The Lakers and the Rockets came into Sunday night's game desperate for a win and they played like it. After inexplicably throwing away a win against the Boston Celtics in awesome fashion, they were subsequently blown out 121-103 by the Washington Wizards on the second night of a back-to-back. He has played through injuries earlier this season so check back closer to pre-game warmups to see his actual status on Sunday.
The losing streak ended, with Chris Paul ignoring his minutes limit and lifting the Rockets past the Lakers, 148-142, in double overtime, scoring 15 points in the two overtimes after Harden had left the floor with a strained left hamstring. We get after it on defense, we get stops and we get out and run.
Griffin returned to lead all scorers with 24 points, but Rivers injured his right Achilles in the third quarter and left the arena on crutches.
The Fil-American guard is being tagged as one of the players that the Lakers may have to "sacrifice" as they look to build enough salary cap room to be in a position to contend in the LeBron James and Paul George free-agency sweepstakes at the end of the season. He went on to put up 10 attempts from 3-point range, sinking seven of them. Worse for the Rockets, when Harden headed to the rim again, he missed his layup and immediately doubled over off the court in pain. Forward Danilo Gallinari is out for the second time with a glute injury.More news: Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots soar past $300 million
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni changed up his rotation, bringing in Green for Ryan Anderson when Tucker usually checks in. However, Clint Capela will also be a valuable option in fantasy. Harden sat for 47 seconds and returned to the game.
They began playing with the defensive intensity that had been so lacking.
"It's got a ripple effect obviously", Walton said.
Rockets' supporting cast - James Harden has had little trouble putting points up against the Lakers. Including the loss to the Lakers, the Rockets (25-9) have lost five games in a row, more than they had lost total before Kyle Kuzma scored 38 points and the Lakers stole a 122-116 win on December 20.