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Lakers rebound with a win over Houston Rockets

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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

 
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HEY LAKER PEOPLE

Don't look now, but we could end up catching and surpassing Cleveland this season for home court advantage!

After this trip. The Lakers pretty much spend the rest of the season at Staples. They have a back-to-back roadie in Denver and Minny, but the competition is pretty favorable.

Cleveland, on the other hand plays ATL twice plus Boston and Orlando!
Not to mention a rematch with the Bucks, who beat them earlier in the month when LBJ was resting.
Lebron is back, but don't rule out these scrappy Bucks. And Andrew Bogut is finally looking like a top pick.

Other news.

John Calipari is going to go down as the greatest guard producer for an entire era!

Rose, then Evans, now Hall.

And Hall, dispite the mistakes he made today, will be the best out of all of them. If the NBA didn't have the one year out of high school rule, John Wall would be the R-O-Y beyond Evans, Jennings, Curry orCollison.

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

You better frame this one. Fish had an off night and actually shot well !!!!

We win when Kobe shoots less!!!

we win when our role players decide to make shots! (kudos to farmar fish brown mbenga and odom)

DFish, as O'Reilly would say, "I think you should read the Terms of Service and just shut up."


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