Hope is still alive, as the Lakers beat down the Kings, and pull within a half game behind the Cavaliers for the best record in the league.
After playing pretty much no interior defense in the 1st quarter, the Lakers found themselves in a 12 point hole, and it started to look like another disappointing loss. However, Shannon Brown provided the nice spark off the bench in the 2nd quarter that we’ve been looking for. He finished the night with 9 points in only 11 minutes.
This game was a lot about the bench tonight. The starters handled their business and they were able to rest the entire 4th quarter now that the bench came back alive tonight.
The Lakers bench outscore the Kings bench 42-22, we need that to continue if we’re going anywhere…
Player of the Game: Shannon Brown gets it tonight. They have been needing a lift off the bench and he brought it. He ended with 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals in only 11 minutes.
Play of the Game: It came late, but Sasha’s throw-down late in the 4th was nasty. It pretty much capped off the great 4th quarter he had. BANG! BANG!
What’s Up Next: Up next is a date with the Nuggets, who are currently riding a 7-game win streak and sit at 2nd in the west. It’s quite possibly a playoff preview. We’ll see it Thursday as part of TNT’s double-header.