This was a much better effort from the Lakers. It was great to see them take the ball to the hoop, finish their layups, and show energy. It was night and day from Friday’s disaster of a game vs. Dallas.
The Lakers easily took care of the Hawks tonight with 118-110 victory at Staples Center. Don’t let the score fool you though… the Lakers blew this game open in the third quarter. The offense was great tonight. The ball moved well leading to 53% shooting for the Lakers as a team, led by Kobe with 41 points. The run in the third quarter is something we need to see more of.
Stifling defense led to many easy baskets in transition and just took the Hawks completely out of the game. I also liked how the Lakers took smart shots tonight, aside from that one with Kobe where he tried to get fouled.
Everyone did their part tonight and played the role we needed, whether it was Artest locking down every Hawk he faced or Lamar dishing the ball to Kobe on the break.
Now, the bests of the day…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) Kobe’s 41 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals says it all.
2) Artest is still not putting up huge offensive numbers, but his defense tonight was amazing. 3 blocked shots to go along with his 12 points!
3) Lamar did a bit of everything tonight with 11 points, 14 boards, and 8 assists.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Can’t really pick one tonight… even Sasha did okay.
Play of the Night: Kobe’s breakaway dunk from Lamar.
What to Look for Next Game: A high paced game vs Oklahoma City Thursday night.
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