When the Lakers got off to a 16-8 lead with 8 layups initially, I was thinking I could stop watching in about 5 minutes after we opened it up to a 25 point game. Unfortunately, I had to watch all 48 minutes tonight. Until the fourth quarter, the Lakers did not play defense. As good as our bench was, Lee and Robinson matched us with 43 between them. Nevertheless, the Lakers came out with a 120-109 victory. The Lakers continued to do what they do best—score.
They shot 51% from the field, including 11 threes, and 30 assists. They also had 13 blocks tonight (although it seemed every block led to a layup). The Lakers played fine offensively, but you can’t let the Knicks score 109 points—no excuses for that. Now, the bests of the night:
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) Kobe was Kobe again. 24 points, 11 assists, and 8 boards. He was getting everyone involved tonight and led us once again.
2) We all know Sasha shot the ball well tonight on his way to 20 points. However, it was his defense that impressed me tonight. Crawford started off on fire, and Sasha held him to 2-10 FGs in the fourth.
3) So many players could go here. You can’t go wrong. It would be Kwame, but he still needs to learn how to finish. Ronny had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks tonight. He was everywhere. He also helped hold Randolph to 7-20 FGs (Lamar gets most of the credit though).
Honorable mention: Fisher’s 17 points, Lamar’s 22 and 12, Farmar’s 9 assists and 2 steals, and Kwame’s double-double with 4 blocks. Like I said, we did fine offensively.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): I know Luke got hurt, but while he was in there, he looked bad. 0-3 FGs in 8 minutes. Get well soon though, Luke!
Key play of the game: Lamar making Curry look like the worst defender in the world (oh wait, he is) and getting an easy one handed slam.
What to look for next game: Detroit is always tough—especially at home where they are 15-4. Key to the game—win the rebounding battle. Game is Thursday @ 5:30 PM (KCAL delayed, I think).