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Lakers vs Orlando: Lakers run over Magic

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Lakers 97, Magic 84 (final)

The Lakers' victory train just keeps right on rolling, this time getting revenge against an Orlando Magic team that beat them last month.

The Lakers have won 10 of their 11 games since the All-Star break, the only loss coming at Miami last week.

Four of the five Lakers starters scored in double figures.  Reserve forward Lamar Odom added 16 points to make it five Lakers in double figures.

Pau Gasol led the way for L.A. with 23 points.

Kobe Bryant had 16 points on seven-for-19 shooting despite playing with a sprained left ankle. Bryant left the game with 3:37 left and went directly to the locker room after playing 30 minutes.

Andrew Bynum had another monster game on the backboards, tying his career high with 18 rebounds, nine on offensive. He also had 10 points and four blocked shots.

Derek Fisher had 15 points and two steals in 30 minutes.

The Lakers opened a 77-66 lead early in the third quarter on back-to-back three-pointers by Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes.

Both were assisted by Steve Blake, something he has been doing a lot lately.

That was the start of a Lakers run and the start of the Magic calling two timeouts in a two-minute span.

The Lakers lead grew to 85-69 after Lamar Odom made a three-pointer, forcing Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy to call a timeout with 7:14 left.

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Lakers 71, Magic 66 (end of third quarter)

Kobe Bryant, who was two-for-10 shooting with four points in the first half, went to work in the third quarter.

Bryant had 12 points in the third quarter on five-of-eight shooting. 

Derek Fisher continued to contribute for the Lakers, scoring five of his 15 points in the third.

Andrew Bynum had just picked up his second consecutive offensive rebound, turning the last into a three-point play after he scored while being fouled.

But Bynum picked up his fourth foul with 8:16 left in third trying to help out on Ryan Anderson.

Bynum looked to the Lakers' bench, knowing that he was coming out of the game.

Magic 46, Lakers 41 (end of first half)

The Lakers got 11 points from Pau Gasol and 10 from Derek Fisher in the first half, allowing them to close to within five points at the half.

Kobe Bryant had four points on two-for-10 shooting.

When Andrew Bynum chased down an offensive rebound and kept the ball from going out of bounds, Dwight Howard patted his counterpart at center  on the back.

Bynum and Howard looked at each other and smiled.

It seemed as if the two were enjoying the challenge of playing against each other.

The only problem Bynum had was picking up his third foul with two minutes 54 seconds left in the second quarter.

He went to the bench with 12 rebounds, six points and four blocked shots.

It meant that Gasol had to deal with Howard in the low post.

Howard finished the first half with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Magic 25, Lakers 19 (end of first quarter)

Lakers fans were excited to see Kobe Bryant playing Monday night against Orlando despite a sprained left ankle.

But Lakers fans seemed more excited to see the job center Andrew Bynum did on Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard.

Bynum blocked two of Howard's shots in the first quarter, drawing cheers from the fans at Staples Center.

Bynum had 11 rebounds in the first quarter, six offensive.

He also had three blocked shots to go along with six points.

Howard had three points, four rebounds and one blocked shot in the first quarter.

It wasn't so much that Bryant's offense suffered because of his sprained left ankle. It was more his defense.

Bryant was assigned to defend Orlando guard Jason Richardson, who is a good three-point shooter.

The times that Bryant failed to get out to Richardson, the Magic guard made Bryant pay by knocking down three-pointers.

Richardson had eight points in the first quarter, making two three-pointers.

Bryant had four points on two-for-six shooting.

Pregame

The big question presented to Lakers Coach Phil Jackson before Monday night's game against the Orlando Magic was whether or not Kobe Bryant would play on his sprained left ankle.

"I have a sense, but I don't know," Jackson said.

Was his "sense" that Bryant will play, or won't play?

"He will," Jackson responded.

Bryant, indeed, took the court with the rest of the Lakers' starters.

Before the game, Jackson said he hadn't checked with Bryant when the two arrived at Staples Center.

"I just trust the fact that he's going to be out there," Jackson said.

Bryant was injured during the third quarter of Saturday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks when he landed awkwardly after jumping for a loose ball.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum snags a rebound in front of Magic center Dwight Howard in the first half Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

 
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That's what champions do, they play all the time and are competitors. That's what Kobe is, a competitor.

