Houston coach Kevin McHale moved Howard to power forward on Monday to get 7-foot center Omer Asik in the lineup with the team's new acquisition. Asik had four points and nine rebounds in his first game this season after dealing with a calf injury.
The game was tied late in the third before the Rockets used a 7-0 run to take a 77-70 lead and hold on for the win.
Brian Windhorst explains that Wednesday's joint statement from the Miami Heat and Chris Bosh, saying that Bosh won't return this postseason, puts both sides on the same page for the first time in a while.
Ian Begley updates the latest on the Knicks' coaching search with Kurt Rambis and David Blatt appearing to be the most attractive options right now, but Phil Jackson would have to reconsider if Frank Vogel is no longer the Pacers coach.
Chris Forsberg breaks down how Danny Ainge and the Celtics have positioned themselves through the last few seasons by being patient and acquiring draft picks to potentially become an attractive suitor for high-value free agents.