ESPN: It hasn’t taken long for Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant to get comfortable playing together.
Gasol had 30 points and nine rebounds to go with Bryant’s 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 117-113 Friday night.
It was just Gasol’s third game in a Laker uniform, but he and Bryant ran the pick-and-roll play so effectively, they looked as though they had been playing together for years.
They combined for 39 points in the first half to help Los Angeles withstand a 64-point first half by Orlando.
“With all [Gasol’s] skills, it’s going to be a seamless transition for us,” Bryant said. “He has the ability to do everything on the floor, whether it?s pass, shoot, rebound or defend. Adding him makes us a very strong team.”
Gasol was 12-for-15 from the field, beating Magic defenders from both the perimeter and in the paint.
“Having Kobe takes a whole lot of pressure off my shoulders,” Gasol said. “This is an amazing opportunity for me and I want to make the very best of it every single night.”