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Lakers Blow Big Lead, Fall to Rockets in Houston

The Laker season saw more bumps on the road in the past couple of days. First off, Steve Blake will be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks due to surgery on his abdomen. Then Pau Gasol was mentioned to be out indefinitely because of balky knees. Antawn Jamison started in his place at the power forward slot.

Coach Mike D’Antoni made one more change. Chris Duhon replaced Darius Morris in the starting line-up.

So after all of those changes, how did the Lakers look against the Houston Rockets? Did they get back to .500?

1ST QUARTER

The Lakers got off to a 10-2 start. The Rockets looked sloppy from the start. The fans certainly enjoyed that.

Coming into the game, Kobe Bryant needed 52 to get 30,000 career points. It seemed like he knew that as he came out gunning from the start.

Another curious rotation change was Mike D’Antoni putting in Earl Clark ahead of Jordan Hill. Clark immediately made his presence felt by scoring on a dunk off a Jodie Meeks pass and a jumper. Hill did come in for Dwight Howard a few minutes later.

Meanwhile…

It certainly was. Kobe shot 11 times in the first.

The Rockets continued to look messy and only shot 32 percent from the field overall. The Lakers were paced by Kobe’s 14 points although the offense wasn’t as crisp as it should be. At the end of 1, L.A. led Houston, 30-22.

2ND QUARTER

The Lakers started a line-up of Jordan Hill, Antawn Jamison, Metta World Peace, Jodie Meeks, and Darius Morris. Let’s just say it didn’t go very well.

The Rockets were able to cut the lead down to five, thanks to a lot of Toney Douglas. He had already scored 12 points halfway through the second (14 by halftime).

Dwight Howard came back in and the Lakers immediately went on a run. A 15-5 lightning run put the Rockets down further.

Kobe continued pouring it on while guys like James Harden and Jeremy Lin couldn’t get it going.

If there was one thing that the Laker fans could complain about, it’s the Lakers not being able to clean up the glass on the defensive end. The Rockets had a whopping 15 offensive boards.

But with the help of Kobe’s 21 points, the Lakers led the Rockets, 58-45, at the half.

3RD QUARTER

The Rockets started out better in the third quarter, going on an 8-2 run. Antawn Jamison stopped the bleeding, though, with a three-pointer. The Lakers brought it back to a double digit lead as everyone from the Lakers contributed.

A deep Metta World Peace three made it a 14-point game. The Rockets then went on a 9-0 run but once again, the Lakers were able to subdue that rally for a bit.

However, James Harden continued to struggle and Jeremy Lin couldn’t get anything going because of foul trouble.

Try as they might, the Rockets couldn’t inch any closer. They couldn’t take advantage of the Lakers turning the ball over.

The Lakers led the Rockets, 83-73, after 3.

4TH QUARTER

The Rockets didn’t threaten the Lakers for a while. The Laker fans, I’m sure, loved that. We all thought this game was done.

How dumb are we?

The Rockets went on an 11-2 run. They were able to cut the lead down to 92-88. While Kobe was able to stop the bleeding a little bit, the Rockets continued to push for a comeback.

With the lead down to four, the Rockets decided to go to the Hack-A-Dwight. Little-known Rocket big man Greg Smith (21 points, nine boards) then was able to cut the lead down to 98-97 as he played the game of his life. And then with the Hack-A-Dwight still going on, Toney Douglas made a 3 to give the Rockets their first lead at 100-99. Dwight went 5-10 from the line during Hack-A-Dwight.

The Lakers couldn’t make a shot to save their lives. The Rockets made key foul shots to keep themselves ahead. Greg Smith converted two to put Houston up, 106-102.

Kobe made a quick three to cut the lead down to 106-105. Toney Douglas (22 points) was fouled a few seconds after. He missed the second of two foul shots and the Lakers had one more shot to tie or win with eight seconds left to go.

But Kobe missed a three. The Lakers couldn’t convert on two more shots and they lost to the Rockets, 107-105.

Somehow, Harden, Lin, and Chandler Parsons played pretty awful… and the Lakers lost the game. How does this even happen?

STAT LEADERS
POINTS: Kobe Bryant, 39
REBOUNDS: Dwight Howard, 12
ASSISTS: Chris Duhon, 7
BLOCKS: Dwight Howard, 4
STEALS: Kobe Bryant, 2

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  • Drake_OVOXO

    Take Howard OUT when they start to foul. Mike Dantoni is DUMB, we lost the lead because Howard can’t make free throws!

    • Dr. Rasheed Syed

      This is ideology of an average coach…Lakers need Great coach. Does he not have a good staff to help/assist him? Where are they hiding?

      He would be better coach for Washington Wizards but not for Lakers unfortunately.

