Los angeles lakers did their homework and took a narrow win at home against one of the worst teams in the league, the Houston Rockets. The Angelenos won by 124 to 122 with a last gasp shot of Kyle kuzma that allows them to continue dreaming of avoiding play-in.
However, the victory of Portland tonight further complicates the Lakers’ few options. The boys of Frank vogel They can’t miss and need the Blazers to lose at least two games in the week ahead.
Last night, without LeBron James and Anthony DavisBoth of them go down due to physical discomfort, it was the turn of the others to take a step forward. Andre Drummond he made one of his most serious games with the Lakers jersey, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
However, the great protagonist of the Angelenos was Talen Horton-Tucker. The young player was the leading scorer of his team with 23 points, to which he added 10 assists for a double-double that led the team to victory.
Up to seven different players crossed the double-digit barrier against Houston, with Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell as highlights of a second unit that performed at the height of the situation, with the Lakers in need of points.
In Houston the regulars of the last few weeks shone again. Kelly Olynyk He achieved 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists as the most complete player on the team, despite playing only 25 minutes due to foul problems.
Did well too Kenyon Martin Jr., who added a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds on a night in which Stephen Silas he decided to shoot with a very short rotation, due in part to heavy casualties in his ranks.
The Lakers they put dirt in the first quarter with an initial advantage of 8 points but they let themselves eat ground as the game unfolded. They reached the final moments behind on the scoreboard but a shot from Kuzma it was worth to sentence a key meeting.
Right now the Angelenos continue to occupy seventh place in the West, just one game away from Dallas and Portland, they have one more victory. However, both teams have a favorable tiebreaker against the Lakers, so they would need two more wins than their rival.