Houston’s James Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30-point games to 16, but at a high price. The Rockets star was just 1 for 17 on 3-pointers. He had 12 assists and nine rebounds.
Terrence Ross had 17 points for Orlando, including six during a 16-2 run late in the fourth quarter 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 a 16-2 run that gave the Magic a 114-107 lead with 1:21 left in the game.
Harden nearly had a triple-double at halftime with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Houston’s first half was almost exclusively Harden’s dribbling behind the top of the 3-point line and taking step-back 3-pointers or driving to the basket for layups or lobs to Capela. Harden was 1 for 9 from 3-point land. Four of his assists were alley-oops to Capela for dunks.
Orlando didn’t have the one-man show Houston did, but the Magic got scoring from all nine players and were only down 59-52 at halftime.
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) . James 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.
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.