In a confusing finish with the Lakers down two and 10.9 seconds left on the clock,
Wesley Johnson scrambled to collect the ball before it scooted across the court and out of bounds. The Lakers called for timeout with 3.4 seconds left. That set up Blake's big shot.
Blake finished with 14 points, shooting 4 of 6 from three-point range. The Lakers shot 39.1% from the field and 45.7% from three-point range after shooting 78.6% from distance in the first half while building a 19-point lead.
After the Rockets had pushed their way back, primarily at the free-throw line (52 attempts for the game), Coach
The Houston center, playing against his former team for the first time since leaving via free agency in July, shot 5 of 12 from the line through that final stretch, giving the Lakers just enough room to steal the win.
The Lakers improve to 3-3, getting their first win on the road. The Rockets fall to 4-2.
After the emotional victory, the Lakers will fly to New Orleans where they'll play the
Houston will host the Clippers on Saturday.
The Rockets managed to whittle away most of the Lakers' lead, closing to within four points by the end of the third quarter.
The Lakers dipped to 56% shooting from long range (14 of 25) but have taken only 10 free throws to the Rockets' 36.
The second quarter ground to a halt as the Lakers continually sent the Rockets to the free-throw line.
Houston went to the line 27 times in teh first half, making 18 (66.7%).
The Lakers managed to maintain their lead with red-hot three-point shooting, hitting 11 of 14 (78.6%).
The Lakers played their best quarter on the road this season, opening up an early 15-point lead over the Rockets in Houston.
The Rockets, who shot only 33.3% from the field, had three players with four points, including former Lakers center
The Rockets have tremendous potential this season while the Lakers are currently searching for wins, waiting for
After their Tuesday night loss in Dallas, can the Lakers rebound with a difficult road win in Houston?
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