Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers dropped their ninth game over their last 11 tries.
The Lakers shot 40.9% from the field, but turned the ball over 18 times, notably in the third period when a five-point Lakers' edge quickly turned to a 13-point Houston advantage.
Five Lakers hit double figures including
The Rockets shot 45.3% from the field and 56% from the line (28-50), getting significant attempts in the fourth quarter when the Lakers intentionally fouled Howard repeatedly.
The Lakers play the host
The Rockets start a four-game road trip on Friday in Atlanta (19-17), visiting the
Houston took over the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Lakers, 33-15.
The Lakers have turned the ball over 15 times while shooting 42.4% from the field. Whatever worked in the first half, simply didn't in the third quarter.
The Rockets shot 45.7% from the field, but just 57.1% from the line (but made up for their low percentage in volume, hitting 16 of 28).
The Lakers maintained their lead through the second quarter, pulling ahead by as many as 11.
Harden also scored 15 to pace the Rockets.
The Lakers played well through a quarter in Houston, taking an early seven-point lead.
The Rockets hit just 37%, led by
Houston missed all five of their three-point attempts -- the Lakers converted two of four.
On Wednesday night, the Lakers (14-21) will play their second game in as many days, visiting the Houston Rockets (22-13).
It seems like a long, long time has passed since
The Lakers have since been decimated by injuries to
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