Instead, the Rockets went out with a whimper, 119-96, and they showed plenty of frustration in garbage time.
After Houston guard Austin Rivers was called for a foul against LeBron James, the son of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers threw the ball at James, and the four-time MVP admonished him.
😂 Austin Rivers! pic.twitter.com/VXcIuMm1FD
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) September 13, 2020
After the Rockets won Game 1 by 15 points, it looked like the series would be very competitive.
Instead, the Lakers won the next four contests, and the possibility of a close series disappeared very fast.
L.A. came out of the blocks early in the first quarter, and before the Rockets could even blink, they were down 31-11.
They made a slight run early in the third quarter, but James and company re-extended the lead and put the game out of reach.
The Lakers will now move on to play either the Clippers or the Denver Nuggets for a spot in the NBA Finals.