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Jordan Hill
Lakers suddenly are on a winning streak after beating Rockets, 98-92

Dwight Howard sat out because of a strained knee, immediately eliminating a captivating part of Wednesday's game. Nobody called anybody “soft.” No wild elbows flew. The referees didn't have to separate anybody. But with Dwight vs. Kobe Bryant off the board, something unexpected popped up to take its place. Would you believe Wesley Johnson vs. James Harden? Johnson came up with the play of the game, and maybe the Lakers' season so far, in a 98-92 victory Wednesday over the Houston Rockets. Johnson stripped Harden, moved quickly downcourt and converted a three-point play after getting fouled by Harden on a layup with 43.2 seconds to play. It turned a...