LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (KTRK) -- Whatever energized the Houston Rockets to squeak out a playoff-advancing win two nights ago was apparently on the floor inside the NBA bubble for Game 1 against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
James Harden and company used timely steals and big buckets - both byproducts of the patented "small ball" lineup - to beat LA on Friday night, 112-97.
Harden led all scorers with 36 points. Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon added 24 and 23 points, respectively.
Houston has a 1-0 series lead in the Rockets' West semifinal series.
Houston and Los Angeles face off in Game 2 set for Sunday night. The contest will air on ABC13 at 7:30 p.m.
The Rockets win is remarkable after they eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Game 7 just two nights ago.
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