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Lakers vs New Orleans: Lakers stop three-game losing streak, beat Hornets

Lakers 103, Hornets 88 (final)

Finally, they could smile, laugh and enjoy themselves.

Finally, they could breathe a sigh of relief.

Finally, the Lakers won, breaking a three-game losing streak that left some of them wondering where this team was headed.

With Andrew Bynum starting at center and Lamar Odom coming off the bench, the Lakers opened a lead as big as 24 points before easing to the finish line.

Bynum played almost 30 minutes, the most he has played in the eight games he has played in since returning from right knee surgery.

He had 18 points on eight-for-12 shooting, six rebounds and one blocked shot.

Odom had a strong game, leading the Lakers with 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting.

Kobe Bryant had 20 points on eight-for-14 shooting.

Chris Paul led  the Hornets 20 points and seven assists.

 

 

Lakers 83, Hornets 60 (end of third quarter)

The Lakers began to pound the Hornets in the third, opening a 24-point lead.

But then Kobe Bryant picked up his fourth foul midway through the third and the Lakers seemed to lose some of their intensity.

They soon picked it right back up, opening a 23-point lead entering the fourth.

The Lakers ended the third with Lamar Odom making a three-pointer.

 

 

 

Lakers 59, Hornets 41 (end of first half)

 They shared the basketball, which made it easier for the Lakers  to make shots.

By the end of the first half, the Lakers had 15 assists on 23 baskets.

The Lakers shot 69.7% from the field in the first half, opening a 20-point lead at one point in the second quarter.

Lamar Odom, coming of the bench, had 11 points on four-for-five shooting.

Kobe Bryant had 11 points on four-for-eight shooting.

Derek Fisher led the Lakers with five assists.

The Hornets were hurt even more when power forward David West went down with an ankle injury, forcing him to the locker room with 4:18 left in the second.

 

 

Lakers 26, Hornets 23 (end of first quarter)

The Lakers were on fire in the first quarter, shooting 75% from the field, making 12 of 16 shots.

Still, the Lakers led by just three points at the end of the quarter because they turned the ball over seven times.

Andrew Bynum, making his first start of the season, had six points on three-for-four shooting.

Kobe Bryant (three for five) and Pau Gasol (two for two) also had six points in the first.

 

 

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said there could be changes with the starting lineup.

Well, there was.

Center Andrew Bynum returned as a starter and Lamar Odom went back to the bench when the Lakers faced the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

This is Bynum's eight game back after he missed the first 24 regular-season games recovering from right knee surgery.

The Lakers have lost three in a row and are looking for a spark.

They must hope Bynum can provide it with his play down low.

Bynum made all four of his shots against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, but he was just two for eight from the free-throw line.

 

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from New Orleans

 
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Drew's back in the starting lineup...KG busts his knee again.


IT BEGINS. AGAIN!

well are smiling now?
go lakers

Well, I don't suppose we're going to see too many trolls tonight. Bummer.

Anyway, here's the for-real analysis. The Lakers finally unveiled their yeah-we-really-can-kick-your-booty-if-we-dang-well-feel-like-it lineup. Bynum at the 5, Pau at the 4. Kobe, Artest, and just-because-we-want-t-rub-your-face-in-it Fish at the 1. Still rusty. Still playing their way through it. And not really caring what the heck anybody thinks about their record to date.

Be afraid, Sonnyfast, 131-92, G. Money, et al. Be VERY afraid.

let's see.............PJ got up to complain to refs; Pau actually threw one down; refs actually saw most of the fouls against the Lakers; Shannon hit a 3 clean; Kobe hit above 50% FGM; LO looked like 8-0 run at start; the team actually looked like 8-0 start team; gotta get the turnovers down and we can start finding trivial stuff to complain about! LOL

1 in a row!!!

Bynum started tonight.. played 30 min., 18pt/6reb, Odom played out of bench for 31 min. 24 pt/5reb, Brown 2 out of 3 3pt shot, and Barnes got tossed for Ts....Perfect! This is what the Lakers basketball is all about.

