48
+ 2 Aaron Gordon made reverse layup 0:56
+ 1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
+ 1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 1:14
  Personal foul on Evan Fournier 1:14
+ 2 Nikola Vucevic made hook shot, assist by Aaron Gordon 1:21
Team Stats
Points 109 116
Field Goals 38-86 (44.2%) 41-85 (48.2%)
3-Pointers 10-42 (23.8%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 23-27 (85.2%) 25-28 (89.3%)
Total Rebounds 47 52
Offensive 9 12
Defensive 29 33
Team 9 7
Assists 20 25
Steals 7 6
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 21 21
Technicals 1 0
38 PTS, 9 REB, 12 AST
22 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Rockets 24-18 26332921109
home team logo Magic 19-24 18343430116
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 24-18 108.5 PPG 42.9 RPG 18.3 APG
home team logo Magic 19-24 92.0 PPG 43.4 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 31.6 PPG 6.8 RPG 6.6 APG 41.3 FG%
N. Vucevic C 11.2 PPG 8.0 RPG 3.0 APG 36.2 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 38 PTS 9 REB 12 AST
N. Vucevic C 22 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
44.2 FG% 48.2
23.8 3PT FG% 37.5
85.2 FT% 89.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 38 9 12 11/32 1/17 15/16 3 43 4 0 4 2 7 0 71
A. Rivers 25 1 2 10/14 4/7 1/1 3 36 1 0 0 1 0 -6 31
C. Capela 17 10 3 8/12 0/0 1/2 2 36 0 0 0 4 6 -12 33
D. House Jr. 14 1 2 5/13 4/7 0/0 2 29 0 0 1 0 1 -11 18
P. Tucker 8 8 0 2/6 0/4 4/4 5 38 2 0 1 2 6 -6 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 38 9 12 11/32 1/17 15/16 3 43 4 0 4 2 7 0 71
A. Rivers 25 1 2 10/14 4/7 1/1 3 36 1 0 0 1 0 -6 31
C. Capela 17 10 3 8/12 0/0 1/2 2 36 0 0 0 4 6 -12 33
D. House Jr. 14 1 2 5/13 4/7 0/0 2 29 0 0 1 0 1 -11 18
P. Tucker 8 8 0 2/6 0/4 4/4 5 38 2 0 1 2 6 -6 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Green 3 1 1 1/7 1/7 0/0 4 19 0 1 1 0 1 -5 6
J. Ennis III 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 1 15 0 0 1 0 2 +1 3
M. Chriss 2 4 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 10 0 0 2 0 4 +6 4
G. Clark 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 2 -2 2
E. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hartenstein - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nene - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Anthony - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 109 38 20 38/86 10/42 23/27 21 236 7 1 10 9 29 -35 185
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 22 9 6 9/16 1/3 3/4 4 35 1 0 2 2 7 +15 42
A. Gordon 22 8 5 8/15 2/3 4/4 1 35 2 0 3 2 6 +9 39
E. Fournier 19 5 2 6/11 1/4 6/6 5 36 0 0 2 1 4 +8 26
D. Augustin 9 4 3 3/7 1/3 2/2 1 30 1 0 1 0 4 +10 19
J. Isaac 7 6 4 2/5 1/1 2/2 1 28 0 1 2 1 5 -7 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 22 9 6 9/16 1/3 3/4 4 35 1 0 2 2 7 +15 42
A. Gordon 22 8 5 8/15 2/3 4/4 1 35 2 0 3 2 6 +9 39
E. Fournier 19 5 2 6/11 1/4 6/6 5 36 0 0 2 1 4 +8 26
D. Augustin 9 4 3 3/7 1/3 2/2 1 30 1 0 1 0 4 +10 19
J. Isaac 7 6 4 2/5 1/1 2/2 1 28 0 1 2 1 5 -7 20
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Ross 17 4 2 6/14 2/7 3/4 0 28 1 0 0 1 3 +11 26
W. Iwundu 8 4 0 2/8 0/1 4/5 2 14 1 1 0 3 1 0 14
K. Birch 7 3 2 3/4 0/0 1/1 2 12 0 0 1 2 1 -8 13
I. Briscoe 5 2 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 5 17 0 0 0 0 2 -3 9
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bamba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 116 45 25 41/85 9/24 25/28 21 235 6 2 11 12 33 +35 208