OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 10: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets inactive for the game against the Golden State Warriors on December 10, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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December 13, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) Dwight Howard returned to the Houston Rockets' lineup Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets after missing 11 games because of a strained right knee.

Coach Kevin McHale says he plans to play the All-Star center in increments of 4 or 5 minutes and ''see what he's got in the tank.'' McHale says he'll likely limit Howard to 20-24 minutes.

McHale says: ''I don't know what to expect, but he's a freakish athlete and he gets in shape real fast so hopefully he'll be able to give us something.''

Howard is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in his second season in Houston. The Rockets have done well without him, going 8-3.

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