Short-handed Lakers fall short in front of Western Conference-worst Rockets

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Kevin Porter Jr. (3) of the Houston Rockets gets past the Lakers’ Troy Brown Jr. (7) during the first half on Wednesday in Houston. (Carmen Mandetto / Getty Images)

At the end of lakers‘ bench sat Anthony Davis And Lebron JamesBoth were wearing their gear, both unable to help their teammates due to injuries.

Davis did not play as the Lakers ruled him out of back-to-back to prevent aggravation of his right foot strain injury and James was out with right foot soreness.

so it was abandoned d’angelo russell, Malik BeasleyJared Vanderbilt, Austin Reeves and the rest of the group will step up for the Lakers against the Houston Rockets team with the second worst record in the NBA.

Nevertheless, the Rockets pose a threat to the Lakers as they beat the Boston Celtics in their last game, and this young Houston team boasts a group of athletic and skilled players that could be crucial for the teams either in the playoffs or in the playoffs. are fighting for. In sowing.

The Lakers Found It True After Losing To The Rockets 114-110 Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.

Without Davis’ defensive presence inside, the Rockets feasted in the paint.

Since the Lakers put up little resistance, the Rockets scored 48 points in the paint in the first half, which helped them lead by 18 points. He finished the game with 78 points in the paint.

The Lakers made a better and more energetic effort in the third and fourth quarters, getting within four points in the final 12 minutes of the game.

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But the Rockets responded with three consecutive three-pointers to extend their lead to 13 points, essentially ending the Lakers’ slim chances.

And despite five players scoring in double digits, the Lakers couldn’t overcome their poor shooting.

He shot 37.4% from the field and 25% from three-point range.

Reeves led the Lakers with 24 points off the bench.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times,