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Thursday's Lakers News: Mike D'Antoni felt sorry for Kupchak, Buss

Houston's Lou Williams has a big game against the Lakers, but he isn't gloating: Lou Williams had hit a bit of a slump. In the six games before Wednesday night, he made only seven of 30 shots. Then he faced the Lakers and broke it. He made seven shots in a row before he missed, and finished with 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting, making seven three-pointers in the Houston Rockets’ 139-100 win. Rather than gloat, he empathized. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers suffer through another nightmare loss in Houston: In this building, Corey Brewer isn’t used to being on this side of things. Like watching the other team thump their chests, scream into the crowd and bury you with easy buckets -- that side of things. Until three weeks ago Brewer was part of the Houston Rockets, inflicting these types of games on opponents. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers testing Luke Walton's patience with 39-point loss to Rockets: As the clock ticked down and the deficit kept growing, Lakers coach Luke Walton burned through timeouts. He was upset with the Lakers’ inconsistent effort. He was irritated about Rockets guard James Harden not being called for a foul on guard Lakers David Nwaba. He was angry throughout much of the Lakers’ 139-100 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday at Toyota Sports Center, an outcome he called “embarrassing” for obvious reasons. -- The Orange County Register

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni offers sympathy to recently fired Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss: The Lakers’ fan base frequently made Mike D’Antoni aware they wanted a different coach. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol disliked D’Antoni’s faster-paced offense. Lakers president Jeanie Buss remained incredulous the Lakers hired D’Antoni to replace Mike Brown in 2012 after interviewing her former companion and Hall of Fame coach, Phil Jackson. -- The Orange County Register