Houston wins in blow out fashion against LA
The first nine minutes of the game were back and forth. Neither team was playing defense. Kobe had 5 assists, and the Lakers were shooting 50% from the floor. Fortunately, Houston was able to respond on the offensive side as well with Harden having a 16 point quarter. But it was one of those starts to the game against a lesser team that was some cause for concern for the Rockets.
But then the Lakers starters were subbed out, and Houston went to a line-up of Capela, Jones, Thornton, Brewer and Lawson and they were off to the races. The Rockets generated turnovers and turned them into fast break points. In the half court Thornton was able to score from all over the court. Houston had a 30-7 run from the end of the 1st to midway through the 2nd.
By the time halftime rolled around, it was 63-46. The Lakers were shooting under 40% from the floor and had turned the ball over 13 times. We had ourselves a blowout, a rarity for the Rockets this season. The only other times the Rockets had led by that much they ended up losing to the Heat or the Celtics.
This time, that didn’t happen. The Lakers made their run to get it to 11, but never got any closer than that. And the game ended 126-97. Houston holds another team under 100 points in a win. And we beat a bad team by nearly 30 points, like the good teams are supposed to do.
-Harden had 30 points on 21 shots. But again, suddenly we’re getting good performaces from players other than Harden. Howard had 18, Thornton had 18. Capela and D-Mo chipped in 11.
-Speaking of D-Mo, he didn’t get that many minutes when the game mattered, but it was really nice to see him get more time on the court. He was really looking to post up, and ended up going a perfect 4 for 4 from the field, and even kicked in a 3.
-Houston had 32 assists as a team. Lawson led the team in this category with 8. He didn’t contribute that much from a scoring perspective (5 points, 1-2 FG), but was able to get inside and create a few scoring opportunites for others.
-Houston had 16 steals and forced 20 turnovers from LA. They are #1 in the league in points off turnovers since Thanksgiving (#6 overall).
-Houston shot 45% from 3, they have been really hot from the 3 point line lately, shooting 40% in the past 4-5 games. And have quickly shot up from originally being dead last in that category early in the season.
-Defensively, the first quarter was kind of scary. LA is the worst FG% team in the league. So letting them shoot 50% for the first 9 minutes is bad. However the rest of the game the defense was excellent. Granted, LA is a bad offensive team, but we even held them under their FG% average by holding them to 40% shooting after they started the game hot.