Lakers fall in a three-game slump after falling short to the Rockets 128-94
The Los Angeles Lakers continued their road trip in Houston as they took on the young, talented Rockets. Anthony Davis was listed as a game-time decision but was eventually ruled out moments before tip-off.
Lakers forward Christian Wood, who recently signed with the team this offseason, was inserted in the starting lineup to replace the injured Davis. The Rockets jumped out to a big first quarter lead; they hit several three-point field goals and spread the ball around well. The Lakers never held a lead in the entire game, and they found themselves down by 21 at the half. Houston’s third-year guard, Jalen Green, had an outstanding game as he led his team in scoring with 28 points and shot a remarkable 73 percent from the floor.
Los Angeles shot horrible from deep as they went 7-25 from three-point range, while Houston shot 42 percent from three and doubled the Lakers with 14 made threes. The amount of time Lebron has been playing seemed to take a toll on him, as he only shot the ball 13 times in 27 minutes of play. The normally sharp-shooting Austin Reaves was not quite on his A game, as he went 2 of 9 from the field and only scored 7 points. The only bright spot of the night from LA was the play of Rui Hachimura; he led the team in scoring with 24 points and also tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight. The game ended exactly as it started, as the Rockets defeated the Lakers in blowout fashion, winning the game by 34 points. The Lakers will finish their road trip on Friday as they take on the Suns in an in-season tournament game. The team may be without Davis once again as they look to end their three-game losing streak.