Lakers Down Rockets, Heat Stun Celtics Again

Annette Crawford
December 21, 2017

Los Angeles Lakers rising star forward Kyle Kuzma poured out an unbelievable first half of play on Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.

Nov. 3 vs. Indiana: Notched 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 121-110 victory over the Pacers.Nov. 15 @ L.A. Lakers: Notched 18 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and five steals in a 115-109 win against the Lakers. The Rockets lost for the first time with Chris Paul in its lineup.

Paul departed early in the fourth quarter with a sore left leg and did not return after scoring eight points in 25 minutes.

The Lakers played without starters Brook Lopez (ankle) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal reasons).

Golden State limited Memphis to 10 field goals in the second half, allowing the defending National Basketball Association champs to gradually pull away for a hard-earned victory, their 10th win in a row.

Ward also noted that Kuzma tied another rookie record on the season with the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell as the only two first-year players to make at least six 3-pointers in a game.

Memphis lost for the 16th time in 18 games. But when Houston's deficit hit 48-26, Harden re-entered the contest and came alive, scoring 15 of the next 17 points for the Rockets before assisting on a corner 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker that pulled Houston to within 56-46. He scored a team-high 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting including six of eight from three-point range in Miami's 90-89 win over Boston.

Celtics star Kyrie Irving missed an open 20-foot jumper at the buzzer. He helped Boston recover from a late 11-point deficit and finished with 33 points.

Olynyk, who had 25 points in the second half, played the first four years of his National Basketball Association career with the Celtics before signing a four-year, $50 million contract with the Heat.

Josh Richardson had 19 points and six assists for Miami, which took two of three in the season series. The Heat ended Boston's 16-game winning streak earlier this season with a victory at home.

In Denver, Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, including 11 in the final 4:41, and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat Denver 112-104.

October 23 @ Detroit: Posted 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 97-86 win over the Pistons, registering a triple-double in his fourth career game.

Elsewhere, LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Pau Gasol collected 20 points, 17 rebounds and five assists as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 93-91 at Moda Center.

November 21 vs. Chicago: Scored 22 points and handed out five assists in a 103-94 victory over the Bulls.

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