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Lakers Get Big Win In Season Opener

By Kevin R. Linares

HenryThe Los Angeles Lakers entered this season with a lot less expectations than they faced last season. Dwight Howard is in Houston, Metta World Peace is in New York and Kobe Bryant is still recovering from his injury. Many people were just hoping the Clippers would not embarrass the Lakers on opening night. A starting line-up that featured a player that did not play at all last season and an aching Steve Nash would be no match for stacked team in the Clippers.

When the final buzzer went off and you looked at the scoreboard it said 116-103, in favor of the Lakers. A line-up that did not have the big names (other than Gasol and Nash) some might have hoped it would but had plenty of young players wearing the purple and gold for the first time had Laker fans smiling and Doc Rivers frowning. The Lakers bench was a big factor in the game scoring a total of 76 points, the third highest in team history. New Laker Xavier Henry led the team in scoring and posted his career high with 22 points coming off the bench. The next player with the most points was Jordan Farmar with a total of 16 points adding six assists.

The team came into the game playing with fast pace but the Clippers were looking like they could control the game. Blake Griffin was a handful and with a smaller starting line-up the Lakers were having trouble getting rebounds and protecting the rim. The game stayed close the whole way and it seemed as if perhaps Chris Paul will just take over the game and the Clippers would walk away with the win. Pau Gasol, who finished the game with 15 points, seemed to be the only player in the starting line-up to have a good game going leading to Mike D’Antoni giving the bench players an opportunity they gladly took. All of the bench players that played scored, five of them finished the game in double digits.

Nick Young struggled offensively in the first half but found his rhythm as the game went on scoring 13 points. Wes Johnson, who is expected to play an important role off the bench this season did not have a big impact in the game only scoring 3 points but it did not matter because his teammates picked it up. Farmar showed he can take control of a game as he did a few times in the preseason having a few big plays.

The Lakers will take on the Golden State Warriors tomorrow in what will be a similar match up as the Clippers in terms of their roster and style of play. The purple and gold will look to continue with the same energy and aggressiveness they had today and beat another team that is expected to be in the top of the Western Conference standings.

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Lakers Reach .500

By Kevin R. Linares

 

The Los Angeles Lakers have reached the .500 mark after defeating the Atlanta Hawks 98-99 at the Staples Center. Kobe Bryant continues to show no signs of slowing down in his 17th NBA season with another 30 point game and having a highlight dunk over Atlanta Hawk’s Josh Smith. The Lakers did not take this game easy after blowing a 16-point lead in the second half, which ended with Steve Blake stealing a pass in the final seconds allowing L.A. to win at home by one point.

Bryant and Nash led the team with 34 points for the “Black Mamba” and 15 points with 10 assists for the Canadian. Howard, who was up against his childhood friend in Josh Smith, added 11 points and led the way with 15 rebounds. A good sign for the Lakers franchise and fans was Smith telling reporters that he believed Dwight would remain in the Lakers purple and gold, who will also join the all star center in the upcoming free agency.

The Lakers did not catch a break in the standings however with the Houston Rockets easily defeating the Dallas Mavericks. Los Angeles continues to trail the Rockets for the final playoff spot remained 2.5 game behind. Games the Lakers will be keeping an eye on are the Utah Jazz visiting the Milwaukee Bucks and the Raptors playing at Golden State.

Up next for L.A. is an away game at one of the toughest buildings to play at in Oklahoma City. The Thunder just came out with an impressive win playing the Clippers on Sunday. Oklahoma looks determined to take over the Western Conference top spot now with the injury to the San Antonio point guard Tony Parker. The Lakers will try to continue their fight to the playoffs and can show they mean business with a statement win over the 2nd place  Thunder.

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