JAMES Harden and Chris Paul each sank four triples and put on an offensive clinic as the Houston Rockets demolished the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-95, on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) at the Staples Center.
After a tied ballgame at the end of one quarter, the Rockets started pulling away with a 10-0 blast in the second to take a 15-point halftime lead. The Lakers got back within three midway through the third before Paul and Harden sparked a 15-5 run to close the period.
The Rockets even led by as much as 24 near the end of the match, capped by a triple from Paul with 1:40 left to put Houston up 114-90.
Harden led all scorers with 36 points to go with nine assists for Houston (18-4), winners of seven straight. Eric Gordon fired 22 off the bench as Paul added 21 markers and six dimes.
Rookie Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers, losers of five straight games, with 22 points of the bench. Brandon Ingram chipped in 18 markers and nine rebounds.
Jordan Clarkson and Lonzo Ball both had disappointing performances, with the Fil-Am guard ending up with just five points on 1-of-9 shooting while the celebrated rookie failed to make any of his four attempts and ended up with just two points.