Evan Naemura – 23 Sports

On Sunday night, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets in game two of the Western Conference semifinals 117-109. This win by Los Angeles evens the series between them and the Rockets at one game a piece. 

Lakers power forward Anthony Davis was the leading scorer for both sides with 34 points and James added on 28 points. James Harden led the Rockets in scoring with a 27 point effort in the loss.

A majority of the game was very back and forth. After the first quarter, Lakers jumped out to a 36-20 lead. That lead would be diminished after the Rockets would have a big third quarter, scoring 41 points compared to the Lakers 23 points. The fourth quarter play from the Lakers would split the game open as Los Angeles outscored Houston 27-17. 

One thing that would lead to the Rockets loss would be the lack of scoring and overall play of Rockets guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook would score 10 points on 26 percent shooting while turning the ball over seven times and having a plus minus of -14 for the game. In the postgame interview after the game, Westbrook said, “Right now I’m just running around. I gotta look at film and figure out how to be effective.” 

The Lakers bench would also come out big for the Lakers as they would outscore Houston’s bench 41 to 13. The Laker bench would also contribute seven steals to the game. Kyle Kuzma provided 13 off the bench as Markieff Morris dropped 16 himself. 

Game three of the Lakers and Rockets series is on Tuesday night on TNT at 8:00pm. The Lakers look to keep their momentum going from game two, while the Rockets look to take back the lead of the series.

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