Kobe Bryant changed shot location in Lakers' 108-99 win over Houston Rockets
January 3, 2012 | 11:10 pm
Among the highlights of my breakdown on the Lakers' 108-99 victory Tuesday over the Houston Rockets:
- Kobe Bryant scored 37 points on 14 of 29 shooting by adjusting where he took his shots. Both he and his teammates improved setting Bryant up for mid-range and baseline jumpers instead of long-distance heaves. This doesn't suddenly justify Bryant's six of 28 shooting in the Lakers' loss Sunday to Denver. Instead, it showed Bryant's ability to change how he approached his shooting. One of those changes included wearing tape to protect the torn ligament on his right wrist instead of an athletic sleeve
- Andrew Bynum recorded a 20-20 game for the first time of his six-year career with 21 points and 22 rebounds. It's going to be scary how well he looks once he's fully conditioned
- The Lakers' bench unit in Metta World Peace, Steve Blake and Troy Murphy have strong chemistry.
-- Mark Medina
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