iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Rockets guard James Harden had a triple-double while center Dwight Howard scored a team-high 26 points as Houston (18-5) defeated the Denver Nuggets (10-13) on Saturday night, 108-96.
Howard returned to the hardwood floor for the first time since a strained right knee sidelined him for the last 11 games. The eight-time NBA All-Star pulled down 13 rebounds, to surpass 10,000 for his career.
The Nuggets jumped out to a 40-26 lead with 8:06 left in the second quarter, but the Rockets went on a 28-9 run to close out the first half on top, 54-48.
Harden finished the game with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double.
Forward Alonzo Gee led the way for the Nuggets with 20 points.
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