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HOUSTON -- Dwight Howard is happy again. He says he has put his disappointing and drama-filled season in Los Angeles behind him. He seems ecstatic about joining the Houston Rockets and helping the young team compete for a championship -- and maybe, just maybe, he will return to form as the NBAs most dominant big man. "Im in a better place mentally, physically and spiritually now," Howard said. His delight is evident in watching him interact with his new teammates. He wears a broad smile and fits of laughter are common as he chats with his fellow Rockets. Howard spurned the Lakers to sign an $88 million deal with Houston, joining James Harden and a team that made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009. He wouldnt get into specifics about the problems in his short stint with the Lakers after he was traded there in August 2012 from Orlando as part of a four-team trade. But most agree that he had a strained relationship with Kobe Bryant in a season where he has admitted that he wasnt having fun at times. The Lakers struggled all season and was swept in the first round of the playoffs. The Lakers could have offered him a five-year contract worth $118 million, but he chose to make the move to Houston with a four-year deal. "The situation in L.A., what happened is over with," Howard said. "It didnt work out on both sides. So we have to move on. It happens in everyday life. People decide to do different things with their lives. Its just that when youre NBA and at the top of your game everybody wants to know what youre doing." Howard lights up when asked about his new teammates and talks endlessly about the fun theyve had in bonding both on and off the court. When asked if that aspect of the move was the most important to him after last season, his response was telling -- even if he wouldnt specifically address the Lakers. "For any team to be successful you have to have a great environment," he said. "You dont want to work in a bad place." Whether simply perception or reality, his feud with Bryant had some wondering if he was the problem. There were questions if he might mess up the chemistry of a team that made marked improvement in the first year with James Harden on the roster. The Rockets brushed off that notion, and everyone has raved about Howards personality and work ethic. "Dwights a great guy," coach Kevin McHale said. "Plays hard, likes to have fun, so its just been pretty seamless to add him to the team." Harden, who was the fifth-leading scorer in the league last season, rolled his eyes when asked if hed be able to coexist with Howard when Bryant couldnt. "Its my job to make it work," the 24-year-old Harden said. "Hes going to teach me some things that I dont know and Ill teach him some things he doesnt know. Thats the kind of partnership and friendship were going to have in order to be successful. Thats the only way you can be successful is if you be 100 per cent with each other." Howard struggled last season after back surgery. He now knows that he came back too soon and said he never felt like himself. An entire off-season of rehabilitation and training has him feeling like the player he once was. He wasnt as dominant in 2012 as he has been, but still averaged more than 17 points per game and led the league in rebounding with 12.4 an outing. Though hes left L.A., he knows that the glare of the spotlight probably wont dim much with the expectations surrounding the Rockets. Thats OK with him. After last year, hes more equipped to deal with it. "If you get caught up in the good, bad and the ugly, it messes you up as a person and as a player," he said. "I think some of that happened with me last year. I allowed the bad stuff that happened to really sit in my head, push myself away from people in different situations and thats not who I am. So you have to step away from all the negativity or whatever it might be and just focus on the task at hand." Howard is just 27, but hes one of the older players on a Houston team that was the NBAs youngest a year ago. He enjoys the energy of his younger teammates, but joked that when theyd want to play 10 or 12 pickup games in a row, hed beg them to slow down. "Im like, Guys, Im almost pushing 30. I need a break," he said. "But I love it." Howard stayed away from talking Lakers, but he couldnt stop talking about his other former team, the Magic. He referred to Orlando often when discussing why he likes the Rockets and how theyve made him feel at home. Howard specifically talked about the bond he and his Magic teammates had in 2009. "Theyre full of life and after practice everybody is together talking and I just love that feeling," he said of the Rockets. "It reminds me of the team in Orlando when we went to the Finals -- we were always together. Everything that we did was together. It really makes the team better on the floor when you have that great chemistry off the floor." Now, hes made the Rockets contenders after several lean years for the first time since Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady were on the roster. "Were goofy. We have fun, but we like to work," Harden said, referring to himself and Howard. "Thats the most important thing. Were not going to be all strict, were young. We like to have fun. When its time to get serious and when its time to win, well be focused." Authentic Joe Haden Jersey . - Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked into a treatment facility and seems to be doing well. Authentic Anthony Chickillo Jersey . 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The 27-year-old Sloan, a former Texas-El Paso player from Calgary matched first-round leader Rodriguez at 10-under 132 on Ashburn Golf Clubs New Course.Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Dunleavy scored 19 of his 22 points in the third quarter and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 93-75 on Sunday. Jimmy Butler added 17 points and Taj Gibson scored 15 with nine rebounds for the Central Division-leading Bulls, who have won three in a row and six of their last eight games. Derrick Rose had 14 points two days after pouring in a season-high 31 in a win over Portland, the first time the oft-injured former MVP topped 30 since March 12, 2012. Former Bull Luol Deng led Miami with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Dwyane Wade also scored 17. After holding the Heat under 30 percent shooting for a seven-point lead at halftime, the Bulls pulled away with a big third quarter. Dunleavys 19 points came on eight shots, including a trio of 3s. He missed just once from the field and made both of his free throws. Every night it can be someone different, said Rose. Butler had eight points in the quarter and Gibson scored the other six. One of Dunleavys 3s stretched Chicagos lead to 26 points near the end of the quarter and it was never closer than 15 the rest of thhe way.dddddddddddd. It was a tough second half, said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. We came out flat. That was pretty clear. Heat center Chris Bosh (calf) missed a game for the first time this season and the Bulls took advantage early on, scoring mostly in the paint. Consecutive dunks by Gibson to open the game sparked a 10-2 run for the Bulls, who then scored just four points over the next nine-plus minutes as the Heat built a 20-14 lead early in the second quarter. But back-to-back 3s and eight straight points by Aaron Brooks started a 14-2 Bulls flurry that gave the visitors a 28-22 lead and they remained in front for the rest of the game. Game Notes Miami shot 35 percent from the field ... Deng was traded by the Bulls to Cleveland on Jan. 6 and scored 11 points in his first meeting against his longtime team 16 days later ... Pau Gasol had nine points and nine rebounds for Chicago, but went scoreless with one board in the second half ... The Bulls remain on the road to play Atlanta on Monday ... The Heat travel to play Brooklyn on Tuesday. ' ' '

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