Watch Jeremy Lin and James Harden Show Up Lakers' Rookie in Win vs. L.A.

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIJanuary 8, 2013

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With Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol both sidelined Tuesday night, L.A. Lakers rookie Robert Sacre had an ever-so-rare opportunity to show the world what he can do.

Unfortunately, his night's work looked a lot more like a canvas for some of Jeremy Lin and James Harden's finest work. Sacre wasn't the only Laker responsible for a 125-112 defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets.

He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time...several times (via CBSSports' Matt Moore):

In this half, Sacre has been dunked on, gave up the and-one to Lin, and had the ball passed between his legs.

— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 9, 2013

At the 1:09 mark of the third quarter, Harden received a backdoor bounce pass from Chandler Parsons. With Jodie Meeks trailing, Harden rose up and threw down a two-handed jam over Sacre.


Not only was this a great finish, but also an outstanding milestone for Harden.

Per ESPN's Numbers Never Lie, Harden tied a franchise record with his dunk. A record that was previously held by the great Moses Malone.

Harden has now scored at least 25 points in 13 consecutive games.


James Harden has scored at least 25 Pts in 13 straight games, tied w/ Moses Malone for longest streak in franchise history #FearTheBeard

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) January 9, 2013


One quarter later, it was Lin's time to shine.

With 4:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, Lin came off of a screen and floated a beauty over Sacre for two. Lin drew the contact and crashed to the floor, but that meant nothing.

The lay-in poster had been made.

Mere minutes later, Harden decided to strike again.

As Sacre came up for a double-team, Harden decided to lace a pass right through his legs. Marcus Morris finished with no contest and put the Rockets up 114-100 with 3:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.

A beautiful pass and a dagger of a finish.

A rough night for Sacre, a great evening for Harden and another breakthrough performance from Lin.

Harden finished with 31 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Lin tallied 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals on 7-of-13 shooting.

Even as Sacre blocked four shots, the Lakers lost again.

Houston moves to 21-14, while the Lake Show drops to 15-19. With San Antonio next on the schedule, L.A.'s postseason dreams are beginning to disappear.

A collapse for the ages by the Lakers and a shocking start from the Rockets.