Trevor Ariza was presented his championship ring prior to the Rockets' handing the Lakers a home loss.

Originally Published: November 15, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com
On a night the Lakers handed out the last of their rings, the championship-level performances came from a bunch of guys who don't have one. Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher presented new Houston Rocket Trevor Ariza the ring he won with the Lakers last season before they squared off Sunday, accompanied by a standing ovation from an appreciative Laker crowd. The rest of the Rockets lack NBA jewelry the way they lack All-Stars and height right now. But there's been very little to distinguish them from the acclaimed Lakers, against whom they're 1-1 this season with an overtime loss on Nov. 4 and a convincing, 101-91, victory Sunday night and hold a comparable record (L.A. is 7-3, Houston's 6-4).


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