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Lakers rebound with a win over Houston Rockets

March 27, 2010 |  7:43 pm


Lakers 109, Rockets 101 (final)

The Lakers didn't let their horrible performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night become an issue.

Instead, the Lakers beat up on the so-so Houston Rockets tonight at Toyota Center.

The Lakers got it together in the second quarter, opening a 62-45 halftime lead that grew to as much as 21 points.

Pau Gasol was strong inside against the undersized Rockets, scoring 30 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Kobe Bryant almost had a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Derek Fisher had a solid game with 15 points on six-for-eight shooting.

The Lakers improved to 2-1 on a trip that still has stops in New Orleans on Monday and Atlanta on Wednesday.

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Houston

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom tries to keep the ball from the long reach of Rockets forward Trevor Ariza in their game Saturday night in Houston. Credit: Dave Einsel / Associated Press