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December 4, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (8-9) visit the Rockets (8-8) on Tuesday night in Houston. The Lakers topped the Rockets, 119-108, when the two teams met on Nov. 18 at Staples Center. All five Lakers starters scored in double figures, led by Dwight Howard (28) and Kobe Bryant (22). Bryant notched his 18th career triple-double as the Lakers shot a scorching 54.1% from the field. The Rockets were led by Chandler Parsons' 24 points on eight-of-10 shooting. James Harden added 20. Houston is much better at home (6-3)
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April 10, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Private space companies, such as SpaceX in Hawthorne, would get a local property tax break on launch vehicles, fuel, satellites and other gear under a bill approved overwhelmingly Thursday by the state Senate. The proposal, AB 777 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), would create the exemption from local property taxes for a 10-year period that would end Jan. 1, 2024. Legislation is needed to modernize the state's tax code to encourage companies such as billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX to build their rockets and spacecraft in California, Muratsuchi said.
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March 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In less than a week, Derek Fisher went from leading the Lakers locker room to suddenly looking for work. The Houston Rocketsofficially waived him Monday, four days after the Lakers traded Fisher and a first-round pick for Jordan Hill. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Fisher can sign with any team except for the Lakers once he clears waivers Wednesday. A statement released through his business manager Sunday evening indicated Fisher reached a buyout with the Rockets partly because "Derek's desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
vs. Houston Where: Staples Center. When: 7:30. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-52, Rockets 51-25. Update: Houston's Dwight Howard has missed the last five games because of a strained left ankle but has reported improvement and is listed as day to day. The Rockets have gone 2-3 during Howard's absence and hold a two-game advantage over Portland for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
SPORTS
March 18, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers are left wondering how they'll fill the leadership gap that Derek Fisher provided in previous seasons. Meanwhile, Fisher is left wondering if an NBA team will pick him up. After the Lakers traded Fisher for Jordan Hill to the Houston Rockets, a Lakers spokesman said "our understanding is he took a buyout. " ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne first reported that Fisher took the buyout, is expected to be waived Monady and hopes to sign with a contender. The report mentions Fisher could sign with any team except the Lakers if he clears waivers by Wednesday.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
JERUSALEM--In the heaviest barrage in more than a year, dozens of rockets were launched at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing condemnation from Israel's political leadership and swift retaliation by its military. At least 60 rockets and mortar shells were fired in rapid succession over a two-hour period. At least eight hit urban or open areas, according to Israel's army, while several others were intercepted by Israel's mobile air-defense system, Iron Dome.
SPORTS
November 3, 2009 | Associated Press
Rookie Chase Budinger scored 17 points and was one of eight Houston players to score in double figures as the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz, 113-96, Monday night. The Rockets pulled away with a 13-0 run early in the fourth quarter and won in Salt Lake City for the first time since spoiling the Jazz's home opener two years ago. Aaron Brooks had 19 points and nine assists and Luis Scola had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets (3-1), who made eight of their first 12 shots in the fourth quarter to blow open a three-point game.
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May 17, 1998
The final two episodes of "From the Earth to the Moon" have been broadcast on HBO. This series, to the credit of Tom Hanks ("Fly Him to the Moon," by Paul Brownfield, April 5), was not only entertaining but remarkable for its attention to minor details that are part of the larger sweep of any endeavor. The recounting of this magnificent milestone of human aspirations and engineering was disappointing in that, like earlier depictions of space projects, the story begins after all the hardware has been delivered to the launch site.
WORLD
April 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- At least two rockets landed in the Israeli town of Eilat on Wednesday morning, police said, and residents of the Red Sea resort community reported a number of explosions as well as an air raid siren. No injuries were reported. A battery of the Iron Dome missile defense system was recently deployed in the area following intelligence pointing to possible rocket attacks by jihad activists in Sinai. The system did not intercept the rockets that landed in a construction site and an open space shortly after 9 a.m. local time.
