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WASHINGTON -- Dwight Howard played the role of NBA rain delay entertainer, playing one-on-one with some kids from the front row and playfully rejecting their shots. Maybe a baseball team should borrow him the next time some summer storms are in the forecast. The pair of stoppages, due to a leak in the Verizon Center roof on a rainy day, would have been more than enough to make the game memorable, but why stop there? Lets have Howard and his heavily favoured team play like gangbusters each time the water was mopped up. Then blow a 25-point lead. Then come from five down in the fourth quarter to win it. Yep, that Houston Rockets 114-107 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night was somethin else altogether. "The craziest game ever?" Howard said. "Yeah, I would say that." Long after the delays of 35 and 22 minutes, James Harden tied the score with a driving layup with 2:33 to play, then gave the Rockets the lead again -- this time for good -- with a three-point play with 1:54 remaining. He finished with 25 points to lead the Rockets, who made only four field goals in the final period yet closed with a 17-5 run. "It was a long game," Harden said. "A leakage in the court. Ive never been a part of something like that before." Neither had Howard, who ran the gamut of good and bad. He did the most to keep the fans engaged during the interruptions in play, signing an autograph or two and playing with the youngsters. The crowd reacted with exaggerated gasps when Howard would slap a shot in the seats -- "They told me to protect the house," Howard joked -- and cheered when one of the kids scored. "Ive got to work on my defence," Howard deadpanned, "if I want to get defensive player of the year." Howard also dominated the game well into the second half before falling apart in the fourth quarter, committing four turnovers and missing both of his field goals and all four free throw attempts. He finished with 23 points. "I did OK," Howard said. "I think in the second half I didnt finish like I needed to. I wasnt as aggressive as I was in the first half." Terrence Jones added 19 points and 17 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin added 18 points and eight assists for the Rockets, who are 1-1 halfway through a four-game road trip. John Wall led Washingtons comeback and finished with 23 points and 10 assists, Trevor Ariza had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Kevin Seraphin -- another catalyst in Washingtons surge -- had all of his season-high 18 points in the second half. The Wizards lost their fourth straight home game and fell to 2-14 against teams that are currently .500 or better. "Now I wish they would have just cancelled it," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. The leak caused the officials to hit the pause button 9 seconds into the second quarter and again at the start of the second half. Trash cans and an array of towels were spread at the midcourt line close to the scorers table. Several people were in the rafters, apparently trying to solve the problem. The wet mess was an obvious black eye for the Wizards franchise, and the team seemed intent on matching it with their play. After shooting 62 per cent in the first quarter, Washington made only 6 of 24 field goal attempts (25 per cent) for the rest of the half. The Rockets went on a 34-13 run to seemingly break open a tie game after the first delay. The towels and trash cans reappeared after halftime. Wittman said the leak was finally stopped after a tarp was laid on the arenas roof. The Rockets, already with a 17-point lead, again were able to get themselves in gear faster than the Wizards, going on a 15-7 run after the restart. But the Wizards eventually regrouped and came back. Then the Rockets came back. The wet floor never did. "Obviously weve had a lot of rain here," Wittman said. "And obviously theres a hole up there somewhere." NOTES: The Rockets are 11-3 against the Eastern Conference; the Wizards are 3-9 against the West. ... Houston F Chandler Parsons missed his third consecutive game with a sore right knee. ... Washington has lost seven of eight at home, another frustration for Wittman. "We just go out and play like its an AAU game," the coach said. Peyton Manning Youth Jersey . Ho-Sang is a highly regarded prospect, as seen in TSNs Midseason Rankings. This was Game 3 of their playoff series and that wasnt the only strange incident in Londons 10-2 win over Windsor. Quenton Nelson Colts Jersey . The team reported the signing on its website Thursday, but said Friday the deal was off in "a mutual parting of the ways that had to do with the language of the contract. http://www.officialindianapoliscoltspro.com/Bobby-okereke-colts-jersey/ . 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Cordoba lunged to get a foot on the ball in the six-yard box, poking the ball past Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush, who had given up a short rebound. "With five minutes left we were going to take a point. Its tough to swallow, especially to give up a goal on a set piece," said Montreal midfielder Davy Arnaud. "The red card changed the game completely." The teams were tied 0-0 after the first half. Although Montreal had a slight edge on possession — 50.3 per cent to Heredias 49.7 per cent — the Guatemalan side dominated play with two shots on target. Head referee Paul Delgadillo pointed to the penalty spot in the 19th minute, but Cordobas attempt for Heredia hit the crossbar. Three minutes later, a low blast from 30 yards out by Heredias David Espinoza skipped off the turf and changed direction on Bush, but he kicked out his feet to make the stop. More damaging to the Impact was Lopezs red card. "Its frustrating to lose a game like this when youu put a 90-minute effort," said defender Jeb Brovsky.dddddddddddd "Playing down a man was not easy but we knew it was not going to be easy with 11 players. And giving up a goal like that its tough." Montreal had a great chance to take a 1-0 lead at the 72nd minute when forward Daniele Paploni found midfielder Blake Smith at the top of the penalty box. A clever flick of the ball over the Heredia defender put Smith in an excellent position to score, but he bounced the ball off the crossbar. "We were organized in the second half and dealt with the situation we were in pretty well," said Arnaud. "We even got a good scoring chance." The Impact were missing some key players. Marco Di Vaio, who scored both goals in Montreals 2-1 win over D.C. United in Major League Soccer action Saturday, did not travel with the team. Veteran defender Alessandro Nesta and midfielder Patrice Bernier also stayed behind with the Impact facing a stretch of three games in eight days. Montreal sits second in Group 5 of the CONCACAF Champions League with three points after a win and a loss. Heredia is first with one win, while the San Jose Earthquakes are last with a loss. The Impact will play their remaining CONCACAF Champions League matches on Sept. 17 in San Jose, Calif., before hosting CD Heredia on Sept. 24. ' ' '
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