Houston got 23 points from Courtney Lee en route to a 107-104 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday at Toyota Center.
Bettors who backed the Rockets were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of 3 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 191.5.
Houston got 23 points from Luis Scola and another 16 points from Goran Dragic. Goran Dragic contributed 13 assists, while Goran Dragic cleaned the glass with 7 rebounds.
Los Angeles got 29 points from Kobe Bryant in a losing cause and another 21 points from Pau Gasol. Metta World Peace contributed 4 assists for the Lakers, while Andrew Bynum had 7 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Los Angeles were victorious, as the score was 56-51 at the break.
Houston had a 40-31 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.
Houston looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Warriors. The Lakers will aim to get back on the winning track at Dallas.