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Lakers Daily Links: Monday

Kobe Bryant moves up on Lakers' assist list in team's 112-95 loss to Rockets: The Lakers rarely have entertaining games anymore. They have good quarters. Maybe an entire half. They almost made it to three competitive quarters last week against Golden State, but not quite. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers' hot start goes to waste in 112-95 loss to the Houston Rockets: After a competitive first half, the Lakers fell to the Houston Rockets, 112-95, on Sunday night at Staples Center. Los Angeles Times

Lakers remain high on Jordan Clarkson: While the last few seasons have been disappointing to the Lakers, the play of second-year guard Jordan Clarkson continues to give the team hope for the future. -- Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant's improved health, passing does little in LA Lakers’ 112-95 loss to Rockets: Despite all the pain in his right Achilles and right shoulder, Kobe Bryant made it past more than one half. If only the Lakers could say the same thing. -- Los Angeles Daily News

LA Lakers’ Byron Scott not satisfied with Tarik Black’s development: The question seemed fairly innocent and inconsequential for a second-year NBA player at the end of the Lakers’ rotation. But it led to a curious inquiry. What did Lakers coach Byron Scott envision Tarik Black could provide in the 2015-16 season after the undrafted rookie showed promise the previous year? -- Los Angeles Daily News

Kobe Bryant 'really, really' proud of achievement: With his fourth assist Sunday, Kobe Bryant passed Jerry West for second place on the Lakers’ all-time assist list. Another game, another milestone. This one, though, means a bit more to the Lakers star guard for two reasons. -- The Orange County Register

Kobe Bryant passes Jerry West for second on Lakers' assist list, but Rockets win easily, 112-95: Maybe it was his Achilles tendon. Perhaps it was his shoulder or simply Kobe Bryant’s achy 37-year-old body telling him in not-so-subtle reminders that he shouldn’t shoot so much. Try something else. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers forward Tarik Black sure he's getting better, but impressing Coach Byron Scott not so easy: Byron Scott’s issue with little-used Tarik Black isn’t centered on his scoring or rebounding averages. It’s simply that he’s average. -- The Orange County Register