Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets

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3-5, 0-5 Away
94 - 128

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Jalen Green scores 28 points in 3 quarters as Rockets rout Lakers 128-94 for 4th straight win

LeBron spins in the paint for the bucket

It’s the fourth straight win for the Rockets after they lost their first three games this season. They've won four in a row for the first time since winning seven consecutive games in late 2021.

“We’re taking the right steps,” first year coach Ime Udoka said. “We’re confident in what we’re doing and it’s gelling quicker than probably some thought already.”

The Rockets scored the game’s first eight points and led by 21 at halftime. They didn’t let up after the break and were up by 20 midway through the third period before using an 11-5 run to make it 90-64 with 3½ minutes left in the quarter.

Jabari Smith Jr. and Jae’Sean Tate made 3-pointers in that stretch to power the Rockets.

Green, who made 5 of 6 3-pointers, got hot soon after that, scoring all of Houston’s points during a 10-5 run that left the Rockets up 99-71 entering the fourth. Most of the starters for both teams, including Green and the Lakers' LeBron James, didn’t play in the fourth with the game out of hand.

Green is excited to see Houston's improvement in his third season after the Rockets were among the league's worst teams in his first two years.

“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I’m just happy about it. I’ve been in a losing category for so long. So it’s good just to see the results and the progression that the team is doing.”

Rui Hachimura scored 24 off the bench in his return after missing four games with a concussion as the Lakers lost their third straight. D’Angelo Russell added 22 points and James had a season-low 18 in a game in which Los Angeles was without Anthony Davis, who sat out with a groin injury.

The Rockets had a great offensive night, shooting 54.8% (51 of 93) overall and making 42.4% (14 of 33) of their 3-pointers. They also dominated on the boards with Davis out, outrebounding the Lakers 57-34.

“They're going to be a handful to deal with this year,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “If they keep up at this rate, they'll be a handful not just for us, but the other 28 teams besides us.”

Tari Eason had nine points and nine rebounds in his season debut for Houston after missing the first six games with a leg injury.


Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud, who set a NFL rookie record by throwing for 470 yards this weekend, attempted a free throw for charity before tipoff Wednesday. The high school basketball star was confident that he’d swish it, but instead it bounced off the rim. The second-overall pick knows his teammates will get on him for the miss, but he isn’t worried about it.

“I don’t care. They’re haters anyway,” he said with a laugh. “But they love me on the field, so that’s all that matters.”


Lakers: Visit Phoenix on Friday night.

Rockets: Host New Orleans on Friday night.

Regular Season Series

HOU leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Rockets: 50.2%
Lakers: 49.8%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 94 - 128
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 94 - 128
4th 12.1 Boban Marjanovic defensive rebound 94 - 128
4th 13.0 Colin Castleton misses 10-foot step back jumpshot 94 - 128
4th 24.1 shot clock turnover 94 - 128

36-85 FG 51-93
42.4 Field Goal % 54.8
7-25 3PT 14-33
28.0 Three Point % 42.4
15-24 FT 12-19
62.5 Free Throw % 63.2
34 Rebounds 57
5 Offensive Rebounds 14
29 Defensive Rebounds 43
20 Assists 26
7 Steals 4
6 Blocks 4
9 Turnovers 11
0 Team Turnovers 2
9 Total Turnovers 13
0 Technical Fouls 1
0 Total Technical Fouls 1
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
14 Points Off Turnovers 9
9 Fast Break Points 20
42 Points in Paint 68
18 Fouls 23
0 Largest Lead 35

Game Information

Toyota Center (Houston)

Location: Houston, TX
Attendance: 18,055 · Capacity:

2023-24 Pacific Standings

LA Clippers 36 17 .679 - W1
Phoenix 33 22 .600 4 W2
Sacramento 31 23 .574 5.5 W1
LA Lakers 30 26 .536 7.5 W3
Golden State 27 26 .509 9 W1

2023-24 Southwest Standings

New Orleans - 22 W3 0.6 33
Dallas 1 23 W6 0.58181816 32
Houston 8.5 30 L1 0.44444445 24
Memphis 13.5 36 W2 0.35714287 20
San Antonio 22 44 L1 0.2 11
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