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Houston Rockets Game 24 of 2015-16 Season vs Lakers

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Dec 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) talk during the third quarter at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Lakers 126-97. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) talk during the third quarter at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Lakers 126-97. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston Rockets Game 24 of 2015-16  found H-Town happily facing the lack luster Los Angeles Lakers.

Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 24 of 2015-16 versus the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dec 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) drives the ball as Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young (0) defends during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

In what was the first of four meetings versus the Lakers this game was more about Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour and the chance for the Rockets to earn an easy victory.

The full pregame analysis article can be viewed via this link.

Post Game Analysis:

SCS Writer Andre Cantalogo served up the post game review offering insight into 3 Things Learned via the win. Most noteworthy was the fact this would be Kobe Bryant’s second last game at the Toyota Center.

And even though Kobe Bryant was up to the challenge himself and managed to score 26 points, the remaining Los Angeles Lakers squad weren’t able to follow his lead. The task was even tougher as the Lakers played without undoubtedly their best player: Jordan Clarkson.

In the end, it wasn’t even close as the Rockets held a healthy lead for the entire match and grabbed the W without any troubles. This marked just the first game this season the Houston Rockets were able to relax and give bench players some run in the fourth quarter, something they couldn’t achieve even against the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers.

Stat Leaders:

Both franchise stars put on a show as much for each other as the fans, and Andre Cantalogo’s post game grades reflected their output.

SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN. A. Great game from the Beard. He picked his shots beautifully from the three-point line, slashing by Lakers defenders for easy layups. Aggressive all the way through <a href=

A. It’s just a pleasure to watch Kobe Bryant’s last hurrah.  Crowds cheer for him everywhere he goes and it seems he saved the best for Houston. Undoubtedly his aggressiveness isn’t the same from years ago as Kobe relies more on perimeter shots and free-throws now.  That didn’t matter tonight as he was hot from the field and had a throw-back game ending up with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.. SG. Los Angeles Lakers. KOBE BRYANT

Full player grades can be viewed via this SCS link.

NBA.com box score can be reviewed via this link.

Rockets Games vs Lakers in 2016-17

  • October 26th the Rockets open their season in LA at Staples Center
  • December 7th at home
  • March 15th at home

Draft Picks and Free Agents

Los Angeles acted quickly when free agency hit doling out  some questionably high contracts. While the expected Rookie of the Year resides on the Sixers the player who could end up developing into the Lakers next franchise star was selected second overall.

With the exit of Kobe Bryant via retirement the Lakers are looking to re-establish a new winning regime and build an identity with their youngsters. To that end, Luol Deng should offer valuable veteran experience and knowledge on becoming a professional.

Dec 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) and Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) battle for a rebound during a game at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Picks:

Round 1: Brandon Ingram (2)

Round 2: Ivica Zubac (32)

Incoming Free Agents/trade:

Exiting Free Agents/traded: 

Exiting: 

  • Roy Hibbert 1-year, $5M
  • Brandon Bass to a 1-year minimum deal moves to Clippers
  • Robert Sacre signs summer league/training camp contract with Pelicans

Re-upping:

Unresolved:

  • Metta World Peace
  • Ryan Kelly

More Free Agent News

Next: Updated Free Agency Report

Next: Free Agency Profiles for all 30 Teams

Due to the large Houston Rockets fan base, SCS is always looking to add new talent to our writing team. To that end, we’re looking for individuals with a specialized focus.  Specifically, the first area  is perfect for someone who constantly surfs for breaking news on injuries, trades, insider info. Consequently this individual would select top news items providing timely quick hits to keep SCS readers in the loop.

The other writer would possess an especially strong social media background and would like to interact with Clutch City Fans. Therefore this person will promote SCS team content on facebook and twitter. As a result the successful candidate will  make sure to promote the best content coming from H-Town fans. In conclusion, if you’re a budding writer who possesses these qualities vist the SCS link, and fill out an application.

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