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Mavericks were on a 6 game losing streak and the Lakers had just won 8 of 9 games. Both teams didn’t play like they have the past 2 weeks.
Great first quarter for the Lakers. Fisher had 7 points and helped give the Lakers an 8 point lead at the end of the quarter. Tyson Chandler went out of the game in the first half due to sickness. Really hurt the Mavericks in the middle and allowed Bynum/Gasol to get a lot of easy buckets in the paint.
The Dallas Mavericks started the game 0-7 from the 3-point line, which quickly put them in a whole. But in the second quarter, they made a 10-0 run to take the lead with 2 minutes left in the half. Lakers responded with a 7-2 run to end the quarter and take a 56-52 lead into the half.
With 37.7 seconds left in the first half, Pau Gasol made a hook shot that gave him 13,000 points for his career. Pau had 17 points at half.
Tyson Chandler returned at halftime despite having the flu. Jason Kidd was on a hot streak in the 3rd quarter. The Lakers had no answer for him and he kept hitting open shots. It didn’t help that the Lakers had 7 turnovers in the third quarter which allowed the Mavericks to regain the lead.
The Lakers stopped playing defense in the final 2 minutes of the third quarter. Mavericks went into the fourth quarter leading 82-73.
The Mavericks extended their lead to 16 within the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter. The Lakers couldn’t recover from the deficit.
The Lakers lose this game because of bench play. No one except Lamar Odom produced off the bench.
Kobe finished the game with 21 points and 10 assists. Lamar added 20 of his own, with 14 of them coming in the fourth quarter.
Andrew Bynum went out in the fourth quarter after he hyper extended his right elbow.
13,000+ career points for Pau Gasol
17 straight games Andrew Bynum has recorded a block
10 assists for Kobe Bryant
7 third quarter Laker turnovers
Box Score: Lakers 100 Mavericks 109
Picture Credit: AP
The Hornets and D.J. Mbenga come into the Staples Center for the first time this year.
Mbenga was apart of the championship team last year and this off-season the Lakers let him explore free agency. He was a fan favorite for the past couple of years.
Mike Trudell(Lakers Reporter) tweeted:
Phil Jackson said that captains Bryant & Fisher would most likely present D.J. Mbenga with his 2K10 ring on Friday (vs. N.O.)
It would be cool if Fox Sports shows him receiving his ring.
Lakers vs. Clippers….Experienced vs. Inexperienced…..Kobe Bryant vs. Blake Griffin
Derek Fisher hits the game winner over DeAndre Jordan & Eric Bledsoe as time expired.
Lakers struggled for the first 10 minutes of the 4th quarter. Lamar Odom fouled out with 1:14 left to play and Eric Gordon hits his 2nd free throw to give the Clippers a 5 point lead.
Gasol hits a 15 foot jumper to keep the score within 3 points. On the next 2 possessions, Eric Gordon turned the ball over and Kobe hit both shots to give the Lakers the lead.
With 22 seconds left in the game, Gordon drove to the basket and passed it off to Jordan for the dunk. But they left too much time for the Lakers. Kobe rushed down the court and with one foul to give, Gordon fouled him.
Only 3.1 seconds were left on the clock. Matt Barnes in-bounded to Derek Fisher, who drove to the basket, and banked it off the back board as time expired.
Box Score: Lakers 87 Clippers 86
What a great ending. Blake Griffin & Eric Gordon gave the Lakers a lot of trouble and could give them more trouble for years to come.
If you missed the Shannon Brown Half-Court Shot to end the 3rd quarter, here you go:
Picture Credit: AP
>I know it’s very early in the season, but after watching their first 3 games….. it made me wonder.
Is it possible for this 2010-2011 Laker team to break the 72 wins record that the Bulls set in 95-96 or can they break the 33-game win streak set by the Lakers in 71-72?
We won’t really know until January comes around. How will this team play against the Heat, Celtics, or Thunder? They also have the fewest back-to-back games this season. (15)
It’s most likely Phil Jackson’s last season… why not make it a memorable one?
The Lakers finally have a bench that know what they are doing (except for Sasha). No more Farmar shooting brinks from downtown and Sasha is getting less playing time. Lakers made some key additions to the team in the off-season.
Adding Steve Blake and Matt Barnes have been great pick-ups so far this season.
Fisher is getting up there in age and hasn’t been able to keep up with the young point guards like Aaron Brooks, so it’s Steve Blake’s job to contain the opposing PG. Fisher is definitely a big time playoff guy, so i’m not too concerned with how he does during the season. Blake can hit that big 3 when the Lakers need it.
Matt Barnes reminds me of Ron Artest. Both play excellent defense and hustle to get every loose ball on the court. I love the energy that Barnes brings onto the court and Artest’s defense is still one of the best in the NBA.
It’s obvious that Shannon Brown worked on his outside shooting this off-season. He’s shooting .522 from the field and averaging over 2 steals per game (2nd on the team behind Ron-Ron).
The one guy that has been playing the best this season is Lamar Odom. Mr. Double-Double in all 3 games and even had 17 rebounds on Friday in Phoenix. Once Andrew Bynum returns to the lineup, Odom’s numbers will probably decrease but he’s making the best of his playing time right now.
Pau Gasol is showcasing why he’s an elite big man. He’s scoring at will under the basket and averages 25.6 points per game. Gasol also leads the Lakers in assists and is the best passing center in the league today.
Kobe’s numbers are down but he’s still having fun out there. He’s second on the team in scoring and assist. The only problem with him right now is that he’s still forcing up shots. When you have a supporting cast like Kobe does, it’s not a bad thing to find a better option, but that’s Kobe for you. As long as the Lakers are winning, Kobe will be a happy man.
Kobe says his knee is 100% and stop worrying about him. I’m with Phil on this one and still think Kobe needs some time to rest those injuries, but that won’t happen.
Bynum is expected to return after Thanksgiving and Luke Walton is set to return tomorrow. I want Bynum’s presence back in the lineup.
Can’t wait to see how the rest of the 3-Peat Journey plays out…