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Houston Matters

Sports Monday: Breaking Down the Rockets-Lakers Brawl, and Assessing the Astros’ Future

From the fight between the Rockets and Lakers Saturday night, to the Astros’ postseason exit, Jeff Balke breaks down the latest Houston sports stories.


Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, second from left, is held back by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, as Paul fights with Lakers’ Rajon Rondo, on Oct. 20 in Los Angeles.


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The Rockets defeated the Lakers 124-115 Saturday night — but not without some controversy. In the latter minutes of the second half, a brawl broke out between the teams resulting in a two-game suspension for Chris Paul.

In the audio above, sportswriter Jeff Balke discusses that story and other developments in Houston sports.

Also, we examine the Astros’ exit from the postseason and explore the team’s future outlook.

And, after Deshaun Watson's long bus ride to Jacksonville, he lead the Texans to a 20-7 win over the Jaguars to give the team sole possession of first place in the AFC south.