ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers were happy with their bounce-back win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night after an ugly loss to Oklahoma City a night before even if coach Phil Jackson wasn’t overly impressed.
Pau Gasol scored a season-high 30 points and the Lakers beat the short-handed Rockets 109-101. Houston, playing without Kevin Martin and Shane Battier, stayed with the Lakers early, but was simply outmanned and faded in its fourth consecutive loss.
“It was real good,” Kobe Bryant said. “We really wanted to come out and play well especially after the showing we had last night.”
Jackson was disappointed that his team let a 20-point lead at the end of the third quarter dwindle to single digits in the fourth.
“I told them I’m not happy with the win, but we won the game,” he said. “We get outscored 32-20 in the fourth quarter. You don’t want to finish a game like that.”
The Lakers used a 20-0 run in the last 6 minutes of the second quarter to take a commanding lead and didn’t trail after that en route to their eighth win in nine games.
“Those last minutes of the second quarter gave us the lead and gave us momentum to kind of put them away,” Gasol said. “I was glad to see that ending of the half because we don’t do that very often.”