Much has changed since the Rockets gave up a two-point thriller to the Lakers in the second half of a back-to-back game in Los Angeles over Halloween weekend. The Lakers arena has changed its name. The Rockets lost and then regained their starting backcourt to Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green turning a 15-game losing streak into a seven-game winning streak. COVID-19 has tightened its grip on the NBA.
To hell with the changes, the Rockets clashed with the Lakers but ultimately failed in a 132-123 loss Tuesday night at Toyota Center. The result ended a five-game losing streak for the Lakers and extended the Rockets’ losing streak to five games.