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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 surroundings.

"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 midsection.

"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 hump."

The Rockets outscored Portland 54-28 in the paint and 18-5 on second chance points.

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 home.

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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Schedule

Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Dallas 4/20 1:00 PM ET
San Antonio TNT, FSN-SW, KTXA
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Charlotte 4/20 3:30 PM ET
Miami ABC
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Washington 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Chicago TNT, CSN-WAS, CHI
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Portland 4/20 9:30 PM ET
Houston TNT, CSN-HOU
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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