Round 2(West Semi’s)Game 2
The Houston Rockets seized the early
lead with an impressive outing beating the
Lakers 112-97. The 1 thing working in the
Lakers favor that it was only game 1 which
usually is irrelevant to a series in the
whole scheme of things if you win the
This is what the playoffs are all about and
nothing comes easy. Tonight the Lakers
have to pass another test can they take
advantage of small ball team the leads
the playoffs in defensive efficiency. Will
the Lakers make the adjustments and will
the The Rockets not get complacent those
are the answers we will get by end of the
The 1st quarter both struggled to score
early. The defense from both sides was
very intense. The Lakers started pull away
a little but with a quick 11 points by
Anthony Davis who used his length
advantage early over the Rockets small
center PJ Tucker.
The Lakers would outscore the Rockets
28-11 over the final 5 minutes of the
quarter sparked by Markieff Morris who
knocked down 4 three pointers in 3
minutes of play. The Lakers would have
another 3 point make from Rajon Rondo to
end the quarter 36-20.
The 2nd quarter The Lakers would
continue to drive to the rim and going up
as many as 20 points at a point in the
quarter. The Rockets would make make
make a little dent with 18-7 run to cut the
lead down to 9.
The Lakers would have the answer for
that by ending the quarter with a 16-9
burst to maintain the lead at 67-51.
Lebron was the driving force in the period
with 15 points in the quarter with 17
The 2nd half started quickly with the
Rockets knocking down 3 straight three
pointers to ignite a 9-0 run and very quick
Lakers timeout cutting the lead down to
67-60. The Rockets stayed hot knocking
down another 5 points to increase their
run to 14-0 and cut the lead to 67-65.
The Rockets would outscored the Lakers
27-13 midway through the quarter with
the Lakers now just holding onto the lead
by a single point 80-79 ignited by 8 made
3 pointers. The Rocket would continue to
pile on the with another quick 6-0 run to
take lead 85-80.
The Lakers reduced to 1 and done
possessions that kept increasing the
confidence of the Rockets. The quarter
would end with the Rockets scoring 41
points in the period in a 59 point switch
taking the lead 92-90 into the final
The Final Quarter Lakers woke up and
started the scoring off with a 14-4 run to
retake the lead 104-96. The Rockets
would counter quickly with a quick 5
points to cut the lead to 104-101.
After a timeout The Lakers would counter
with a 9-0 run after a few long Rocket
misses. The Rockets would make a final
push scoring a quick 8-2 run but Lebron
would hit the go ahead shot to put the
Lakers up 8 Under 30 seconds. The
Lakers even the series 1-1 winning 117-109
led by AD who had 34 points, 10 rebounds
and 4 Assists. Lebron chipped in with 28
Points, 9 Rebounds, and 7 Assists.
My 2 Cents
The Lakers bench came alive tonight
Markieff Morris, Kyle Kuzma, and Rondo
combined for 39 of the 41 points from the
bench. Rondo also was key defending
Harden in a stretch where the Lakers
where trailing and made the momentum
switch with a key steal and layup.
The Lakers after giving up 41 points only
allowed 17 points in the final quarter.
This big effort was the difference tonight
and ensured the Lakers Victory.
The Rockets were able to get big games
from James Harden who finished with a
team high 27 points. The help came from
vets Robert Covington Eric Gordon and PJ
Tucker who combined for 59 points
draining 14 of the 22 three pointers on 53
Russell Westbrook was held to 10 points
and had 5 turnovers. The Rockets 3rd
quarter effort was huge but it seemed like
a gassed team in the 4th quarter and that
hot shooting that went ice cold then 3 ball
the gift and the curse for the Rockets.
Game 3 will be a toss up these teams both
want to get the edge this series is gonna
be a long 1. The next game will come
down to who defends better. The offense
will be there but both teams know they
have to win the battle of the boards and
the points off turnovers whoever wins that
battle will win the next game.
The Lakers will need to duplicate or better
the effort from tonight to keep the pesky
Rockets at bay this will be a series that we
soon won’t forget.
Written By Pop Dibiase
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