NBA: Houston 97, San Antonio 90

Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

HOUSTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Dwight Howard stepped up with 23 points and 16 rebounds Tuesday, helping Houston overcome the loss of James Harden and beat San Antonio 97-90.

Terrence Jones provided 21 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, who were playing without their leading scorer due to a thumb injury.

Jeremy Lin contributed 18 points and eight assists as Houston claimed the season series against the Spurs for the first time since 1996-97.

Boris Diaw netted 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which was dealt a second straight loss for the first time this season.

Tim Duncan finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

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