Rockets down Suns 122-108 for 4th straight win

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have won four games in a row.

It certainly isn't a coincidence that Dwight Howard has scored at least 20 points in each game of the winning streak.

Howard had 34 points and 14 rebounds to help the Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 122-108 on Wednesday night.

"I've just been being patient and letting my teammates find me in the right spot and not rushing my shots," Howard said.

The center has been spending extra time after practice this season working on post moves with former Rockets assistant coach and general manager Carroll Dawson.

"We talk about after I got my man beat, just slow down and make the shot," Howard said. "So I've just been trying to do that."

Howard also had three steals and two blocks, and James Harden added 23 points for Houston. It was the fifth game this season where Howard had at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, which is the most by a Rocket in a season since Yao Ming had six in 2007-08.

Houston coach Kevin McHale is encouraged that his guards have started to get a better feel for how to get the ball inside to Howard.

"I thought we missed him a couple of times, but we found him better," McHale said. "We just have to keep working on passing the ball to him, being better post feeders."

The Suns cut it to four points with about 6 minutes left before Houston went on a 10-3 run to make it 113-102. The Rockets capped that run when Harden knocked down a 3-pointer, Howard blocked Goran Dragic's shot, and Chandler Parsons added a layup.

Phoenix missed four shots, had a turnover and a shot-clock violation in that span.

Dragic had 23 points and eight assists for the Suns, who have dropped two in a row after winning five straight. They lost at home to Chicago on Tuesday night.

"We didn't stop anybody," Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We didn't stop anybody last night, either. Our defense has not been very good."

Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones added 19 points each for Houston, which was playing the second of just three home games this month.

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