In Round 1, the Lakers silenced all the doubters by completing a gentleman’s sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers. Today, the Lakers handled the Rockets in a similar fashion, winning four in a row following their Game 1 loss.
After taking an early lead tonight, the Lakers never looked back and finished with a 30 point lead over a Rockets team who were disgruntled, outmatched, and outplayed from the opening tip.
With the Lakers headed to their first Conference Finals in about a decade, and the Rockets headed home early for yet another season, Twitter was buzzing with reactions and analysis from the fans and media.
The @Lakers starting 5 really dominated the Rockets tonight! KCP had 10 points, Green had 14, Morris 16, AD 13, and LeBron with 29 points.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 13, 2020
WEST FINALS BOUND!! Congrats, Lakers! Well played.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) September 13, 2020
— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 13, 2020
James Harden and the Rockets have now lost six of their last seven elimination games. pic.twitter.com/CyKTJEKCfi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 13, 2020
Is it time to blow it up? pic.twitter.com/WSd3yPEMD3
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) September 13, 2020
Rockets fans therapy session.
Let it all out.
This is a safe place.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) September 13, 2020
Rockets fans trying to decide who to blame pic.twitter.com/1dIA9IwBcg
— Hudson (@thehudsonisaak) September 13, 2020
I hate watching this team play, I hate harden not being aggressive, I hate Westbrook shooting any jump shots, I hat seeing Eric Gordon dribbling and pulling up like curry, I hate that we have no help defense, I hate we’re structured around only threes but we won’t shoot them
— lakers fans i hate u 🔪🗡🔫💣 u gone die (@sean3_yates) September 13, 2020
— Tilman Fertitta’s Frittata (@DMoreyBurner) September 13, 2020
A lot of team uses small ball every game and it works
Strategically in spurts
Not 48 minutes a game for 82 games a season + postseason. https://t.co/WEAA1ML9wF
— NBA All Access (@nballaccess) September 13, 2020
— ContentNBA (@ContentNBA) September 13, 2020
James Harden led all scorers with 30 points on 60% shooting while LeBron was the guy for L.A. with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists.
The Lakers are set to face off against the winner of the Nuggets/Clippers series, which may be decided as soon as tomorrow night.
As for the Rockets, their lethargic performance was not a good way to end the series and could signal some major changes this offseason. Nobody quite knows what their roster will look like this time next year. Losing to L.A. could have been the final nail in the coffin of what was already a dire situation.