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.
"He's going to get it, you just have to make it tough," Russell said. "I feel you guys get it confused, by going into this league going into a game saying they're going to shut down an All-Star player -- but you just have to make it hard for him."
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4. Roy Hibbert blocked four shots. Rockets Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said his team attacked the Lakers' big men.
"One of the things, with [the Lakers'] big guys, we know they're coming to block shots," he said. "So when we attack the paint, our bigs were able to get some easy buckets just by following the ball -- whether it was from the pass or off a rebound."
5. The Lakers are in last place in the Western Conference, better league-wide than just the Philadelphia 76ers (5-38).
The Lakers are 10 games behind the eighth-place
Looking ahead to the 2016
If the Lakers climb a spot in the standings, their lottery odds for a top-three selection will dip to 46.9%.