Dwight Howard had a season-high 35 points and collected 19 rebounds.
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) -
Dwight Howard had a season-high 35 points and collected 19 rebounds as the Houston Rockets topped the Detroit Pistons, 114-97, from The Palace Of Auburn Hills.
Howard's monster performance was in large part due to the absence of Houston's leading scorer, James Harden, who sat out due to an ankle sprain. Chandler Parsons tallied 20 points and Francisco Garcia added 16 for the Rockets, who bounced back from a 33-point defeat against Indiana on Friday.
Josh Smith led four Pistons in double figures with 19 points, while Greg Monroe recorded a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double. Kyle Singler scored 12 and Wil Bynum added 11 for Detroit, who have lost two straight.
Stick a fork in Lakers, but not Kobe
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Kobe Bryant has been sidelined again by a serious leg injury and that leads to questions about the end, both for his Hall of Fame career and the Los Angeles Lakers season.
Let's answer them briefly.
First, no freaking chance at all Bryant goes out like this.
Secondly, no freaking chance on Earth the Lakers make the postseason.
Bryant is not the type of person to leave the sport on crutches. In the game where he suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, a win in Memphis on Tuesday, Bryant played almost seven minutes in the fourth quarter after he thought he hyperextended the knee.