NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, November 7th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) at Houston Rockets (4-1), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard will try to prove he's moved on to greener
pastures with the Houston Rockets when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers
Thursday in the opener of a three-game homestand at the Toyota Center.
Howard is facing the Lakers for the first time since he left the team through
free agency this summer and has helped the Rockets to a 4-1 start. Howard
battled through injuries last season with Los Angeles and is happy in his new
"There's no need to talk about what the Lakers could have done. I made my
decision and I'm living with it," Howard said. "I'm happy where I'm at, I'm in
a great place. Everybody should move forward. It's over with."
Howard never seemed comfortable in Hollywood playing alongside Kobe Bryant,
and decided to continue his career in Houston.
The Rockets are tied with San Antonio for the top spot in the Southwest
Division and Howard recorded 29 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday's 116-101
victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. James Harden scored 33 points and
both Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley had 12 points for Houston, which shot
54.7 percent from the floor and had a 47-30 advantage in rebounds.
Beverley was back after missing three games with a torn muscle in his
"The Rockets are a talented team. Give them credit for the way they played,"
Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "Harden made tough shots and Howard finished
around the basket and made his free throws. We could never quite get over the
The Rockets outscored Portland 54-28 in the paint and 18-5 on second chance
Houston, which rebounded from a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, will also
host the Clips and Toronto Raptors on this homestand. The Rockets are 2-0 at
The Lakers will resume their three-game tour against Southwest foes Thursday
and began the junket with Tuesday's 123-104 loss at Dallas.
Nick Young scored a team-high 21 points and both Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar
added 11 points for the Lakers, who have lost three of four games since a
season-opening win versus the Clippers. Pau Gasol had 10 points and eight
rebounds in the loss.
"You can't get blown out and then think now we need to learn to win," said
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "No, we need to learn how to play. We're not
playing right now."
L.A., which trailed by as many as 30 points in Dallas, is winless (0-2) on the
road this season and will close out the trip Friday against the New Orleans
Pelicans. With Bryant (Achilles) still sidelined, the Lakers' bench has
stepped up and leads the league in scoring at 58.6 points per game.
The Rockets and Lakers split four meetings a season ago and Los Angeles is
winless in four straight trips to Space City.
11/07 10:43:46 ET
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