The Houston Rockets visited the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, but the marquee players stayed on the sidelines. Lakers fans had no Pau Gasol (vertigo) or Kobe Bryant to cheer for and no Dwight Howard (ankle) to boo.
The game got completely out of hand after a 49-point third quarter for the Rockets on the way to a 145-130 victory. Houston set the mark for the most points scored by any team this season, and it was the third time this season a team has hung at least 140 on the Lakers.
It was not a total loss for home fans in attendance, as Steve Nash made history in the first half. His fifth assist moved him ahead of Mark Jackson for third on the all-time assists list at 10,335.
Terrence Jones was superb in notching a game-high 33 points, 23 in the first half. He tied with James Harden who also handed out 12 dimes. Chandler Parsons tallied 19 points and eight assists. Omer Asik double-doubled on 10 points and 15 rebounds as the Rockets owned the glass, 58-33.
Nick Young hit six three-pointers and finished with a team-high 32 points for L.A. Jodie Meeks notched 30 along with six assists.
Houston is hanging on to fourth place with a lead of 2.5 games on the Portland Trail Blazers, a potential first-round playoff partner The third-place L.A. Clippers are 2.5 games in front. The Rockets finish up the back-to-back with a visit to the Denver Nuggets, who forced overtime in their meeting on Sunday.
The Lakers are only one game above the lowly Utah Jazz, so needless to say fans are pretty excited about the draft. Next up, the Golden State Warriors come to town on Friday.