Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/9/13
HOUSTON -- With their roster full of injured big men, the Los Angeles Lakers tried to run early on the Houston Rockets. What the Lakers lacked was the depth to keep it up Tuesday night. The Rockets' starting backcourt of James Harden and Jeremy Lin combined for 50 points and 14 assists as Houston took advantage of the undermanned Lakers and ran to a 125-112 victory at Toyota Center. Without starting center Dwight Howard and power forward Pau Gasol, in addition to reserve center Jordan Hill, the Lakers turned to their starting backcourt of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to carry their offense. Metta World Peace provided an assist with 24 points, but the Rockets' balanced attack gradually wore down the shorthanded Lakers (15-19). "That's our mindset every single game, not just against the Lakers but against every single team," Harden said. "We feel like we can't play a four-quarter game half court, so we've got to get out in transition and get to our strengths. Tonight we kind of wo...
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