Kobe Doing Work

[Kobe talking]
I want to be the best
I want to be the best, simple and plain
That's why I play the game
And to be the best you have to win
And that's what drives me

[NBA analyst talking]
He's the best player in the game
It's just that simple
There's nothing that Kobe Bryant can't do
He will defend your best player
He will shoot from the perimeter
He will get all in yo mug
He will do whatever it takes
He is the most complete basketball player
In the game today - bar none
He has an assassin's mentality
I said this week, I said it when the trades went down
And I will repeat it again
Who's starving for more NBA World Championships
More than Kobe Bryant? There is no one
This guy is highly motivated

What separates Kobe from the pack?
More than Kobe Bryant, there is no one

[Lil' Wayne]
OK
Kobe doin' work
Two-four on my shirt
He the greatest on the court
And I'm the greatest on the verse
Going for the 5th ring like it was his first
Gotta get the bling
Do it for Kareem!
Two-four so nice, my flow so mean
Catch me at the game sitting next to Goldestein
Kobe Bryant Nikes, purple gold strings,
Kobe in the game dunking on your team
Black Mamba, attack conquer
Basketball beast, rap monster
Crossover good, a turnaround jumper
Or just drive the lane and dunk on dunkers
You know where it's going, it's going down yo
This is the Lakeshow, but don't drown though
I call him King Bryant, now let the crown show

[Talking]
I'm definitely, I'm just lost for words
I mean, he's amazing

[Lil' Wayne]
Pass me the damn ball
I don't need a pick at all
And don't worry 'bout my shot
'Cause I'ma get that off
Yea, I drops 40 on your double team
Then I drop 81 on another team
Yeah, you better guard me with caution
And watch I work 'em like a auction
No such thing as exhaustion
No time for resting
'Cause I don't take breaks
I just break records
And I prefer the ball with 3 seconds
And I bet we gon' win it all in 3 seconds
Ya dig? That is a guarantee
Apparently
And please tell your defense
Don't ever man to man with me
Double team, triple team
Your defenders sick of me
But, I never let 'em get to me
Literally
Step back and give 'em a three
Ain't no defending me

[Reporter talking]
One guy certainly envious of the way Bryant's playing lately
LeBron James

[LeBron James talking]
I've been recorded saying that
He's definitely the best player in our league

Um, to me, in my eyes
The best scorer in our league
And there's not another guy in our league
That can accomplish some of the things
That he's doing

[Lil' Wayne]
Never take a day off
Catch you at the top of the key
And get a J off
Baseline facetime
Tongue out like two-three
Even two-three gotta love how I do me
Practice while you sleep
Practice in my sleep
Straight outta high school
Tha brackets ain't for me
I will be jumping over you
Like I got a mattress at my feet
And all the Phil Jackson teams
Better be passing it to me
I put the master in the beast
Attack you like a beast
I am starving for victory
And that means I'ma eat
And when they ask you who's the best
Then the answer should be me

[Elie Seckbach talking with Mikael Pietrus]
Reporter: Who's the best player in the NBA?
Mikael: Um, I'll say Kobe Bryant.
Reporter: Really? Why?
Mikael: Because you never know what you're gonna get

[Lil' Wayne]
Call me Mr. Clutch or Mr. Automatic
I can post 'em up, or Lamar go get the alley
I'm going for the ring
I'm going for the ring
I went to Beijing
And came back with the bling
Who they want? They want Kobe
And what he want? He want the trophy
The victory
And the glory
No Shaq
No Robert Horry
Now break 'em off, Kobe break 'em off
You better be where that Laker don't
Yea, just give him the ball and he take it off
Or he properly dishing it to Andrew
Or give it to Gasol on the wing, yeah
Or just let lil' Fish do his thing, yeah
'Cause I'm great, and so is my team, yeah

[I thought you want to be the greatest]

Do it for Magic
It's your time baby
I see nothing wrong with doing it five times baby
I'm the best yes
And he the best yeah
Don't worry LeBron - get 'em next year,
Maybe not
Now what's defense,
To an assassin?
Killer instinct
Murder the basket
Then steal the ball back
Hold it for ransom
It's more than a game
This is a passion
Been a all-star, been a champion
Free throw line, you hear 'em chanting
MVP, MVP
Kobe Bryant aka Envy Me
In knee deep, smash any D
Whoever he is he can't guard me
He can't guard me

Whose the best?????????

