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First time Dwight Howard plays against his former team.

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The most interesting story line of the game is the obvious one - Dwight Howard vs. Lakers. Perhaps the most interesting sub-plot is whether the Lakers can continue to (at times) play above expectations or will they fall back to medocrity?

Leaders for the Lakers:


Pts Reb Ast
2013 - Pau Gasol 14.6 10.4 2.8


Pts Reb Ast
2013 - Xavier Henry 12.4 2.6 1.2


Pts Reb Ast
2013 - Nick Young 11.8 1.8 1.2

Of note from the Lakers - Nobody on the team is averaging over 15 points per game. 5 players averaging double figures though. Nobody is averaging more than 29 minutes per game. 8 players averaging at least 21 minutes a game. Wesley Johnson has been playing good defense for the Lakers that doesn't really show in the stats.

Leaders for the Rockets:


Pts Reb Ast
2013 - James Harden 25.2 4.0 4.2


Pts Reb Ast
2013 - Dwight Howard 17.4 14.6 1.0


Pts Reb Ast
2013 - Jeremy Lin 15.2 2.0 4.4

While the Rockets are playing pretty good ball already, I forsee them getting more precise in the pick and roll and better at finding easy baskets for Dwight Howard as the season progresses.

Odd stat of the day - Chandler Parsons is currently 2nd in the NBA in distance traveled on the court - 13.5 miles in the first 5 games. Dwight Howard is leading the NBA in Rebounding Opportunites.