lakersPreviously, they visited the Rockets’ home court and lost without Anthony Davis. Returning to his home court today, LeBron James scored 37 points, including a key free throw, leading the team to defeat the Rockets 105:104, and won 5 of the last 6 games.
The Lakers only scored 20 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, led by James’ 12 points, the Lakers trailed for 49:55. In the third quarter, Davis and James connected together and played 32:20 offensive play to turn the situation around. James also fouled out Dillon Brooks, and Davis happily made a “too short” gesture on the sideline.
Davis rested in the early part of the final quarter, and Rockets captain Alpern Sengun seized the opportunity to score 6 consecutive points. Davis received his fifth foul shortly after returning to the court, played only 2 minutes and then took a rest. The Rockets took advantage of the situation to close the score, but James felt the heat and scored 5 consecutive points to stabilize the situation.
Rockets guard Fred VanVleet hit the tying three-pointer at a critical moment, but Davis committed an offensive foul and left the game. With more than 20 seconds left, both sides were tied. Austin Reeves hit a super-big three-pointer. The Rockets immediately scored 2 points through Sengen. Then Reeves made 1 of 2 free throws and the Lakers took the lead by another 2 points.
Sengen once again hit the penalty area to equalize the score, but James’ significant tank cut led to a foul and 1 of 2 free throws. The Rockets did not take a timeout, Brooks missed a three-pointer from far, and the Lakers snatched the victory.
James made 14 of 19 shots, including 7 of 9 free throws, and scored 37 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds with astonishing efficiency. Davis scored 27 points and 10 rebounds. Reeves scored 17 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.
For the Rockets, Sengen scored 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Brooks scored 24 points with 6 three-pointers. Fred VanVleet had 15 points and 16 assists.
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