James Harden scores 31, Rockets down Magic 101-89

KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press Published:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- James Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and the Houston Rockets dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Orlando Magic 101-89 on Wednesday night.

The Rockets dominated inside, outscoring the Magic 58-26 in the paint. Dwight Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds in his second trip to Orlando to face his former team.

Houston trailed in the second quarter by as many as 14 points, but battled back to win for the 13th time in 15 outings.

Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 18 points. The Magic dropped to 0-2 this season against the Rockets.

Orlando played without Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo. Nelson was out sick and Oladipo missed his first game of the season with soreness in his left ankle.