Post-Game: Lakers 130 - Warriors 113
- Were this a democracy, the Walton/Radmanovic would probably get two votes. Hopefully that won't reappear again tonight. Both teams start the second half with the same five.
- The lead is back up to double-digits - now 16 after a Fisher three. Both teams trade baskets for a stretch - eventually Gasol gets rung up for his fourth foul.
- A late run (and a Lamar Odom three) gives the Lakers a 102-85 lead going into the fourth.
- Phil Jackson said a lead isn't very safe against the Warriors who could make a 10-point run very quickly with their loose style. The Lakers are keeping what appears to be a safe difference - up 22 with 8 1/2 minutes left.
- Gasol looks finished with a little over seven minutes left - he's replaced by Josh Powell. This is the kind of game the Lakers were playing earlier in the season when everything was clicking.
- More Luke/Vlad together - but the Lakers are up by over 20 with four minutes left. That should be enough of a cushion.
- Sun returns - let's see if he can improve upon his field goal percentage. Nope - a miss drops him down to 50%.
- After Radmanovic gets a bucket, Sun is the lone Laker without a point tonight - with two minutes remaining. The crowd is exhorting Sun to shoot the ball at every touch - but he's resisting the temptation - trying to run the offense.
- Sure enough he catches a Vujacic pass and dumps in a jumper - and keeps his field goal percentage at a team high 60%.
- Lakers 130 - Lakers 113.
Post-Game: Final Thoughts
- The Lakers got 31 points from Kobe Bryant, 19 from Derek Fisher (on 9-12) shooting and 13 apiece from Andrew Bynum
and Pau Gasol. The Laker starting bigs combined for 19 boards (Drew had 10 and the double-double). Sasha Vujacic had season highs with 17 points and six assists. The added minutes and responsibility as the backup point guard has helped him improve his game after a slow start this season.
- The Warriors got 22 points from Jamal Crawford who Coach Phil Jackson called their best player out there tonight. Andris Biedrins has 17 boards. Marco Belinelli started red hot but missed his last five shots for a total of 14 points.
- The Lakers shot 51.6% from the field and 45.5% from three (10-22). The Warriors scored pretty easily at 49.4% and 50% from distance (9-18) but the Lakers were able to get stops and scores to keep the game out of reach for most of the duration.
- Kobe Bryant really lay into Derek Fisher for his Philadelphia Eagles destroying the Dallas Cowboys. Kobe also said it looked weird seeing Ronny Turiaf in a different uniform. Apparently the two went out for lunch this afternoon. Turiaf also visited the locker room after the game.
- Coach Don Nelson heaped praise on Bryant - saying he's the complete package who makes his teammate better (qualifying that you couldn't say that about Kobe about five years ago). Nelson thinks highly of the Lakers chances - but he said their real season starts in the playoffs.
- I asked Phil Jackson if the team was past that stretch where they really seemed to lack focus and struggled. Honestly I could listen to the answer, transcribe it and try to make sense of it - but he really just talked around the question. I put it to Kobe who said the season is really, really long - so much that people often don't really realize how long it is for the players with travel and games, etc. Sometimes there are lulls where emotions are raw, shots aren't falling and the defense isn't tight - then it switches up without there being a specific reason but time passing and the situation evolving.
- The Lakers improve to 25-5 - one full game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and two behind the Boston Celtics
- Happy New Year!
Edited by LALakersFan4Life, December 29, 2008 - 06:15 PM.