Did we miss the adjustment period? The orientation? The grand tour? Because the Lakers, with all the new personnel on the roster, played like they’d been playing together for months. For a second or two, you could easily forget that the team is still missing its starting center, which speaks loads about the depth of this team. It is still just November, but the defending champions, four games into the season, appear focused and almost completely in sync (save the 19 turnovers of course). They led by as many as 29 points en route to their fourth win in a row.

The home team didn’t waste any time when the ball went up at center court. For 5 ½ minutes, they scored freely and from every which way, all the while keeping the Grizzlies to two measly points from two free throws made by Marc Gasol.

In the battle of the Catalan big men, tonight’s victor was big brother Pau Gasol. Recently named Western Conference Player of the week, Pau is many things his brother is not – smooth in his movements, extremely skilled and a walking double-double. Whether it’s bouncing an interior pass to Lamar Odom for a driving layup or going baseline for a one-handed reverse dunk of his own, Pau can absolutely do it all, which is what he has been asked to do. With Andrew Bynum still weeks from a return to the floor and with Bryant still recovering from surgery himself, Pau has been as dominant as he can be and the Lakers are 4-0 because of it. Tonight he finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.

Also lending a hand to compensate for healing teammates is Lamar Odom, for whom we are running out of words to describe – monster rebounder, three-point shooter, relentless defender? Whatever role he is asked to play on the team, he plays it with every bead of sweat that falls from his forehead. Tonight, he went 6-7 from the field (3-4 from three-point range), collected eight rebounds and led the Lakers with six assists.

Kobe Bryant (feeling 100% so just stop asking) gave O.J. Mayo an in-game workout that only he could conduct. The young guard was charged with defending the two-time finals MVP, and he tried…and tried…but with very little luck. Towards the end of the second quarter, within a two minute window, Bryant drilled three 3-pointers in a row. He had 23 points on 7-13 from the field and O.J. Mayo wore himself thin playing defense, managing only 8 points on 3-11.

The Lakers Reserves, fondly named “Renegades” by Phil Jackson, took over most of the second half as the starters looked on from the bench, and they sure put on a spectacle. Matt Barnes, admittedly still familiarizing himself around the Laker offense, channeled his inner Lamar Odom and padded the box score with 16 points, 14 rebounds (nine offensive), and two assists. If there was an opportunity for second chance points, Barnes was there to collect the offensive board tonight.

Shannon Brown continued showing off his offensive weapons, going 3-3 from downtown, 6-7 overall. Steve Blake managed 10 points on 4-6 plus three assists, including a perfectly-timed lob to Devin Ebanks for a thunderous dunk. Collectively the Lakers bench outscored the Grizzlies bench 50 to 30.

If not for the 19 turnovers, the Lakers would have played a nearly perfect game, clicking on all cylinders on both ends of the court. Despite the Grizzlies bringing the lead to as manageable a size as 15 from 29, the home team poised themselves and got the win.

Box Score

Pre-game Thoughts: Gasol on Gasol; Mayo on Bryant; Artest on Gay – so many match-ups to observe tonight.

Half-time Thoughts: 46-73 – The Lakers are literally steamrolling over the Memphis Grizzlies. Phil Jackson has played every active on the bench. Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 23 points on 7-10 (3-4 from three).

Most Thoughtless Player(s) of the Game: Other than Derek Fisher and the two rookies, Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, every Laker has committed a turnover to total 19 turnovers!

Most Thought-filled Player(s) of the Game: Matt Barnes, a rebounding machine tonight with 14 and he still managed to score 16 points. Barnes is fitting in tremendously with the Lakers.

  • NickA

    FYI Odom was 3-4 not 3-3 from downtown.

  • jd_bea

    WOW!First comment.yehey!it was an awesome game.the lakers was just amazingly playing this game.I smell 3peat,guyz…..

  • wbgk1979

    Yes, still undefeated!
    But come on guys it’s the grizzlies.
    Let’s see how they do tonight (back-to-back game) against Sacramento.
    I’m looking forward to this months games against:
    Portland, Denver, Chicago and Utah

    Let’s stay focust and get those ‘W’s!

  • Marc Spector

    Let’s see what happens tonight up in sactown. It could be a “let down” game.

  • Rio Rondo College

    Rondo broke the Stockton’s record for most assists in the first four games!!!

    • LakersFirst

      Yes, but he’s not a back to back world champion!

    • 242LakerFan

      OMG, for real!!?? I SO don’t care!

    • darkmmmark

      cool story bro…

    • nelly13b

      Maybe in next year’s ring ceremony he can assist in passing out the rings to the Lakers team and organization. Should be the easiest 60 assist to come in one night.

  • sancho

    Great Victory last night, but I too am curious to see the end results of (back to back games). Lakers Baby!

  • LaKeR bOy

    @ Rio Rondo College u wanna Cookie LoL…Who givez a shit about his damn assist. So what Kobe has 5 championship Rings BLiNG BLiNG BiTCH!!!

  • 242LakerFan

    Hey, let’s celebrate every win. It’s a WIN! I am so not worried about back-to-backs with this bench playing the way it is. Again, only Pau topped 30 min. playing time last night and that means a lot of rest for everyone going into a b2b.
    What most impresses me about this team so far? Bynum’s still out, Kobe’s slowly easing into form, they’re integrating three free agents and two rookies into the system, and no one has yet commented on the fact that Artest is struggling offensively the last couple of games because it has not mattered. He was basically ineffective guarding the much quicker Rudy Gay last night, too, and nobody cared because Pau punked little brother, Kobe soured the Mayo and the bench handled their business.
    This is gonna be a big year, mark me well.

    • bostonSUCKS88

      correction, only odom topped 30 minutes. LO played 34 minutes. Pau played 29

  • http://57.amklac/ laffs atu

    yea,a big year for the choker kobe when he shoots the lakers out of the playoffs.that will be one memorable season.

    • Cedar Block

      kobe always on ya tongue huh kiddo? Gay Much?

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