As expected the Rockets did not struggle on offense as they faced the Lakers on Tuesday night. But that is really putting it mildly as a slew of Rockets records were shattered in their 145-130 blowout of the Lakers. Houston had 66 points at the half, but only led by five points. Then they put on an offensive clinic in the fourth quarter, setting a new franchise record with 49 points and pushed their lead out to 28 points.
Houston made 18-of-24 shots (75 percent) in the quarter and seven of their ten 3-pointers in the quarter. James Harden had 18 of his 33 points in the quarter, and he, along with fellow starters Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Terrence Jones, sat out the entire fourth quarter.
Jones joined Harden with 33 points as the Rockets set a new NBA season high for most points in a game this season. The Rockets 80 points in the paint shattered the Rockets previous season best of 66 points.
Houston now holds a two and a half game lead over the Blazers for the fourth seed and home court advantage in the playoffs. The Rockets magic number to clinch home court advantage is two, meaning any combination of Rockets wins and Blazers losses equaling two will give the Rockets home court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
- Adam Wexler, CSN Houston