The Lakers opened the game with poor shooting and several turnovers, and finished with clutch tip-ins and three point baskets.
After a poor start, this game went back and forth until late in the fourth. The Lakers opened up a decent late lead, but blew it to Sacramento who had the lead up 2 points on the final play. With 11 seconds to go, Kobe took a terrible three, Fisher got his rebound, missed a shot and it was tipped in by Gasol with .4 seconds left.
In the final overtime, it was all Kobe who suffered from an elbow injury… but you couldn’t tell with those two huge threes he hit. As well as Kobe played, the other Lakers helped make this a W. Brown came off the bench and helped fill Artest’s spot. Pau had the game saving tip, and Fisher got a huge rebound and key steals.
Three Lakers played more than 50 minutes tonight and 5 Lakers hit double figures. The Laker defense held the Sacramento Kings to 40% from the field and only 6 of 25 from three point land.
Now, the bests of the day…
Top 3 Laker Performers -
1) Kobe again hits clutch shots on his way to 38 points on 16 of 30 shooting.
2) Pau had 24 points, 11 boards and 6 blocks! It was a block party tonight for the Lake Show!
3) Brown did amazing off the bench, especially late in the game. 15 points!
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Bynum shot 1 of 9 for the game.
Play of the Night: Pau’s tip in.
What to Look for Next Game: The Warriors come to Los Angeles on Tuesday night and expect another fast paced game!
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