Lakers News: Anthony Davis Praises Young Rockets’ Improved Offense
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 119-117 again on Tuesday even though the visitors put a lot more pressure on L.A. than a couple of days earlier, when the back-to-back mini-series began.

The young Houston squad found a way to improve their offense significantly during the two-day break in between the games. Their field goal accuracy rose from 42.1% in the first clash to 52.7% in the second and the 3-point efficiency from 21.4% to 38.1%.

The Lakers nearly succumbed to the red-hot Rockets shooting. After reclaiming the lead for the first time since the opening minutes, L.A. allowed Jalen Green to sink two late fourth-quarter threes that brought the game back within a point with just seconds left on the clock.

“They have some guys that can make plays,” Anthony Davis said, commenting on the hectic end of the clash.

“Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood, Jalen Green, can all shoot the ball. Armoni Brooks played tonight, DJ Augustin. They all got hot. They made shots tonight, [they] didn’t make a lot of shots on Sunday.”

Davis said L.A. nearly fell victim to Houston’s youth energy, adding that games against young teams like the Rockets always come with a certain degree of unpredictability.

“When you have a young team like that, with no conscience, you really don’t expect to win, you just go out there and hoop,” he said.

The 28-year-old All-Star gave credit to Houston’s young stars for picking themselves up after the Sunday loss and finding their rhythm on offense, which often made the Lakers scramble on the defensive end.

“Hats off to them,’ Davis said. “They’re a young team that’s coming in that are playing with a lot of freedom.

“They have guys who can play. Sunday, they didn’t make a lot of shots, tonight they did. We just try to play as good of defense as we can. Take the ball out if they make it and run and score right back. It was just a matter of containing those guys.

“They got very comfortable to start the game. They were getting their confidence throughout the course of the game.”

Davis frustrated with late-game officiating

Besides the Rockets’ pressure, the Lakers had to cope with disadvantageous officiating late in the fourth quarter, losing a possession due to the referees’ mistakes.

The officials awarded L.A. a couple of free throws after a foul on Kent Bazemore, mistakenly thinking it was Houston’s fifth in the final period. Bazemore made both and the ball went in the Rockets’ hands. But bizarrely, the officials took away the two points a few minutes later after a review showed that the Lakers weren’t in the bonus yet.

“We didn’t take the ball out or anything,” Davis said of L.A.’s frustration with the call.

“We shot free throws, they take the points away, and now we just lose the entire possession, which could have cost us the game. They just said there is nothing they can do about it and stuff like that. So it’s a good thing it didn’t hurt us, but yeah, that was a funky situation.”

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

The Top Lakers News & NBA Game Previews

The Latest on the Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando…

NBA News: Pau Gasol Says Warriors Playing At ‘Highest Level Right Now’

The Golden State Warriors recently eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals to stamp their third straight trip to the NBA Finals…

Lakers News: Dan Gilbert Reflects On LeBron James’ Second Stint With Cavaliers

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James spent 11 years, including the first seven of his career, with the Cleveland Cavaliers…

Jeanie Buss: ‘There Are No Plans’ For Phil Jackson To Return To Lakers

The front office for the Los Angeles Lakers is approaching a crucial time. Jim Buss has said that he will step down from his role if the Lakers aren’t a contender in the coming season, and some believe general manager Mitch Kupchak could be in danger as well…