What Happened Last Night: The Lakers Lost Their 12th Straight Game
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The Los Angeles Lakers got crushed, again.
For the second night in a row, the Lakers' offense looked either severely disjointed or pre-scripted and robotic, and they just couldn't establish any kind of flow on that end of the floor. But more disturbing was their defensive effort, which is frighteningly reminiscent of Dwight Howard's days in Orlando - perimeter players drive by their defenders with ease, leaving Howard there to clean up the mess. Nic Batum and Damian Lillard lived in the paint, scoring 26 and 22, respectively, as Portland cruised to a 116-106 victory.
Steve Nash also hurt his knee in the first half - under most circumstances, this would have been a huge blow to the team. But Nash's effectiveness has been mitigated by the much-maligned Princeton offense, so his absence really didn't change all that much. In fact, Steve Blake looked much more comfortable standing in the corner for the occasional three-pointer.
Jame Harden lived up to his five-year, $80 million extension in his first game as a Rocket.
We already discussed it last night, but the game James Harden had bears repeating: 37 points, 12 assists. Still, the Rockets and their new backcourt duo of Harden and Jeremy Lin found themselves down 11 points in the 4th quarter. But Harden proved too much down the stretch as the Rockets pulled away from the Pistons 105-96.
George Hill hit a game-winner with two seconds left to lift the Pacers to victory.
In our first true nail-biter of the season, Indiana Pacers' point guard George Hill nailed a floater in the lane to give his team a two-point lead over the Toronto Raptors with two seconds remaining. Despite losing, Kyle Lowry proved that he may not be a one-year wonder after all, scoring 21 points and handing out 8 assists to go along with 7 rebounds.
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