Given that Paul would be eligible for an extra year and nearly $6 million more in starting salary by waiting until July, it's highly unlikely that he would sign an extension now. Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 26 points. Surely, they would break out of it before the new year.
In a game with 290 points, the game-winners were Tucker's first points of the game.
Tucker blocked a 3-point attempt by Kuzma, and Paul added two more free throws to make it 146-142 with three seconds left.
Josh Hart hit a three-pointer to start the second half, and from there the Lakers extended their lead.
The Lakers had a seven-point lead at half-time and with six minutes, 34 seconds remaining in the third quarter, they led by 17 points.
It has been several months since All-Star point guard Chris Paul has been traded to the Houston Rockets. But since Luc Mbah a Moute's injury, they have suddenly gone back to a team that can not stop anybody. In the two overtimes alone, he recorded 15 points and three assists to key Houston's victory.
Harden limping badly, but smiling, shouting "Yeah, Tuck, yeah, Tuck".
The Rockets took a foul to stop the clock, but Harden had to limp away.
Houston's newest addition, Gerald Green, tied the game again with 17.7 seconds left. But the Rockets rallied to force overtime.
For much of the night, it did not seem the Rockets could get another five-minute chance.
After the first period, it looked like they'd have a good shot. Black, rather than Nene, came in for Clint Capela, as the Rockets tried to find someone that could stay in front of Julius Randle. Game time is at 7PM ET.
Mostly, the Rockets got going by finding the most obvious solution. Kyle Kuzma's recent slump has only accentuated how lacking they are in reliable offensive players at the moment. Ironically, Houston's losing streak began with a loss to the Lakers on December 20.
Both teams entered the game looking to end five-game losing streaks, and the Rockets were able to snap their skid.
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