Houston Rockets (L):
Coming into the match-up the Rockets were 42-25 as they jostle for position in the middle of the Western Conference playoff bracket. A very plausible second round match-up for the Lakers.
In their third meeting this season the Rockets took the win 113-97 as the Lakers were without LeBron James, JaVale McGee, and Alex Caruso. Without his sidekick, Anthony Davis grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 17 points on 5/8 from the field. As he continues to try and figure out the conundrum which is the small ball Rockets. Kyle Kuzma also played a major part in the offence as he scored 21 on 8/16 from the field.
THT!: Talen Horton-Tucker had a surprise performance in the game as the Lakers regular rotation was compromised thanks to injury. THT would make his third appearance in the NBA in the game (the other two were 2-minute appearances late in blowouts). Tucker scored his first points in the league as he finished with 10 on 4/6 from the field. He also displayed his defensive prowess as he finished with 4 steals, making good use of his elite 7’1″ wingspan.
LA Continue to Build a Mansion: Brick after brick after brick saw the Lakers shoot 2/19 (10.5%) from 3 point land in this one. If we compare that to the sharpshooting Rockets, who shot 21/57 (36.8%), it did start to look like the 2020 Rockets were playing against an NBA team from the late 2000s.