Lakers end Rockets' win streak at 14

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Paul was injured during the Rockets' loss Wednesday to the Lakers. Also, the Rockets lost to the Lakers, snapping a 14 game winning streak. The Thunder led by as much as 33 points at one point, a season high for them. The teams would trade the lead back and forth for the remainder of the quarter.

Former Rocket Lou Williams, who had 32 off the bench, made his fourth 3-pointer of the quarter to make it 122-113 before a turnover by Harden.

The only reason they are not the consensus team with the best chance to beat the Warriors is because the Cavaliers have James. Not just cold, but ice cold. Williams is the Clippers' second-leading scorer, averaging 19.8 points in 29 games, including seven starts for the injury-depleted team.

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The only time I think umpires should step in is if it is clear that a player can not cope with them. I have no problem with that. "We have bounced tailenders in this series and at other teams".

The Rockets would get within six but struggled to make shots down the stretch making just four in the last eight minutes of the game-all of which came in the final minute.

Damian Lillard scored 17 points for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the fifth straight time at home.

"I think he's day-to-day, but we're going to be real cautious with it I'm sure". Kuzma, who didn't miss a shot through the first half, drained seven three-pointers in his career-best performance. He cooled off a little in the second (12-17; 7-10 from behind the arc) and finished the night with 38 points.

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It seemed nearly inevitable along this stretch of tough games heading through the end of 2017 that the team would falter. It served as a stark reminder that for just how great the Rockets have been this season - and make no mistake, they've been great - their margin of error to truly challenge the Golden State Warriors for National Basketball Association supremacy is razor-thin. But as Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey told ESPN in the wake of the Warriors' NBA championship last season, there was only one way to move forward in this era dominated by Golden State's all-star quartet. Then, Chris Paul left the game early in the fourth quarter after he felt a pain in his inner thigh.

The Rockets are 15-1 in games Paul has played, though he was unable to finish his first game (a win) and most recent game (a loss) in that run. They face the Golden State Warriors for the second time in three games on Friday at the Oracle Arena. With the Warriors' run coming with Stephen Curry missing six games and Draymond Green missing five of the last six only underscores the unique place the Warriors find themselves compared to the rest of the league - Houston included.

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