Blake's late bucket helps Lakers edge Rockets

3:09 AM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard was late recovering defensively and Steve Blake made him pay.

It was that kind of night for the former Los Angeles Laker.

Blake's go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left lifted the Lakers to a 99-98 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Howard had 15 points and 14 rebounds, but was just 5-of-16 from the foul line, including two key misses with 53.8 seconds left and the Rockets up 98-96.

Howard blocked Wes Johnson's layup at the other end before Harden's right elbow jumper was off the mark. Pau Gasol corralled the rebound and called timeout with 10.9 seconds left.

Johnson had to track down a loose ball along the right sideline after Jodie Meeks threw away the inbounds pass and LA retained possession with 3.9 ticks on the clock.

Coming off a double screen from the high post, Blake had a wide open look from the left wing and swished it over the outstretched arms of Howard.

Patrick Beverley's desperation 3-pointer from the right wing was off the mark at the horn.

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