Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James beats down the Houston Rockets!

Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The Los Angeles Lakers got the big broom on the Houston Rockets!

The Los Angeles Lakers finished the back end of a two-game set with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Either the Lakers are playing out of this world or we are bearing witness to one of the NBA’s biggest collapses in the Houston Rockets. Same two teams, same events, same results as the Lake Show Life staff are desperately trying to find adjectives for the beating the Rockets got. 

If the Los Angeles Lakers go on to win back-to-back titles, there is one event where every media outlet will point to. The Anthony Davis press conference where he called out the defensive intensity.

Since he returned to the lineup, the Lakers have just mauled the Houston Rockets. It’s a wonder if this is a post-game writeup or a police report. If anyone thought Sunday’s Lakers blowout was dominant, it looked like a three-overtime thriller compared to this one.

LeBron James started out aggressive and disrespected the Rockets scoring in every way imaginable. The Lakers destroyed the Rockets 117-100. Don’t let the score fool you. The Lake Show is starting to become the NBA Mixtape Tour. They are undefeated.

The Good:

The last game was over at the 11-minute mark in the first quarter. This game was over at this point.

“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

The Los Angeles Lakers started the game on a gigantic run that knocked the Houston Rockets out of the game cold.

  • There was a 28-10 Lakers run to start the game.
  • The Lakers ended the first frame on a 19-4 run.
  • It was 35-14 at the end of the first quarter.
  • It was 71-48 at halftime.
  • It was 97-71 after three quarters. I guess everyone gets the point. 

There were questions in the last game on if the Lakers had improved their defense or did Houston rollover. There’s no question now. The Los Angeles Lakers have woken up and are in business mode to repeat as the NBA champions. It’s a nightmare on Lake Show street folks.

LeBron James:

Did Christian Wood talk about LeBron James or something? Were there Russell Westbrook flashbacks? Whatever happened, LeBron James destroyed every player that dared to stand near him.

Stats don’t matter. This play right here sums up the whole night.

  • LeBron James receives the ball from Markieff Morris in the corner.
  • Steps back behind the 3 point line looking down. Folks this is very difficult. Don’t believe it? Go and try it at home in your drive way.
  • He waited for a Houston Rocket to run out to him.
  • Then he shoots and turns around while the ball is in the air…BOTTOMS!

Anthony Davis:

Anthony Davis was considered a top-five player in the NBA. Check that, it’s now top three and his teammate is one of the other two. As dominant as LeBron James was on the offensive end, AD was EVEN MORE dominant on the defensive end.

He anchored a defense that played the passing lanes and got deflections, got steals and God forbid if someone got to the lane. AD would either swipe the ball down low or block it on top. Sure he put up scoring numbers too, but his defensive focus is off the charts.

The Bad:

The Houston Rockets should be embarrassed. They let themselves, their fanbase and the NBA as a whole down. It is very difficult to play worse than they did the last game and they did. It is a crying shame that Stephen Silas had to work 20 years to get to a head coaching job and this is what he gets.

To put this in perspective, he was the assistant coach on the Charlotte Bobcats all-time worst 7-59 team. They lost 55 of their last 57 games that season. But this team in some ways is worse. The Bobcats had no talent, this team is dysfunctional.

James Harden:

A special shout out to Site Expert Anthony Duckett of Space City Scoop. He has written every single scenario possible to get James Harden traded out of town.

The Rockets need to hire him and let him consult a move. If this doesn’t show that the man doesn’t want to be there, nothing will. He is embarrassing himself by quitting. Yes, a Los Angeles Lakers blog writer said it.

People paid to see it:

The Houston Rockets fans actually had to pay for parking, tickets and possibly food (Folks, eating at the arena is expensive!) to watch the Rockets play at a level that would have gotten them beat at L.A. Fitness.

The Story:

The NBA could be in trouble. The defense has caught up with the offense.

The Los Angeles Lakers came out focused to start the game and basically put a Jordan meme. “I took that personally” on the Rockets. The Rockets made a run in the last game, but they didn’t even get one in this game.

The Lakers continued to work on the defensive rotations and use it as a shootaround session against the Houston Rockets. Man, this was ugly.

Lake Show Life’s more in-depth breakdowns will come in Lake Show Life Lessons tomorrow. Keep it locked for the only Los Angeles Lakers post-game report with highlights and in-depth analysis.