Lakers Won’t Forget Rockets’ Greg Smith
After all those months pining for Dwight Howard, all the phone calls, all the trade proposals, the Rockets on Tuesday night had someone who for one night was better.
They had Greg Smith.
While the Rockets went to a hack-a-Howard defense, the Los Angeles Lakers could not stop Smith.
While the Lakers frantically tried to hold off an improbable rally, the Rockets scored on eight of their final nine possessions to steal a 107-105 victory at Toyota Center largely because when Howard could not make free throws, Smith could not miss.
“It felt good, a dream come true playing against the Lakers,” said Smith, who made seven of eight shots and seven of eight free throws to score 21 points to go along with nine rebounds.
“Every time I stepped up to help, he was there to finish,” Howard said. “He was the big reason why they won the game.”