Same opponent, much better result.
This was a game the Lakers had to win, but getting the outcome wasn’t pretty. They continued playing subpar defense and gave the Kings a free path basket pretty much the entire game.
They played with more of a sense of urgency toward the end of third quarter. However, despite starting the fourth quarter with a 10 point lead, they allowed the Kings to put up 31 points and pull the game to as close as 5 with a little under 3 minutes to go.
On a positive note, we did win the game, we kept our turnovers to 11, much lower than our previous game against the Kings. We also shot an impressive 47% from beyond the arc as a team. It doesn’t make up for the 14 missed free throws, but impressive nonetheless.
Player of the Game: Has to go to Kobe. He had 32 points on 52% shooting, adding 7 boards, 3 assists, and a block. Most importantly he provided the life we needed when we were struggling in the third.
Play of the Game: Kobe’s two-handed dunk with 1:36 left in the game. The game was over at that point, but his 3-point play extended the lead to 10, making a comeback all the more unlikely.
What’s Coming Up Next: The Minnesota Timberwolves visit Staples Sunday. Seems like it should be an easy win when you see who we’re facing, but no team we have faced has been easy win lately.