Howard, Millsap lead Hawks to 112-97 win over Rockets

ATLANTA (AP) — Kent Bazemore shook off a scoring slump that included a scoreless game the night before to show why he earned a new $70 million contract with Atlanta.

Bazemore scored a season-high 20 points and helped contain James Harden in the second half in the Hawks' 112-97 victory over the Houston Rocketson Saturday night.

Harden scored 30 points, including 24 in the first half.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 14 rebounds in his first game against his former Houston teammates. Paul Millsap had 23 points for Atlanta.

Bazemore was averaging only 7.4 points after missing each of his seven shots from the field in Friday night's loss at Washington. He made three 3-pointers against the Rockets.

"That's the beauty of the NBA," Bazemore said. "You get a chance to redeem yourself in such a quick fashion that you have to forget about the night before, and we did just that."

Harden continued his hot start to the season by making 10 of 19 shots but said Houston needed better defense.

"Just too many breakdowns defensively," Harden said. "... Too many missed coverages, blown coverages."

Harden had 12 assists and nine rebounds but had only six points in the second half as Bazemore led Atlanta's defense.


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