Just days after returning from an eight-day trip that included stops in Manila Philippines and Taipei Taiwan the Rockets returned to preseason action hosting Orlando.

Despite some sluggish moments and the lack of two starters the Rockets defeated the Magic 108-104.

Jeremy Lin went home before the game feeling sick. Chandler Parsons took the night off.

James Harden and Dwight Howard both started and played 18 minutes each. Harden had 21 points for the fourth straight game and was 4-of-6 from three-point range. Howard had eight points and four rebounds.

Patrick Beverley who has been sharing the starting point guard role with Lin finished the game with 13 points and nine rebounds. Donatas Motiejunas had 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Rockets will play again on Monday Oct. 21 when they host Dallas at 7 p.m.