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Howard misses Rockets' game against Jazz with lower back tightness

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HOUSTON — Center Dwight Howard is sitting out the Rockets' game against the Utah Jazz with lower back tightness, the team announced shortly before tipoff.

Howard was a game-time decision after leaving practice early Thursday morning to have his back stretched.

Howard, who played a season-high 41 minutes on Tuesday night in Utah, missed half of the 2014-15 season with back-related ailments.

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