The Lakers were on the losing end of a 134-95 blowout to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night as James Harden and Eric Gordon combined for 51 points and seven Houston players reached double figures in points.
However, the Lakers did not go quietly into the night as one major highlight going into halftime had the basketball world buzzing. With 1.4 seconds left in the second quarter, swingman Lou Williams caught an inbounds pass near the Rockets' three-point line and threw up a 66-foot heave to end the first half.
Williams finished the game with a team-high 24 points for the Lakers. The 30-year-old has been impressive for a disappointing Lakers team; in his last three games, he's averaging 34 points. In recent losses to Utah and Memphis, Williams scored 38 and 40 points, respectively.
On the season, Williams is averaging 18.4 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.4 rebounds. Despite his strong individual performances, Williams was not happy with the result of the game.
''We just didn't play well,'' he said. ''It was just one of those nights where we didn't respond to anything that was going on.''
The Lakers are now 10-14, good for fourth place in the Western Conference's Pacific Division and 9.5 games back of the first-place Golden State Warriors (19-3). With injuries to Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell, and others, Williams has made the most of his playing time despite the team's overall struggles.
''Obviously, we are missing key players and we are going to lose games, but if we're just sitting around as a team saying we're waiting for this guy or that, that's not the mindset you want ... that's not an acceptable excuse,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the team's fourth consecutive loss.News Now - Sport News