For the first time in years, the Los Angeles Lakers have a better record than the Golden State Warriors. However short-lived this fact may be, many Lakers fans are relishing in the moment. The Lakers looked like the skilled, youthful team many have been longing for last night against the Houston Rockets. The competition was fierce and heated right up until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter.
In the first quarter, the two teams were neck and neck, each ending the quarter with 38-points. In the second quarter, the Lakers were actually outscored by 8-points, but roared back in the third and fourth quarters for a total score of 120 to the Rockets’ 114.
What contributed to the Lakers’ success against James Harden and the Rockets? Jordan Clarkson contributed 25-points and D’Angelo Russell added 20 for the Lakers. Julius Randle produced seven rebounds and six assists to help the team to victory.
This was ex-Laker Luke Walton’s debut as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers may be coming off the worst season in the team’s history, but this game shined a hopeful light for the future.