Big man Christian Wood had a double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds), but it wasn’t nearly enough for the young Houston Rockets versus LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the loaded Los Angeles Lakers.
The home team led by 19 points at halftime and largely coasted from there. In Sunday’s 95-85 final (box score), the veteran-laden Lakers had four players in double figures. That star-studded list consisted of James (15 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals); Davis (16 points, 13 rebounds); and former Rockets Carmelo Anthony (23 points, 4 blocks) and Russell Westbrook (20 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds).
Houston shot 6-of-28 on 3-pointers (21.4%) and 15-of-29 on free throws (51.7%) and struggled to generate offense for much of the initial three quarters on Sunday night. In addition to Wood, other players to score in double-figures were Eric Gordon (17 points, 4-of-6 on 3-pointers); Kevin Porter Jr. (13 points, 9 rebounds), KJ Martin (12 points, 4 rebounds); and rookie big Alperen Sengun (11 points, 7 rebounds).
Rookie guard Jalen Green struggled, scoring 7 points on 2-of-8 shooting (25.0%). The 19-year-old contributed in other areas with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Houston turned the ball over 25 times (led by 6 from Porter), more than doubling the 12 by Los Angeles.
See below for Sunday’s extended video highlights. The Rockets (1-5) and Lakers (4-3) will meet again on Tuesday night from Los Angeles, with tipoff scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Central from Staples Center.
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