NBA wRap: Dwight takes flight as Rockets remain unbeaten

Rodneil Quiteles
NBA wRap: Dwight takes flight as Rockets remain unbeaten
Dwight Howard takes flight on 6 alley-oop plays and dominates the paint with 32 points and 16 rebounds


MANILA, Philippines – Rockets center Dwight Howard had a field day inside as the Spurs opted to rest veterans Tim Duncan along with Manu Ginobili on the second game of a back-to-back schedule.

LaMarcus Aldrige had ample help as the Trailblazers stop the Mavericks. Check out more in the November 7 edition of Rappler’s NBA wRap.

Houston Rockets (6-0) 98 – 81 San Antonio Spurs (2-2)
HOU: Dwight Howard 32 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal
SAS: Aron Baynes 12 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal

Dwight takes flight: Dwight Howard was all over this one as he delivered his best game in a while. The man the call “Superman” finished with 32 points and 16 rebounds and had 6 alley-oop plays on the night.

Veterans rest: The Spurs opted to play tonight without veteran stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Australian big man Aron Baynes tried his best to man the slot but got overpowered time and time again by Howard.

Portland Trailblazers (3-2) 108 – 87 Dallas Mavericks (3-2)
POR: LaMarcus Aldrige 20 points, 7 rebounds
DAL: Dirk Nowitzki 17 points, 3 rebounds

Defensive Blazers: After limiting LeBron James to just 11 points, the Trailblazers clamp down on defense once again to limit Dirk Nowitzki to just 17 points. No other Maverick scored higher. Nicolas Batum didn’t have good night shooting from the field (2/8) but still made his presence felt nearly tying a triple double with 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

Improved Bench: The Blazers’ bench also outscored the Mavs, 52-35, led by CJ McCollum who finished with 13 points on 3/4 shooting from downtown.

Stat line of the night: This was, no doubt, Dwight Howard’s night. Without Tim Duncan to man anchor the Spurs’ interior D, Howard simply bullied his way inside. Howard shot 12/18 from the field en route to 32 points to go along with 16 rebounds and 2 blocks. –

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