The Rockets started slowly out of the gate, but amped it up when they needed to most. Hack-a-Dwight was employed towards the end with the Rockets still hanging around, and it worked brilliantly. The Rockets beat the Lakers 107-105. Toney Douglas scored a season-high 22 points and the bench scored 59 points to really lead the charge.
Hack-a-Dwight. That's what happened with 3:18 left and then continued on possessions over the next 90 seconds. The Lakers could not establish offensive rhythm over this time. Howard made 5 of 10 of his Hack-a-Dwight free throws. And the Rockets gained the necessary momentum to steal a win away from the Lakers.
From the field
Houston struggled mightily here. They shot 38-for-101 from the field, including 7-for-34 from three-point land. James Harden’s night was particularly rough. He shot 3-for-19. He did contribute six assists and 10 rebounds, but his shooting was off.
At the line
Pretty solid game at the charity stripe for the Rockets. They shot 77 percent, going 24-for-31.
Greg Smith had a charging dunk that energized the crowd. He’s been doing that all year long. Chandler Parsons also had a nice running dunk as the first of two back-to-back transition hoops. Omer Asik had a nice flush.
Houston travels to San Antonio to play the Spurs on Friday. The Spurs, as usual, are one of the top teams in the league.