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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 Broderick Turner
ORLANDO - He talked about how the "basketball gods punished" his team, about how the Clippers were "very casual in our approach" to the game against the Orlando Magic and about how their steadfast belief that offense will cure all is "fool's gold. " That about covered it all for Coach Doc Rivers as he lamented the Clippers' 98-90 loss to a young Magic team Wednesday night at Amway Center. The Clippers fell behind by 19 points in the third quarter, but rallied to take a five-point lead in the fourth by finally playing some defense.
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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
Clippers Tonight AT ORLANDO When: 4 p.m. PST. Where: Amway Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 3-1, Magic 2-2. Record vs. Magic (2012-13): 1-1. Update: Chris Paul is second in the NBA in scoring (26.5 points a game) and first in assists (13.3). Orlando is ninth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 104.8 points. Former UCLA star Arron Afflalo is leading the Magic in scoring (20.8). broderick.turner@latimes.com
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November 5, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
DALLAS - There were so many problems last season for the Lakers, and one was unkind enough to stay awhile, tracking plenty of dirt onto the new carpet. The Lakers couldn't win on the road with Dwight Howard last season and can't do it without him so far. The sample size is small but strong, the Lakers falling meekly to the Dallas Mavericks, 123-104, Tuesday at American Airlines Center. GAME SUMMARY: Mavericks 123, Lakers 104 Pau Gasol and Steve Nash shot poorly, the entire team rebounded lamely and the Lakers trailed by 30 in a road game for the second time in six days.
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November 5, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
ORLANDO, Fla. - It's not hard for the Clippers to score points. And it hasn't been tough for them to give up points, either. Going into Tuesday night's games, the Clippers led the NBA in scoring, averaging 119 points a game. But they also allow the most points, 112.5 per game. The Clippers are shooting 50.3% from the field, tied with Miami and Golden State for the best shooting mark in the league. But the Clippers are allowing opponents to make 48.2% of their shots, second-highest in the league, and opponents are making 42.4% of their three-pointers, tied for the third-highest.
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November 4, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers' reserve unit remains a work in progress. But despite the bench's uneven play in the first three games, Coach Doc Rivers says he'll be patient. "We just need time together on the court," said forward Matt Barnes , one of the Clippers' primary reserves. "It's always hard to simulate a game situation when it's anything but a game. I think Doc will do a good job of kind of stealing minutes or a little extra time for all us bench guys to be together to try to get our chemistry down.
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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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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. β€œIt 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 3, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Comebacks of the year One superstar's return was widely expected, the other's somewhat surprising. The reactions in Chicago and Cleveland were identical: It's great to see you in something besides an Armani suit. Derrick Rose and Andrew Bynum didn't just make their season debuts. They ignited the hopes of two cities by appearing in games for the first time since the spring of 2012. Rose scored 12 points in his first game and then made a gravity-defying, game-winning jumper against the New York Knicks two days later.
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