L.A. Times: Ron Artest sat in his chair with his hands on his chin, a towel wrapped around his waist, an ice bucket nearby, a look of interest at the mob of reporters surrounding teammate Lamar Odom.
Artest slowly began to dress, appearing content with the job he had just completed.

He was acquired last summer by the Lakers to put the clamps on All-Star small forwards such as Denver’s Carmelo Anthony.

And Artest did, using his strength and defensive acumen to hold Anthony down to the point the Nuggets’ star fouled out during the Lakers’ 95-89 victory over Denver on Sunday at Staples Center.

Artest refused to give Anthony an inch, the two going head-to-head, the Lakers’ forward grinding down Anthony to a seven-for-19 shooting game, 21 points and eight turnovers.

“He’s definitely one of the better players in the NBA,” Artest said. “But like I say all the time, when I’m playing, for years, I never worry about the offensive player. Whether they get 50 or whether they get 10, I don’t really care about an offensive player, even if they have a good game.”

Artest held Anthony eight points below his average. Before that, he held Golden State’s Corey Maggette three points below his average, Boston’s Paul Pierce seven below his, Memphis’ Rudy Gay three below his average and Dallas’ Shawn Marion a point below his average.

“Some people get in a defensive rhythm,” Artest said. “I can get into a defensive rhythm. I think I’m in a little rhythm right now defensively. That’s what I’m going to try to do, keep people under their average and keep my strength.”

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  • Kobe “Kaos” Jordan

    I hate saying this but, it’s about time………. haha nah good job Ron !

  • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

    ron is a “spark plug” an the team need’s to feed off that.lamar an ron both! energy play is key in success an ron is playing intence,we need to rally around that type game.and create energy! go lakers!!

  • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

    what do you know about defense? bitch,go dance wit lepunk!

  • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

    kobe had three steals and two blocks in that game bitch!like i said what do know about defense? your a lepunk fan!so i know you dont know shit

  • willmo

    It’ s nice to see the depth of our team when it matters. If Lebron does not score 30/game, the Cavs don’t win, but it’s great to see that the team has finally answered the call on the defensive end because that’s what wins titles. lamar and ron ron keep it up and we are unstoppable, the question is can we play at this level for the next 6 weeks and go into the playoffs on fire…

  • Mike Goulding

    If anybody wants to know what amazing defense is Ron Artest just did it to perfection….

  • Robert

    Drew said the other day, that the Lakers know when to turn on the switch. No reason to do that in a big way during the regular season. Still, they have the second best record in NBA.
    But, just wait until they turn it on during playoffs. Ron-Ron has been saving his best for last. The game against the Nuggets is just an example. He’ll be doing that all playoffs long (just like last year, *remember*?, when he played against the Lakers on the Rockets, and they were the most challenging team – they played without T-Mac and Yao, and Ron took them to the limit).