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Williams, Harden send Rockets to 139-100 win over Lakers

HOUSTON (AP) Rockets guard Lou Williams found the perfect cure for his recent shooting woes - a good, old-fashioned revenge game.

Williams scored 30 points against his former team and James Harden had his 17th triple-double of the season to lead Houston over the Los Angeles Lakers 139-100 on Wednesday night.

Williams broke out of a shooting slump against his ex-teammates. He was just 7 of 30 on 3-pointers (23.3 percent) in six March games before regaining his touch in this one.

Houston sent Corey Brewer and a first-round draft pick to Los Angeles in a trade for Williams three weeks ago. The deal paid off for the Rockets on Wednesday night as Williams went 7 for 9 from beyond the arc and made his first seven field goal attempts, including four straight 3s.

''It had been a while,'' Williams said. ''I've had some ups and downs. It's been a while since I shot the ball that well. Tonight was just a good night for me. I felt confident in my shot.''

Harden had 18 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds as Houston handed the Lakers their 11th loss in 12 games.

''We've got so many good players and good scorers that he doesn't have to figure anything out,'' Harden said about Williams. ''He's just being patient. Tonight, he got it going, and it was good for us.''

Brewer, meanwhile, had four points in 22 minutes.

With D'Angelo Russell struggling to find a rhythm and in foul trouble much of the game, Los Angeles leaned heavily on Julius Randle, who gave Houston fits all night. Randle muscled his way into the paint for a career-high 32 points and eight rebounds.

''I just have to be more aggressive and look to score and run the floor,'' Randle said. ''It's all stuff that I already know that I have to be more consistent with.''

Rookie forward Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson both scored 18 points for Los Angeles.

''We just have to keep getting better. It's a process,'' Ingram said. ''Some of us have never been through this before, and the thing we're going through right now will only make us stronger. We just need to continue to come in and try to get better.''

But the Rockets' 3-point shooting proved overwhelming for the young Lakers as Houston drained 18 of 43 from outside the arc (41.9 percent). Houston scored 46 points in the fourth quarter, mostly from reserve players while the Rockets held a comfortable lead.

''It's a balancing act,'' Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''You don't want to get out of rhythm and you've got to be careful. I don't know the formula, and I don't know if there is one.''

Lakers coach Luke Walton expressed his dissatisfaction with his team's lack of effort and composure down the stretch when the game got out of hand. He singled out a few instances when his players didn't get back in transition defense and failed to communicate with each other.

''I don't know if we think we're too good to have to work like that or if we're not willing to constantly commit, but I'm not OK with it,'' Walton said. ''I have a fire burning in me that gets (ticked) off when we're down 30-something.''

Houston led 66-52 at halftime and outscored the Lakers in every quarter. Houston won by 39 points, the same margin of victory as the last time it played the Lakers, a 134-95 rout in Los Angeles on Dec. 7.

Nick Young was back in the starting lineup for the Lakers, but his shooting woes continued. Young went 0 for 9 from the field, including 0 for 7 from 3-point territory.

''Nick, obviously, must have been rusty,'' Walton said. ''We needed shooting out there tonight, and unfortunately, he never really got it going.''

TIP-INS

Lakers: Russell fouled out when he was called for an offensive foul with seven minutes remaining. ... Ex-Rockets Brewer, Tyler Ennis, Thomas Robinson, Tarik Black and Metta World Peace all played for Los Angeles.

Rockets: Houston has won nine of its last 11 against the Lakers and taken four straight season series for the first time in franchise history. ... Harden had nine of Houston's 19 turnovers, largely on wild passes.

QUOTABLE

''We need to figure out as a group - not individually, but as a group - how to handle adversity and how to react when things get tough,'' Walton said. ''We do a lot of blaming of other people, and we need to look at ourselves and control what we can control. Until we do, unfortunately, there's going to be a lot of frustrating nights like tonight.''

CLUTCH CITY BLOWOUTS

The Rockets have won 14 games by 20 points or more this season, matching the 2006-07 team for the highest total in franchise history. Houston improved to 25-1 this season when scoring at least 120 points.

