HOUSTON — Rookie Kyle Kuzma set career highs with 38 points and seven 3-pointers, and the Lakers overcame 51 points from James Harden to end the Rockets' 14-game winning streak with a 122-116 victory Wednesday night.
It was Houston's first loss since Nov. 14 and snapped a three-game skid for the Lakers.
The score was tied before the Lakers scored 10 straight points while the Rockets missed seven shots in a row to go up 110-100 with about four minutes left.
The Rockets made seven free throws down the stretch but hit just four field goals in the last eight minutes, all in the final 1:05.
Harden powered Houston on a night when Chris Paul had just eight points before leaving early in the fourth quarter with a sore left leg. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 32 in his rousing return to Boston, and the undermanned Heat hung on for a 90-89 victory over the Celtics. Olynyk signed with Miami as a free agent during the offseason. Kyrie Irving paced the Celtics with 33 points but missed a jumper that bounced off the rim at the buzzer. … Russell Westbrook had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the host Thunder roll past the Jazz 107-79. … Denzel Valentine had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Nikola Mirotic had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Bulls beat the Magic 112-94 for their seventh straight win. Nikola Vucevic scored 18 for Orlando, which lost its sixth in a row. … Victor Oladipo scored 23, Myles Turner had 20 and the Pacers beat the host Hawks 105-95. Atlanta has yet to win consecutive games this season and dropped to 7-24.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Prosecutors in Turkey are seeking more than four years in prison for Knicks center Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a series of Twitter posts in May and June 2016, the state-run news agency reported. Kanter cannot return to Turkey because his passport has been canceled.
NO CHRISTMAS CURRY: The marquee game of the Christmas Day slate will be without Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who will miss the NBA Finals rematch with the Cavaliers because of a sprained ankle that has kept him out since Dec. 4.