During a crazy game and after 2 extra time, the Rockets have returned to victory against the Lakers after a bad series of 5 consecutive defeats. The return of Chris Paul has done a lot of good (28 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists), while James Harden who already had 40 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists came out injured in the 4th quarter (ischio). Trevor Ariza adds 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.
The match starts on a big rhythm, the two teams stand but Houston ends well the first quarter and passes 44-37. Los Angeles quickly tie in the second 51-51 and won this quarter 35-21. At the break, the Lakers are in front 72-65.
The Rockets are struggling in the 3rd quarter, and have up to 17 points behind 71-88. They reduce the gap a little, but the Lakers pocket this 3rd period 29-25 and lead 101-90 at the start of the last quarter. Houston does not give up in the last 12 minutes and manages to narrow his gap. Gerald Green tie 122-122 on a 3-point 17.4 seconds buzzer, allowing the Rockets to hang overtime. Five crazy minutes during which take turns the head of the meeting. Chris Paul gives the 133-131 lead at 4 seconds, but Tucker fouls Ingram at 0.8 seconds, which turns his two free throws and tie 133-133. It was in the last minute of the 2nd extra time that the Rockets managed to win their opponent. Kyle Kuzma gets countered twice, Chris Paul tie 142-142 on free throws, then PJ Tucker scores on an offensive rebound. Chris Paul completed the game on 4 free throws. The Rockets finish well the year on this final victory 148-142!
The Rockets are not completely cured, and will have to stand still some time, the absences of Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) and James Harden.
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