With Game 1 victory, the Rockets have set the tone vs. the Lakers

Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets snatched Game 1 from the Los Angeles Lakers, and made it clear that their defense will be suffocating for the Lake Show.

With an early victory against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals, James Harden and the Houston Rockets have set the tone for the series. After all of the media’s taunting, the Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers with their speed and defense.

Russell Westbrook was back to his usual self, as he finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Russ was his usual ultra-competitive self, and he displayed it after he nailed a big 3-pointer on Anthony Davis late in the game.

Westbrook also denied Danny Green the opportunity to take an extra shot when a timeout was called, and explained his reasoning after the Rockets’ victory on Friday.

“No extra shots. He can shoot those shots tomorrow or before the game. At least me personally, my guys know that I don’t want to give no advantage, no nothing,” as Westbrook said Friday night after the game. “Let them know that we’re here. Every time they shoot the ball, we’re going to be right there.”

It's always game time for Russ, even during a timeout ? pic.twitter.com/FBBATJr89K

— ESPN (@espn) September 5, 2020

All of Westbrook’s emotions were showcased Friday night, and his energy was electrifying throughout the game, which helped the Rockets blow by the Lakers 112-97. The eye test shows that Westbrook is back to his normal self inside the playoff bubble, as he attacked the paint several times, leaving the Lakers without answers.

Good morning to everyone except for Brodie haters. pic.twitter.com/9pKvTY7LW2

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) September 5, 2020

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