The Houston Rockets won another game on the road by double-digits. There were three takeaways from the matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Houston Rockets (18-4) won their seventh consecutive game in a 118-95 blowout against the Los Angeles Lakers (8-15).
Houston played good defense for the entire night, but they couldn’t close possessions by grabbing the rebound. The Rockets held the Lakers to shooting just 31.9 percent in the first half and 38.1 percent in the entire game. However, the Lakers scored 18 second chance points on 8 offensive rebounds in the first half, which kept the game closer than it should have been.
Clint Capela seemed to really struggle against Brook Lopez. Capela had 8 points on just 3-of-7 shooting from the field, although he picked up 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Capela only played 22 minutes in the game, as Nene and Luc Mbah a Moute got a lot more minutes at center.
The Rockets were outscored by five points when Capela was on the floor, and he has seemed to struggle against big talented centers in the past. But he’s still learning, and he had a great hustle play to grab a rebound in the fourth quarter and score with a sweet euro-step move. That seemed to rejuvenate Capela and the Rockets bench, even though the game was out of question by that point.
The Rockets have now won six consecutive road games by 15 points or more, an NBA record. The other teams to win five consecutive road games by 15 or more points were the 2011-2012 Miami Heat, 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons and 1969-70 New York Knicks, who all went on to win an NBA championship.
There was a lot of action in Sunday night’s game against the Lakers, so let’s get into the takeaways.
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