NBA: Davis, Lakers run previous Rockets for 3-1 West semifinals lead – Portland Press Herald
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.– Anthony Davis was the most significant player on the flooring, and the Houston Firecrackers had no answers.
Davis had 29 points and 12 rebounds, LeBron James completed one assist shy of a triple-double and the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Rockets 110-100 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Game 5 is Saturday.
James had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 9 helps for the Lakers, who outrebounded the Rockets 52-26. Alex Caruso scored 16 points and Rajon Rondo had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the Lakers, who held on after frittering away the majority of a huge second-half lead.
” Turnovers,” Davis stated. “We had too lots of turnovers.”
That was among the couple of complaints the Lakers might make after Game 4.
Russell Westbrook had 25 points and James Harden had 21 for the Rockets, who got 19 from Eric Gordon and 14 from Austin Rivers.
The Lakers were up by 23 midway through the 4th, well on their method to a blowout win. That’s when Houston’s offense got up.
Westbrook made a corner 3 with 3:01 left, Harden got a steal and a pair of complimentary throws on the next belongings, and the Rockets assembled a 18-2 go to get within 103-96. The Lakers turned the ball over on four consecutive ownerships throughout that stretch, unable to get anything going.
Wisely, though, on the biggest possession of the night as the clock ticked inside the two-minute mark, they went to Davis. Gordon, who stands about half-a-foot much shorter than Davis, had no possibility as the Laker All-Star scored in the lane to press the lead back out to 9 and purchase the Lakers a little bit of breathing space.
Caruso’s 3-pointer off a pass from James with 34.6 seconds left made it 108-100, and the Lakers escaped.
This is how easy things were for the Lakers: In the third quarter, James grabbed a defensive rebound, turned and fired a 70-foot pass– soccer throw-in design– to Davis, the ball sailing over the five Firecrackers who were jogging back on defense. Davis captured the pass in stride and laid it in for a score, the ball never touching the ground.
And this is how challenging things were for the Firecrackers: They went 4 for 20 from the field over a 17-minute stretch covering from late in the first quarter to early in the third. James had only four points in those minutes, but the Rockets’ dry spell indicated a three-point deficit ballooned to 21.
The Lakers won Video game 3 by holding Houston to 38 points in the second half– and set themselves as much as win Video game 4 by clamping down once again, this time in the very first half. It was 57-41 Lakers at the break, suggesting Houston had actually scored 79 points in its last 48 minutes of basketball.
For context: The Firecrackers had 79 points in a two-quarter span on five different occasions this season.
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