The Rockets started off the game like they had been shot out of a cannon, scoring a season-high 43 first quarter points (they scored 42 against the Nuggets last week). The Lakers, desperate to keep pace, kept turning the ball over, doing so nine times in the quarter. The Rockets would take full advantage, scoring 15 points in those opportunities, a ruthlessly efficient conversion rate.
The Lakers would make their run and pull within 12 at the half, but when the third quarter hit, the Rockets hit the gas again, scoring 39 points and putting the game way out of reach.
With a blowout already in hand, the Rockets were able to sit James Harden for entire fourth and allow Patrick Beverley to chase a triple-double before ultimately resting him at the end, too.
The Rockets enjoyed an easy win, which was made possible by the huge first quarter, and the man most responsible for the season-high scoring was backup guard Eric Gordon.
Out of the gate, he was on fire, scoring 12 points while going 4/4 on threes. He'd ultimately finish with a game-high 26 points while making a career-high 8 three-pointers.
Eric Gordon to the Lakers defense. pic.twitter.com/gAyAMapRan— Joshua Reese (@MrJoshua) December 8, 2016
Gordon was feeling it, and of late he's been in quite the groove. Wednesday is now the seventh straight game that he's hit on four or more three's. also a franchise high.
It’s part of a trend, too. Gordon is second on the team in scoring, now at 17 per game, which would tie his highest output since 2012. And, as Mike D’Antoni said after the game, he’s also been huge on the defensive end as part of a bench squad that is forcing heaps of turnovers.
D'Antoni loves to use the phrase "he's good, good" when referring to players he likes.
No doubt Wednesday, Gordon was "good, good."