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Lakers goes to Talen Horton-Tucker to provide 1st half spark vs. Rockets

Lakers, Alex Caruso, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Talen Horton-Tucker

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Talen Horton-Tucker had yet to take the floor in the 2020 playoffs, but he made a big impact in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

The Rockets were within eight points when the Horton-Tucker scored five consecutive points to ignite a Lakers run in the second quarter.

Horton-Tucker canned a three before knifing through the Rockets’ defense with a nifty Eurostep layup.

Los Angeles proceeded to go on a 13-7 run, taking a 16-point lead into the break. The Lakers then increased the lead to 22 midway through the third quarter, and it appears they are heading for a 3-1 series lead.

As for Horton-Tucker, he is the latest unsung hero to emerge after Rajon Rondo scored 21 points and drained multiple triples as the Lakers took control in the fourth quarter of Game 3 on Tuesday.

The former second-round pick played in just six games for the Lakers and had yet to get any playoff experience, but he made big plays when L.A. needed a spark early in the contest. Now, it would seem the rout is on.

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