By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers grabbed their second win in a row in what was an impressive blowout win ending at 127-96 against the New York Knicks at the staples center. The Lakers scored 51 points in the third quarter, making it the most points scored in a quarter ever by the franchise and points in a quarter allowed by the Knicks.
The Lakers’ bench played a major role scoring 82 points with three players scoring in double digits. Despite learning he will need surgery for a torn ligament in his left wrist, Xavier Henry was able to lead the team scoring 22 points in the 23 minutes played off the bench. Nick Young scored 22 points and Kent Bazemore added 18 points off the bench as well. Pau Gasol was not available to play tonight and is still recovering after being diagnosed with vertigo giving Chris Kaman the start at center. Kaman scored 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony had a tough time hitting shots going 10-21 from the field and finished the game with 29 points and nine rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. provided the spark off the bench for the Knicks hitting 17 of the bench’s 21 points.
The Lakers struggled to start off falling behind early and only scoring a total of 14-points in the first quarter, only making five of their 18 shots. Things turned around quickly with the team going on a 22-4 run midway through the second quarter and would lead 50-42 at the half. The Lakers continued their strong play in the second half where they made 10 of their 18 three-pointers.
Phil Jackson, now president of the Knicks, was spotted at the game sitting in a luxury suite. Former Laker Metta World Peace also attended the game and did spend time talking to his former coach Jackson.
The Lakers will take the floor again on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks in their first game of two game road trip.
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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers again failed to win back to back games losing to the Milwaukee Bucks 103 to 113. The loss puts the Lakers in a tough spot now tied with the Utah Jazz for the 8th playoff spot. A tie that does not favor the Lakers because they have lost the season series with the Jazz.
Larry Sanders led the way for the Bucks scoring 21 points. Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings both had 20 points each. Jennings did not have trouble like he did in the earlier meeting between the teams where he said Kobe Bryant had played the toughest defense he has faced since entering the league.
Kobe fell shy of passing Wilt Chamberlain on the all time scoring list but led the Lakers with 30 points.(4 points behind Wilt Chamberlain ) Steve Nash had 16 points while Dwight Howard scored 15. Jodie Meeks scored 11 points, replacing Metta World Peace in the starting line up, who had successful surgery on his left knee.
Injuries continue to haunt the Lakers. It was reported that Nash had a spasm on his hip and Bryant had a bone spur in his left foot. Both are expected to be evaluated and hope to be ready for the next game that will be in Sacramento against the Kings.
By Kevin R. Linares
The Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 120 to 117 making it 22 wins in a row over the Wolves. The victory ended in controversy with Kobe Bryant appearing to have possibly fouled Ricky Rubio as he took a three pointer from near half court as time expired. The referees did not blow the whistle and Los Angeles escaped with the victory. When asked what he thought if the foul would have been called or the shot went in Kobe said, “No. We would have gone into overtime and won the game. It’s simple as that.”
The four Laker all stars played well, all scoring in double digits. Kobe Bryant led the way scoring 31 points for the purple and gold. Dwight Howard scored 25 points, 16 rebounds and did his part on defense with 5 blocks. Pau Gasol was looking good and had his best game since coming back from injury scoring 17 points. Steve Nash added 16 points and dished out 8 assists. Metta World Peace was out of the starting line up and replaced by Jodie Meeks. World Peace is expected to miss at least six weeks after it was announced that he would have surgery on his left knee because of a torn meniscus he suffered against the Warriors.
The Lakers take on the Milwaukee Bucks who, like the Lakers, sit at the 8th spot in their conference. Kobe Bryant can make history passing Wilt Chamberlain in the all time scoring list with 35 points. The Lakers with a win can also look to win their first back to back games of the season and further their distance at the 8th spot with the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks closely behind them.