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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Rockets – Game 48 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (24-24)  |  Houston Rockets (22-24)


Monday night, it was the Lakers vs Rockets in H-Town. The Lakers have been playing well and coming off a double OT win on Saturday, but the Rockets grounded L.A. in a 135-119 win over the Lakers.  


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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their six-game road trip on Monday night in Houston to take on the Rockets for the final time in the regular season.

This is the fourth and final meeting between the Rockets and the Lakers as L.A. leads the season series 2-1. Houston came in 3-7 in their last 10 games, with disappointing losses against the Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets. LeBron James and Anthony Davis came into this matchup as questionable but were in the starting line-up for the Lakers when the game tipped off.

Davis had a scary groin injury on Saturday. Still, whether a mix of the injury or heavy legs from Saturday’s double OT game, he struggled and didn’t close out the game, ending the night with 23 points and seven rebounds.

James ended the game with 23 points, six rebounds and 10 assists. D’Angelo Russell continued his impressive shooting stretch overall even if he struggled from beyond the arc with 23 points in the 135-119 loss to the Rockets on Monday night.


Lakers vs Rockets First Quarter:


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Despite fans clamoring for Jarred Vanderbilt to start, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham opted for his usual lineup of James, Davis, Austin Reaves, D’Angelo Russell, and Taurean Prince.

Russell remained hot to start the game as he hit a couple of jumpers, though the Rockets took an early 15-8 lead. After briefly falling behind by 10 points the Lakers settled in once Vanderbilt was subbed in. The Lakers were able to go on a 7-0 run keyed by Anthony Davis to make it 22-17 midway through the first.

Russell gave Los Angeles their first lead of the night after burying his second triple, though it didn’t last long after a couple of layups from Jabari Smith Jr. Cam Whitmore got the Rockets crowd on their feet with several transition dunks, and the Lakers went into the second trailing 42-31 after Houston closed the quarter on a run.


Lakers vs Rockets 2nd Quarter:


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Things didn’t improve for the Lakers throughout the first half. Vanderbilt got into it with Dillon Brooks, unhappy with an aggressive foul during a dunk and later in the second quarter, he shoved Brooks and was given a technical foul. Vanderbilt kept chirping and flicked the back of Brooks’ ear and was tossed for it.

Defensively, Los Angeles started to fall apart as they allowed Houston to score almost at will and trailed by as many as 21 points.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis looked to get the Lakers back in it by attacking the rim and chipping away at the deficit. The duo was able to ignite the offense, though back-to-back threes from Brooks to end the second left Los Angeles trailing 78-60 at halftime.


Lakers vs Rockets 3rd Quarter:


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It was a sluggish start for the Lakers in the third as they allowed a 7-0 run that pushed the Rockets lead to 25. Things went from bad to worse as Houston went up by 30, forcing a timeout from L.A. head coach Darvin Ham.

Even with the team down big, the lack of energy and hustle from the Lakers was alarming while Houston continued to pour it on. L.A. went on a run to cut the deficit to 21, but Houston responded to make it 108-84 at the end of the third.


Lakers vs Rockets 4th Quarter:



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Lakers head coach Darvin Ham kept his starters in the game, except for Davis. James knocked down his first triple of the night. His presence helped kickstart a 10-2 run though that got snapped by a Brooks 3-pointer.

James seemed aggravated after taking a shot from Brooks and was demonstrably more physical with the basketball. The Lakers were able to pull within 10, but one more run for the Rockets shut down any hope of a comeback. L.A. lost 135-119 in a game in which they came out flat, and got dominated from the start.

Now Lakers will have to decide if James and Davis will play in Atlanta.


The Los Angeles Lakers will be in Atlanta to take on the Hawk on Tuesday, January 30th, at 4:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.



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