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The Los Angeles Lakers improved to 8-3 as they defeated the Houston Rockets. With Wesley Matthews out with sore Achilles, Lakers’ sophomore Talen Horton-Tucker was given an opportunity to play significant minutes.

The 20-year-old shooting guard finished the game finished the game with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 21 minutes of play. After the game THT shared his thoughts on his performance.

“I feel like you can put me anywhere on the court. You can put me on any group that we have, and feel like I can some things done and just help as win the game. Just trying to make winning plays on both ends,” Horton-Tucker said per Broderick Turner of Los Angeles Times.

The former 46th overall draft pick is earning the trust of head coach Frank Vogel as he sees an increase in playing time. He appeared in 10 games so far this season, averaging 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.9 minutes per game.