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HOUSTON -- The Rockets offence is one of the best in the NBA. However, against Golden State on Friday night, it was the defence that was the key. Houston leaned on its defence in the first quarter while jumping out to a double-digit lead it didnt relinquish. James Harden scored 34 points, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Rockets beat the Warriors 105-83. Terrence Jones added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who had lost two straight. Harden shot 13 for 22 from the field and 7 for 9 on free throws two nights after shooting 3 for 17 -- including 0 for 10 on 3-pointers -- against Phoenix. Howard was 12 for 20 on free throws as the Rockets finished 25 for 39 from the line. Houston was also 45 per cent from the field. "Thats the way we play," Harden said. "If we dont get after them on the defensive end, its going to be tough for us. We were getting huge stops and getting out in transition. We did a good job early in the game of putting pressure on their guards, and we got things going our way." Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points and five assists, but was just 5 of 14 from the field while making all 11 free-throw attempts. Harrison Barnes had 14 points and seven rebounds, Kent Bazemore added 12 and David Lee 11 points as the Warriors saw their two-game win streak end. Golden State shot 36 per cent from the field, including 2 for 16 on 3s. "Theyre a tough team," Houston coach Kevin McHale said. "They shoot a lot of 3s. They shoot them at a really high percentage. We were trying to get them off the line and keep pressure on them and keep our bids up so they just couldnt walk into shots. For the most part, we did a very good job of that." Golden State coach Mark Jackson said it was a bad loss. "The way we started the ball game, there have been times when our bench has been bad, and we let them know, and tonight, the starters did a poor job of setting the tone," Jackson said. "We got outworked. They played with more force and that set the tone the rest of the way." The Rockets led 61-37 at halftime and pushed the advantage to 28 on Hardens three-point play less than 2 minutes into the third quarter. Golden State pulled to 74-50 on Jermaine ONeals jumper midway through the third, and the Warriors resorted to Hack-a-Howard with 5:40 remaining in the period. Howard made 2 of 4 from the line, and the Warriors pulled to 76-54 on ONeals layup with 5:06 to go in the quarter. Howard connected on the next two free throws, and the Warriors went away from hacking him. Golden State got no closer than 15 points the rest of the way. "Its like tonight we didnt hit shots early, and we have a tendency to dwell on that, and we werent getting stops and we cant turn the ball over on offence," Curry said. "We gave them extra possessions early in the game to get their confidence going." Houston opened up a 31-12 lead after the first quarter on 60-per cent shooting from the field. The Rockets hit nine of their first 11 field goals as Jones led the way with 11 points in the quarter and Howard had nine. "We did the best job we could on making sure those guys didnt get 3s off tonight, and thats where it started," Howard said. "Our defence was great from the beginning. We had a lot of deflections. We ran the floor well and put pressure on their guards to make plays to other guys instead of them coming off and scoring." Golden State opened the second with five straight points to pull within 14 on Currys 3, but the Rockets responded with a 16-6 spurt over a 5-minute stretch to open up a 55-30 lead on Patrick Beverleys layup with 1:30 to go in the half. Harden had eight points in the run. The Warriors shot 27 per cent from the field and hit 1 of 8 from beyond the arc in the first half after scoring 19 points in the first quarter three nights earlier against Toronto and trailing by 17 at the half. "I know there is a reason for it thats excusable," Klay Thompson said of the slow starts. "Its very disappointing. As a starter, we have to come out there with unlimited energy." NOTES: Houston forward Chandler Parsons returned after missing the last two games with back spasms. Parsons finished with eight points and five assists on 3-of-13 shooting in 34 minutes. ... The Warriors 12 first quarter points tied a season low for a quarter and was the Warriors fewest points in a first quarter. ... 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Jonathan Bullard Jersey.C. - The housecleaning continues for the B.ROME - AC Milans winless streak stretched to four matches following a 2-2 draw at third-place Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday, although the Rossoneri could at least celebrate promising young forward Stephan El Shaarawy breaking his scoring drought.El Shaarawy put Milan ahead in the 10th minute with his first goal in two seasons. Stefano Okaka scored for Sampdoria just before halftime and Brazilian forward Eder put the hosts ahead in the 51st. Jeremy Menez equalized for Milan with a penalty in the 65th.My legs felt good tonight, El Shaarawy said. I was happy to score a goal but I would have preferred a victory. That would have boosted our confidence and put us back on track. But at least we were able to come back in the second half. So its a solid point earned. Well take the positives and move on.Milan ended with 10 men after defender Daniele Bonera picked up a second yellow card in the 85th.It was a great game. Both squads played to win, said Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who used to do battle with Milan counterpart Filippo Inzaghi when the pair played for the two Milan clubs.Sampdoria, which has lost just once this season, moved within two points of second-place Roma, which hosts Torino on Sunday. Juventus, which meets Parma, leads Roma by three points.Milan, which has won just four of 11 matches, is eight points off the lead in seventh.Up next for Milan is the derby with Inter in two weeks.Im very, very satisfied. Im only disappointed because we deserved to win, Inzaghi said. We need to focus on improving match by match.Earlier, Sassuolo stretched its unbeaten streak to five matches by drawing 0-0 with visiting Atalanta in a matchup of two squads in the lower half of the table.Milan was coming off a devastating 2-0 loss at home to Palermo and things were looking up when El Shaarawy finished off a counterattack by firing in an angled shot from just beyond the area inside the far post and beyond the reach of Argentinas World Cup final goalkeeper Sergio Romero.The 22-year-olld El Shaarawy last scored in February 2013, in the Milan derby, having been slowed by injuries last season.ddddddddddddThe son of an Egyptian father and an Italian mother, El Shaarawy scored a league-best 14 goals in the first half of 2012-13, then struggled once Mario Balotelli arrived midway through that campaign and became Milans focal point in attack.Now healthy again and with Balotelli having departed to Liverpool, El Shaarawy is returning to form — and could be called up for Italys key European Championship qualifier against Croatia next weekend.El Shaarawy was a member of Italys squad at last years Confederations Cup then didnt make the World Cup squad.Theres no discussing his talent, Inzaghi said. Tonight he scored a great goal.Okaka, a 25-year-old son of Nigerian immigrants who played for Italys youth squads, also put himself on display for Azzurri coach Antonio Conte, who attended the match at Luigi Ferraris stadium.Showing off his athleticism, Okaka used the tip of his foot to beat Bonera to a cross and redirect the ball past Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez.Shortly into the second half, Eder tapped in a rebound of a header from Pedro Obiang that bounced off the post following a corner.It was a league-best eighth set-piece goal of the season for Sampdoria.Inzaghi brought on Fernando Torres for the ineffective Keisuke Honda in the 59th and five minutes later Djamel Mesbah fouled Giacomo Bonaventura to set up Menezs penalty.Bonera picked up his second yellow for obstructing Okaka just outside the area and Lopez did well to stop a blistering effort from Roberto Soriano in the 90th.Earlier in Reggio Emilia, the closest either side came to scoring was when Atalantas Cristian Raimondi headed off the post in the 72nd.Sassuolo has won two and drawn three in its last five games, including a 1-1 draw with Juventus.Atalanta has scored only four goals in 11 matches, the low mark in Europes five major leagues.___Andrew Dampf can be followed at www.twitter.com/asdampf Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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