Rockets run away from No. 1 seed Lakers, take Game 1 112-97

James Harden
Houston Rockets' James Harden, right, looks to pass around Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By BRIAN MAHONEY

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are playing from behind again in these NBA playoffs. James Harden scored 36 points and the Houston Rockets ran away from the Lakers 112-97 on Friday night, the second straight round the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference lost its opener. Russell Westbrook added 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Eric Gordon had 23 points for the Rockets, the No. 4 seed who had just one day of rest after needing seven games to win their first-round series. Anthony Davis had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers. LeBron James had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

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