SPORTS
April 2, 2010
Luis Scola had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and made consecutive baskets in the last 81 seconds of overtime to help lift the Rockets to a 119-114 victory over Boston on Friday. Aaron Brooks scored 30 with nine assists for the Rockets, hitting a three-pointer with nine seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Chase Budinger added 24 points. Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo 23 for Boston, which has lost three straight at home. Rondo added 10 assists to surpass Bob Cousy for the Celtics' single-season franchise record.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
JERUSALEM--In the heaviest barrage in more than a year, dozens of rockets were launched at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing condemnation from Israel's political leadership and swift retaliation by its military. At least 60 rockets and mortar shells were fired in rapid succession over a two-hour period. At least eight hit urban or open areas, according to Israel's army, while several others were intercepted by Israel's mobile air-defense system, Iron Dome.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Coach Doc Rivers insists to reporters that he doesn't look at the NBA standings, even though there is a board inside the Clippers locker room that lists the standings for him to see, for his players to see, for everyone to see. If Rivers were to glance at the standings, he would see that his team is climbing in the tough Western Conference. The Clippers are the fourth-seeded team in the West, just three games behind conference-leading San Antonio. The Clippers are only 2½ games behind the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the West and a half-game behind the third-seeded Houston Rockets.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
JERUSALEM -- In a military operation in the international waters of the Red Sea, Israeli commandos intercepted a ship carrying Syrian-made rockets shipped from Iran and headed for the Gaza Strip, Israel's military announced Wednesday. According to Israeli army spokesman Motti Almoz , naval commandos boarded the ship about 950 miles from Israel without incident early Wednesday morning. Initial inspection of the cargo revealed dozens of M-302 rockets, concealed in containers covered with commercial-looking sacks of cement, Israeli officials said.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Another injury took down another Clipper, leaving them short-handed in the backcourt after Jamal Crawford suffered a strained left calf. The Clippers pressed on, overcoming the injury to pull out a 101-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at Staples Center. With Crawford in the locker room in the second half, Darren Collison started in his place. Collison scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to spark the victory, but Clippers Coach Doc Rivers admitted after the game that he was concerned about Crawford's injury.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Mr. Smiley Face came to town, providing DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers a chance to do their usual thing against the Houston Rockets. Have a nice day. Dwight Howard actually didn't look happy for most of the Rockets' 101-93 loss Wednesday night at Staples Center, perhaps mindful that he was not the best defensive player on the floor. That title went to Jordan, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound block of granite with an equally massive accelerator. He was citius , altius , fortius without needing a passport to Sochi.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard made his return to Staples Center on Wednesday night for the first time since leaving the Lakers as a free agent over the summer to join the Houston Rockets. His new team completely destroyed the Lakers on Wednesday night, 134-108. Howard, playing to a chorus of boos every time he touched the ball, finished with a double-double: 20 points and 13 rebounds. All-Star guard James Harden led all scorers with 29 points. He also dished 11 assists and committed only one turnover.
SPORTS
January 13, 2010
at Charlotte 102, Houston 94: Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his career-high 43 points in the fourth quarter and the Bobcats clamped down on defense after halftime. Jackson's previous best scoring night was 42 set nearly six years ago with Atlanta. Orlando 109, at Sacramento 88: Dwight Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, which opened the fourth quarter with an 18-4 run. at San Antonio 105, Lakers 85 at Memphis 104, Clippers 102 -- associated press
SPORTS
November 11, 2009 | Associated Press
at Dallas 121, Houston 103: Jason Terry scored 24 points, Erick Dampier had 14 points and 20 rebounds and the Mavericks overcame a 17-point deficit. Orlando 93, at Charlotte 81: Dwight Howard had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Vince Carter scored 15 points in his return from a sprained ankle for the Magic. at Miami 90, Washington 76: Dwyane Wade scored 41 points and the Heat remained in first place in the Southeast Division. Gilbert Arenas finished with 21 points, eight assists and 12 turnovers for the Wizards.
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