Early star

For the Lakers, it would be Ronny Turiaf, who has responded well to his starting role. Turiaf has made 2 of 3 shots from the field and also has three rebounds, one steal and one block.

The Lakers lead 17-10 with 2:40 left in the first period. Kobe Bryant is 2 for 7 from the field, for three points with three rebounds. The Rockets are 4 for 17 from the field. At one point, they were 2 for 13.

Also, Jack Nicholson just arrived, so the Lakers’ real star is in the building.