The Lakers sent a message to the rest of the Western Conference today at Staples Center. This message was simple: “we are number one.”
The Lakers gained sole possession of first place Sunday and can clinch home-court throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs with a win at home Tuesday vs. Sacramento. The Lakers cruised to a 106-85 victory today behind a third quarter that held the Spurs to only 5 FGs. The Lakers especially played well against Duncan holding him to 16 points on 6-19 shooting.
The key today was the Lakers transition game as they ran the ball well and dished off 26 assists in the process. It was another game of balanced scoring with 6 players in double figures and the leader, Kobe with 20.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers -
1) Lamar continues to play superb ball. 17 points, 14 boards, 4 assists, 0 turnovers.
2) Pau played excellent defense today on Duncan. Offensively, he had 14 points, 11 boards, 3 assists, a steal, and 2 blocks. Ka-Pau!
3) Farmar and Fisher played great today. Combined 10-14 FGs, including 3 threes and 6 assists.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Vlad Rad didn’t do much. In 23 minutes, he had 2 points and 2 boards.
Play of the Game: Pau’s outlet pass to Kobe for the three as the third quarter ends.
What to look for next game: Look for the Lakers to bring this momentum with them into the playoffs. Kings should get blown out. Game is Tuesday @ 7:30 PM (FSN).
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Time to get up those Kobe/Gasol ‘08 Bumper Sticker, Laker Nation!