For the second night in a row, Kyle Kuzma came up big off the bench for the Lakers, helping them win against the Rockets.
The final few games of the regular season are essentially exhibition games for championship-contending teams, and the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday was no exception.
The Lakers narrowly defeated the Rockets 124-122 thanks to a clutch shot from Kyle Kuzma. With a loss, they would have clinched the Western Conference’s No. 7 seed. From the bench, Kuzma finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, a steal, and a block.
The Lakers extended their winning streak to three games on Wednesday, but they are still stuck in the hated No. 7 spot in the Western Conference, where they will remain if the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers win only one of their remaining two games.
Andre Drummond and Talen Horton-Tucker both put in good performances for the Lakers. On Wednesday, Drummond continued his hot streak against teams with below-average starting centres, scoring 20 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking a shot.