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November 8, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
HOUSTON -- Former NBA players were not impressed by Dwight Howard's game in the Lakers' 99-98 victory Thursday over Houston. TNT analyst Charles Barkley said the Rockets had a “horrible half-court offense.” “Dwight Howard still doesn't know how to post-up. He just holds his hand up and says, 'Throw me the ball.' He doesn't use any leg action,” Barkley said. Steve Kerr was similarly unimpressed, saying Howard's off-season work with Hakeem Olajuwon had “not paid off yet” and the 27-year-old was still “a work in progress” despite being “a long way into his career.” The Lakers might have been lucky in not signing Howard to a five-year, $118-million deal, said Kerr, also a TNT analyst.
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November 7, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
HOUSTON -- The Lakers tried their best, chasing Dwight Howard and his associates wherever he went, but ultimately failed. That was last summer. Not Thursday night. The Lakers lost a 19-point lead but then rallied to beat Howard and the Houston Rockets, 99-98, in front of a suddenly stunned Toyota Center crowd. GAME SUMMARY: Lakers 99, Rockets 98 Steve Blake was the Lakers' hero, hitting a wide-open three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to prevent the Lakers from falling to the Rockets on the court after losing to them in free agency.
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November 7, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
HOUSTON -- Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard didn't have a good time in their one season together on the Lakers. Not even close. But Bryant was fairly complimentary toward Howard when asked about him Thursday before the Lakers played the Houston Rockets. "From what I've seen, it seems like they want to really feature him even more," Bryant said. "It seems like they're posting him up even more. They sound really determined to have even more of a breakout year offensively than he's had in the past, which I think is great.
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November 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
HOUSTON -- Generally, the Lakers don't like to talk about Dwight Howard, hoping his decision to leave them will go away and hide in a file cabinet of awkward moments in team history. They don't have a choice Thursday. Staggering from two horrid road games in a week, the Lakers play at Houston, Howard's new team. The Lakers finished practice Wednesday, the day after another bad road loss, and were blitzed by Howard questions. So what exactly happened in July when Howard chose Houston's offer of four years and $88 million instead of the Lakers' offer of five years and $118 million?
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November 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
HOUSTON -- The Lakers never like to talk about Dwight Howard, hoping his decision to leave them gets buried in a closet of awkward moments in Lakers history. But already staggering from two horrid road games, the Lakers on Thursday play in the city Howard now calls home. A mural across the street from the Houston Rockets' arena proclaims "Legacy of Bigs," and shows Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes and Ralph Sampson. Atop them all, with arms flexed, is Howard.
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November 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30 PST. Where: Toyota Center. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 2-3, Rockets 4-1. Record vs. Rockets (2012-13): 2-2. Update: The Lakers, 0-2 on the road, have lost their last four games in Houston. James Harden is off to another fine start, blending seamlessly with Dwight Howard while averaging 25.2 points and 4.2 assists. The Rockets go with point guard by committee, splitting time between Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley.
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November 5, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Can the Clippers continue to thrive at this high-scoring pace? “Yeah, yeah,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “It's up-tempo, clearly. But it's not like we're just running. We're running into sets.  You can see the second actions [options].” After four games, the Clippers are averaging an NBA-best 119 points, including a 137-118 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. They are scoring in a variety of ways, Rivers said. He pointed out that the Clippers are scoring on multiple options, pick-and-rolls, by moving the basketball from side to side, by setting screens to free shooters and by keeping the floor spaced.
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November 4, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
DeAndre Jordan says he knows he will have his hands full when the Clippers host Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets Monday night at Staples Center. Howard, who played one season (2012-13) for the Lakers before joining the Rockets over the summer, has played well for Houston this season. Howard is leading the NBA in rebounds at 17 per game, and is averaging 15 points per game. “You've got to do your work early,” Jordan said. “You can't let him just run down and just let him post where he wants to. You've got to push him off his spots and just try to get him into spots where he's uncomfortable.
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November 4, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Dwight Howard remains confronted by a nemesis his long arms and massive hands can't do anything about: Lakers fans. Many remain bitter over his departure for the Houston Rockets after just one season wearing purple and gold, something Howard has found he cannot escape. “Fans are very passionate about their team and unfortunately the Lakers have the most fans in the world,” Howard said Monday morning after his team's shootaround at UCLA, “so I think it's kind of a tough thing to let go.” Howard said leaving the Lakers after one disappointing season in which they were swept in the first round of the playoffs left an unavoidable distaste for him. “I never tried to do anything to hurt these people in L.A., but I understand that they're just passionate about their team,” Howard said.
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November 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Monday night at Staples Center, many fans came to harass the contrarian to that ever popular Randy Newman song. They wanted to see Dwight Howard fail because he didn't love L.A. Actually, it was just the Lakers portion of the metropolis that the star player didn't care for all that much. Howard's new team, the Houston Rockets, were here to play the Clippers, a game that was to be, for some, a sideshow to the Dwight Returns soap opera. The real show was a Clippers offensive blitz that earned a few new entries in their record book and was a dazzler for that portion of the crowd of 19,404 that had come to see basketball more than to boo Howard.
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