Without LeBron James, Lakers fizzle against Rockets

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There might come a time when Rockets-Lakers is a playoff series, pitting some of the NBA’s most vibrant stars and two extremely divergent basketball philosophies at odds.

Thursday’s game between those teams offered very little insight into what that matchup might look like.

Without LeBron James or any discernible sense of cohesion, the Lakers lost a 113-97 match to Houston that brought them closer to the playoffs, but no closer to the team they want to be when the postseason arrives.

While the Lakers have talked about trying to sharpen their play in the remaining seeding games, they haven’t built confidence with a 2-3 record in the restart: The Lakers finished Thursday’s game just 2 for 19 from deep, their worst mark yet in five games.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) blocks the shot of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Houston Rockets forward Ben McLemore, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) who makes a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, leaps to shoot while defended by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, center top, gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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