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Houston Rockets Easily Dispatch the Lakers – Player Grades

Jan 17, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) shoots against Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela (15) during the NBA basketball game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) shoots against Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela (15) during the NBA basketball game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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After being smashed by the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday (January 15), the Houston Rockets caught a break Sunday at the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

Interesting enough the Rockets will continue in Los Angeles to face an even more stern challenge tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Rockets started the game using veteran guard Jason Terry as a starter as Patrick Beverley was being rested due to the sprained ankle he received in the Cavaliers game.

A pleasant game to watch for all the wrong reasons, the Rockets and the Lakers traded baskets at will with absolutely no concern for the defensive side of the game as the final score shows. Of course when you play against the 29th ranked offense in the league it becomes much easier and the Rockets had no trouble stopping the Lakers after halftime.

Here are the Player Grades:

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Rockets Player Grades

Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA. B. <a href=. SF

B+. The big man from Switzerland was great today. I’m still amazed by how much <a href=. PF-C. Houston Rockets. CLINT CAPELA

B+. There was a time when I thought <a href=. C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD

A. <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN

F. It’s tough having to start Jason Terry or to even have him play 10 minutes or more every game. It’s quite an achievement that the Rockets got to Conference Finals last year with Terry as the starting point guard. Don’t get me wrong, Terry is a great leader and can still be effective from the three point line, but his usage must be <span style=. G. Houston Rockets. JASON TERRY

Best Reserve

Houston Rockets. TY LAWSON. B. Despite the fact Jason Terry started, Ty Lawson was handed the main point guard responsibilites – and he didn’t disappoint. When he shows glimpses of the player he was last year while moving the ball it’s just beautiful to see. I feel that Lawson is definitely deserving some more playing time, he is a baller. 12 points 5 assists. PG

Best Opponent:

LOU WILLIAMS. C+. I suppose <a href=. G. Los Angeles Lakers

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