What's Buzzing:

Ball Don't Lie

Rockets radio announcer’s all-time zing: ‘The Lakers have just pooped their big-boy pants!’ (AUDIO)

Dan Devine
Ball Don't Lie

View photo

.

'The words, they hurt,' Kobe thinks. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

The Los Angeles Lakers led the Houston Rockets by 17 points in the second quarter, held a 13-point advantage at halftime and were up 10 entering the fourth on Tuesday night. Over the next 12 minutes, they missed 12 of 19 field-goal attempts, 4 of 5 3-pointers, 6 of 13 free throws (including five by struggling target and center Dwight Howard) and turned the ball over five times.

On the other end, they were utterly unable to stop the Rockets, allowing James Harden and unheralded big man Greg Smith to march to the foul line (10 for 12 combined in the period) and reserve guard Toney Douglas (eight of his team-high 22 points in the final frame) to run amok en route to a 34-point fourth quarter. The defensive meltdown continued a worrying recent trend for L.A. — it was its second straight huge fourth-quarter collapse and came just a week after another late defensive lapse cost them a win against the Indiana Pacers — and completely changed the game, allowing Houston to score a stunning 107-105 win, dropping the scuffling Lakers to 8-10 on the season.

As Kobe Bryant's last-ditch 3-pointer and Metta World Peace's offensive putback went awry, Rockets radio play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman used Bryant's own recent words about teammate Pau Gasol to put a perfect button on the collapse, the comeback and the Lakers' ongoing woes:

Nailed it. Laker haters are reeeeeeeeeeally enjoying this, aren't they?

Hat-tip and mil gracias, as always, to the dynamite Rockets community ClutchFans.

View Comments (594)
  • Best of Playoff Phantom: Cleveland vs.Toronto Game 4

    Best of Playoff Phantom: Cleveland vs.Toronto Game 4

    Best of super slow motion Phantom camera action from game four of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Toronto. … More »

    NBA.com - 12 minutes ago
  • Warriors on Game 4 Loss

    Warriors on Game 4 Loss

    Steve Kerr, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry talk postgame following the Warriors' Game 4 loss to the Thunder. … More »

    NBA.com - 12 minutes ago
  • Thunder on Game 4 Victory

    Thunder on Game 4 Victory

    Billy Donovan, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook speak with the media following the Thunder's Game 4 win over the Warriors to take a 3-1 series lead. … More »

    NBA.com - 29 minutes ago
  • Thunder win by 24, lead Warriors 3-1

    Thunder win by 24, lead Warriors 3-1

    Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination. Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the … More »

    AP - Sports - 30 minutes ago
  • Klay Goes Crazy in the Third

    Klay Goes Crazy in the Third

    Check out Klay Thompson's third quarter explosion where he drops 19 straight points for the Warriors. … More »

    NBA.com - 35 minutes ago