The Lakers (25-53) also locked in the worst record since the franchise move to Los Angeles -- behind the 1974-75 squad that won just 30. Even if the Lakers pulled out wins in their four final matchups, they'd end the season at 29-53.
Houston scored 49 points in the third quarter, giving the Lakers a quick knockout punch.
The Lakers celebrated Nash's accomplishment after a solid first half, but the defense completely collapsed in the third quarter.
The Lakers shot 46.3% from the field, but allowed Houston to shoot 57.7%, including 42.3% from three-point range (11-26). The Lakers hit 14 of 32 from behind the arc (43.8%), but offense wasn't exactly the issue against the Rockets.
The Lakers will host the
The Lakers quickly fell behind the Rockets in the third quarter, in a big way. Houston out-scored the Lakers, 28-10, through six minutes to go up by 23 points.
The Rockets led by as many as 28, scoring 49 points in the period.
The Lakers were led by
Houston shot 60.06% and 45.5% (10-22), hitting seven three-pointers in 10 tries after converting just 3-12 ( 25.0%) in the first half.
The Lakers finished the half down five as Houston’s'
Meeks led the Lakers with 16 points.
The Lakers got seven points from
The Lakers (25-52) host the Houston Rockets (51-25) on Tuesday night at
While Houston has clinched a postseason berth, its still fighting for playoff position.
Jordan Farmar (groin) recently insisted he'd play Tuesday. Steve Nash (back) is consistently day-to-day, but should be available as well.
Dwight Howard isn't expected to play because of an ankle injury.
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Rockets