Kuzma’s late basket gives Lakers 3rd straight win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Kuzma’s driving layup with 6.9 seconds remaining gave the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers a 124-122 victory over the Houston Rockets and kept the defending NBA champions’ slim hopes of avoiding the play-in tournament alive. The Lakers led 121-113 with 2:57 remaining but the Rockets scored nine straight points to go up by a point in the final minute. After a timeout, Kuzma was able to drive the lane and score the go-ahead points. Houston had a final chance, but Kelly Olynyk had the ball stolen by Ben McLemore with 0.9 seconds remaining. Talen Horton-Tucker then hit the first free throw but missed the second.