The Lakers are on a two-game winning streak. Against teams with decent players, no less. Here are five takeaways from their 98-92 victory Wednesday in Houston.
1. Give the Lakers some credit. After sputtering to the worst 10-game start in their 66-year history, they won road games on back-to-back nights against teams that had a combined 14-6 record. Nicely done.
2. Wesley Johnson stole the show, the quiet forward hushing the Houston crowd by picking clean their perennial All-Star and converting a three-point play at the other end. A huge play by a five-year veteran with underrated defensive skills.
4. Byron Scott definitely enjoys having more tools in the garage. He sat Carlos Boozer late in the fourth quarter and instead went with Nick Young, who had eight fourth-quarter points and finished with 16 in his second game back from a torn thumb ligament.