Houston Rockets Top the Los Angeles Lakers

The Houston Rockets were going to play with a really small lineup. They decided to trade away Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night right before the trade deadline which occurred on Thursday, February 6.

Houston had James Harden take the opening tip against JaVale McGee on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers on the road at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. How would it fair for the Rockets?

Well, Russell Westbrook exploded for 41 points. He shot 60.7 percent from the field. Westbrook also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded five assists, and recorded one steal in a 121-111 win for Houston over Los Angeles.

Eric Gordon scored 15 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Gordon also grabbed two rebounds and recorded one assist.

James Harden also scored 14 points. He shot 30 percent from the field. Harden also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded seven assists, and recorded two steals.

Danuel House Jr. scored 13 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. House Jr. also grabbed one rebound, recorded three assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one shot.

P.J. Tucker scored 11 points. He shot 66.7 percent from the field. Tucker also grabbed six rebounds and blocked one shot.

Houston’s bench scored 23 points. Robert Covington scored 14 of them. He shot 55.6 percent from the field. Convington also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded four assists, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals. He was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Houston Rockets earlier in the week in a four-team deal with the Houston Rockets, the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota, and Atlanta.

Robert Convington played for them once before for seven games in 2013-2014.

Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers with 32 points. He shot 66.7 percent from the field. Davis also grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded three assists, blocked three shots, and recorded three steals.

Lebron James scored 18 points for Los Angeles. He shot 42.1 percent from the field. James also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded 15 assists, and recorded two steals.

Danny Green and Avery Bradley each scored 15 points. Green shot 71.4 percent from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded three steals. Bradley shot 50 percent from the field. He also grabbed one rebound and recorded four assists.

JaVale McGee scored four points. He shot 33.3 percent from the field. McGee also grabbed five rebounds, recorded one assist, and blocked one shot.

Their bench scored 27 points. Alex Caruso scored 12 of them. He shot 57.1 percent from the field. Caruso also recorded four assists and recorded one steal.

Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored four points. Kuzma shot 25 percent from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded one assist, and recorded one steal. Caldwell-Pope shot 33.3 percent from the field. He also grabbed one rebound and recorded one assist.

The Houston Rockets’ biggest lead in this game was 10 points.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ biggest lead in this game was seven points.

Houston is currently in fourth in the Western Conference and Los Angeles is currently in first in the Western Conference. They are separated by 5.5 games. The first-seventh spots are only separated by 7.5 games.

The Los Angeles Clippers (36-15) are currently the number two seed, the Denver Nuggets (36-16) are currently the number three seed, the Utah Jazz (32-18) are currently the number five seed, the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-20) are currently the sixth seed, and the Dallas Mavericks (31-20) are currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

Can the Rockets keep this up moving forward with the small ball or will teams be able to figure out how to use bigs against them or will this be a mystery no one can figure out?

Houston’s (33-18) next game will be on the road against the Phoenix Suns (20-31) on Friday night.

Los Angeles’s (38-12) next game will be on the road against the Golden State Warriors (12-40) on Saturday night.

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