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lakers no match for conference-leading rockets


those lakers who were with the team last season know the burn of an unkind december. last december started a lot like this one has, with losses dec. 2 and 3. this one has the potential to be as difficult as the last one. “everyone that’s with us knew this was going to be a testing time of the season,”...






five takeaways from the lakers' 139-100 loss to the houston rockets


the lakers’ season-opening win over the houston rockets is but a distant memory. more clearly, they recall consecutive 39-point losses in houston. lakers coach luke walton offered a familiar refrain after this one. here are five takeaways from the lakers’ 139-100 loss to the rockets. 1. walton...






five takeaways from the lakers' 118-95 loss to the rockets


the lakers are in the midst of another losing streak, and this one has included several close calls. those close calls have given lakers coach luke walton some cause for optimism. sunday’s game wasn’t a close call, but it also wasn’t a game in which the lakers never had a chance. they cut the rockets’...






lakers trade lou williams to houston for corey brewer, first-round pick


the lakers are closing in on hiring agent rob pelinka to be their new general manager, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the times. and as they worked to finish that deal, they made a trade, sending lou williams to the houston rockets. according to the vertical, the rockets are...






rockets roll to 7th straight with 118-95 win over lakers


james harden scored 36 points, eric gordon added 22 and the streaking houston rockets beat the los angeles lakers 118-95 on sunday night for their seventh consecutive victory.






lakers suffer through another nightmare loss in houston


another trip to houston, another 39-point lakers loss. after d’angelo russell committed an offensive foul, his sixth personal of the game, rockets guard patrick beverley faced the courtside fans and shouted toward them. the lakers went on to lose to the houston rockets, 139-100, on wednesday night....






lakers expected to hire rob pelinka as general manager


the lakers are closing in on hiring agent rob pelinka to be their new general manager, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the times. and as they worked to finish that deal, they made a trade, sending lou williams to the houston rockets. according to the vertical, the rockets are...






rockets determined to play better in conference semis


james harden and the houston rockets are feeling great heading into the western conference semifinals for one big reason.






nba playoffs: rockets, lebron dominate conference semifinal openers


trevor ariza scored 23 points, james harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the houston rockets stormed past san antonio 126-99 on monday night in game 1 of the western conference semifinals, the spurs' worst loss in a series opener under gregg popovich. the rockets were 22 for 50 on 3-pointers,...






nba playoff previews: how the teams in the cavaliers-raptors and spurs-rockets s


a look at how the teams match up in the semifinals of the eastern conference and western conference playoff series that start monday: 2. cleveland 51-31 (home: 31-10; road: 20-21) 3. toronto 51-31 (home: 28-13; road: 23-18) season series: cavaliers won, 3-1. key stats: the cavaliers averaged a...






five takeaways from the lakers' 116-108 loss to the washington wizards


thursday was a big news day for the lakers, making that night’s game secondary. lakers coach luke walton’s pregame news conference was dominated by talk of the lakers hiring magic johnson in a role that seems to be as an all-purpose adviser who reports to team president jeanie buss. when the news...






spurs facing tough task containing high-scoring rockets


san antonio (ap) — after surviving an intense, physical battle with the memphis grizzlies, the san antonio spurs now face james harden and the freewheeling houston rockets. with a leading mvp candidate leading its offense in harden, houston averaged 112.8 points in its five-game series against the oklahoma city thunder. the rockets attempted 169 3-pointers […]






tyler ennis adjusts to life with the lakers, his fourth team in two years


not long after the lakers traded for him, point guard tyler ennis got a phone call from his new head coach. “that just made me feel a lot more comfortable,” ennis said. on saturday, ennis participated in his first lakers practice. the rockets traded ennis and the draft rights to australian brad...






brandon ingram is transforming before the lakers' eyes


after the lakers lost sunday to the houston rockets, brandon ingram caught himself as he spoke about the lakers’ young players as if he wasn’t one. “all we can do is give advice to the young guys,” ingram, 20, said. “of course i’m a young guy too but give it to the rookies.” that was another part...






nba roundup: rockets crush pelicans in demarcus cousins' debut


the host new orleans pelicans’ tandem of newly acquired all-star demarcus cousins and all-star game most valuable player anthony davis was no match for the surging houston rockets on thursday night.  reserve lou williams hit seven three-pointers and scored 27 points in his rockets debut after a...






lakers let lead dissipate late in 119-108 loss to wizards


for his birthday, the lakers almost gave coach luke walton a win. what happened instead was ultimately better for the franchise. the young lakers showed fight and shot the ball well. they threatened one of the best teams in the eastern conference. and then they lost to the washington wizards,...






