Harden scores 51 vs. Lakers; Paul leaves with injury

The Houston Rockets entered Wednesday with the best record in the NBA at 25-4 and on a 14-game winning streak. The team was undefeated in games Chris Paul played in and were heavy favorites at home over the young Los Angeles Lakers.

Paul, however, only played 25 minutes and left the game with an adductor strain. He had eight points, five assists and five rebounds.

In what was a shootout from start to finish, the Lakers upset the Rockets 122-116 and handed Houston their first loss since Nov. 14.

James Harden had a monster night, as the MVP candidate scored a whopping 51 points. He shot 15-of-27 from the field and 17-of-21 from the free throw line.

The Lakers were led by rookie sensation Kyle Kuzma, who put up 38 points on an efficient 12-of-17 shooting. Kuzma shot 70 percent (7/10) from three as well.

Former Rocket Corey Brewer was a huge spark off the Laker bench with 21 points and Lonzo Ball chipped in 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists.