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Up next for the Lakers: Tuesday vs. Houston

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vs. Houston

Where: Staples Center.

When: 7:30.

On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, TNT; Radio: 710, 1330.

Records: Lakers 25-52, Rockets 51-25.

Update: Houston's Dwight Howard has missed the last five games because of a strained left ankle but has reported improvement and is listed as day to day. The Rockets have gone 2-3 during Howard's absence and hold a two-game advantage over Portland for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

ben.bolch@latimes.com

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