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The Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 125-112. This was their third meeting of the season so far and the Rockets have a commanding 2-1 lead on the Lake show with just one game left in the season series.
This was a historic night for Steve Nash. He may have cemented his place in the Hall of Fame as he is just the fifth man in NBA history to hit the 10,000 career assists mark. Nash is 38 years old but showed no signs of slowing down as he finished with 16 points on 6-10 shooting, 10 assists and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Not even Nash’s historic night could stop the Lakers bleeding as they are now 15-19 on the season. It’s kind of strange to think a team with Nash, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol may be too far out to contend for a playoff spot. There is still plenty of time but they need to turn their season around immediately and hope one of the 8 teams in the running has a mid-season meltdown.
Kobe Bryant didn’t quite go black mamba on the Rockets defense. He finished with 20 points on 8-22 shooting from the field and an awful 2-8 from downtown. He did have 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 40 minutes but he also turned the ball over 5 times as well. Kobe will have to do more for his team until Howard and Gasol are healthy enough to return.
It’s crazy to think that when James Harden drops 30 points in a game it’s just the norm for him now. And that’s exactly what he did against the Lakers. He finished with 31 points on 11-19 shooting from the field, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in 40 minutes.
It was great to see Jeremy Lin have a great game against a guy like Steve Nash. It was also great to see Lin and Harden both have good games together. Lin finished with 19 points on 7-13 shooting, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 35 minutes of play. The only unacceptable part of his game was the 7 turnovers. You can’t expect to do that and win every game.
Chandler Parsons had a great night shooting the ball. He shot 8-13 from the field and 2-2 from downtown for 20 points. He also racked up 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 43 minutes. Parsons basically outplayed his opponent Kobe by matching him in points and also keeping him from going off. Parsons continues to shut down great players game after game.
Carlos Delfino had a great night shooting as well off the bench. He shot 7-14 from the field and 5-7 from three for 19 points. He also racked up 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. I want to see more of this out of Delfino. He needs to do more than just jack up three balls all game long.
The Rockets won this game across the board and are now 21-14 on the season. They will now go on the road and face the New Orleans Hornets tonight on a back-to-back.
Congratulations to Steve Nash on his historic night. A for sure Hall of Famer in my book.