Lonzo Goes Down With Injury In Lakers OT Loss

SportsBlenderNBA Sun, 20 Jan 2019

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James Harden scored 48 and led a Rockets 18 point comeback in the second half en route to an 138-134 overtime Rockets victory. The LA Lakers added Lonzo Ball to the injury list, with the point guard spraining his ankle in the second half, leading to the Houston comeback.

Prior to the Ball injury, the Lakers were well in control, and it looked like they were going to be able to add another win amidst a tough stretch of away games. LA is coming off of a road victory in Oklahoma City, and had a double digit lead midway through the third quarter. Ball had an 8 point, 11 assist first half, and was looking impactful before going down after a collision early in the second half. Without Lonzo on the floor, LA lacked a consistent identity to their play. James Harden and Eric Gordon brought Houston back, getting the W. Kyle Kuzma had 32 in the loss, and represented the only viable threat for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram only shot 12 times, chipping in 21 points. Ingram and Kuzma were the only starters to reach the double digit scoring mark.

The Rockets were carried by James Harden and Eric Gordon. The pair combined for 78 of Houston’s 138. The win was the second W the Rockets have gotten without injured center Clint Capela. Harden scored 48 against the Lakers, and is averaging 54.3 points a game in the three games without Capela so far, keeping Houston in the playoff picture as they play without Capela. Capela was averaging 20.9 points and 13.0 rebounds per game in his last 10 before injuring his thumb, keeping him out for the next 4-6 weeks.

The Rockets will go to Philly next, and will be the underdogs when they visit Embiid and Butler. The Lakers are finishing there three game road stretch on Monday against the Warriors.

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