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The Lakers struggled to score with LeBron James early in their bubble experience, and that hasn’t changed without him on Thursday. They trail the Houston Rockets 94-79 through three quarters with their MVP candidate sidelined, but the story of the night is the massive shooting disparity. The Rockets have made 17 3-pointers. The Lakers have made only one. Houston has a math advantage over just about anyone, but for an opponent to make more 3-pointers than you even attempt is a cardinal sin in modern basketball. 

James Harden has led the way for Houston with 32 points. Surprisingly, Anthony Davis has been relatively underwhelming despite Houston’s small size. He has only 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, but Kyle Kuzma has picked up the slack with 21 points on 16 shots. They may not leave this game with the win, but a successful stint from Kuzma is something to build on, at the very least. 

About Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. Initially a member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they would win five of the next six championships, led by star George Mikan. After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan’s retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Wilt Chamberlain, and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who also won multiple MVP awards, but was unable to make the Finals in the late 1970s.
The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed “Showtime” due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, and contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo, who were led by another Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the team won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its second “three-peat”. The Lakers won two more championships in 2009 and 2010, but failed to regain their former glory in the following decade.
The Lakers hold the record for NBA’s longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. Twenty-six Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles, while four have coached the team. Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O’Neal, and Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards.

Lakers vs. Rockets score: Live updates as Los Angeles tries to fix …

About Rockets
A rocket (from Italian: rocchetto, lit. ‘bobbin’) is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine. Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellant carried within the rocket. Rocket engines work by action and reaction and push rockets forward simply by expelling their exhaust in the opposite direction at high speed, and can therefore work in the vacuum of space.
In fact, rockets work more efficiently in space than in an atmosphere. Multistage rockets are capable of attaining escape velocity from Earth and therefore can achieve unlimited maximum altitude. Compared with airbreathing engines, rockets are lightweight and powerful and capable of generating large accelerations. To control their flight, rockets rely on momentum, airfoils, auxiliary reaction engines, gimballed thrust, momentum wheels, deflection of the exhaust stream, propellant flow, spin, or gravity.
Rockets for military and recreational uses date back to at least 13th-century China. Significant scientific, interplanetary and industrial use did not occur until the 20th century, when rocketry was the enabling technology for the Space Age, including setting foot on the Earth’s moon. Rockets are now used for fireworks, weaponry, ejection seats, launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight, and space exploration.
Chemical rockets are the most common type of high power rocket, typically creating a high speed exhaust by the combustion of fuel with an oxidizer. The stored propellant can be a simple pressurized gas or a single liquid fuel that disassociates in the presence of a catalyst (monopropellant), two liquids that spontaneously react on contact (hypergolic propellants), two liquids that must be ignited to react, (like kerosene (RP1) and liquid oxygen, used in most liquid-propellant rockets) a solid combination of fuel with oxidizer (solid fuel), or solid fuel with liquid or gaseous oxidizer (hybrid propellant system). Chemical rockets store a large amount of energy in an easily released form, and can be very dangerous. However, careful design, testing, construction and use minimizes risks.

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HOU -3.5, O/U 227.5

Lakers vs. Rockets score: Live updates as Los Angeles tries to fix …

Gametracker

Season Leaders

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A. Davis

26.5 PTS, 3.2 AST, 9.3 REB

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A. Davis

26.5 PTS, 3.2 AST, 9.3 REB

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J. Harden

34.3 PTS, 7.4 AST, 6.4 REB

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J. Harden

34.3 PTS, 7.4 AST, 6.4 REB

assists

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L. James

25.3 PTS, 10.3 AST, 8.0 REB

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L. James

25.3 PTS, 10.3 AST, 8.0 REB

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J. Harden

34.3 PTS, 7.4 AST, 6.4 REB

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J. Harden

34.3 PTS, 7.4 AST, 6.4 REB

rebounds

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A. Davis

26.5 PTS, 3.2 AST, 9.3 REB

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A. Davis

26.5 PTS, 3.2 AST, 9.3 REB

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C. Capela

13.9 PTS, 1.2 AST, 13.8 REB

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C. Capela

13.9 PTS, 1.2 AST, 13.8 REB

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@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:41 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:37 AM

20 3-pointers for the Rockets, two for the Lakers.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:37 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:35 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:34 AM

And there goes the momentum. Rockets back up 13.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:33 AM

It’s somewhat inexplicable that we’ve only seen eight Rockets take the floor. That’s obviously Mike D’Antoni’s style, but why sign DeMarre Carroll or Luc Richard Mbah a Moute if you don’t plan to actually use them?

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:33 AM

That’s a late whistle, but a warranted one. It looks like Tucker got poked in the eye.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:31 AM

JR Smith picking up James Harden fullcourt is not something I expected to see this season.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:31 AM

That’s Dwight Howard’s third offensive foul. What a momentum killer.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:30 AM

@Lakers

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August 7, 2020, 3:30 AM

It’s a five-point game now. 94-89 for the Rockets. Harden hasn’t helped them close this one out so far.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:29 AM

Another 3 from the Lakers. It’s only a seven-point game now.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:28 AM

Timeout Houston with the lead trimmed to 10. Harden is coming back in to try to ice this one.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:24 AM

Sloppy start to the fourth quarter has the lead down to only 12 and James Harden checking back in. The Rockets will want to end this quickly.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:24 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:20 AM

@Lakers

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August 7, 2020, 3:18 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:18 AM

The Rockets, who have made 17 3-pointers, lead by 15 going into the fourth quarter. Not looking like the Lakers will turn this one around.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:17 AM

Kyle Kuzma has been the lone bright spot tonight. That’s 21 points and some really nice defense.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:13 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:11 AM

The Rockets lead by 18 as we near the fourth quarter, and it’s time for Frank Vogel to get his starters out of the game. They’ve gotten more than enough run. Don’t risk injuries in a meaningless game.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:11 AM

Kuzma scored on that transition outlet, but give Harden credit for his great effort in transition defense.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:09 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:08 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:05 AM

Anthony Davis still in the game. The Lakers are playing with fire here in a meaningless matchup.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:05 AM

@HoustonRockets

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August 7, 2020, 3:04 AM

There’s 16 3-pointers for the Rockets, and the Lakers call time. You have to wonder if this will be it for Davis on this back-to-back.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:01 AM

Cook makes up for the miss with a mid-range jumper, but Houston follows it up with a goaltended layup. It’s still a 12-point game.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:01 AM

Quinn Cook’s ugly miss turns into more Rockets free-throws. They’ve had a few nice runs but they can’t cut the lead down further than eight.

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Sam Quinn

August 7, 2020, 3:00 AM

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