Frank Vogel
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The Los Angeles Lakers won back-to-back games against the Houston Rockets to improve their record to 5-3. The second win was more difficult than the first one as it went down to the wire.

It was a big night for the Lakers Big Three, as the three stars combined for 84 points. Carmelo Anthony added 15 points coming off the bench and was the only player outside the Big Three who was in double digits for the winners.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel credited the Rockets postgame and gave thoughts on his team’s performance. “Credit the Rockets, man,” he said. “Those young guys came out and played their tails off. They responded from a tough loss the other night, made every shots, attacked the rim played with physicality, really challenged us.”

“Our defense wasn’t good in the first half. But even when it was, they made tough shots. So credit those guys. But this is what we’re going to see all year long with the nature of our team and the names we have on this team and the expectations of our group. We’re going to get every team’s best shot .It’s going to be challenging but it’s something we embrace and it’s something that’s really going to sharpen us.

“I think our defense really picked up in the second half with a couple charges, really a lot of hustle plays to win defensive possessions. And we’re able to get the W.”