The Lakers reign in 2010 in dramatic fashion as they defeat the Kings 109-108 on yet another game winning shot by Michael Jordan, errr… I mean, Kobe Bean Bryant. *ahem*
This wasn’t the prettiest of games. The Lakers came out like they were still hung over from last night, and found themselves in a 20 point hole at some point in the first half.
With Ron still out, they continued to play sloppy defense — not getting back on transition, not making the proper rotations on defense, resulting in the Kings to score over 100 points on over 50% for the game, including a 36 point output in the second quarter.
Offensively the Lakers weren’t much better. They shot well below low 30% the entire first half. Our bench troubles also continue as we were only able to get 11 points out of them tonight.
To add to the offensive mess, Derek Fisher had his worst game of the season scoring only 6 points on 1-10 shooting. Thankfully, we have guys on our team like Kobe, Pau, and Lamar who can turn any ugly game into a W.
Pau was relentless down on the block contributing 17 points and 16 boards. Lamar had one of his best games of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. And Kobe was, well, Kobe and led us to victory with his 39 points on the night, including yet another game winner.
Player of the Game: Kobe poured in 39 points, including 5 of 7 beyond the arc, he added 5 boards, 5 assists, a steal and, of course the game winner.
Play of the Game: Kobe’s game winning 3.
What’s Up Next: The Dallas Mavericks roll into town Sunday. I expect us to play much better against them than we did than we did back in October.