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Dwight Howard (ankle) and Terrence Jones (nerve inflammation) questionable to play vs. Mavs tmrw. First change in Jones' status in months.
Lakers to hold training camp in Hawaii, hoping free agents wish to join them. Waiting to hear if Rockets move training camp to Slovenia.
Rockets recall Isaiah Canaan from D-League
Rockets announce they have recalled Isaiah Canaan from the D-League.
Kevin McHale on James Harden: "“He’s playing at an elite level. Most players can’t reach that level. The few that can .. it’s fun to watch."
Corey Brewer says on Harden: "He's the best in the league right now. He's got to be MVP. If not, I don't know what's going on."
FINAL: Rockets 99, Lakers 87. Harden (37 points) was awesome, but Rockets did not play very well. They will need better vs Dallas on Wed.
Dwight Howard smiling and singing along the 'Howard sucks" chant.
Jeremy Lin tried to block a James Harden fast break drive. Harden scored easily, let out a yell. That's it... Rockets have this one.
With the Rockets lead back to 15 with 1:42 left, McHale clears his bench. Harden done with 37.
Rockets getting in the lane often. They just refuse to shoot there. They have two points in the paint in 8 fourth-quarter minutes.
Rockets now taking nothing but 3s. They are 1 of 7 on 3s in the fourth quarter. Lead, once 25, down to 11.
Much like what we saw in Phoenix, Rockets got sloppy with a big lead. 12-2 Lakers run has Houston calling timeout, still up 15. 7:56 left.
Lakers within 15 with 7:56 left. Rockets time out as Harden circles the coaches as if to suggest it's time for more playing time.
Tarik Black checking in for the Lakers. Surprised if he is well enough to play that he has not until now.
If Harden is done for the night, he will have averaged 35.2 points in his past four games. He has scored at least 30 in 7 of 9.
Rockets 80, Lakers 60 after 3. Bench could give Harden the rest of the night off with 32p, 7r, 5a, but could be needed for one more run.
Harden with an alley-oop slam off a fast break pass from Brewer. Don't see that too often.
James Harden has now scored 30 or more points in four straight games. He's also done it 21 times this year and 7 times in the last 9 games.
Harden up to 30 points in 28 minutes, his 21st game scoring at least 30 this season.
HALF: Rockets 52, Lakers 36. Incredible half for Harden: 8-10 from the field for 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists.
Joey Dorsey working hard to get Clint Capela playing time. He has four fouls in 14 minutes, the last two spectacularly unecessary.
Trevor Ariza has missed several open shots tonight. He's now 2-10 from the field, 1-6 3P. Lakers just so bad that Rockets still up by 17.
The Rockets don't get looks in warmups as good as Harden is setting up. He has five assists. Should have 12.
Jeremy Lin going against your team is so much more fun to watch than Jeremy Lin on your team. 42-23 Rockets.
Capela misses an alley oop, but I still think he'll get those first NBA points tonight.
30-15 Rockets after one. James Harden in the first quarter: 5-6 FG, 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists (but 4 turnovers).
Clint Capela can't miss in the D-League, can't make anything in the NBA. Great start for Rockets though, now up 30-15.
Harden drove nearly to the rim, but chose to set up Capela instead. The rook lost the ball a Harden turnover.
Capela fouled on his first time down the floor. Misses both fts, the second badly. Still think he'll have a career high scoring night.
Early Clint Capela sighting!
Clint Capela checks in for Dorsey. (Motiejunas had two early fouls.)
With two minutes left in 1st quarter, Harden has scored or set up 23 of the Rockets 27 points. Has 13p, 4a.
Jeremy Lin checks in to a good round of applause. Matched up with the guy that replaced him in Rockets rotation, Jason Terry.
Floyd Mayweather and many very large people walking with him just arrived.
Lin did not play at all on Friday, his first healthy scratch since the game before Linsanity began. Just guessing this DN POd a few fans.
Byron Scott, when asked if Lin would play, said he has an idea about his rotation, but would determine who plays off bench during the game.
As expected, Joey Dorsey to start with Dwight Howard out,
No Kobe. No Dwight. But Clint Capela us here.
Dwight Howard officially ruled out tonight.
Byron Scott is so late I'm wondering if Jeremy is giving him a DNC-player's decision.
Terrence Jones remains out, but when I asked about a Wed. return, McHale did not rule it out. Said "sooner than later" and "within a week."
Clint Capela, who was recalled from D-League today, was not in LA in time for Rockets shootaround, but he is expected to be here tonight.
Howard said he was "sad" to learn of Kobe Bryant's injury. Harden used the same word, "sad," and called Bryant "my favorite player."
Dwight Howard said he expects to be out tonight. Sounds confident about Wednesday. "I'll be fine. "
McHale:"I'm not hopeful for Dwight tonight."
Dwight Howard did not participate in shootaround with sprained right ankle. He's a game-time decision.
Rockets have recalled Clint Capella from the RGV Vipers, their D-League affiliate.
This is just the beginning. Jim Harbaugh's gonna absolutely kill it in recruiting.
I wish we would've stayed in New Orleans for a while so I could go to the Memphis game..would love to see the young boys do work.
Dwight Howard has a right ankle sprain and is questionable tomorrow against the Lakers.