So, there you have it. The overwhelming answer was - Kobe Bryant

I have a "sense" that Phil coulda just asked Kobe.

bench the team killer!!

Medina


I just read you previous post about Magic tweeting that the Lakers should use their size advantage tonight.

Here is a critical thought for you


What makes anyone think the Lakers have a size advantage against Orlando?

Howard is 6-11

Hedo is 6-10

Anderson is 6-10

Where is the advantage?

Bass off the bench is 6-8 and has the strength to play Gasol 1 on 1 and deny him post position


The advantage rest on the perimeter with Kobe.......if he's healthy


Will the Kobe hate ever end?


Is it me?

^ how's playing while injured killing the team?

Lakers has ONLY 3 three turnovers the ENTIRE game!!

I think that needs to be mentioned more than how much rebounds AB got or how well LO scored!!

10 of the last 11! I'll take that any day, week, season. Go, Lakers, GOOOOOO!

heat are too good.

they aren't even playing their best ball yet.

you scared laker fans? you should be.

kobe is too slow and old now. the time has passed.

you lose.

zelix . You have no voice. 1 ring(6 yrs ago) and 2 grown men that publicly announced that they are not good enough to take it to the next level of play( bosh and james) so we need to form what at the time sweemed to be a great team.. but as the world has and still is seeing you need great players to pour a great team..in which you have one..we know who that is based on the 7oz on his finger..so stop worrying about the lakeshow. because you are guaranteed to be an early exit . with the worst bench in 22 yrs you have no chance in 7 against any seed...so keep practicing painting nails and braiding hair because cross dressing is the one thing that will always be in demand in miami...LAKESHOW BABY! ALL UP IN YOU!!!!

Zelix: Woooooo, so brave coming on after everyone is asleep to talk smack. The Lakers don't have anything to be afraid of. When was the last time a team (specifically a LBJ team) beat The L and beat the Lakers in the playoffs? Oh yeah, never. LBJ's Cavs beat us just like this season but when it counts the most (the playoffs), they come up short. I have no doubt that's what's going to happen this year as well. Better root for another East team cause I guarantee it won't be the Heatles (stupid stupid name). But then, that's what wannabes do, give themselves silly names while the realest are out there winning championships. Jus' sayin'.

Thats how Phil Jackson's mighty Bulls did it,thats how they won it,thats how they dominate all their opponents,by the contribution of everyone with Mj and Pippen at the helm.Its the same with the 1999-2002 Laker championship teams,the same pattern,the same game plan with everyone contributing even the bench came out massively Big Shot Horry,Brian Shaw and Devean George.These Lakers dominated every opponent that came their way.Everyone knew that the Lakers were in town,i used to be jumping and prancing out of my seat.They didnt have no fear for anyone,so too must these present Lakers,we should have have embarrass and demoralised the Miami heat,but they didnt.Come on Lakers,yes good win though.

Thats Lakers basketball everyone contributing,a little from Shannon Brown,a little from Matt Barnes and Steve Blake and it all adds up.Paul and Kobe doing their thing but keeping with the game,with Drew and Ron Ron providing great defence.And a watchful team of coaches on the sideline,all of them with the bling of many a years of championship basket ball,i want to know with all of those Lakers rings how much is it cost,wow wow,Lakers basketball.

This could very well be the last season we get a mostly in tact Kobe Bryant.

The years have taken their toll on this GREAT player, as they do with every great, Magic, MJ, Kareem, Bird...etc. One day (very soon sadly) Kobe will have to take the role of a support player...maybe Gasol and Bynum can fill that gap...and maybe not...either way I think that will to win will be the factor for these lakers.

IF they can keep the passion they are playing with now they can do it.

If they get lazy then it will be a banged up but yet still great Kobe against the league.

We already know they can't get it done that way.

Go Lakers.

From of Portugal

Go Lakers.


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