A great start for the new year! The Lakers opened 2009 much like they closed 2008 — with a win.
The Lakers held the Jazz to only 42% shooting and won by 13 despite hitting only 3 of 17 threes. The Lakers took care of the ball with only 10 turnovers, but the difference came in the fourth when Ariza made clutch plays.
The Lakers need to find a way to become more consistent and holding onto 20 point leads.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) As good as Kobe was, Ariza was the difference maker. 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals.
2) Kobe proved MVP worthy again. 40 points on 13-23 shooting, 7 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block.
3) Pau’s 21, 11, and 6 were just what the Lakers needed. Congrats on your 10K points!
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Luke sucked… again.
Play of the Game: Ariza’s steal and three point play!
What to Look for Next Game: Oden’s second game vs. Bynum!
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