Friday, September 4, 2020
Tonight marks the first game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in their best-of-seven playoff series. The last time the Lakers and the Rockets met up in the playoffs was back in 2009 when the Kobe Bryant-led Lakers defeated the Yao Ming-led Rockets in the Semifinals, 4-3. During this regular season, the Lakers beat the Rockets only once in the three games they played against each other.
-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision)
-Luc Mbah a Moute (coach’s decision)
Los Angeles Lakers:
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision)
The Houston Rockets would have control of things in the first half as they shot 51% from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers shot 48%. James Harden got extremely hot with 25 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Russell Westbrook helped out with 11 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Eric Gordon had seven points on just 28% shooting while P.J. Tucker and Robert Covington both had two three-pointers each. Danuel House played 15 minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless.
On the other end of the floor, LeBron James chalked up 13 points which held a three-pointer. He also had five rebounds and five assists while Anthony Davis chalked up ten points to go along with four rebounds and two blocks. Two-time NBA champion Danny Green had just seven points while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee combined for seven points. Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off of the bench but only had three points while the Rockets went into halftime with a 63-55 lead.
The Rockets would close things out in the second half as they went on a 49-42 run, shooting 45%. During that run, Gordon recorded 16 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Westbrook had 13 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists. Harden contributed with 11 points while Covington and Tucker were both held scoreless. Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had five points.
As for the California ball club, Davis added 15 more points to his scoring total while recording ten rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block. James had just seven points but was able to record three rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Rajon Rondo played 15 minutes off of the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Rockets run away with a 112-97 win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. James Harden finished the game with 36 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block. Anthony Davis finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.
The Los Angeles Lakers will look to even the series up a 1-1 as they take on the Houston Rockets on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.