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November 8, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
NEW ORLEANS - It's too early to get mad. The Lakers are 3-4, not 1-6, and hold quality victories over the Clippers and Houston. But Coach Mike D'Antoni noticed something that irritated him Friday. There was no hustle, no bustle from his team in a 96-85 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Why? "Maybe fat and happy from [beating Houston]. I have no idea," he said. "We talked about it at halftime. But they just settled into a kind of mediocrity and that's where we're at right now. "We're where we are and we deserve to be there.
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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
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 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 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 Broderick Turner
The Clippers were off to the races Monday night, running over the foul-prone Dwight Howard and his Houston Rockets and running toward a historic night. With seven players scoring in double figures, and with Chris Paul leading the way with his fourth straight double-double, the Clippers defeated the Rockets, 137-118, Monday night at Staples Center. “It was one of those games. We were making everything,” said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, whose team shot 52.1% from the field, 39.5% (15 for 38)
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November 4, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When Dwight Howard was introduced in the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets on Monday night at Staples Center, he was met with boos from the fans. Clippers fans even booed him when he first touched the ball in the first quarter. And Howard never even played for the Clippers. He was a Laker, for one season, before he left last summer and joined the Rockets as a free agent. Apparently fans in Los Angeles weren't willing to forgive Howard for his uneven season with the Lakers.
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