Rockets remain on the up

05 December 2017 04:11:11 GMTPlus11

The Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers are two teams going in opposite directions it seems.

The Western Conference-best Rockets blasted the hosts 118-95 Sunday evening at the Staples Center in Southern California.

Leading the way for the visitors was James Harden, as the 28 year old shooting guard from Bellflower, California scored a game high 36 points while dishing out nine assists and pulling down four rebounds.

The Rockets are currently on a Western Conference best seven game winning streak and have won nine of their last ten contests on their way to the best record in the West.

A key for the Rockets was a strong second quarter, with the visitors outpacing Los Angeles in the frame by a score of 24-19.

The Rockets are 5.50 to win the Western Conference and 9.00 for NBA Finals glory.

It's now on to Salt Lake City later in the week to play the Utah Jazz before completing their road trip against the Trail Blazers in Portland.

In defeat Kyle Kuzma led the way for the young Lakers, as the 22-year old power forward from Flint, Michigan scored 22 points while grabbing 12 rebounds for a double-double for the game.

Los Angeles has lost a season worst five straight games and the Lakers have lost seven of their last ten contests.

Kuzma has been one of the major gems for LA this season, as the rookie has proven he was worth a first round pick out of Utah and could have been a lottery pick if he had stayed another year in college.

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