Jenny Dial Creech

I wonder if @adamlevine is one of the fans who left this game early. I was thinking about stopping and saying hi.

Jenny Dial Creech

The Lakers did not need another injury.

Howard Chen

Gotta feel horribly for Randle here. A broken leg? I'm surprised he wasn't screaming in pain.

David Hardisty

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

Jenny Dial Creech

Not that it’s ok for anyone to get hurt, but Randle is so young. Hate this.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets and Lakers all standing around Lakers… I think this is bad.

Jonathan Feigen

Julius Randle has been down under Lakers basket after his foot buckled on a drive. Stretcher now out on the floor.

Jenny Dial Creech

Stretcher coming out for Randle. Hate to see this.

Jenny Dial Creech

I need to see videos of the Kobe-Dwight altercation. Let’s do some lipreading.

Jonathan Feigen

Lip reading some of the vines, it appears Howard said, "I know you." Kobe said, "Try me." Kobe offered a "soft" in there, too.

Jonathan Feigen

Kobe checks out and I imagine 19,000 close friend will soon follow.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dangit tweetdeck! Stop trying to change Ariza to Aria. I mean what I say!!

Jenny Dial Creech

Ariza and Kobe talking and sharing a laugh. Ariza the peacemaker.

Howard Chen

Dwight. The free throws?!? He can hit em! #doyoubelieveinmiracles

Jonathan Feigen

And Tarik Black checks in for Howard, who will now play with the crowd behind the Rockets bench for awhile.

Jenny Dial Creech

Personal foul on Kobe, flagrant 1 on Dwight- double technicals. I need a drink.

Jonathan Feigen

After review, personal foul called on Kobe, flagrant-1 on Dwight, plus double technicals. They don't look at each other. Howard to line.

Jenny Dial Creech

Ariza telling Dwight to keep it together - he and Kobe still want to say some things to each other.

Jonathan Feigen

No replays at Staples Center. Weak.

Jonathan Feigen

Foul was called on Dwight. Pat Beverley, I kid you not, jumped in as a peace maker.

Jenny Dial Creech

They have been wanting to say some things for a couple years… this is why you shouldn’t let things build up, guys.

David Hardisty

Kobe's serious. Dwight is laughing. Dwight is also up by 25 points.

Jonathan Feigen

Well, that was fun. Kobe, Howard jawing at each other after Howard swung an elbow following rebound. Kobe does not seem amused.

Jenny Dial Creech

Kobe and Dwight are having some words.

Howard Chen

If Beverley can show consistency from the outside this year, watch out, NBA. #RedNation

Jonathan Feigen

Championship trophy, number won. RT @jcreed6484: @Jonathan Feigen Maybe I missed it, but what are the gold tags on the top/back of jerseys?

David Hardisty

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.

Howard Chen

That Rockets fastbreak was so beautiful with the ball movement and the finish. #TJones #RedNation

Jonathan Feigen

Troy Daniels fans rejoice. He checks in for Terry with 8:43 left. I'm putting over/under on made 3s at three.

Jenny Dial Creech

Just like the preseason… Troy Daniels coming in in the 4th quarter.

Howard Chen

Mayweather's in the house, eh? He must be there to watch JLin lol

Jonathan Feigen

Bryant, Boozer, Lin return. Rockets up 21, but still 9:53 left. Ariza back as soon as Kobe gets up.

Jonathan Feigen

Really surprised Kobe is sitting, but Lakers opening the season with four in five days. He's played 27 minutes with 10 left.

Jonathan Feigen

Fair point, but relatively key. RT @afanacct: @Jonathan Feigen are there any "key stretches" when playing a bottom 5 team up 20?

David Hardisty

He's knocking them down tonight. RT @bbbluuurrr: @Trevor Ariza i see you over there. nice pick up @Daryl Morey vine.co/v/OMXO6Z0QTKK

Jonathan Feigen

Key stretch here with Harden sitting. Dwight returns to start the fourth.

David Hardisty

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..

Jenny Dial Creech

We head to the fourth quarter of the season opener- #Rockets lead #Lakers 85-69.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jenny Dial Creech

Harden at 30 points. Record for Rockets season opener scoring is 39 (Francis 2002, Olajuwon 1988).

Jonathan Feigen

Harden wants to post up Ronnie Price on every possession he can. Lakers with Kobe, Johnson out too undersized on him.

Jenny Dial Creech

They just showed Adam Levine on the big screen bobbing his head to a Maroon 5 song.

Howard Chen

Harden played some D!!! Obv didn't want JLin to school him on national TV LOL

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jenny Dial Creech

So, Ariza is having a good debut with the Rockets - 5/7 3 pointers. 16 points.

David Hardisty

Trevor Ariza outstanding tonight. 5-7 from downtown, now has 16 points.

Jonathan Feigen

Lin, invisible in the first half, has done a great job of breaking down the Rockets defense off the dribble in the third quarter.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden had 37 in his first game with the Rockets. Does he get there tonight? Has 27 with 5:46 left in third.

Jenny Dial Creech

Kobe just picked up his fourth foul.

Jonathan Feigen

The Rockets are, however, hitting 100 percent of their shots in the second half. After nearly five minutes they are 1 of 1.

