On Wednesday night the Los Angeles Lakers got their revenge and beat the Houston Rockets in a rematch. The Rockets however were shorthanded as their star center Dwight Howard sat out with a sprained right knee. The injury drew some speculation since no one knew about it until shootaround. Some thought Howard was trying to avoid the media after the recent allegations that he beat his son with a belt buckle. Others thought Howard was avoiding Kobe Bryant after their altercation during the last game. Following the game Kobe said the words he said to Dwight during their incident were just said in the heat of the moment but before he hit the locker room he did an interview with ESPN and threw a shot at Dwight for missing the game.