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Jones has been high-energy since opening minutes. When he is this active, good things happen for him. Trick is doing it consistently.
In his return, Kobe Bryant has played 18 minutes and has 16 points, two rebounds. He is 6/13 from the field.
Terrence Jones has a double-double already with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Can’t be mad at that.
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.
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.
Dwight with 3 fouls asks to stay in the game with 1:29 left in half. McHale sends Black back in.
Rockets got up 18 and then had three no-pass possessions. Harden, Beverley and Howard missed badly. Goodbye 18-point lead. Rockets up 11.
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.
Kim Kardashian is a good 40 feet away from me but I am getting a glare from her bling earrings.
Lakers point guards tonight are a combined 1/11 from the field. They have a combined 3 assists.
This is where Dwight's lack of preseason playing time shows. He's really feeling it now after posting up on every possession.
Clear Brook grad Ronnie Price just strips Dwight Howard.
Rockets ball movement looks really good. It’s almost like they practiced that or something :)
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.
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.
End of the 1st, Rockets lead Lakers 31-19.
What looks weirder? Parsons in Mavericks blue or Jason Terry in Rockets red? Still adjusting, obviously.
Harden in entirely with reserves -- Papanikolaou, Black, Terry and D-Mo. Will see a lot of this when McHale turns to bench.
Btw Omer Asik was just gross tonight. 14pts, 17rebs, 5 blocks. He and Anthony Davis combined for 14 blocks. Sick nasty.
Papanikolaou checks in for first minutes. Happy Ohi Day!
With 3:20 to play in the 1st, Rockets are up 20-14.
Love him or hate him, it seems right that Kobe Bryant is back on a basketball court.
Dwight picks up his second foul five minutes into the game. As expected, Tarik Black working as backup center.
Dwight Howard got some cheers!!! When picked up a foul, but still.
Kobe Bryant scores his first points of his comeback.
And Kim and Kanye just walked by… late for tipoff.
Dwight Howard scores first and Lakers fans aren’t thrilled.
Jeremy Lin with hugs for Pat Beverley, James Harden and Terrence Jones, before a few words and laughs with McHale.
Actress Allison Janney is in front of me and recording the Lakers opening on her phone - she seems excited to be here.
Then again, they booed the locals -- Trevor Ariza and James Harden -- too.
Harden got a healthy dose of booing too
Good, strong boos for Dwight Howard, as always here.
Dwight Howard is chuckling as Lakers fans are booing the Rockets.
James Harden with a word or two for Floyd Mayweather, who arrived with I believe the largest entourage I've ever seen at a game.
Oh my. Parsons had the chance there to be the hero.
Clint Capela, Nick Johnson are Rockets inactives. Johnson did not make the trip because of a sore back. Expected to be OK in a couple days.
Manu Ginobili limps off court holding R leg after running into Devin Harris. Whole Spurs bench runs to him. But back on floor after TO.
I should add that Scott said, "Kevin is a great coach, a great guy, got a great team." Still, would like to see them to go at it somehow.
Funny how the old Lakers-Celtics stuff never dies. Told Byron said, "we're on," McHale said, "“I’m OK with that, too. That I don’t mind."
McHale on Byron Scott saying he'd put on the gold if McHale wears the green and white: "Byron must feel a hell of a lot better than I do."
McHale said he will keep JTerry, out most of preseason, to shifts no longer than 5 or 6 minutes. Might be roughly what would play, anyway.
Byron Scott checks to see if his uniform would be handy just in case Kevin McHale puts on his 'green and white.' Oh please let this happen.
Lakers coach Byron Scott says his team has improved a lot defensively- they'll see how much against Harden and Howard tonight, he says.
Hardest thing 4people 2forecast this time of yr is trajectory of young vs old players(play+injury) & latent ability of teams 2address needs
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