Jonathan Feigen

That whole Motiejunas thing did not work so well. He takes a seat. Tarik Black in at center.

Jonathan Feigen

Yes, outstanding. That pattern held only in the 33 games he missed. RT @AntiSocialHiker: @Jonathan Feigen Asik was very good as a defender

Howard Chen

JLin showin some fire after a zero in the first half. Good things happen for him when he has that aggression.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jenny Dial Creech

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.

Howard Chen

Jeez D-Mo's free throw tries were so ugly.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets had three turnovers in the first half. They've had four in past 90 seconds.

Jonathan Feigen

See if this sounds familiar. Rockets starting center in foul trouble. Biggest guy on court (Boozer) goes to work. Story of past 3 seasons.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight picks up his fourth foul 67 seconds into the second half. This time, Motiejunas checks in for him.

Jenny Dial Creech

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Out. Sore back. Likely OK in a couple days. Not in rotation now, anyway. RT @PConchola_Music: @Jonathan Feigen what's up with Nick Johnson?

Howard Chen

TJones for 20-20 tonight? On pace for that. Gotta love the hustle. Harden beasting, I mean bearding, too. #RedNation

Jonathan Feigen

Jones has been high-energy since opening minutes. When he is this active, good things happen for him. Trick is doing it consistently.

Jenny Dial Creech

In his return, Kobe Bryant has played 18 minutes and has 16 points, two rebounds. He is 6/13 from the field.

Jenny Dial Creech

Terrence Jones has a double-double already with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Can’t be mad at that.

David Hardisty

Rockets up 62-45 at half. Harden is rolling. He's got 22 & 5 dimes, including 3-5 from three. TJones (12p, 10r). Dwight, Ariza 10p each.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets set up a hell of a inbounds play with 5 secs left. Harden's shot blocked, but Jones puts in rebound, has 12p, 10r. Rockets up 62-45.

Jenny Dial Creech

Halftime in LA - #Rockets 62, #Lakers 45. You guys going to be able to stay up for the rest?

Jenny Dial Creech

During halftime, you should read this story I wrote about Kobe's comeback...Back-in-fold Kobe: 'I missed it so much' houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets…

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight with 3 fouls asks to stay in the game with 1:29 left in half. McHale sends Black back in.

Howard Chen

Watching this Lakers offense... let's just say this game's not a great barometer for where the Rockets stand in the West. #RedNation

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets got up 18 and then had three no-pass possessions. Harden, Beverley and Howard missed badly. Goodbye 18-point lead. Rockets up 11.

Jonathan Feigen

Ariza missed some good looks in the first half so after a time out, the Rockets had a play set up to get him an open 3. Nails it.

Jenny Dial Creech

Kim Kardashian is a good 40 feet away from me but I am getting a glare from her bling earrings.

Jenny Dial Creech

Lakers point guards tonight are a combined 1/11 from the field. They have a combined 3 assists.

Jonathan Feigen

This is where Dwight's lack of preseason playing time shows. He's really feeling it now after posting up on every possession.

Jenny Dial Creech

Clear Brook grad Ronnie Price just strips Dwight Howard.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets ball movement looks really good. It’s almost like they practiced that or something :)

David Hardisty

Jason Terry banks in a three just before the end of the 1st quarter. He too has more points than Chandler Parsons. 31-19 Rockets after one.

Jonathan Feigen

Terry banks in a 3, runs off the floor pumping a fist and pointing at Money Mayweather. Four Mayweather body guards jump to their feet.

Jenny Dial Creech

End of the 1st, Rockets lead Lakers 31-19.

Howard Chen

What looks weirder? Parsons in Mavericks blue or Jason Terry in Rockets red? Still adjusting, obviously.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden in entirely with reserves -- Papanikolaou, Black, Terry and D-Mo. Will see a lot of this when McHale turns to bench.

Howard Chen

Btw Omer Asik was just gross tonight. 14pts, 17rebs, 5 blocks. He and Anthony Davis combined for 14 blocks. Sick nasty.

Jonathan Feigen

Papanikolaou checks in for first minutes. Happy Ohi Day!

Jenny Dial Creech

With 3:20 to play in the 1st, Rockets are up 20-14.

Howard Chen

Liking the energy of @Terrence Jones. This year could be a coming-out party for him. #RedNation

Jonathan Feigen

Speaking of Tarik "Bet On" Black, here is what he said about making the team as a longshot. blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Howard Chen

Dwight's foul trouble may be a big Rockets issue this year considering the team's big-man depth. #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

Love him or hate him, it seems right that Kobe Bryant is back on a basketball court.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight picks up his second foul five minutes into the game. As expected, Tarik Black working as backup center.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard got some cheers!!! When picked up a foul, but still.

Jenny Dial Creech

Kobe Bryant scores his first points of his comeback.

Jenny Dial Creech

And Kim and Kanye just walked by… late for tipoff.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard scores first and Lakers fans aren’t thrilled.

Jonathan Feigen

Jeremy Lin with hugs for Pat Beverley, James Harden and Terrence Jones, before a few words and laughs with McHale.