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James Harden scores 32, and Rockets rout Lakers 108-90 in Kobe's return, Byron Scott's debut

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, puts up a shot as Houston Rockets guard Trevor Ariza defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, puts up a shot as Houston Rockets guard Trevor Ariza defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard gestures toward the Los Angeles Lakers bench prior to an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard gestures toward the Los Angeles Lakers bench prior to an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill, left, and Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, top, battle for a rebound along with guard Jeremy Lin, lower right, and forward Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill, left, and Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, top, battle for a rebound along with guard Jeremy Lin, lower right, and forward Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

James Harden scored 32 points, Dwight Howard added 13 points and 11 rebounds before getting into a shouting match with Kobe Bryant, and the Houston Rockets spoiled Bryant's return to the Lakers with a 108-90 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Bryant's comeback game got even worse when Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle seriously injured his right leg in the fourth quarter, leaving his NBA debut on a wheeled stretcher. The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky collided with two Rockets under the basket and landed awkwardly.

Bryant scored 19 points in his first game back at Staples Center after missing most of the Lakers' worst season in a half-century with two major injuries.

Trevor Ariza and Terrence Jones scored 16 points apiece for Houston.