Carmelo Anthony Scores 23, Leads Lakers Past Rockets 95-85

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LOS ANGELES—Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points successful a reserve relation and Russell Westbrook added 20 points successful the Los Angeles Lakers’ 95-85 triumph implicit the Houston Rockets connected Sunday night.

Anthony Davis had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and LeBron James scored 15 points successful the Lakers’ 4th triumph successful 5 games aft opening the play with 2 losses. Westbrook added 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

Eric Gordon scored 17 points and Christian Wood had 16 for the Rockets, who mislaid their 4th consecutive astatine the commencement of a five-game roadworthy trip.

Anthony had different dynamic crippled successful his archetypal play with Los Angeles, hitting 5 3-pointers and tying his vocation precocious with 4 blocked shots. The 19-year NBA veteran, who has led the Lakers successful scoring doubly already this season, had astatine slightest 4 blocks and 2 steals successful a crippled for the archetypal clip since Dec. 2, 2003.

“I deliberation radical don’t truly recognize me,” Anthony said. “I deliberation there’s a misconception retired determination astir maine not being capable to accommodate to situations. I’m easy adaptable to immoderate concern and I’ve ever tried to accommodate to immoderate concern I’ve been in. This is an casual adaptation for maine conscionable being present and being astir the guys, being ready, staying ready, knowing what’s needed and being prepared.”

James went 6 for 19 successful his 2nd crippled backmost from a sore close ankle, but helium had 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

Houston defender Jalen Green, the No. 2 wide prime successful this year’s draft, finished with conscionable 7 points aft getting successful aboriginal foul trouble. The rebuilding Rockets trailed by 24 points successful the archetypal fractional and 28 successful the 4th fourth earlier a precocious rally to trim the deficit.

The Lakers shored up their defense, and Anthony was a large portion of that, too.

“I didn’t expect to spot him person the antiaircraft show that helium did, helium was great,” Lakers manager Frank Vogel said. “The steals and blocks, he’s ever bully with his hands. He was successful the close presumption … He’s consenting to bash each these things and helium tin bash each these things. When he’s providing that benignant of show connected the antiaircraft broadside with the mode he’s shooting it, he’s a immense portion of our win.”

Houston We Have a Problem

The Rockets didn’t bash themselves immoderate favors with 25 turnovers and 14 missed escaped throws.

“Turnovers wore america out,” Rockets manager Stephen Silas said. “It’s been a occupation for the archetypal portion of the play and erstwhile you’re playing against a bully team, which is what we’re doing each night, we person to recognize our spacing and a batch of things that spell into the turnovers. Some were conscionable careless and others were forced. Forced isn’t needfully atrocious but careless (ones) we’ll person to ticker arsenic a radical due to the fact that it’s becoming a occupation nighttime aft night.”

To Eat oregon Not to Eat … Candy

The 36-year-old James puts a batch of enactment into taking attraction of his body, which is well-documented. That means nary candy connected Halloween, which helium confirmed.

“I’m definite there’s a batch of candy successful the location close now, astir apt from my daughter,” James said. “My boys aren’t candy kids. They utilized to be. My girl tin person immoderate she wants, but I enactment distant from it.”

Tip-Ins

Rockets: G Kevin Porter Jr., who played astatine adjacent USC, was backmost successful the starting lineup. A sprained near ankle forced him retired of Thursday’s crippled against Utah. He played against the Lakers astatine Staples Center for the archetypal clip successful his vocation … F Danuel House Jr. (right foot) missed the crippled and is expected to miss Tuesday’s crippled arsenic well.

Lakers: C Dwight Howard (neck stiffness) didn’t play … Many of the Lakers dressed up for Halloween, including James arsenic Freddy Krueger and Rajon Rondo arsenic Wolverine. … Coach Frank Vogel said his household was giving retired a mixed container of treats, which had Baby Ruth, Nestle Crunch, Butterfinger and Whoppers among them.

Up Next

A rematch connected Tuesday nighttime astatine Staples Center.

By Jill Painter Lopez

The Associated Press

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