Rockets vs Lakers Reddit: Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points and LeBron James chipped in 28 points in a 119-109 Game 2 win over the Houston Rockets to tie their Western Conference semifinals series at 1-1.
Davis also had 10 rebounds and James had 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in the victory Sunday in Orlando, Fla.
The Lakers led by as many as 21 points before Houston outscored Los Angeles 41-23 to rally in the third quarter. James and Davis led a stellar defensive effort down the stretch to secure the victory.
“We are at our best when he is in attack mode,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of James.
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The Lakers used a 12-2 run to earn a 20-11 edge through the first 9 minutes. Davis had 11 points in the first quarter while Markieff Morris chipped in 12 points to lead the Lakers to a 36-20 edge after the first 12 minutes.
James scored 13 points in the second quarter to help the Lakers earn a 67-51 lead at the break. Clippers forward Eric Gordon had 15 points in the second quarter.
Gordon continued his hot streak in the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers. The Rockets used a 14-0 run at the start of the third frame to cut the Lakers lead to 67-65. The Rockets later used an 11-2 run to take an 85-80 lead with 3:25 remaining in the quarter. The Rockets entered the final frame with a 92-90 advantage.
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The Lakers tightened up there defense and allowed just 17 points over the final 12 minutes. They used a 12-2 run to regain control of the game. James scored eight points down the stretch.
“Once you allow a team like that to get going, it’s hard to reel them back in,” James said. “We got an opportunity to catch our breath and we were able to make adjustments.”
James Harden led the Rockets with 27 points. Gordon scored 24 points in the loss. P.J. Tucker had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook had 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in the loss.
For Saturday, McClure is high on Lakers forward Anthony Davis. After struggling at times earlier in the NBA restart, Davis has been a massive presence in this series against the Rockets, using his size to attack Houston’s small lineup on the inside.
Davis has posted four consecutive double-doubles against the Rockets and he’s now averaging 27.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game during this series. Davis has been good for at least 54.5 points on DraftKings in each game so far. You’ll want to get potential 50-60 point scorers into your NBA DFS lineups regardless of price in a single-game format.
Part of his optimal NBA DFS strategy for Saturday includes Rockets guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has always been a volume shooter and he’s actually led the Rockets in shots taken in three of four games this series with only Eric Gordon edging him out in Game 2.
And while Westbrook has had an up-and-down series from a shooting standpoint, he has managed to get to at least 24 points in three of four games so far and he can produce in a number of other ways. Westbrook is averaging 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, and even though he’s only dished out 19 assists, he’s always a triple-double threat. There’s always some risk with a streaky shooter like Westbrook, but the high upside is tough to leave out of your lineups on Saturday.
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McClure is also targeting another player who has a dream matchup on Saturday. The stars are aligning for him to return 50, even 60 points on DraftKings and FanDuel. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.