Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Greg Smith scored 17 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to help spark a furious late comeback that catapulted the Houston Rockets to a 107-105 win over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center.
Smith went 7-of-8 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds as well, while fellow reserve Toney Douglas dropped in a season-best 22 points to help the Rockets post their fifth victory in six games despite an off-shooting night from James Harden and trailing by 13 points with under 9 1/2 minutes left.
Harden finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but made just 3-of-19 field goal attempts. His slump was offset by a huge effort from the Houston bench, with Carlos Delfino adding 15 points in addition to Smith and Douglas' big games to rally the Rockets to their sixth consecutive home triumph.
Playing without injured stars Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, the Lakers received 39 points from Kobe Bryant and a 16-point, 12-rebound performance from Dwight Howard. However. Los Angeles failed to hold onto a 17-point lead late in the third quarter and lost for the third time in its last four outings.