Despite missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers are keeping alive their slim hopes of trying to avoid the play-in tournament. Kyle Kuzma's driving layup with 6.9 seconds remaining gave the short-handed Lakers a 124-122 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The defending NBA champions have won three straight for the first time since the middle of March, but remain in seventh place in the Western Conference.
Kyle Kuzma drove for the decisive layup with 6.9 seconds remaining to give the Los Angeles Lakers a 124-122 victory over the visiting Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Talen Horton-Tucker contributed 23 points and 10 assists, Andre Drummond recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds and Kuzma had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Los Angeles (40-30) won its third straight game. The Lakers played without LeBron James (ankle) for the 26th time in the past 28 games.
The Lakers defeated the Rockets, 124-122. Kyle Kuzma recorded 19 points (8-12 FG), 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, including the go-ahead layup with 6.9 seconds remaining in regulation, while Talen Horton-Tucker added 23 points and 10 assists in the victory. Kelly Olynyk tallied 24 points, six rebounds and eight assists for the Rockets in the losing effort. The Lakers improve to 40-20 on the season, while the Rockets fall to 16-54.