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Howard's Rockets thrash Lakers

Dwight Howard enjoyed a winning return to Los Angeles yesterday morning (Singapore time), as he and the Houston Rockets dealt the Lakers a resounding 134-108 defeat.

Howard was defiant in the face of jeers from the Lakers faithful, scoring 20 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks - and earning a technical less than two minutes into the contest.

"He came out and wanted to make a statement," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said, of Howard.

"He's good. He played well."

- AFP.

OTHER RESULTS:

Atlanta 97 Washington 114, Portland 109 San Antonio 111, Sacramento 92 Golden State 101, Phoenix 100 Boston 94, Utah 99 Brooklyn Nets 105, Minnesota 104 Indiana 91, New Orleans 91 New York Knicks 98, Charlotte 116 Detroit 98, Cleveland 101 Orlando 93, Toronto 92 Chicago 94