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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lakers @ Kings – 11/21/12

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Tonight the Lakers looked to take their three game winning streak to Sacramento and grab a W on the road. They were unsuccessful though, as they lost to the Kings and are still winless away from STAPLES…

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THE GOOD

Kobe’s 38 points on 11-of-20 shooting were brilliant, but his 7 turnovers take the shine off of his performance a little. 

Jodie Meeks‘ fourth quarter was excellent, though: he came in and scored 12 of his 15 points in the final 12 minutes with an array of midrange shots and three-point bombs. We’re going to need Meeks to shoot like this every night so Kobe can get some rest and D’Antoni’s offense can flourish.

THE BAD

Dwight Howard shot the ball just 4 times tonight. Some of that can be put down to the lack of plays that were run for him, but when he did get touches, he passed the ball most of the time. It was almost as if he didn’t want to go to work in the post tonight; this could be down to his lack of conditioning right now though. He played big minutes last night and another 41 tonight.

Gasol also had a poor game, shooting just 3-of-10 from the field. He did have 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks too, though.

THE UGLY

The Lakers turned the ball over 20 times tonight: regression. They also shot the ball terribly from the line for the second night in the row. They went to the stripe 26 times and made just 12 foul shots there. The blame can’t be placed on Howard tonight either, as he shot 3-of-4 from the stripe.

They’re going to need to start knocking these foul shots down if they want to grind out wins.

NEXT UP

The Lakers have Thanksgiving off and then are back at it on Friday as they face the Grizzlies in Memphis at 5:00pm PST on TWC SportsNet.

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Ross Pickering is the founder of Lakerholicz.com. He's here to bring you daily updates on your Los Angeles Lakers, despite living 5,485 miles away from L.A. in Eastbourne, England.

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