Offense disappears again, Lakers lose to Orlando, 92-80
The Lakers left their offense at the team hotel again.
Twenty-four hours after a dismal showing against the Heat in Miami, the Lakers lost to Orlando, 92-80, Friday at Amway Arena.
Kobe Bryant had 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting and added eight assists but played 44 minutes, another long night for him. He was the only effective Lakers player on offense. Pau Gasol had 13 points and made only four of 12 shots.
Orlando center Dwight Howard clearly outplayed Andrew Bynum, scoring 21 points and taking 23 rebounds. Bynum had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lakers (10-7) shot 38.2% and failed to score 100 points for a ninth consecutive game. Orlando is now 11-4.
Metta World Peace continued his confoundingly poor play, going scoreless in eight minutes and missing all four of his shots. He did not play in the second half.
The first quarter was another study in a sleep-inducing offense, the Lakers trailing, 22-10, after making only four of 21 shots (19%). Bynum had two fouls in the first six minutes, and the Lakers ended up pairing rookie guards Darius Miles and Andrew Goudelock for the last two minutes of the quarter (they went a combined 0 for 3).
Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum fouls Magic center Dwight Howard on a shot in the first quarter Friday night in Orlando. Credit: Joshua C. Cruey / Orlando Sentinel