Houston, TX —The Houston Rockets defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-115 on the night tempers flared. The story was LeBron James opening night in Staples Center, but in the 4th Quarter Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo got into a headed brawl and tempers took over, Paul, Rondo and Ingram were tossed.The Rockets took over down the stretch with LeBron James misfiring and James Harden finishing off Lakers for the Rockets first win of the season.
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Harden scored 11 of his 36 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes. He took his turn defending LeBron James on switches, never letting James get loose.The Rockets choice to defend LeBron James was obvious as much as James Harden is the face of their offense, PJ Tucker personifies everything they value in their defense. Starting with his strength and toughness and moving quickly to an ability to defend any position on the floor. Tucker was unhappy with his defense, and said the Rockets have not defended well enough yet this season so far.
Chris Paul had 28points 10 assist before being ejected in 4th Quarter. The NBA is reviewing the incident and suspensions should be handed down as early as today.
The Rockets take on LA Clippers tonight on back-to-back.