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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak on watching Kobe struggle this season: "Like everybody else, I go back and forth. I talk to Kobe about it and he says its timing and getting my legs under me and conditioning, getting used to playing with different players. And I buy in. Then I watch the games on TV and I read the paper and I remind myself that hes 37 years old and maybe its more than that. So I go back and forth on it."

Pacers lead Lakers 80-65 after 3 quarters

Kobe Bryant scored 25 points and collected 4 steals and 4 rebounds on Nov. 29, 2005. Tonight, Bryant is stuck at 6 points, 2 rebounds 2 assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Follow live


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked what he learned from Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard laughed then said next question. He did praise Bryant in an earlier question.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak on what Kobe Bryant has meant to the Lakers: "It is impossible for me to sit here and describe what hes meant. Five championships, 20 years, 17 All-Star Games. MVP trophy. Ive watched him get hurt, play hurt. Weve watched the last three years with serious injuries [and] having to come back. Most players would not come back. So its hard to describe in two or three minutes. But hes a winner. And he came into this league with an unprecedented desire to compete and get better and be the best and he remains that exact same person today and thats with the good and the bad that come with it. But he remains that exact same person."

Ian Begley @IanBegley

Kristaps Porzingis on Dwight Howard dunk: "He got me." He asked teammates when NY plays HOU next next because "I want to get him back."

Rockets escape with win in overtime

James Harden scores 26 points, but his assist to Trevor Ariza for a 3-pointer in overtime is what secures Houston's 116-111 win.


Pacers lead Lakers 48-35 at the half

Kobe Bryant's second career game on Nov. 29 was in 2002. The Black Mamba dropped 45 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals that game. Kobe has 6 points on 2-for-15 shooting tonight against Indiana. Halftime stats


Chris Paul enjoying MSU-Providence

Or maybe the NBA star is doing a little scouting of Denzel Valentine for future reference.


Dwight welcomes Porzingis officially

And an official introduction for a rookie from Dwight Howard is a dunk over, on, through, everywhere. Poor Kristaps.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks lost a winnable game against the Rockets in overtime tonight and have now dropped four in a row. They were up 14 but couldn't hold the lead late, losing 116-111 in overtime. Arron Afflalo finished with a game-high 31 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 20 but took just one shot in the final five minutes.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets upended the Knicks in overtime, 116-111. James Harden led the way with 26 but he had plenty of help. Marcus Thornton added 18 off the bench and the Rockets had 16 steals. Dwight Howard had a highlight reel two-handed dunk over rookie Kristaps Porzingis in overtime.

Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Kobe has 11 FGA, one fewer than the other four Lakers starters combined. Problem is, none of the Lakers are hitting. LAL is shooting 18.9%.

Final: Rockets 114, Knicks 111 (OT)

Houston put up 32 points in the fourth quarter as a clutch Marcus Thornton 3-pointer pushed for overtime where the Rockets escaped with the victory. Box score


Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Kobe pump fakes three times on the left baseline against George Hill, then fires contested jumper. Off again. Now 1-11 in 13 minutes.

Pacers lead 28-12 after one quarter

Kobe Bryant's first game on Nov. 29 was in 1996, his rookie season. Bryant had 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 block in 7 minutes. He has 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist after one quarter tonight. Follow live


Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

The Rockets have risen. Thornton with a corner 3. It's 108-103, Houston. Rockets bench chest bumping and slapping hands.

Jeanie Buss saddened by Kobe's decision

Lakers president Jeanie Buss on Kobe Bryant's decision to retire at the end of the season: "It was really important to us that Kobe make the decision himself. This was his story to tell. This was his decision to make. ... I'm still very sad."