L.A. Times: Maybe the Lakers were still weary from a seven-game, 13-day journey. Maybe they were still tired from a grueling season that appeared to take its toll during the just-completed trip in which they went 5-2.
Still, the Lakers had to press on against a bruising Houston Rockets team to reach their goal of winning 60 games. And that they did, blowing by the Rockets, 93-81, Friday night at Staples Center.
In the process, the Lakers improved to 60-16.
But more importantly, by winning their second consecutive game, the Lakers have almost chased down Cleveland, pulling to within one game of the Cavaliers (61-15) for the best record in the NBA.
The Lakers were three games behind the Cavaliers after losing to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
“I thought for a return game off a road trip it was OK,” Coach Phil Jackson said. “We shot the ball poorly [39.5%] tonight. We’ll have to do a better job.”