On October 26, the Los Angeles Lakers were finally rewarded with their 2009-10 NBA championship rings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Following the ceremony the Lakers took on the Houston Rockets on opening night of the 2010-11 NBA season.
Early on it appeared that the Lakers were distracted, and it was only the Rockets who had shown up to play. As a result, Houston carried an 11-point lead into halftime.
However, L.A. came storming back in the second half, cutting the lead to five entering the final quarter.
Behind Shannon Brown's 14 points in the fourth, the Lakers managed to finally take back the lead mid-way through the quarter.
Nevertheless, they didn't hold on for too long, as the two teams traded the lead five times in the quarter—four of which were during the final minute.
Ultimately, Steve Blake hit a go-ahead three, putting the LA up two with 18 seconds to go.
Luis Scola then missed an inside shot, but the Rockets grabbed the board, allowing them to have one more chance.
Aaron Brooks received the ball and took it to the basket, but Lamar Odom was there to get a piece of the ball and seal the win.
The Lakers saw significant contributions coming from Kobe Bryant (27 points, seven assists), Pau Gasol (29 points, 11 rebounds) and Odom (14 points, 10 rebounds), while the Rockets were carried by Kevin Martin (26 points), Scola (18 points, 16 rebounds) and Brooks (24 points, nine assists) in their losing effort.