Monday, 17 December, 2018

Harden leaves with injury, but Rockets beat Lakers in double overtime

6:09PlayInside the NBA looks at Houston's dramatic collapse to the Celtics on Thursday night 6:09PlayInside the NBA looks at Houston's dramatic collapse to the Celtics on Thursday night
Chelsea Rogers | 01 January, 2018, 05:32

Suddenly, Houston has lost five straight.

But the Rockets did not get the win until the player that had not scored at all finally did. The Lakers will hope Kuzma can rediscover his form from the last time he faced the Rockets where he put up a career-high 38 points. The loss extended the Lakers' losing streak to six.

They fell behind 19-3 to open the game, for the second consecutive game making only one of their first 10 shots, and never could recover.

As a starter, Nance averaged almost 24 minutes per game, but in six appearances off the bench has played just 17.2 minutes. After two games of Jordan Clarkson leading the attack, Ingram offered perhaps more as a playmaker, but after he finished with 18 points on 20 shots and just three assists, Ingram was critical of his own aggression. The Rockets quickly roared back, but the Lakers led for most of the second half, until a frenzied final couple minutes gave the Rockets a chance to steal the win. He drove to set up Tarik Black for a slam and after Josh Hart missed a 3, the Rockets passed on a time out with the ball already in Paul's hands, letting him go one-on-one to take the lead by banking in a jumper with four seconds remaining.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni changed up his rotation, bringing in Green for Ryan Anderson when Tucker usually checks in.

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The MVP frontrunner along with LeBron James, he is putting up 32.1 points per game - a mark that leads the National Basketball Association and is on pace to break Moses Malone's franchise record. He was unavailable for overtime.

His play has even sparked a move by his Filipino fans to vote him into the All-Star Game.

The Lakers are behind the eight ball when it comes to defensive personnel (also without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in this game), but have to make that side a priority against the Rockets. Ingram, who had made only 61% of his free throws entering Sunday's game, hit both free throws.

The Lakers reclaimed the lead before Paul went to work in the final minute. At 11-23, the Lakers have a worse record than every team in the Western Conference except Memphis (11-24).

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