The Lakers put an end to their four game road losing streak with a 100- 95 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
The Lakers played the best they have on the road in quite some time. They shot and took care of the ball much better than in any of the previous four losses, and finally played efficient enough defense to hold a team under 100 points as they allowed the Mavericks to score only 95 points on 43% shooting.
Still bothered by his back spasms, Kobe was forced to sit much of the first half.
The rest of the team led by Lamar Odom and Ron Artest provided a nice balanced attack to keep us in the game for when he was able to return in the second half.
Our far too often inconsistent bench finally showed up tonight as well. They were plus 10 to the Mavericks bench and made up for the continued struggles of Derek Fisher, who shot a miserable 1-8 for only 3 points on the night.
Player of the Game: Ron Artest was 5-5 scoring 16 points, adding 11 rebounds, an assist, and consistent defense throughout the game.
Play of the Game: Kobe’s shot late in the 4th quarter that put us up two just after Dirk tied the game was the biggest shot of the night.
What’s Up Next: The Lakers host the Clippers on Friday. Expect a bloody massacre. Lakers want their revenge! ( We do too.)