Once again, the Lakers break another streak. Only this time it was the most impressive one.
We went into arguably the best team in the league’s arena and beat them with an ill Kobe Bryant (feel better, Kobe!), breaking their 23-0 home win streak in the process.
Our guards could not stay in front of Mo Williams nor could we guard the 3-point line, as we got absolutely torched in the first half. However, like many of our games lately, we came out of half time with a better defensive mindset. The Lakers were able to quiet Williams and hold Cleveland’s field goal percentage to only 39% for the game. We also held LeBron to only 16 points on 5-20 shooting.
Ultimately, it was Lamar Odom who helped turn around a 10 point half time lead. With Bynum out and Kobe sick as a dog, Lamar Odom took advantage of the extra minutes and became the man. In the second half alone he had 17 points and 12 rebounds. His relentlessness was one of the biggest reasons we were able to close this 6 game road trip 6-0.
Player of the Game: No brainer here, it’s Lamar. He had a season-high 28 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.
Play of the Game: Kobe’s turnaround jump shot over LeBron in the 4th quarter was sick. I know it’s just another Kobe-like shot, but after being sick all game long, I have to give it to him.
What’s Up Next: After a tough road trip, there’s nothing like going home to play the Oklahoma City Thunder. They come into Staples Tuesday night.