New Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington helped Houston upset the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at Staples Center.

The Rockets, who were playing without a center, defeated the Lakers by 10 points. Covington, playing in his first game with Houston, chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes.

After the game, Covington talked about his role with the Rockets moving forward:

“That’s what I’m here for,” Robert Covington said, via The Athletic. “Being able to be that in the lineup we have, I’m able to add more versatility. The guys can do a lot on this team, but me being the elite defender I’m accustomed to being, just adding value to this team, just spacing the floor. It shows that we can do a lot. We can be very, very good at it. We just gotta keep building and I keep learning the system.

“I can get even better because this is a test. I was just out there just playing, and my teammates were talking me through a lot of things. A couple plays, ‘If you continue to do that, it’s gonna be a lot of things we ain’t gotta do’. But my teammates put me in the right position and I just did what I was asked to do.”

The Rockets improved to 33-18 with the win over the Lakers. They are now in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

Covington is averaging 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists on the season. He's shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free-throw line.

For his career, Covington averages 12.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He's the perfect 3 & D periemter player the Rockets have been looking for.

Covington and the Rockets are back in action on Friday. They take on Devin Booker and the Suns.