Video caption contest: Describe Lamar Odom's dunk against New Orleans
The points meant very little in what amounted to a relatively easy 103-88 Lakers victory Wednesday over the New Orleans Hornets. But the sequence itself epitomized how the Lakers' offensive execution and fun demeanor represented a complete identity change from the team's previous three-game losing streak.
With the Lakers leading by 15 points with 4:46 remaining in the game, forward Lamar Odom picked up a loose ball at half court, led the break and capped it with a play that would make Magic Johnson proud. Odom wrapped the ball around his back, lofted the ball up off the rim and followed the missed shot with a left-handed slam dunk.
"It's funny that a play like that happens in New Orleans," Odom told The Times' Mike Bresnahan after scoring a career-high 24 points as a reserve, a role he gracefully accepted in favor of Andrew Bynum making his first start this season. "Basketball is almost like jazz. You make one move, take it to another move, but you never know which way it's going."
Bresnahan reported that Coach Phil Jackson wasn't thrilled with the move. Try telling that to the New Orleans fans, who seemed to appreciate it despite seeing the home team embarrassed. Try telling that to media members such as The Times' T.J. Simers, who described Odom's play as a "knee-slapper as well as spectacular."
And try telling that to Odom, who countered Jackson's displeasure to Bresnahan by saying, "He's never impressed with what I do."
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-- Mark Medina
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