It's just one game, and a far from perfect one at that. Too many turnovers, but a lot of encouraging signs from The Show. Good stuff from Andrew in his first start. Lamar played a great game and showed he is valuable starting or coming off the bench. Kobe played with control, but is still taking too many chances dribbling the ball in traffic. His fingers don't allow him to be as efficient as he would like. Too many TOs from the Mamba. All in all, a good game. All victories are good. It's just that some are better than others.

As always, happy for the W but, coulda done without all those TOs. Hopefully, the team has gotten its wakeup call and will stay focused from here on out.

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For today's musical contribution I'm gonna pay tribute to the one and only 'Lady T' in 2 parts. Here's part 1...enjoy!


Teena Marie - "Parking Music"...(The Baby Maker) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbxIL714-Gs

Teena Marie - You blow me away - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCs2iFoOMnw

Teena Marie - Sleeping with the enemy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ur97_VgiM

Teena Marie - (feat Lady Levi) - Simmer Down - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VtPPEVGZrI

Teena Marie (feat. Kurupt) - Baby Whose Is It? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD1-usPYOEw

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Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

Truth is...

No team is indestructible this season. The obvious vulnerable team is the Lakers (just because they've been losing)... but they're ALL vulnerable.

Right now my major hope is that the Lakers find their winning ways and have a strong second half of the season building into the playoffs.

Am I smiling? I always smile when the Lakers win. It doesn't change the fact that the Lakers have some big issues to work through if we're to taste the champagne once again.

Outstanding team ball, great win. LO should be on the Allstar team, that around the back off the backboard dunk was REDICULOUS. That's a 10 on anybodies scorecard, allstar quality.

Go Heat

Just saying....KG went down while he was playing against Charlie Villanueva whom KG called a "cancer patient."

Dang, Laker Peace. DID NOT CATCH THAT! You reap what you sow.

From Hoopshype:

21:12 ET: Imagine Eddy Curry was The Logo and not Jerry West. There would be a lot less red and blue in the NBA logo.

Wes

@Tim-4-show - Agree nice win, but still a long ways to go.


@LakerPeace - I was thinking the same thing about KG. Of course, I hope he's okay. I want everybody full strength.

Once again K-baby shot less then 20 times and they win. How long will he remember that? Less shooting, better ball movement, balanced scoring, soon the team will start to trust you to play a smart game, as MVP Gasol said needed to be done.

Loosing streak ends at 3 great!
Now with Bynum now back in the line up its only going to get better now.Lets get another win on friday, and begin another winning streak so law and order can be restored back around here once again.Nice all around game for Lakers on defense and both offense.Too many turn overs but,its a win none the less which is what we want as fans.
GO Lakers!

Guys, don't want to be the downer here but...


NOH played an horrible bball, they missed many shots. 41.8% FG against 58.6% from the Lakers. I was very disappointed with the NOH.


Nonetheless, the Lakers did a good job all over the court; LO has been consistently (believe it or not) our best player overall. 24 points, way to go.


We did good on the rebound front also: LAL 44 x 24 NOH.


I wanted to see more consistent shots from Blake and Barnes, but that's allright.


Again, I'm totally confident; playoffs is when we need to rock the world, not now.


Cheers.

BLOG CRUE
Finally a game we controlled and against a pretty good team. I still think the previous 2 games were against very talented and hungry teams. We'll take a step in the right direction. I'd say the upcoming schedule should favor the Lake Show but as we've seen that doesn't mean much anymore and that's why the game is played. To quote KG, "Anything can happen!"

Lakers4Realz was a different person tonight after a purple and gold victory. Off the subject, but I like that Sasha's making the most of his time in Joysee as he seeks out his next contract. Night night.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Hugo Boss that is.

Be afraid, Sonnyfast, 131-92, G. Money, et al. Be VERY afraid.

Posted by: CornerJ | December 29, 2010 at 07:40 PM

LOL ... Afraid? Of? You beat a bad team and all of a sudden I need to be afraid? Just a few hrs ago Laker fan want to blow up the team!

