In a dazzling display of skill and teamwork, the Houston Rockets soared to a convincing 128-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Jalen Green, with his explosive 28 points in just three quarters, played a pivotal role in the Rockets’ success. The win marks Houston’s fourth consecutive triumph, showcasing their resilience after an initial stumble in the early games of the season.
Rockets’ Remarkable Streak
The Rockets’ triumph over the Lakers extends their winning streak to four games, a commendable feat after a rocky start to the season with three consecutive losses. Coach Ime Udoka expressed satisfaction with the team’s progress, highlighting their confidence and the rapid cohesion of their playing style.
“We’re taking the right steps,” Udoka remarked. “We’re confident in what we’re doing, and it’s gelling quicker than probably some thought already.”
This victory also represents the Rockets’ first four-game winning streak since late 2021 when they secured seven consecutive wins. The team’s ability to bounce back showcases their determination and growing chemistry.
Dominance from the Start
From the opening tip-off, the Rockets asserted their dominance, scoring the game’s first eight points and establishing a commanding 21-point lead at halftime. They maintained their intensity in the second half, extending their lead to 20 midway through the third period. An 11-5 run further solidified their control, leaving the score at 90-64 with 3½ minutes left in the quarter.
Jabari Smith Jr. and Jae’Sean Tate played pivotal roles in this stretch, contributing key 3-pointers that powered the Rockets’ offensive onslaught.
Jalen Green’s Explosive Performance
Jalen Green’s standout performance was the highlight of the night, as he scored 28 points in just three quarters. Green, who made an impressive 5 of 6 3-pointers, heated up during a crucial 10-5 run, scoring all of Houston’s points and leaving the Rockets with a commanding 99-71 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Green expressed his excitement about the team’s improvement, particularly after enduring challenging seasons in his first two years. “It’s a blessing,” he said. “I’ve been in a losing category for so long. So it’s good just to see the results and the progression that the team is doing.”
Lakers Struggle Without Davis
The Los Angeles Lakers faced significant challenges in the absence of Anthony Davis, who sat out with a groin injury. Rui Hachimura, returning after missing four games with a concussion, scored 24 points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to counter the Rockets’ dominant performance. D’Angelo Russell contributed 22 points, while LeBron James had a season-low 18.
The Lakers, on a three-game losing streak, struggled to contain the Rockets’ offensive firepower and were outrebounded 57-34, emphasizing the impact of Davis’ absence.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham recognized the Rockets’ potential, stating, “They’re going to be a handful to deal with this year. If they keep up at this rate, they’ll be a handful not just for us, but the other 28 teams besides us.”
Charitable Attempt by C.J. Stroud
Adding a touch of sportsmanship, Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud, who set a NFL rookie record with 470 passing yards over the weekend, attempted a free throw for charity before the game. While the shot missed its mark, Stroud maintained his good humor, acknowledging that his teammates might tease him for it.
“I don’t care. They’re haters anyway,” he said with a laugh. “But they love me on the field, so that’s all that matters.”
The Houston Rockets’ dominant victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, fueled by Jalen Green’s stellar performance, highlights their growing momentum and resilience. As the Rockets continue their impressive winning streak, and the Lakers look to regroup without Anthony Davis, the NBA season unfolds with its share of surprises and standout moments.