LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook combined for a season-best 84 points as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit and survived a wild finish for a 119-117 victory over the visiting Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, November 2 (Wednesday, November 3, Manila time)
The Lakers’ third consecutive win was not at all like their 95-85 triumph over the Rockets in the opener of the two-game, same-site sequence on Sunday, a game in which the hosts never trailed over the final 45 minutes.
The rematch saw the Rockets, who tipped off on a four-game losing streak, lead by as many as 11 points early in the third period before the Lakers chipped away, seized the advantage and then held on despite a pair of late three-pointers by Houston’s Jalen Green.
Still down 97-92 with 10 minutes to play, the Lakers took the lead for good during a 12-3 burst that saw James contribute a dunk, three layups, and a short jumper.
Houston was down 114-106 with 2:31 to go before Christian Wood buried a three-pointer and Green added his pair, the last of which closed the gap to 118-117 with 8.8 seconds remaining.
Los Angeles’ Malik Monk made just one of two free throws with 6.6 seconds left, giving the Rockets a chance to tie or win with a three-pointer. However, Kevin Porter Jr. was off the mark on a potential game-winning 26-footer, allowing the Lakers to hold on.
James finished with game highs of 30 points and 10 assists while Davis and Westbrook had 27 points apiece.
Davis and Westbrook each grabbed 9 rebounds, and Westbrook added 7 assists.
After scoring a team-high 23 points in the Sunday win, Carmelo Anthony chipped in 15 off the bench for the Lakers, who totaled 26 points off 25 Houston turnovers.
Wood had a game-high 16 rebounds to go with a team-high 26 points for the Rockets, who lost despite shooting 52.7%.
Hitting five three-pointers, Green finished with 24 points. Jae’Sean Tate had 20 for Houston, Kenyon Martin Jr. scored 14, and Porter finished with 11. – Rappler.com