The Houston Rockets continued to roll on Tuesday, beating the Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash-led Los Angeles Lakers 125-112.
Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol did not play for the Lake Show, and the Rockets took full advantage of it, winning the battle of the boards. However, Nash did become just the fifth play in league history to record 10,000 assists during the game, in one of the few good moments the Lakers had this game.
James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons all played extremely well, combining for 70 points, 17 assists and 17 rebounds.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came when Carlos Delfino dominated off the bench, dropping 19 points and snagging six rebounds in 23 minutes, helping the team outscore Los Angeles by 24 when he was on the court.
Houston has now won 10 of its last 12 games, while the Lakers have dropped four straight.
Player of the Game: James Harden, SG, Houston
As much as I want to award Delfino for his spectacular play, I have to give PoG honors to Harden. He continued his hot streak in this game, dropping 31 in addition to his nine assists and six rebounds.
Harden is averaging a hair under 30 points per game during Houston's 12-game hot streak, and he kept it up Tuesday night.
Shooting 11-of-19 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the line, Harden tore the Lakers apart as the team dropped 125 points.
What's Next for the Lakers?
The 15-19 Lakers will go on the road to take on the San Antonio Spurs before having to play the Oklahoma City Thunder at home. It doesn't look like their losing streak will end anytime soon.
What's Next for the Rockets?
The 21-14 Rockets have a three-game road streak coming up, but should beat the Hornets, Celtics and 76ers en route to an eight-game winning streak.