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Drew's back in the starting lineup...KG busts his knee again.


IT BEGINS. AGAIN!

Posted by: utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER | December 29, 2010 at 07:35 PM

LOL ... your a class act! You hide while you lose then you finally win a game and you crawl out of your hole with your guns blazing!

Learn that at church?

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Laker fan-

Since I know you probably wet your pants ...

The latest word from the Celtics is that Kevin Garnett’s injury is to the outer part of his right leg — below the knee and above the ankle.

Team spokesman Jeff Twiss said the injury is “muscular in nature.”


time to dump the bean - dump him for eric gordon and make the lakers better

To quote KG, "Anything can happen!"

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Posted by: Hugo | December 29, 2010 at 09:02 PM

Hugo-

"Anything can happen!"

LOL ... Really? He said that? Lmao!

To correct my previous quote of KG, "Anything is possible!"

To quote Forrest Gump ..."Life is like a box of cookies!"

131-92
Yup, you go to it before I could. Laugh out loud.

How long did Andrew know he was starting before the tip?

"Well, I don't suppose we're going to see too many trolls tonight. Bummer.

Anyway, here's the for-real analysis. The Lakers finally unveiled their yeah-we-really-can-kick-your-booty-if-we-dang-well-feel-like-it lineup. Bynum at the 5, Pau at the 4. Kobe, Artest, and just-because-we-want-t-rub-your-face-in-it Fish at the 1. Still rusty. Still playing their way through it. And not really caring what the heck anybody thinks about their record to date.

Be afraid, Sonnyfast, 131-92, G. Money, et al. Be VERY afraid.

Posted by: CornerJ | December 29, 2010 at 07:40 PM "

I think this thinking is kind of a problem in a way. After games like this, everyone gets comfortable that this team can go off and shoot other teams out of the building every time they want to and the truth is, it can be fool's gold. No matter how well the Lakers move the ball, they can't count on these kinds of nights. The real test comes when they're having just an average shooting night. In that situation, can they still make the right plays and do what they want to do offensively and defensively? We'll have to see. So far, it has been their weakness.

I'm feeling better after this game. Let's hope this is a shift in momentum.

When the Triangle is executed with precision and energy and focus that was on display tonight, aside from the 20 turnovers, this is what the offense can create for itself. 41-70, over 58 percent rate, with 20 turnovers, is quite remarkable given the context of a stingy D like NOLA. So, again, not an aberration, given the personnel, it's about consistency. For example, Can Ron make strong cuts to the basket consistenly [like Game 7]?, will he forego a jumper and dump into Andrew and Pau when unsure of himself? LO was himself, you could tell by the 2nd and 3rd quarter, they thought it was jokes.

As far as defensively, outstanding effort. Everyone from Fish to Blake had a body on someone for the most part. Chris Paul is an all world PG, Blake's effort is served in game such as this one, he was scrappy, battled his way through it, ran the offense. Fish was incredible in effort and energy, 3 steals, charges, Ron had a charge, I'm not sure how many, fouls the Hornets committed Offensively, the Lakers were stout for the most part. Drew when he's spry like that, changes the complexion of our interior D. Gaps were sealed, guys were recovering for one another, it was good to see.

Big game against Philly coming up. The Lakers skated through the Sixers, last couple of times, need to put 'em away earlier. Disappointed, not surprised, Evan Turner is being freezed out.

So, 83-79 thinks New Orleans is a "bad" team. So far this season they have wins over San Antonio, Dallas, and Miami, and a winning record. Doesn't sound too bad. Trying to convince himself there's nothing to be afraid of, apparently.

@GDub - Nice Teena selections, especially like "Baby Whose Is It" and the Rick James tribute, "Blow Me Away". I noticed most of the selections were from her Sapphire cd which to me was the best of her later cd's.

Oh yeah, 83-79, you forgot to mention that your boys lost tonight to that great team, the Detroit Pistons...record, 11-21. Hey, no wonder you don't hang out at your own blog. Wassup wit dat?

GDub and LRob,


I'm still mourning the pass of Lady T...Haven't recovered yet...

