Lakers regain West’s top spot

ESPN: Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 34 points in the final 8½ minutes, Lamar Odom added 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 117-108 on Tuesday night to regain the top spot in the Western Conference.

Now, they’ll face a major challenge staying there, playing their next four games on the road against New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Utah, who have a cumulative record of 168-86 — including 101-26 at home.

Bryant also had seven rebounds and seven assists for the Pacific Division-leading Lakers (45-19), who have won 18 of their last 22 and lead the San Antonio Spurs by a half-game in the Western Conference race.

Derek Fisher scored 18 points, Pau Gasol had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Jordan Farmar added 10 points and five assists for the Lakers, who shot 53.6 percent.

T.J. Ford scored all but four of his 28 points in the second half for the Raptors (34-29), who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Anthony Parker added 21 points, Rasho Nesterovic had 18 points and eight rebounds and Andrea Bargnani scored 15 for Toronto.

Raptors star Chris Bosh, averaging 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds, missed his sixth straight game with a sore right knee. Toronto has a 4-7 record without Bosh this season.

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  • http://gmail.com Basher

    Go Lakers, we all believe in you. Go out and prove you deserve the top seed in the West and go 4-0 on this big road trip. Bring it on Hornets, Rockets, Mavericks, and Jazz!

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    i cant wait till we play houston, plus , what happened to post game reports??

  • Phant0M

    bout damnn time :D haha

  • sepehr

    Our defense and rebounding needs to be improved, especially on the pick and roll.Chris paul will murder us if Gasol plays that type of defense. Our offense also needs to be more structured, Sahsa takes too many shots from outside. Kobe should also try and go inside a bit more to go to the FT line and get fouls on opposing bigs. As phil Jackson said we are not gonna win any of the next 4 games if we play like we have in the last 2-3 games. We’re not physically tough inside.

  • Devean George

    Man I hope the lakers sign me to a 10 day contract so I can bring the defense that the lakers need… i think i can clog up the paint and really dominate like a young wilt chamberlain…

    altough im a scoring guard, i really can dominate inside, i was at my 10 year old’s basketball practice and i was playing center, I whooped their azz! im the true laker GOAT!!

  • foxxy

    WE GOTTA GET THAT FIRE AGAIN!!!! REALLY NEED TO PLAY TOUGHER DEFENSE DURING THESE NEXT 4 GAMES. COME ON LAKERS, I (WE) BELIEVE IN YOU!!!1 DONT LET US DOWN!!!

  • DCLAKER

    I think the Lakers are tired,gotta remember,they’ve been on a good run before and after Pau. Their energy will be right on time for playoffs and when AB gets back.

  • MILO

    i found it funy when Rony vented his frustration on Sasha and said “DAM SASHA” all loud! Sasha had a face of a little boy who just got punished, that sh!t was funy lol lol lol

  • LKRSIDE

    our defense hasn’t been too good the last few games, and to survive this road trip we going to need to regain that defense that gave us that 11 game win streak.

  • Kobe 4 Life Nikkas

    ALL WE GOTTA DO TO WIN THE NEXT 4 GAMES IS: PLAY REALLY GOOD THE 1ST HALF AND LET HE 2ND UNIT HELP O THE 2ND HALF WHEN U HAVE A GOOD LEAD THE 1ST HALF… GO LAKERS!

  • KObe24

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    i know, i knew something was missing

  • http://swishtheball.net kenny smith

    just keep winning