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July 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard has yet to make his free-agent decision. One of the teams in the running is the Houston Rockets. Early Friday morning, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted a video plea to Howard. Pulling out all the stops...my daughter&friends made this video to urge @DwightHoward to come to the Rockets http://t.co/ICRiits19h - Daryl Morey (@dmorey) July 5, 2013 The homemade video shows a number of kids says, "Dwight Howard, come to the Rockets. " Morey also brought in a Hollywood celebrity, Emmy winner Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" with a video trying to sway Howard.
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July 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
What are the odds free agent Dwight Howard re-signs with the Lakers? According to gambling website Bovada , they're not great. The Houston Rockets have become the favorite with 7-5 odds.  The Lakers are second at 9-5. Free agency began on July 1. Howard recently met with the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Rockets. On Tuesday he has meetings with both the Dallas Mavericks and Lakers. The Mavericks have 3-1 odds to sign the veteran center, according to Bovada.
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April 26, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is out indefinitely and will undergo surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee, the team announced Friday. Westbrook suffered the injury during the Thunder's 105-102 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their playoff series matchup on Wednesday. “Our players' health is our first and foremost concern," Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said in a statement. "The Thunder's medical team and several specialists we consulted with determined that Russell undergo a procedure to address the issue.” Westbrook has not missed a single game since joining the NBA during the 2008-09 season, and for one more day at least has the league's longest active streak of consecutive games played at 394. “We have thoroughly discussed this with Russell,” Presti said.
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April 20, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The last time they tried this, it didn't go so well. The last time the Lakers attempted to win a playoff series without Kobe Bryant, they had home-court advantage, a future Hall of Famer, and absolutely no chance. The year was 1996, and after lurching through the regular season into a first-round, best-of-five series against the Houston Rockets, the unsteady Lakers collapsed into a dysfunctional heap. After they played one of their worst games of the season in losing the series opener at the Forum, Magic Johnson, in his brief foray between retirements, challenged coach Del Harris.
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April 18, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
In the final minutes of the final night of the regular season, one of the NBA's freshest stars was met in front of the basket by one of the NBA's most frustrating stars. James Harden was on his way up. Dwight Howard was standing still. It was the perfect metaphor for two players whose careers had spent this winter careening in different directions. Harden had joined the Houston Rockets and brought instant energy and excitement. Howard had joined the Lakers and brought mostly torpor and tepid.
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April 17, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Times Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan and NBA editor Barry Stavro got together Wednesday morning to discuss the final day of the NBA's regular season. They also answered viewer questions. You can watch a replay of the discussion above.   The Clippers are in the playoffs, so most eyes will be on the Lakers tonight, as they take on the Houston Rockets with a playoff spot on the line. Win, and the Lakers are in; lose, they might be out, depending on the outcome of the Utah-Memphis game.
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April 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
With Kobe Bryant sidelined with an Achilles tendon tear, the Lakers (44-37) will need to ride on the back of Dwight Howard to get past the Houston Rockets (45-36) on Wednesday and into the playoffs. Center -- Probable Starters: Dwight Howard vs. Omer Asik Howard's opportunity to lead the Lakers hits center stage against the Rockets. Houston has one of the better defensive centers in the league in Omer Asik. Asik, at 7 feet, 255 pounds, is taller than Howard. The third-year center has averaged 10.2 points and 11.7 rebounds a game for the Rockets.
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April 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 99, Rockets 95 (overtime) The Lakers survived an injury-plagued, tumultuous season to finish seventh in the Western Conference (45-37) after defeating the Houston Rockets (45-37) in overtime, 99-95, on Wednesday night at Staples Center. Although the Lakers and Rockets split their four meetings, the Lakers earn the higher seeding based on a better record in conference play. The Lakers draw the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round in a Sunday game while the Rockets will play the top-seeded and defending conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder.
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April 17, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant was right about his guarantee. The Lakers made the playoffs. He didn't need to be present to see it happen on the last day of the regular season. Then the Lakers one-upped him, turning their good start to Wednesday evening into a better one, the equivalent of improving their hand in Texas hold 'em. The Lakers beat the Houston Rockets in overtime, 99-95, earned a first-round playoff series against San Antonio and managed to avoid top-seeded Oklahoma City, a horrible matchup for almost every Western Conference team, especially them.
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April 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
It all comes down to one game.  The Lakers (44-37) host the Houston Rockets (45-36) on the final day of the regular season -- in a game that will determine whether the Lakers make the playoffs. Technically, the Utah Jazz (43-38) might lose earlier in the night while visiting the Memphis Grizzlies (55-26), giving the Lakers a postseason berth by default.  If the Lakers win, they finish in seventh place.  If they lose and the Jazz lose, the Lakers end in eighth. If the Lakers lose and the Jazz win?
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