In a complete effort, James Harden put up 29 points and added 11 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals to help the Houston Rockets dismantle the Los Angeles Lakers, 134-108. The Rockets took quality shots in this one, going 52-104 (50.0%) from the field, including 18-35 (51.4%) from three-point range. This is the eighth victory in a row for Houston (37-17). The streak began with a 97-90 victory over San Antonio on January 28th.
Harden finished 10-18 (5-7 from three-point range) and 4-6 from the free throw line, in an efficient offensive performance. Dwight Howard contributed 20 points and 13 rebounds for Houston as well. Despite the loss, Wesley Johnson scored 24 points for Los Angeles on 9-13 shooting, including 4-6 from behind the arc. He also tallied 7 rebounds. Kendall Marshall added 20 points and 16 assists and Jordan Hill finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 58.7%, the Rockets connected at a rate of 51.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (14-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Lakers are winless (0-4) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Los Angeles (18-36) has now dropped their last four in a row.
Coming up next, the Rockets battle the Golden State Warriors, who are 32-22 on the year. The Lakers go up against the Boston Celtics, currently 19-36 this season. The Rockets won their last two meetings with Golden State. The Lakers have a 1-0 record against Boston this season.
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