The Streak is Over as Rockets Fall to Lakers

Nothing lasts forever, and the Rockets winning streak was no exception.  Who worse to break that streak than the L.A. Lakers, who had a 3-game losing streak before tonight's win.  To be fair, Houston was without Clint Capela with a left heel contusion, and Chris Paul left early in the 4th with a strained left adductor (inner thigh).  

Still, the game didn't start off right for the Rockets, who trailed 9-0 just over a minute into the first quarter.  L.A. hit seven 3s in the first quarter alone, which set a tone early on.

Houston then fell into a 22 point deficit early in the 2nd quarter, but managed to get within 4 by halftime after a buzzer-beater 3 from Eric Gordon.  Later, the game was all tied up at 100 with 8 minutes left to go, but L.A. took the game back over to seal the 122-116 victory.

James Harden went 15-27 and scored 51 points, but that's because he didn't get much help from his teammates on offense.  The rest of the team shot just 34.9% to Harden's 56%.

Eric Gordon put up 21 points, but hit only hit 8 of his 21 of his shots.  Trevor Ariza and P.J. Tucker both had Double-Doubles, marking Ariza's first of the season, and Tucker's second. 

The Rockets will try to start a new winning streak when they play the last of their 7-game home stretch against the other L.A. team Friday night.

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