"Well, I don't suppose we're going to see too many trolls tonight. Bummer.

Anyway, here's the for-real analysis. The Lakers finally unveiled their yeah-we-really-can-kick-your-booty-if-we-dang-well-feel-like-it lineup. Bynum at the 5, Pau at the 4. Kobe, Artest, and just-because-we-want-t-rub-your-face-in-it Fish at the 1. Still rusty. Still playing their way through it. And not really caring what the heck anybody thinks about their record to date.

Be afraid, Sonnyfast, 131-92, G. Money, et al. Be VERY afraid."

Posted by: CornerJ | December 29, 2010 at 07:40 PM

You can always count on me to check in, sometimes often, sometimes not...
It's all up to me, of course.

But when I do check in,
it's usually just to offer a helping hand to the moody,
and often unbalanced Laker faithful.

It's a good day in L.A. (almost an oxymoron, isn't it?)
You didn't lose a game by double digits!!!
That's a good start.

Please do, feel great, and enjoy the day.
It's a long season ahead.

And just remember (when you get whacked the next time out),
Today, is the day that you turned it around!!!
Gasp, gasp, gasp, gasp...where's my albuterol???

Sorry to say though (hee hee hee),
I'm afraid you, and the Celts, are now much too old for this game.
You may be able to get it up...but keeping it up is the question.
We'll see how it plays out...or peters out.

I'm betting on the latter, although Andrew is still up...
that's a pleasant surprise.

Go Kings!
Go Ducks!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast


Sonnybelfast, I'm curious...to what exactly do you attribute your vast knowledge of sports in general and basketball in particular? I mean being a long-suffering fan of the Kings, Ducks, and 49ers, I would have thought that your expertise would have already guided them on to perennial championships. You know...like the Lakers.

Hey, Sonny...

Congrats to your Kings tonight. They won a game at the buzzer on a halfcourt heave by "Reke" to break an 8 game losing streak.

Then the whole arena partied like it was 1999! Kinda low expectations for your team, huh? Your team has sucked for years; keep getting high draft picks and still suck.

BTW, your boy Cousins looks like he's a couple of Happy Meals away from eating himself out of the league.

G'Night!

And again the question: Why is it so difficult for this team to play the right way more often?

Hey assh...I mean 131-92: My son's sick. Been sick since Christmas. That's why I haven't been blogging lately.


PLEASE respond like I know you will. I'll have your ass banned, too!

So, 83-79 thinks New Orleans is a "bad" team. So far this season they have wins over San Antonio, Dallas, and Miami, and a winning record. Doesn't sound too bad. Trying to convince himself there's nothing to be afraid of, apparently.

Posted by: CornerJ | December 29, 2010 at 09:51 PM

The Clippers beat San Antonio, Oklahoma, Chicago and the great New Orleans! I guess that makes them a great team.

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Hey assh...I mean 131-92: My son's sick. Been sick since Christmas. That's why I haven't been blogging lately.


PLEASE respond like I know you will. I'll have your ass banned, too!

Posted by: utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER | December 30, 2010 at 12:32 AM

LOL ... Thats vingage Banner Folder! Call people names and then run to mommy! I dont care about your illness! You sure been have lost of person problems ... maybe youre reaping what you sowed! Ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Remember easy on the starch! Now go back to church ... you need it!

Finally, the Lakers have shown some consistency and good team play. It is not a done deal. The Lakers bench is not providing enough punch and Jackson is playing his starters 30 minutes or more a game. Pau and Kobe should be playing 27- 30 minutes a game and Artest,Brown, Blake, Smith, Barnes and Caracter should pick up the slack. This is the reason Mitch signed these free agents to furnish more scoring,defense and rebounding. These players have to step their games and increase the intensity when the starters are not on the count. Jackson has to play these guys and not worry about his key players.

The Lakers have to remember last year is done. This team has to bring their A games each night and not have bad habits. Jackson has to lean more on his bench Joe Smith, Caracter and Ratliff have to supply more rebounding,defense and interior scoring.


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