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Houston Rockets 2014 Schedule: 5 Games That Stand Out

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Houston Rockets Schedule: 5 Games That Stand Out

Dwight Howard
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The Houston Rockets may have not had the offseason they hoped for, but that won't stop them from trying to take over the West this season. Dwight Howard and James Harden will carry the weight of high expectations and the addition of Trevor Ariza will be inspected closely. The Rockets have something to prove, especially against certain teams. Let's take a look at the five games that stand out for the Rockets this season.

5. Los Angeles Lakers (Opening Night)

Kobe Bryant
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5. Los Angeles Lakers (Opening Night)

Kobe Bryant
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There is nothing like that first games of the season to set the tone and get everything going. Lucky enough for the Rockets, they get to welcome Kobe Bryant back in his first game after being out for almost a full year. Bryant will be hungry and Houston will be ready -- this is how you start the season.

4. Dallas Mavericks (Nov. 22)

Chandler Parsons
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4. Dallas Mavericks (Nov. 22)

Chandler Parsons
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The Rockets and Chandler Parsons didn't exactly leave on the best terms. In fact, Parsons felt slighted by the organization and it ultimately led to his deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Their first meeting is guaranteed to have some drama, aside from the interstate rivalry. Parsons has something to prove and it's always entertaining when these two teams mix it up.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (Jan. 7)

James Harden
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3. Cleveland Cavaliers (Jan. 7)

James Harden
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The new look Cleveland Cavaliers and their hometown hero, LeBron James, welcome the Rockets for the first time. The possible new "Big Three" will take on the Rockets' "Big Two" in what is to be a game full of highlights, triple-doubles and scores in the 100's.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (Nov. 16)

Kevin Durant
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2. Oklahoma City Thunder (Nov. 16)

Kevin Durant
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James Harden will take a trip back to the birthplace of his NBA career. Every time he plays the Oklahoma City Thunder, there is a little chip on his shoulder and it makes for great basketball. His offensive duals with close friend, Kevin Durant, are nothing but pure scoring exhibitions. The last time these two met, Harden went for 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

1. San Antonio Spurs (Dec. 28)

Tony Parker
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1. San Antonio Spurs (Dec. 28)

Tony Parker
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Everyone wants a piece of the champ and the Rockets will get their first shot here. The San Antonio Spurs may see this as just a late Sunday night game, but the Rockets will use this to prove their past dominance of the "old guys". Last season, Houston swept the season series with the Spurs, which didn't amount to much. Nevertheless, bragging rights count for a mental victory and the Rockets will look to maintain control here.