James Harden erupted for 50 points in a triple-double show as the Rockets tore down the Lakers, 126-111, in the National Basketball Association at the Toyota Center in Houston on Thursday, December 13 (Friday, December 14, Manila time). Ball finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Since halftime Friday, point guard Walker has shot 3-of-26 from the field and 1-of-14 from 3-point range. The last one rolled in after a tantalizing dance on the rim, extending the advantage to 12 points.
They took full advantage of an opponent playing on a second consecutive night, although James and the Lakers had been 5-1 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season.
Chris Paul was surprised when Harden asked for the break.
Phoenix picked up just its fifth win of the season and first since knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks on November 23. For the record, this is a foul and I actually tried to see if there was a backstory to this. And after finishing with a game-high plus-minus on Saturday, Ball's plus-minus of -24 on Sunday was third-worst on the Lakers.
The Lakers (17-10) have won six of seven games while climbing to fourth in the Western Conference.
T.J. Warren led Phoenix with 30 points.
Brooklyn then used a 12-0 run to turn a two-point edge into its largest lead, going ahead 79-65 on Hollis-Jefferson's three-point play with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter.
Ball's 3-pointer cut it to 108-105. A trip south of the border proved fruitful for the Orlando Magic, who ended a three-game skid with a 97-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Mexico City.
SuperSonics vs. Rockets, March 1969: Lenny Wilkens (36 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists), Art Harris (14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).
Lebron now has 4 x NBA MVPs and everyone wondered what this new path as part of the Lakers would bring to him.
He started for the Bulls throughout the month of November but returned to the bench when Lauri Markkanen returned from an elbow injury earlier this month. Or if he simply waits out his final year with the Pelicans and tests unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2020, the most he could sign for with a new team with cap space would be for four years, $152 million.
Kuzma may have taken the mantle of the Lakers' second star for now, but that won't stop the team from seeking an established All-Star.
In a recent cover story by The Hollywood Reporter, James got candid as he spoke about Savannah, who was once his high school sweetheart.