DALLAS — After beginning the regular season with a heartbreaking 130-121 overtime loss on the road Wednesday in Indiana, the Dallas Mavericks will try to send a message to a familiar foe two nights later at home. Facing the Southwest Division rival Houston Rockets at American Airlines Center in the first
ESPN.com For the first time in the last 20 seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers took the court without Kobe Bryant on their roster. The post-Kobe Lakers gave their fans a look at the team's potential in their 120-114 shootout win over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers won only 17 games during Bryant'
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants to give more minutes to backups K.J. McDaniels and Sam Dekker. In the loss to the Lakers, McDaniels scored 11 points in 12 minutes off the bench, mainly on athletic drives to the basket. Dekker, who played 13 minutes, scored just four points. "Somebody