Three games in a row? Why not. The Lakers made it hard on themselves as they faced the slumping Bobcats, but they played well in spurts and caught a bunch of breaks to pull out a 101-100 win…
All night long, the ball seemed to move better when he was on the court and his return was highlighted by a great transition play by the Lakers – scroll down for video – which ended with Pau throwing an alley-oop pass to a trailing Dwight Howard.
Kobe also had a solid game, reaching the 30 point plateau for the seventh straight contest – not only is that the longest streak of 30+ games in the league this season, he’s also the oldest player to do that. Ever.
Dwight put up 16 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and swatted 4 shots. He also shot 6-for-8 from the free throw line. He’s now over 50% from the line this season.
Finally, Metta (didn’t start as D’Antoni wants him to play more at the power forward) and Meeks came off the bench to combine for 34 points and 10 rebounds. MWP also had 4 steals.
The Lakers got out-rebounded 54-48. 21 of those rebounds by the Bobcats were on the offensive boards; that translated to 22 second chance points for them. That’s not going to get it done.
Letting the Bobcats – who came into the game on an 11 game losing streak – go up by 18 was ugly. Very ugly. The Lakers did a good job to go on a 30-4 and get back into the game, but going behind like that to a team like Charlotte just shouldn’t happen.
Again, they were poor in transition defense, giving up 18 fast break points and they were outscored 40-36 in the paint. That shouldn’t/can’t happen when you have guys like Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol on your team.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The next game for the Lakers is on Saturday night in the Bay, as the Lakers travel north to take on the hot Golden State Warriors. The game starts at 7:30pm PST on TWC SportsNet – and, the rumor is, Nash could make his return that night…