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James Harden with the alley-oop to Dwight Howard (VIDEO)

Oct 17, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

We bring this to you for a couple of reasons. One is we love a good alley-oop, and James Harden with Dwight Howard running on the break with him put together a nice one here.

The other is to point something out — Dwight Howard has played well this preseason. He didn’t put up big numbers in this game against the Magic (8 points, 4 rebounds in 17 minutes, playing just the first half) but if you watch the Rockets this preseason you see a guy moving well again, a guy who is healthy again. More than that, you see a guy playing with a determination he lacked last season in Los Angeles, he’s playing defense with an edge. He’s running the pick-and-roll he despised in L.A. and (like in the clip above) he’s running the floor.

It’s preseason, so we’ll see what happens when the games matter. More importantly, we’ll see what happens when Howard is faced with a little adversity. But so far he’s looked like a guy that knows he has to do it here because there is no next destination for his legacy now.

  1. xLith - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    In before all the D12 haters show up?

  2. cbking05 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    WOW … Now i can see why he left the Lakers

  3. themagicfanguy - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    What’s funny is the Maxiel dunk a few moments later was twice as good.

  4. kb2408 - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    He’s 6′ 10″ tall, and jumps out the gym, he’s “supposed” to dunk alley-oops! When the real games begin the same Dwight we’ve seen his whole career will show up. 19 points, 12 boards, 3 blocks, 40% from the free throw line, countless t.o.’s from point guards slapping the ball out of his hands or silly passes and wilting in the playoffs.

  5. kb2408 - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Of course, since I dont praise Dwight for his dunking ability, my other comment doesn’t show up. Lame…

  6. flyrocket31 - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    WHoooooo Go Rockets!

  7. themagicfanguy - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    @flyheat/rockets,

    Yeah, have a good season.

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