Lakers Avoid Late Collapse vs. Rockets

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Anthony Davis helped the Los Angeles Lakers grab a 3-1 lead in their second-round series against the Houston Rockets with a 110-100 Game 4 victory Thursday.

Davis scored a game-high 29 points while LeBron James finished one assist shy of a triple-double, leading the Lakers to their third straight win in the series.

Los Angeles led by as many as 23 points before the Rockets cut the margin to single digits, but Alex Caruso stepped up with the dagger in the final minute

It was too close for comfort for the Lakers, but they never trailed from the opening tip.

Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel went with a smaller lineup in this game, resulting in quicker movement that finished with a 19-2 advantage in fast-break points. It was enough for the team to move one game away from the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2010.

James Harden got his points but was just 2-of-11 from the field, providing limited opportunities to help his team keep up with the No. 1 seed in the West.

Notable Performances

Anthony Davis, PF, LAL: 29 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks

LeBron James, SF, LAL: 16 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals

Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals

James Harden, SG, HOU: 21 points, 10 assists, 2 blocks

Russell Westbrook, PG, HOU: 25 points, 3 assists, 3 steals

Eric Gordon, SG, HOU: 19 points, 3 assists

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