73 points off the bench? The Lakers scored 106 points with the leading scorer only at 18? The Lakers forced 19 turnovers and held Chicago to under 35% FG’s? The Lakers had 21 turnovers again, and won? Believe it or not, that was the case tonight.
Another great effort by this young Lakers team. The Lakers outrebounded Ben Wallace and company 51 to 38, including 15 offensive rebounds. That’s 38 offensive rebounds over the last 2 games.
It was just a great game to watch if you were a Lakers fan. The only downer was Kwame’s early injury. The X-ray was negative so let’s hope we can get him back soon.
The Lakers rotated much better defensively than earlier on in the season. Despite the 28 point win, the Lakers need to find a way to stop the careless turnovers–21 is simply unacceptable. To help counter it, the Lakers took care of their free-throws, sinking 26 of 29. Now, the bests of the night:
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) Jordan Farmar led the Lakers to a 16-0 run in the third quarter to end a Bulls run that cut the lead to three. Farmar’s line tonight was 14 points on 5-7 shooting, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. This kid is getting better every night. Only downer was his 3 turnovers.
2) Andrew Bynum once again makes my top 3. In 31 minutes tonight, he made sure no Laker fan missed Kwame. He put up 14 points and 10 rebounds. It seems the only shots he misses are when he gets blocked. Bynum does need to take care of the ball better. 4 turnovers is too much for a center.
3) While many other Lakers played great tonight, Luke Walton broke out of his slump. He put up 10 points on 4 shots. He also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and only 1 turnover. Great game Luke!
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest):
Brian Cook was unimpressive in his second start. He made some good hustle plays, but he was by far the worst of the Lakers tonight. 0 points on 3 shots, 5 rebounds, 1 assists, and a turnover.
Key play of the game: Odom to Luke. Luke under the legs to Farmar. Farmar wrap around pass to Mihm. One handed Slaaaaaam Dunk by Mihm!!!
What to look for next game: Look for the Lakers to keep on rolling! Let’s make it 4 in a row! Game is Tues night @ 4:00 PM. (Game might be delayed)