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Howard, Rockets silence Orladno

Howard, Rockets silence Orladno ORLANDO -- Center Dwight Howard returned to face the Magic in Orlando and another chorus of boos, but his Houston Rockets silenced the crowd with another dominating performance as they continued their second-half rise in the Western Conference. Howard had 19 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday in his second time returning to Orlando since forcing a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012, sinking a franchise once built around him, leaving a bitter fan base behind.

Rockets' Howard still hearing the boos in Los Angeles return

By Jahmal Corner LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dwight Howard may have left Los Angeles to join the Houston Rockets, but the big man still cannot escape his turbulent Lakers chapter. A jilted fan base still ruing his California departure and questioning his motives for leaving greeted him on Monday as the Rockets faced the Los Angeles Clippers in Staples Center, where the Lakers also play their home games.

Howard says Rockets' ride will feature smiles and wins

(Reuters) - The Houston Rockets introduced their "Superman" on Saturday with the official announcement they had signed three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard to a four-year free agent deal. Howard, 27, said playing for the Rockets would bring a smile back on his face and help make Houston big winners, and team owner Leslie Alexander said the seven-time All-Star center could lift the team to great heights.

Dwight Howard heading to Houston Rockets

Houston, Jul 6 (EFE).- Dwight Howard, who is generally regarded as the top center in basketball, has shaken up the NBA landscape once again by announcing his decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and join the Houston Rockets. The Lakers' general manager, Mitch Kupchak, was the latest to announce the move, saying Friday night that Howard had informed him of his choice.

NBA: Howard headed to Houston

Dwight Howard, the most coveted player in the NBA's 2013 free agent class, will depart the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets, the former Defensive Player of the Year said Friday. "I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best," Howard said via Twitter on Friday night, after US media reported his impending move.

Center Howard opts to leave LA for Houston

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The tug-of-war between five teams to sign Dwight Howard finally ended on Friday when the seven-time All-Star center confirmed he would leave the Los Angeles Lakers to join the Houston Rockets. "I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets," Howard, who is expected to sign with the Rockets on July 10 when the NBA's free-agent signing period begins, said in a statement.

NBA: Howard headed to Houston - report

Dwight Howard, the most coveted player in the NBA's 2013 free agent class, is poised to depart the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets, US media reported Friday. USA Today and ESPN reported the seven-time All-Star center will sign with Houston, although team officials did not immediately confirm any deal. ESPN cited a league source as saying Howard had told the Lakers he wouldn't return, but a Lakers' spokesman denied they had been notified of the players' decision.

NBA: Howard sparks Lakers win in Magical homecoming

Dwight Howard scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the Orlando Magic 106-97 in a homecoming game Tuesday against his former NBA club. Howard also matched his own NBA record for free throw attempts in a game with 39, sinking 25 of them while hitting 7-of-13 shots from the field as the Lakers improved to 34-31 in their fight for a Western Conference playoff berth. "I just wanted to come out and have a great game," Howard said. "It was a great atmosphere. I could just get my mind away and play."

NBA-Lakers' Howard sidelined after hurting shoulder again

Feb 1 (Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard will miss Friday's road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a damaged shoulder and is "day-to-day" beyond that, the National Basketball Association team said. Howard, a three-time defensive player of the year, aggravated a right shoulder injury in Wednesday's game against the Suns in Phoenix and has returned to Los Angeles for further treatment.

NBA-Howard hurts shoulder again, Lakers' nightmare continues

Jan 23 (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Lakers' crumbling season suffered a new setback on Wednesday as center Dwight Howard aggravated a shoulder injury in the team's blowout loss to Memphis. Howard was forced to exit the game in the second quarter and did not return to watch the Lakers being blown away in a 106-93 defeat that was not as close as the score indicated. He finished with just two points and two rebounds.
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