lakers let lead dissipate late in 119-108 loss to wizards


for his birthday, the lakers almost gave coach luke walton a win. what happened instead is ultimately better for the franchise. the young lakers showed fight and shot the ball well. they threatened one of the best teams in the eastern conference. and then they lost to the washington wizards, 119-108....






lakers let lead dissipate late in 119-108 loss to wizards


for his birthday, the lakers almost gave coach luke walton a win. what happened instead was ultimately better for the franchise. the young lakers showed fight and shot the ball well. they threatened one of the best teams in the eastern conference. and then they lost to the washington wizards, 119-108,...






friday's recap: rockets 121, bulls 117 (ot)


james harden scored 42 points to lead the houston rockets over the chicago bulls 121-117 in overtime friday night at the toyota center. eric gordon added 21 for the rockets while michael carter-williams paced the bulls with 23. the bulls continued their six-game road trip without leading scorer...






who will take the shot for lakers in the clutch?


one of luke walton’s tasks during the final six weeks of the season resembles that of a baseball manager in search of a ninth-inning specialist: the lakers coach is looking for a closer to replace fourth-quarter sniper lou williams, who was traded to the houston rockets last week. point guard d’angelo...






long trips for one game don't sit well with los angeles lakers coach luke walton


in the nba’s attempt to reduce games on consecutive nights and stretches of four games in five nights, the league has created a schedule quirk that annoys lakers coach luke walton: one-game trips several time zones away. the lakers this season have played the houston rockets, dallas mavericks,...






rapper travis scott designs special shirts for rockets fans


houston (ap) — travis scott and the houston rockets will have a special treat for fans attending game 6 of the western conference semifinals against san antonio on thursday night. everyone will receive exclusive t-shirts designed in collaboration between the houston rapper and the rockets. the red t-shirts feature a white rockets logo above the […]






rapper travis scott designs special shirts for rockets fans


houston (ap) — travis scott and the houston rockets will have a special treat for fans attending game 6 of the western conference semifinal series against san antonio on thursday night. everyone will receive exclusive t-shirts designed in collaboration between the houston rapper and the rockets. the red t-shirts feature a white rockets logo above […]






lakers trading lou williams to houston for corey brewer


the los angeles lakers have swung their first deal of the magic johnson era, agreeing to send lou williams to the houston rockets for corey brewer and a future draft pick.






houston's lou williams has a big game against the lakers, but he isn't gloating


lou williams had hit a bit of a slump. in the six games before wednesday night, he made only seven of 30 shots. then he faced the lakers and broke it. he made seven shots in a row before he missed, and finished with 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting, making seven three-pointers in the houston rockets’...






spurs rout rockets advance to western conference finals


the san antonio spurs eliminated the sluggish james harden and houston rockets with a 114-75 victory in game 6 on thursday night, and they didn't even need kawhi leonard to do it.






rockets’ 22 3-pointers dismantle spurs, 126-99 in game 1


san antonio (ap) — the houston rockets were willing to take whatever the spurs gave them in game 1 of the western conference semifinals.






rockets' 22 3-pointers dismantle spurs, 126-99 in game 1


the houston rockets were willing to take whatever the spurs gave them in game 1 of the western conference semifinals.






rookie kyle kuzma has season-high 30 points but lakers fall to suns


the phoenix suns got embarrassed by the houston rockets on national television thursday night. they gave up 90 points by halftime and weren’t about to let that kind of thing happen again. on friday night, the lakers were victims of the suns’ best shot with a 122-113 victory at staples center. the...






rockets rout pelicans in demarcus cousins’ new orleans debut


the pelicans' tandem of newly acquired all-star demarcus cousins and all-star game mvp anthony davis was no match for the surging houston rockets on thursday night.






aldridge steps up to help spurs down rockets 103-92


kawhi leonard and lamarcus aldridge scored 26 points apiece to help the san antonio spurs, now without tony parker, beat the houston rockets 103-92 on friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the western conference semifinals.






trade to lakers finally gave tyler ennis an opportunity to showcase his skills


getting traded was old hat to tyler ennis by the time the houston rockets sent him to the lakers. it was the third time he’d been traded in his three nba seasons. this move, though, offered the kind of opportunity for ennis that the other didn’t. on a team filled with young players, he was just...






rockets advance with 105-99 win over thunder


james harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the houston rockets overcome a 47-point game by russell westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the oklahoma city thunder on tuesday night to advance to the western conference semifinals.






rockets advance with 105-99 win over thunder


the houston rockets are headed to the western conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by russell westbrook and eliminate the oklahoma city thunder with a 105-99 victory in game 5 on tuesday night.






rockets advance with 105-99 win over thunder


the houston rockets are headed to the western conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by russell westbrook and eliminate the oklahoma city thunder with a 105-99 victory in game 5 on tuesday night.