ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard had 20 points and 14 rebounds in his first game against his former Houston teammates, Paul Millsap scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Rockets 112-97 on Saturday night.The Hawks scoring was unusually top-heavy. Kent Bazemore shook out of his early season scoring slump with 20 points.James Harden scored 30 points and continued his hot start to the season by making 10 of 19 shots. He had 12 assists and nine rebounds.Most of Hardens scoring came in the first half, when he had 24 points and all of his four 3-pointers in the game.Harden has recorded at least 30 points and 10 assists in four of Houstons first six games.Atlanta led most of the game as it snapped a streak of two straight losses.Bazemore averaged only 7.4 points in the first five games but made three of four 3-pointers.TIP-INSRockets: Houston lost its sixth straight in the series. ... K.J. McDaniels had 13 points. Ryan Anderson and Clint Capela each had 12 points.Hawks: Millsap had 11 rebounds and five of Atlantas 16 steals. The Hawks began the night leading the NBA with 11.4 steals per game and had 10 takeaways in the first half. ... Dennis Schroder had 12 assists and 17 points.UP NEXTRockets: A five-game road trip continues when Houston plays at Washington on Monday night.Hawks: Atlanta will visit Cleveland to face LeBron James and the Central Division-leading Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Steven Souza Diamondbacks Jersey . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. Rob Refsnyder Jersey . John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were also being counted on to slow down sizzling Rangers forward Rick Nash. That plan didnt go so well early. http://www.diamondbackssale.com/diamondbacks-ketel-marte-jersey/ . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. Caleb Joseph Jersey . Rousey will put her perfect 8-0 record and hardware on the line against another undefeated fighter, 7-0 Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada on February 22nd. Luis Gonzalez Jersey . - Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic has broken a shutout record that was only three months old in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. STORRS, Conn. -- University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst says she expected the Big 12 would decide not to expand and is not disappointed that UConn wasnt invited to join the conference.Herbst, who also serves as chairman of the board of directors for the American Athletic Conference, told The Associated Press Monday that the experience of making a presentation to the Power Five league gave her a better understanding of where the American stands in the athletic spectrum and what UConn has to offer as a top athletic and academic institution.Most of the schools they were talking to were in our conference, Herbst said. I think that shows, without question, that our conference plays at their level and are athletically and academically appropriate to be a Power Five.Athletic Director David Benedict said no matter its conference, UConn has a strong national identity, and a record of national athletic success that has been the envy of many other institutions.The school was one of three major athletic programs last year to send its football, baseball and mens and womens basketball teams to the postseason.And since 1995, UConn has won 11 womens basketball national championships, four mens basketball titles, two inn field hockey and one in mens soccer.dddddddddddd The schools football program also has been to six bowl games.But the Big 12 decision means UConn will continue to compete without the revenue that a Power Five affiliation would bring with it.UConn has a $71 million athletic budget.The Big 12 has a 13-year, $2.6 billion television contract it signed in 2012. The American signed a six-year, $126 million deal with ESPN that expires in 2020.In June, the Big 12 announced record payouts to members of $30 million each. UConn, in addition to its share of the conference TV money, gets $10 million a year as part of the breakup of the old Big East. That revenue stream dries up next year.Herbst said UConn must continue to work to improve its revenue model, but that the American is a great place for UConn.She said much of what happens when it comes to realignment in athletics is out of the schools control.But we have a lot in our control, she said. Our attendance, how we take care of our student athletes, the fun that we have and the pride that we have in UConn athletics. Well work on what we can. ' ' '