Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 regular season match between the Houston Rockets (HOU) and the Los Angeles Lakers (LAL) on January 11, 2021, at the Toyota Center.
LeBron James tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers knocked off the Houston Rockets 120-102.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers in scoring with 27 points, and 3 blocks and Talen Horton-Tucker netted 17 points off the bench.
“(Tonight) was just A.D. being A.D. and just having him back in the lineup gives us a whole other dynamic both offensively and defensively,” James said.
For his part, Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel said: “His shot-making just makes him so difficult to guard and he can hurt you in so many ways.”
For most of the night, the last year’s champs were up by double figures. With about nine minutes remaining on the ball game, the Lakers opened the fourth quarter with a 10-4 run to push the lead to 98-79.
With about five minutes to go, the Houston Rockets answered back Lakers’ 10-4 run with their very own 7-2 run, with a 3-pointer from Ben McLemore, to get within 15.
Meanwhile, former Houston Rocket Montrezl Harrell quickly scored four points to make it 108-89. Soon after that, with the Lakers’ lead, both teams took out most of their starters.
Carrying the scoring load for the Rockets, Christian Wood scored 23 points while James Harden had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists in the first of two straight games against the Lakers with the second one coming Tuesday night in Houston.
For his part, John Wall finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in the effort.
In a post game interview, Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas said: “Two things for us were the turnovers and transition. The transition doesn’t have anything to do with us being together for a day, a month, or a year. Run back.”
The Los Angeles Lakers, now with 8 wins and 3 losses, will face the Houston Rockets (3-5) anew on January 13, 2021 (Manila time).
Houston vs Los Angeles
Quarters: 21-25; 25-40; 29-23; 27-32
Rockets (102) – James Harden 20, Christian Wood 23, David Nwaba 6, Sterling Brown 5, P. J. Tucker 4, Bruno Caboclo 2, Jae’Sean Tate 9, John Wall 14, Eric Gordon 4, DeMarcus Cousins 6, Ben McLemore 6, Mason Jones 3, Kenyo Martin Jr. 0.
Lakers (120) – Lebron James 18, Anthony Davis 27, Kyle Kuzma 13, Talen Horton-Tucker 17, Montrezl Harrell 16, Marc Gasol 6, Dennis Schroder 8, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 7, Alfonso McKinnie 2, Markieff Morris 0, Alex Caruso 3, Quinn Cook 3.