The Lakers (9-34) lost their third straight game, falling to the Houston Rockets (22-20) on Sunday night. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 112-95 defeat at Staples Center.
1. After sitting out recent games with a sore Achilles tendon, Bryant played successive games Saturday and Sunday. Bryant's passing in the first quarter Sunday was impressive. He had nine assists for the game, taking just five shots while scoring five points.
Bryant passed Jerry West (6,238) on the Lakers' all-time assist list. Bryant will call it a career after the season, falling far short of Magic Johnson's 10,141.
2. James Harden finished...