  • Dominic

    so frustrating as a fan to watch them lose another game

    • Dr. Rasheed Syed

      It is a painful process for everyone: Lakers themselves, team management, fans and media. All we can hope is for a miracle. It is a domino effect and it starts with Coach. He controls how the game goes. He must find a way to coach this team!!!

      For now, I am pretending it as a trial and error time which the coach didn’t get in pre-season. Something postive will come out of it eventually. Kobe24/D12, I am sure they wouldn’t like to loose game. Instead of pointing fingers they will find a way or a coach needs to get them back on track.

  • LakersGAMEOVER

    Watching this game, I saw how easy it is to overreact and shake you head
    at the Lakers loss to Houston tonight, but if you look at it, it’s not
    surprising at all… reason? Simple, D’Antoni does not teach defense,
    and I don’t care how good your offense is. When you don’t D up in the
    NBA you won’t win any game lol look at all the Lakers game when D’Antoni
    took over… most of them, the opponents score over 100 points…
    everybody is waiting for Nash to come back even that goofball D’Antoni
    but what is the difference? The opposing guard will just burn through
    Nash and slice through their defense with dribble penetration as always.
    Its sad how the Lakers had the opportunity to hire Phil and complete
    their championship expectations but just like this game, the Lakers came
    so close only to #$%$ up on the whole season

  • lakersfanforlife

    Watching this game, I saw how easy it is to overreact and shake you head
    at the Lakers loss to Houston tonight, but if you look at it, it’s not
    surprising at all… reason? Simple, D’Antoni does not teach defense,
    and I don’t care how good your offense is. When you don’t D up in the
    NBA you won’t win any game lol look at all the Lakers game when D’Antoni
    took over… most of them, the opponents score over 100 points…
    everybody is waiting for Nash to come back even that goofball D’Antoni
    but what is the difference? The opposing guard will just burn through
    Nash and slice through their defense with dribble penetration as always.
    Its sad how the Lakers had the opportunity to hire Phil and complete
    their championship expectations but just like this game, the Lakers came
    so close only to #$%$ up on the whole season

    • Crystal

      I agree with everything you said. Because of management’s screw up to not hire Phil, the Lakers are now dealing with the consequences. They need a miracle now..blowing a 17 pont lead to lose by 2. -______-

  • Hack_a_Howard

    HA Every body lets Blame Pau Gasol o wait he wasnt there? lol lets Blame dwight o no wait he’s are superstar we have to cup cake to dwight superman well superman lost us another game wait o its bynum fault because he as a afro lmao

  • Zurii

    Kobi is selfish…..Howard mis a lot on free throws…weak defense……

    • Dr. Rasheed Syed

      you are right on the money. Big Game James would dare to say something like this…Not bad Zurii

    • Dr. Rasheed Syed

      One dislike you probably got because of your bad word selection choice.
      Kobe is “taking too many shots” would have been better, but I get your point zurii…

  • Zurii

    Bad coaching…d,Antonio is sucks….

  • Dr. Rasheed Syed

    What would you do if you were Coach?
    reply here: Maybe someone from Lakers management will pass down info from here to the “Struggling” Coach.
    I feel sorry for the Coach and Players (Both of them are not clicking) of maybe it is just bad luck for D’Antonio.

    Msg for D’Antonio -
    1. Stop being immature and stubborn: Trust the fans on this one, we know what we are talking about. We have been thru it. Unfortunately you are learning the hard way by not listening to the fans, t.v sports anchors and others…
    Phil Jackson use to bench the great Aristotle during Hack-a-Shaq era until Shaq proved he is truly the greatest to ever play by improving his free throws. Shaq didn’t say he wanted to go to other team where he can win Championship. He took responsibility. I told you in my last post go and watch the previous videos of Shaq/Phil era, learn how to deal with Hack-a-Dwight!!! (I have high respect and love for Shaq because he worked hard and removed his weakness.)
    On sports T.V, sports analyst says: when free throws go down, fans STOP LOVING Dwight Howard.
    I remember even the great Chick Hearn use to get frustrated with Shaq free throw and use to criticize him over the Lakers Radio Station. There was not much love for Shaq during that era but he overcame his obstacles.

    2. Remove the grudge on Jordan Hill! If you don’t play him enough, I’ll start handing out flyers in front of staple center with a sign. “NO MORE GRUDGE ON JORDAN HILL! NO MORE GRUDGE ON JORDAN HILL!!!”
    ————
    For now I am happy, at least this game they cannot blame it on Pau Gasol. He doesn’t have to wear the big boy pants for some time at least.

