Houston, TX -- Dwight Howard took a few minutes to get going. Then he exploded.
A 17-point, 26-rebound performance from the brand new Houston Rocket made for one heck of a debut, as he and the Rockets took down the Charlotte Bobcats, 96-83, Wednesday night.
Charlotte got a hot start from their backcourt, as Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson combined to score the first 14 points for the Bobcats. But from that point forward, both players struggled, as they combined for just 9 points the rest of the way.
Al Jefferson had a solid debut for the Bobcats, scoring 13 points on 6-19 shooting, and pulling down 8 rebounds.
Cody Zeller played 16 minutes, scored 2 points, and grabbed 4 boards.
James Harden led all scorers with 21 points. Harden shot 7-16 and had 5 assists.
Charlotte plays the Cavs on Friday night in their home opener. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.