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Rockets Complete Comeback, Headed to Western Finals

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Rockets became the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 on Sunday.

James Harden scored 31 points and Dwight Howard added 16 points in the victory.  

"I told our guys 3-1 it feels really bad especially when they stomp on you in games three and four," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said about the team's mindset.  "Our guys just kind grinded it out, one game at a time, we've had many three game winning streaks throughout the year and our guys just rallied together."

This is the Rockets first appearance in the Western Conference Finals since 1997 when Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley were on the roster.

"So close," Clippers guard Chris Paul said on dropping three games in a row.  "I don't even know what that means anymore.  If you're not first, your'e last, being close ain't good enough."

Paul finished with 26 points and Blake Griffin had 27 in the loss.

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Rockets Expect Howard to Return Wednesday

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is expected to play in Wednesday night's game against New Orleans, according to head coach Kevin McHale.

Howard has not played since Jan. 23 due to knee problems. He's expected to be limited to 20 minutes per game as he works his way back into the lineup.

“I am always anxious to play,” Howard told the Houston Chronicle. “Not being on the floor for a long time, watching from the sidelines is hard. I will be happy to finally get back out there and play.”

The Rockets have gone 17-9 since losing Howard, and have the third-best record in the Western Conference.

The 29-year-old Howard has played in 32 games this season, averaging 16.3 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game.

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Dwight Howard Begins On-Court Practice

Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- Dwight Howard is making his way back onto the court.

The Houston Rockets center has begun on-court rehabilitation after a procedure on a knee edema.

“He’s starting to do a combination of treadmill/floor stuff, which is a good sign, but they’re going slow," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. "They want to make sure they have a handle on it. It’s bothered him really all year.”

Despite Howard’s absence, the Rockets are 10-6 since the Houston big man was sidelined on Jan. 30. James Harden has carried the Rockets, as he averaged 26.7 points and 7.6 assists during the month of February. In March, Harden is off to an even hotter start as he is averaging 29.3 points and 9.3 assists through four games.

Through 32 games this season Howard is averaging 16.3 points and 11 rebounds per game. 

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Rockets' Center Dwight Howard Out 6-8 Weeks with Knee Injury

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Rockets finally received some clarity on the right knee injury to center Dwight Howard. The team announced that Howard will miss the next 6-8 weeks.

Despite the injury, Howard's injury could have been much worse.

"When I saw the MRI I knew it wasn't anything structural. That's a blessing right now," Howard told Fox 26. "The most important thing is that I'm ready and I'm in game shape for the playoffs."

Having already missed 19 games this season, the 29-year-old Howard is averaging 16.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in his second season with the Rockets.

Even though Howard has been in and out of the lineup, the Rockets still find themselves at 35-16 and have the third-best record in the Western Conference.

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Kevin Garnett Ejected After Headbutting Dwight Howard

Elsa/Getty Images(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard were battling for position under the basket in the first quarter Monday night -- perhaps are little too hard -- and Garnett ended up getting ejected for being literally hard-headed.

Garnett took exception to Howard's pushing and shoving and bounced the ball off of the Rocket's center's head. With just under eight minutes to go in the first quarter, the two began to exchange words and Garnett took the crown of his head to Howard's jaw.

The NBA league office will review the incident and hand down any disciplinary action if it is deemed necessary.

Back to the action on the court: James Harden lit up the Nets defense as he put up 30 points. Howard would add eight points and five rebounds.

Houston would go on to win the game 113-99.

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Josh Smith Will Join Rockets

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After being released by the Detroit Pistons Monday, forward Josh Smith has decided to join the Houston Rockets.

Smith made the announcement on Fox26 Sports, although the Rockets haven't confirmed the move.

The 29-year-old Smith wasn't even halfway into his four-year, $54 million contract before being released by the Pistons. He now goes from a struggling Detroit (5-23) team to the Rockets (20-7), one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Smith has played in 28 games this season, averaging 14.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 blocks per game.

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Dwight Howard Scores 26 as Rockets Top Nuggets, 108-96

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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Dwight Howard Back on the Court for the Rockets

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After an 11 game absence, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will make his return to the court Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets.

Howard was out of action after dealing with knee soreness. While the injury wasn't considered too serious, the team felt it was best to hold him out until he felt healthy enough to play at his All-Star level.

He underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy to help restore the cartilage in his knee, and is feeling like his old self again.

"I'm just thankful to be back out there," Howard said. "Nobody wants to sit on the bench in a suit and watch his team play. You want to get out there in the action. But I'm happy to be back out there, thankful. I thank God for just allowing me to be able to play again. I'm just happy to play again. That's the big thing."

The Rockets haven't missed a beat without Howard. The team sits at 17-5 heading into Saturday, which is the third-best record in the NBA.

The 29-year-old Howard is averaging 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

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Lakers Win Consecutive Games for First Time This Year

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- For the first time in the 2014-15 season, the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games with a 98-92 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant led the way with 29 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Lakers (3-9).

"Look, we had a bad start," Bryant said. "Are we a 3-9 team? No. We're a much better team than that. We got off to a really bad start, but we'll (get better)."

Trailing by four with less than a minute to play, Los Angeles used a 7-1 run to take a 94-92 lead and pick up the victory. Nick Young scored 16 points in just his second game of the season, scoring 17 in Tuesday night's win. Young added a pair of free throws late to seal the win.

The Rockets (9-3) were playing without center Dwight Howard who missed the game with a knee injury. James Harden paced Houston with 24 points while three other players scored in double figures. Despite shooting 15-of-38 from beyond the arc, the Rockets turned the ball over 17 times and were out-rebounded 47-38 in the loss.

It was the first meeting between the Western Conference foes after Houston's opening night win in Los Angeles. That contest featured a small spat between Howard and Bryant, heightening the drama going into Wednesday's game. 

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Aldridge Torches Rockets, Portland Takes 2-0 Series Lead

Scott Halleran/Getty Images (HOUSTON, Texas) -- For the second time is as many games, LaMarcus Aldridge set it off. The Portland power forward scored 43 points on Wednesday for the second straight game, leading the Trail Blazers to a 112-105 win over Houston a 2-0 series lead.

A native of Dallas, Aldridge has scored 89 points through the first two games of the series, including a franchise record 46 in Portland's overtime win over the Rockets in Game 1. His back-to-back 40-plus scoring nights puts him on the same list as Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady as the only players to score 40 or more points on the road in Games 1 and 2 of a playoff series.

"What can they do to stop him? He was great once again," said teammate Damian Lillard who added 18 points in the win. "When a lot of guys couldn't get going and couldn't get shots, he carried us."

The Trail Blazers now return home winning two games on the road to open a playoff series for the first time since the 1977 Western Conference Finals. Portland had a six point lead heading into the fourth quarter and was able to hold off a late rally by the Rockets to clinch the victory.

Dwight Howard led Houston with 32 points and 14 rebounds, connecting on his first six shots of the game. James Harden struggled, however, going just 6-of-19 from the floor. Game 3 is set for Friday night in Portland.

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