The Los Angeles Lakers were without Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill on Tuesday, and Kobe Bryant had six points at halftime. So it shouldn't be any surprise that the Houston Rockets defeated them, 125-112, pushing the Lakers further down the rabbit hole.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Rockets unleashed their fast-paced offense in the third quarter, scoring an incredible 38 points on a combination of James Harden drives and Jeremy Lin three-pointers.
Harden finished with 31 points. It was his 13th straight game with at least 25 points. And, in the lone Laker highlight of the night, Steve Nash recorded the 10,000th assist of his Hall of Fame career with a beautiful pick-and-roll dish to Antawn Jamison near the end of the first half.