The Houston Rockets finished the half on a run and trail the Los Angeles Lakers 56-51 at halftime. The Rockets erased an early 17 point deficit after allowing 40 points in the first quarter.
Luis Scola hit all five of his field goal attempts in the first half and leads the Rockets with 10 points. Courtney Lee has eight points and Chase Buddinger seven for Houston. The Rockets hit 58 percent of their shots in the half but were hampered by 11 turnovers in the first 24 minutes of action.
Kobe Bryant leads all scorers with 15 points on 5-13 shooting. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum finished the half with 12 points each. Matt Barnes chipped in six points off the bench. Los Angeles hit 68 percent of its shots in the first quarter but scored just 16 points in the second. They are shooting a crisp 54 percent for the game but the Rockets did have some success slowing them down late in the half.
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