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 BASKETS

Orlando’s Dwight Howard had his 45th double double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against the Rockets.

BRICKS

Houston is 37-17 when Tracy McGrady plays and 2-7 when he doesn’t this season.

INSIDER

The Wizards are 8-30 all-time in regular season games in Miami.

Boston guard Delonte West missed his second game with a mild concussion, while forward Ryan Gomes sat out his second game with a sprained left foot.

Chicago forward Malik Allen stayed behind in Chicago and didn’t make the trip to Boston after spending Thursday night in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat.  He was released from the hospital on Friday.

Richard Hamilton is second among the Pistons with 11 technical fouls.  Rasheed Wallace, whose one game suspension Sunday cost him $146,341 in salary, set a record with 38 technicals in 1999-2000 with Portland and eclipsed that mark the following season with 40.