    Msg for Kobe Bryant (My Hero)
    Spread the ball and involve your teammates. Even if they miss shots give them the ball, trust them. (Because in Playoffs when you expect them to their job, they will not be able to give their best because you failed to get them involved with you from beginning.) Don’t take too many shots unnecessarily. I know you want that MVP badly but at what cost? Frankly, I wouldn’t want to play in a team where one player get too many shots while others suffer. And it is not about one game where you are the facilitator and next game you are taking too many shots. It doesn’t make sense. You have to involve everyone if you want to win Championship on daily basis even if it hurts your chances of getting that MVP. All these great players are assembled here not for your MVP but for the Championship. I hoped one day you will look in the mirror before January and find a solution to this team. Your teammates are looking for a Leader and not an individual talented basketball player (which you are). Strategy needs to change!!! I thought by playing in Olympic you would learn something about TEAM GAME. I guess you left it at the Olympics :(

    • trolol4life

      If only you can make this into a word format or txt file, take a screen shot and have all lakers fans retweet this, with the title, “A Letter to Lakers Management & Coaching Staff” Great stuff.

    • joe23

      Agree about your comments on kobe you nail it..
      Like a said to over and over if kobe score 30+ points they lose the game, if he score below 20 points they will win the game…
      All the games they won under D’Antoni, kobe score below 20 points.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Just throwing out a big LOL to all the losers on this board that we claiming D’Antoni > Phil for this team. You think Phil would’ve lost the last two games?

    • Dr. Rasheed Syed

      Answer = Nope. Under Phil we wouldn’t have lot the game in such circumstances.
      Phil would have benched D12 once Hack-a-Dwight.

      • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

        Yeah, no way he’d lose ‘em. Not our only problem, not by a long shot. Kobe’s atrocious D, Howard’ Atrocious FT’s, Morris out of control, Ron being Ron, lack of effort, attitude…

  • trolol4life

    I hope on sunday when they play the jazz, if they start using hack-a-dwight, the fans start chanting, “Take Dwight Out”, this would be so fucking awesome!

  • joe23

    lakers need a point guard like rondo or westbrook…
    the lakers can’t even execute a simple P/R, they all clogging up the middle or the paint, they don’t spread the floor.
    Look how the clippers win it last night, that’s how you play P/R game.
    I see kobe still more like playing a triangle type of offense in his game.

  • K3ith

    Just another step on the rebuilding process, so sad to see people who had just cheered for the team after the BIG win Friday, now throw the team under the bus over a two game losing streak…put your big boy pants ON! True Lakers fan BELIEVE…this even makes it more FUN to see the team grow together! Quit whining and pointing fingers on players, now that Pau is out..everybody blame Howard….geez, the whole team shouldn’t even put him in that position in the first place…

  • marky

    im tired seeing lakers in this kind of situation. NO CONSISTENCY!. i hope kobe will demand a trade!. :(((

  • LrobA

    still a long season to go…nash still injured.. im sure something will happen to LAL..i believe just just just believe..

  • Usucks2

    We want Phil! Haha

  • Crystal

    I can’t believe the Lakers blew this game. I would’ve put money on them getting that W but they frickin blew a 17 point lead to lose by 2. They controlled the tempo pretty much the whole game and then just got weak on defense at the worst time. I don’t understand why D’Antoni kept Howard in that long knowing well they would foul him and he is beyond terrible at the FT line. You always wanna start a road trip with a win…hopefully they can get their act together against the Hornets tonight. I don’t expect the Lakers to win every game but damn. Regardless of what the team has been going through this season, I will still root for them no matter what. Btw, I hope Nash is coming back soon!

    • ARealisticLALfan

      Because D’Antoni’s an idiot and doesn’t know what the fuck to do when it comes to his free throw shooting.

  • Lakerfreak

    I’d rather the lakers lose a few more games and get rid of the Sky is falling chicken little bandwagon fans that pollute the laker nation. And stop acting like Phil is the messiah. I love PJ but we has a terrible year the last time he coached, and had less playoff success then Mike Brown. Also, remember if the Lakers hired Phil, it would have been Kurt Rambis coaching last night, not Phil…you know the guy who always gets fired after one season as a head coach. Because although we love him for the 80′s he isn’t head coach material. These are the growing pains of a championship team…its happens every year for every team that reloads and makes such drastic changes…if you are really a laker fan be patient and be encouraging to the coaches, players, and management. It’s bad enough that the media writes all this junk. We as laker fans are going to support it! We are going to say yeah trade Pau Gasol for Josh Smith? Are you kidding me? Have you seen Josh Smith play? Every thing you don’t like about Kobe (shot selection) and Dwight (FT%) Josh Smith does worse.

    Also, anyone can see that the real reason we lost last night wasn’t missed FT’s or poor defense. We actually had passing defense, the problem was offensive rebounds. We gave up 21 offensive rebounds. 21 times we played good defense and then Gave them another chance. Rebounds Gasol would have had…on wait he sucks we should trade him for players that don’t play defense and rebound the ball because they have some relationship with Dwight.

  • kmac_321

    They should hire Bernie as the permanent head coach!

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