Big Three shine as the LA Lakers beat the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul moves to third in all-time assist list

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(CNN)The Los Angeles Lakers' Big Three of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis starred successful a 119-117 triumph implicit the Houston Rockets connected Tuesday.

In what was the 2nd consecutive gathering astatine Staples Center betwixt these 2 teams, the Lakers came from down successful the 4th fourth and held connected to unafraid a third-straight triumph and amended their grounds to 5-3 this season.

The choky crippled was yet decided erstwhile Kevin Porter Jr.'s attempted three-pointer rimmed retired conscionable earlier the buzzer.

    James led the mode for the Lakers with 30 points and 10 assists, portion Westbrook and Davis contributed 27 points each arsenic the Big Three combined for 84 points.

      Asked astir a tweet helium sent saying helium couldn't hold to play connected Tuesday, James explained however "the competitory juices started flowing" earlier the game.

      "I conscionable felt similar I had a large 48 hours aft our crippled connected Sunday, arsenic acold arsenic my preparation, arsenic acold arsenic my ankle, arsenic acold arsenic maine getting backmost to feeling similar myself," helium told reporters aft having missed 2 games past week owed to a close ankle injury.

      "I besides happened to beryllium watching the Monday nighttime game, watching (the Kansas City Chiefs') Pat Mahomes throwing the shot sideways connected the broadside of defenders moving astatine him and besides watching a clump of NBA games astatine the aforesaid clip ... that's erstwhile I sent the tweet out."

      James taking a changeable  against the Rockets.

      Chris Paul moves up the grounds books

      Meanwhile, Chris Paul moved into 3rd spot successful the NBA's all-time assistance database arsenic the Phoenix Suns bushed the New Orleans Pelicans 112-100.

      With his 10,336th vocation assistance and eighth of the night, Paul moved past Steve Nash connected the all-time database having conscionable overtaken Mark Jackson connected 10,334.

      Paul finished the crippled with 14 points -- each of which came successful the 2nd fractional -- and 18 assists arsenic Mikal Bridges led the scoring for the Suns, who improved to 3-3 this season, with 22 points.

      "I'm grateful and I convey God for this opportunity," said 36-year-old Paul. "Not conscionable to beryllium connected this squad oregon inactive successful the league, but conscionable to beryllium playing. I don't instrumentality that for granted."

      Paul racked up   18 assists against the Pelicans.

      The East is Heat-ing up

      In the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat moved to the apical of the standings aft winning their fifth-straight crippled connected Tuesday with a 125-110 triumph implicit the Dallas Mavericks.

      It was a fifth-straight triumph for the Heat, who had 4 players -- Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry -- people 22 points oregon much for the archetypal clip successful franchise history, according to NBA.com.

        "I would see them the champion squad successful the league close now," Mavs manager Jason Kidd said aft the game.

        Luka Doncic had 33 points for the Mavs, who are present 4-3 for the play and look disconnected with their authorities rivals the San Antonio Spurs connected Wednesday.

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