Extra! Extra! (1.28)
Kobe didn't follow up the 81 with another 81 against Golden State. He actually spent the first three quarters looking like he'd struggle to hit double figures (5 points? Kobe?). But then came the fourth and OT, and Kobe's 25 points were the difference maker in a 106-105 victory. Failing to capitalize on the injuries of Jason Richardson and Mike Dunleavy, the squad flirted with a harsh kickoff to a seven game roadie. But as #8 has shown a zillion times, it's not a matter of "if" his points are coming, just "when." Kobe's explosion, along with large contributions from Smush Parker and Devean George, kept the team on a roll as they get their motor running.
The last local box score until 2/11.
Those bitching that Turiaf still hasn't played: Don't blame PJ. Don't blame Kupchak. Blame the United States government. The French citizen still doesn't have a U.S. work visa, and can't get step on the court until the matter is settled. Once Turiaf does sign the necessary papers, however, he need not buy a ticket to Ft. Worth. The organization doesn't plan on sending any of the rooks or second years guys to the D-League during this road trip.