I really thought it was all over when Kobe caught fire. Instead, it was all David West and Chris Paul. When Kobe caught fire, the Hornets had no answer. They double teamed Kobe, but that just left our shooters wide open. The Lakers took 34 threes tonight, but made 16 of them.
The problem was that the Lakers couldn’t keep Paul out of the paint. The Lakers also sent the Hornets to the line 37 times, where they converted 33 of them.
As soon as Kobe went to the bench in the fourth — the game changed. The Lakers lost their swagger and allowed the Hornets to run all over them giving up 51% shooting on the night.
Lamar’s injury also hurt as the Lakers had no one to match the speed of David West.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) Kobe’s 39 points on 14-22 shooting kept the Lakers in it for most of the game. He also had 7 assists, and should have had more if the Lakers could shoot tonight.
2) Lamar played great in his 12 minutes, scoring 12 points and 3 assists. Hope he comes back soon!
3) While Ariza couldn’t hit a shot in the end, his hustle kept us close all night.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Many Lakers belong here. Vlad Rad had 3 points on 1-7 shooting. But I still don’t miss Luke.
Play of the Game: Kobe’s back-to back-to back threes in the third. Or his block with 40 seconds left.
What to Look for Next Game: A high scoring game and another Laker win in Golden State.
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