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Lakers lose to Rockets to tie all-time futility record

Posted: April 8, 2014 10:45 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2014 10:59 p.m.

Lakers guard Steve Nash, center, passes the ball as Houston Rockets guards James Harden, left, and Isaiah Canaan defend during the first half of Tuesday's game in Los Angeles.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Terrence Jones and James Harden scored 33 points apiece, and the Houston Rockets kept up their playoff push with their third straight victory, 145-130 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Chandler Parsons scored 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 49-point third quarter to solidify their hold on fourth place in the Western Conference standings despite their second-worst defensive performance of the year. Houston won the opener of a three-game road trip without injured Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley.

Steve Nash moved into third place on the NBA's career assists list for the miserable Lakers (25-53), who tied the franchise record for losses in a single season with their worst defensive performance of the year.

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