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Rockets: Visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

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Key Players
J. Randle
30 PF
J. Harden
13 SG
36.6 Min. Per Game 36.6
29.2 Pts. Per Game 29.2
11.5 Ast. Per Game 11.5
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
48.9 Field Goal % 45.2
47.9 Three Point % 43.9
73.3 Free Throw % 84.8
+ 3 Bobby Brown made 3-pt. jump shot 0:04
  Bad pass turnover on Metta World Peace 0:27
+ 3 Bobby Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lou Williams 0:38
+ 2 Ivica Zubac made floating jump shot, assist by Metta World Peace 0:53
  Bad pass turnover on Lou Williams 0:55
+ 2 Corey Brewer made layup 1:05
  Bad pass turnover on Lou Williams 1:04
  Bad pass turnover on Nick Young 1:11
  Bad pass turnover on Nick Young 1:11
  20-second timeout called 1:19
+ 2 Montrezl Harrell made alley-oop shot, assist by Lou Williams 1:19
Team Stats
Points 100 139
Field Goals 42-91 (46.2%) 50-91 (54.9%)
3-Pointers 3-25 (12.0%) 18-43 (41.9%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 21-32 (65.6%)
Total Rebounds 46 60
Offensive 9 13
Defensive 29 37
Team 8 10
Assists 16 37
Steals 10 13
Blocks 0 4
Turnovers 23 21
Fouls 25 21
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
J. Randle PF 30
32 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
home team logo
J. Harden SG 13
18 PTS, 12 REB, 13 AST
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away team logo Lakers 20-48 26262325100
home team logo Rockets 47-2137292746139
Team Stats
away team logoLakers 20-48 112.0 PPG 47 RPG 21.5 APG
home team logoRockets 47-21 113.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 23.5 APG
Key Players
J. Randle PF 8.5 PPG 3.5 RPG 1.0 APG 50.0 FG%
L. Williams SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Randle PF 32 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
L. Williams SG 30 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
46.2 FG% 54.9
12.0 3PT FG% 41.9
72.2 FT% 65.6
Lakers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Randle 29 32 8 2 0 0 2 4 13/17 0/1 6/9 3 5 42 -20
J. Clarkson 39 18 2 3 2 0 3 1 7/19 1/6 3/4 0 2 25 -23
B. Ingram 39 18 6 3 1 0 4 2 8/14 2/3 0/0 1 5 27 -21
I. Zubac 11 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 -4
N. Young 24 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0/9 0/7 0/0 0 3 2 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Randle 29 32 8 2 0 0 2 4 13/17 0/1 6/9 3 5 42 -20
J. Clarkson 39 18 2 3 2 0 3 1 7/19 1/6 3/4 0 2 25 -23
B. Ingram 39 18 6 3 1 0 4 2 8/14 2/3 0/0 1 5 27 -21
I. Zubac 11 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 -4
N. Young 24 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0/9 0/7 0/0 0 3 2 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Ennis 9 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 3/4 0/1 1/1 1 0 10 -16
T. Robinson 5 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 0 1 6 -5
D. Russell 25 5 2 2 2 0 7 6 2/10 0/5 1/2 0 2 6 -25
C. Brewer 22 4 3 1 2 0 2 1 2/5 0/2 0/0 0 3 9 -28
L. Nance Jr. 8 4 2 0 1 0 1 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 0 6 -6
D. Nwaba 18 4 2 2 0 0 0 2 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 1 10 -25
M. World Peace 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -2
T. Black 9 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 8 -6
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 239 100 38 16 10 0 23 25 42/91 3/25 13/18 9 29 158 -195
Rockets
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Ariza 28 20 3 2 4 0 1 1 7/9 4/6 2/3 1 2 30 +13
J. Harden 31 18 12 13 2 0 9 2 6/12 1/6 5/7 3 9 49 +10
C. N'Dumba-Capela 21 15 10 2 0 0 2 2 5/7 0/0 5/8 3 7 27 +23
P. Beverley 27 9 4 5 1 0 2 3 1/5 1/4 6/6 0 4 22 +20
R. Anderson 16 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0/5 0/4 0/0 2 0 4 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Ariza 28 20 3 2 4 0 1 1 7/9 4/6 2/3 1 2 30 +13
J. Harden 31 18 12 13 2 0 9 2 6/12 1/6 5/7 3 9 49 +10
C. N'Dumba-Capela 21 15 10 2 0 0 2 2 5/7 0/0 5/8 3 7 27 +23
P. Beverley 27 9 4 5 1 0 2 3 1/5 1/4 6/6 0 4 22 +20
R. Anderson 16 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0/5 0/4 0/0 2 0 4 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 32 30 4 7 2 1 3 3 11/17 7/9 1/1 0 4 48 +35
E. Gordon 30 10 3 4 1 1 0 3 4/12 2/7 0/1 1 2 23 +38
M. Harrell 13 10 0 0 0 1 0 2 4/5 0/0 2/4 0 0 11 +7
Nene 14 10 3 0 1 1 2 2 5/7 0/0 0/0 1 2 13 +9
B. Brown 6 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 3/4 3/4 0/0 0 0 11 +7
S. Dekker 19 8 9 1 0 0 0 0 4/7 0/2 0/2 2 7 19 +28
K. Wiltjer 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 +3
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 241 139 50 37 13 4 21 21 50/91 18/43 21/32 13 37 261 +195