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Game Recap: Lakers Dominated In Eighth Straight Home Loss Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="203"] The big story of tonight is Dwight Howard's first game back in Staples Center since leaving the Lakers to join the Houston Rockets. H [new_royalslider id="203"] The big story of tonight is Dwight Howard's first game back in Staples Center since leaving the Lakers to join the Houston Rockets. H Rating: 0
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Game Recap: Lakers Dominated In Eighth Straight Home Loss

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The big story of tonight is Dwight Howard’s first game back in Staples Center since leaving the Lakers to join the Houston Rockets. He is sure to be booed every time he touches the ball.

The Lakers welcome back Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar to the lineup, but will only have eight players in uniform as the team traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors about an hour before tipoff.

The Lakers are looking to end a seven game home losing streak.

First Quarter

The Lakers fans let Dwight Howard have it and booed every single time he touched the ball. He seemed more aggressive because of it and had six quick points, but also picked up a technical foul. Jodie Meeks got the scoring started for the Lakers with an insane behind the backboard shot. Marshall and Kelly would also hit threes but the Rockets still lead by one midway through the quarter. Jordan Farmar and Jordan Hill checked into the game. Howard dominated Kaman on the boards early and Kaman can’t get anything going offensively. Howard missed an alley-oop leading to a Johnson transition dunk. The Rockets started to get going in transition, pushing the lead to eight. Offensive rebounds killed the Lakers as they were outrebounded 19-6 and turned the ball over seven times. Houston by 10 at the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter

The Lakers started off quickly in the quarter, cutting the lead to six, but the Rockets quickly turned it around with a Montiejunas three-pointer and an Asik bucket. They quickly pushed the lead up to 14. The Lakers continued to fight as usual, with Kendall Marshall leading the way. Johnson continued his hot shooting in the second quarter but the Lakers continued to be dominated on the offensive glass. Kaman picked up a flagrant one foul on Harden. Harden would convert both free throws and hit a jumper to push the Rockets lead to 16. A couple of transition baskets and the lead sat at 21 to end the half.

Third Quarter

Chris Kaman got the scoring started for the Lakers but Beverley immediately responded with a three-pointer and Howard had another offensive rebound and putback. Ryan Kelly with a fast break dunk but the Lakers still trail by 21. The fans started chanting ‘Howard Sucks,’ Howard would join in, then throw down an alley-oop on the other end as Kaman is simply overmatched. Harden, Howard, and Parsons continue to have their way with the Lakers and even when they miss shots they grab the offensive rebound. The Rockets pushed the lead to 30 as Harden hit a deep three. Houston leads by 29 at the end of the third.

Fourth Quarter

The Lakers continued to battle in the quarter but things just can’t quite go their way. Turnovers and missed shots plagued the team and with the Rockets bringing in their subs, there was some ugly basketball being played. Meeks hit a three and Jeremy Lin matched it as the Rockets kept their lead at 30. More turnovers lead to more easy baskets as the outcome is not in doubt. The Lakers lose big at home to Houston.

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  • Jim213

    No excuses to not showing up and playing more of a competitive game. Worst home team in the western conference for a reason. Being the lack of effort night in and out. FO best re-sign a few of these players and disregard the rest given there acceptance of defeat while putting forth a less than appealing effort.

  • Matt Williams

    Since we’re getting rid of players, how about ditching this coach. I know we’re heavily depleted and we just traded a point guard we needed. But this coach is incompetent and weak. By seasons end, we must fire this coach. I never believed that Dr. Buss wanted MDA. Who in their right mind thought he was the next Pat Riley? This season may be a bust, but next season needs to be a better season 100x over. A smarter coach, better and healthier players, and a goal to reach the finals. Keep Marshall, Young, Meeks and Wesley Johnson. Cut Nash loose, and employ Magic’s help in finding players.

  • The Lakers Tank Commander

    Lakers lost.Record is 18-36.Oh 4th pick if lottery was today.Gotta love it.Tank!

    • MohamedLakersFan

      Hate to say but the best way to return to contention is to keep losing AKA ”unintentional tanking” because as a Lakers fan I don’t like the word Tanking. Hold on Lakers Fans and have patience till summer time.

  • TheTruthKills

    This tanking is painful but its for the greater good.

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