OPENING NIGHT DUD
Rockets misfire from deep, don't defend in 120-114 road loss to Lakers
The 2016-17 regular season is here, but it didn't start quite like we expected. Facing a young and inexperienced team in the Lakers, the Rockets should have taken care of business -- but it didn't happen. James Harden
and the Rockets came out red hot but the team never played much defense and couldn't get going from beyond the arc, falling 120-114 in Los Angeles. Harden (34 points, career-high 17 assists, 8 rebounds) tied a franchise record set by John Lucas
with 14 assists in a half, but he handed out just 3 more the rest of the way -- including none in the fourth quarter. The Rockets missed 15 of their final 16 three-point shots. The defense we expected, but the bricklaying from deep was a surprise. Rockets must bounce back as they face the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday.