Video: Lakers Bench Erupts After Talen Horton-Tucker Goes Off in 2nd Quarter of Game 4

Robert Marvi
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In the second quarter of Game 4 against the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel decided to take a gamble.

With his team ahead by four points, Vogel inserted Talen Horton-Tucker, a rookie who was selected in the second round of last year’s NBA draft.

Horton-Tucker proceeded to score five quick points, and the Lakers bench approved.

Horton-Tucker was not a heralded player during his only season at Iowa State University, as he shot just 40.6 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3-point range.

The Lakers took a chance on him with the 46th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and although he’s played very sparingly this season, he’s shown some potential.

Horton-Tucker has the ability to penetrate into the paint, shift his body in response to defenders and score baskets from close range.

At 6-foot-4 and 234 pounds, he has some good size that can allow him to absorb contact inside.

His efforts in his seven minutes of playing time helped the Lakers take a 57-41 lead at halftime.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.