Rockets Beat Lakers 148-142 in Double Overtime

It wasn't pretty, but the Rockets figured out a way to break the losing streak that the Lakers started in the first place.  Houston was on fire offensively to start the game.  The Rockets scored 44 points and shot 69% in the first quarter, so it seemed like they were back to being the team that we were getting used to watching this season.  However, they only managed to score 21 points while shooting 28.6% in the 2nd quarter, which gave L.A. a 72-65 lead at halftime.  The Lakers would extend their lead to 11 points going into the 4th quarter, but that's when the Rockets would make their comeback.

In his third game with the Rockets, Gerald Green hit a 3 to tie the game at 122 with 17.7 seconds left in the 4th quarter.  This score would hold, which sent the game to the overtime, and that's when Chris Paul took over.  As Mike D'Antoni said, "He just willed us to win." 

The game was tied when Paul hit the go ahead shot with just 4 seconds remaining.  Unfortunately, P.J. Tucker fouled Brandon Ingram before time ran out, and Ingram made both shots to send them to Double Overtime.  However, redemption came for Tucker when he hit a put back layup with 5 seconds left to give the Rockets a 2-point lead.   The Lakers would not score again, instead they fouled twice, giving Chris Paul 4 more free throws, for a total of 15 points in overtime.  CP3 ended the game with 28 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds.

James Harden played most of the 4th, but suffered a hamstring injury while attempting a layup. Although he did not return, he finished with 40 points, 11 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals.  "Hopefully it's not that serious, just a pull on the hammy.  I got some treatment, so hopefully day-to-day it gets better," Harden said after the game.

Trevor Ariza did his part, putting up 26 points while shooting 6-of-10 from downtown.  

The Rockets are back on the road against Orlando on Wednesday, the calm before the Golden State storm at home Thursday night.

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