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Well, the NBA season started with a bang I’d say… Lakers/Rockets had lots of drama, Spurs/Mavs had quite the finish.
I think there was obviously some sarcasm from Kobe on Dwight, but I do think he also just has a sense of humor about it all.
One more Dwight: "There's no need to go into it. We won the gm. It's about basketball. It's over. It's nothing. I'm not even focused on it."
Dwight finally, "What do you want me to say because I'm not going to give you nothing. That's stupid. We won the game. It's over with."
Dwight went on to talk about Ariza, Harden, Beverley, Jones. On the altercation: "It's a great start to the season. We got the win."
Dwight on altercation with Kobe: "I’m just happy we won the game. We came out as a team tonight."
Kobe on Dwight: "You can’t help but like him, he’s a teddy bear. I really mean that. He is a really nice kid."
'I'm coming off an Achilles injury and I'm old as shit... But I'm really feeling fine.' -Kobe Bryant
Kobe says he actually does like Dwight... Says you can't help but like him.
Kobe said the elbows, the trash talking is all part of the game. He grinned about it.
Asked what Dwight said to Kobe, Kobe replied: 'blah blah blah blah blah... And he heard the same from me.'
Kobe told Randle to just keep his spirits up.
'They don't like each other.' -Byron Scott's take on the Dwight/Kobe altercation.
'It is heartbreaking.' -Scott on Randle
We weren't thinking about basketball for the last 3 or 4 minutes. We were thinking about Julius. -Byron Scott
Harden pops off for 32 in 31min as Rockets crush Kobe, Lakers 108-90. Ariza (16p), TJones (16p-13r) big. Rockets shut down Jeremy Lin.
A Lakers fan is trying to taunt Dwight Howard on the bench. Dwight just smiled and threw him a peace sign.
The Lakers did not need another injury.
Gotta feel horribly for Randle here. A broken leg? I'm surprised he wasn't screaming in pain.
Hate to see this happen to Julius Randle. Great prospect -- he's the one high-ceiling building block the Lakers have. http://t.co/GIpiZJH8hb
Not that it’s ok for anyone to get hurt, but Randle is so young. Hate this.
Rockets and Lakers all standing around Lakers… I think this is bad.
Julius Randle has been down under Lakers basket after his foot buckled on a drive. Stretcher now out on the floor.
Stretcher coming out for Randle. Hate to see this.
I need to see videos of the Kobe-Dwight altercation. Let’s do some lipreading.
Lip reading some of the vines, it appears Howard said, "I know you." Kobe said, "Try me." Kobe offered a "soft" in there, too.
Kobe checks out and I imagine 19,000 close friend will soon follow.
Dangit tweetdeck! Stop trying to change Ariza to Aria. I mean what I say!!
Ariza and Kobe talking and sharing a laugh. Ariza the peacemaker.
And Tarik Black checks in for Howard, who will now play with the crowd behind the Rockets bench for awhile.
Personal foul on Kobe, flagrant 1 on Dwight- double technicals. I need a drink.
After review, personal foul called on Kobe, flagrant-1 on Dwight, plus double technicals. They don't look at each other. Howard to line.
Ariza telling Dwight to keep it together - he and Kobe still want to say some things to each other.
No replays at Staples Center. Weak.
Foul was called on Dwight. Pat Beverley, I kid you not, jumped in as a peace maker.
They have been wanting to say some things for a couple years… this is why you shouldn’t let things build up, guys.
Kobe's serious. Dwight is laughing. Dwight is also up by 25 points.
Well, that was fun. Kobe, Howard jawing at each other after Howard swung an elbow following rebound. Kobe does not seem amused.
Kobe and Dwight are having some words.
Terrific ball movement on the fast break as a steal leads to a Terry-Ariza-Jones bucket and foul. Rockets now up up 95-70.
Troy Daniels fans rejoice. He checks in for Terry with 8:43 left. I'm putting over/under on made 3s at three.
Just like the preseason… Troy Daniels coming in in the 4th quarter.
Mayweather's in the house, eh? He must be there to watch JLin lol
Bryant, Boozer, Lin return. Rockets up 21, but still 9:53 left. Ariza back as soon as Kobe gets up.
Really surprised Kobe is sitting, but Lakers opening the season with four in five days. He's played 27 minutes with 10 left.
Key stretch here with Harden sitting. Dwight returns to start the fourth.
This is the best Jeremy Lin has looked for the Rockets in at least 18 months. Harden has 32. Rockets up 85-69 heading to 4th..
Harden up to 32 heading to fourth. Rockets record for an opener the 39 Hakeem scored in '88 and Francis had in '02. Harden had 37 in '12.
Harden at 30 points. Record for Rockets season opener scoring is 39 (Francis 2002, Olajuwon 1988).
Harden wants to post up Ronnie Price on every possession he can. Lakers with Kobe, Johnson out too undersized on him.
They just showed Adam Levine on the big screen bobbing his head to a Maroon 5 song.
Harden played some D!!! Obv didn't want JLin to school him on national TV LOL
OK, let's get this out of the way. Dorsey, Garcia, Daniels and Canaan are here, but not currently in the Rockets rotation, unlikely to play.
So, Ariza is having a good debut with the Rockets - 5/7 3 pointers. 16 points.
Trevor Ariza outstanding tonight. 5-7 from downtown, now has 16 points.
Lin, invisible in the first half, has done a great job of breaking down the Rockets defense off the dribble in the third quarter.
Harden had 37 in his first game with the Rockets. Does he get there tonight? Has 27 with 5:46 left in third.
Kobe just picked up his fourth foul.
The Rockets are, however, hitting 100 percent of their shots in the second half. After nearly five minutes they are 1 of 1.
That whole Motiejunas thing did not work so well. He takes a seat. Tarik Black in at center.
JLin showin some fire after a zero in the first half. Good things happen for him when he has that aggression.
In four minutes, the Rockets are 1 of 6 from the line, have 6 TOs, 5 fouls and an offensive goaltending. And Dwight's on bench with 4 fouls.
Well this isn’t a good run for the Rockets.. Lakers cut the lead to 9 points. And Jeremy Lin has a lot to do with that.
Jeez D-Mo's free throw tries were so ugly.
Rockets had three turnovers in the first half. They've had four in past 90 seconds.
See if this sounds familiar. Rockets starting center in foul trouble. Biggest guy on court (Boozer) goes to work. Story of past 3 seasons.
Dwight picks up his fourth foul 67 seconds into the second half. This time, Motiejunas checks in for him.
Howard just picked up his 4th foul - on Lin, who yesterday at practice said the best way to contain Howard was to get him in foul trouble.