Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes the camera battery kicks it before a postgame video can be recorded. Sunday night at Staples, there was a little of all three. With a 108-88 victory, their ninth straight, the Lakers made losers out of the Suns, and as you can see, we ran out of talking picture juice. But honestly, had Andy and I recorded something, it would a) likely have forced us to miss games and head to Cannes to seal some sort of three picture deal, so good it would have been, and b) sounded a lot like the one from the first time these teams met, a 121-102 win for the purple and gold back on Nov. 12.
There were certainly strong similarities between the two games, beyond the large margin of victory. Start with another great performance from Kobe Bryant. Sunday night, he went for an easy, breezy 26 on 9-16 shooting, including a pair of triples in four attempts, with seven boards and three assists to round out the line. Just as it was in November, the Lakers built out a nice halftime lead (10 points) and increased it in the third quarter (up to 21).
But the biggest similarity was in the style of game the Lakers played. It was smart. It played to strengths. It was efficient. It was disciplined.
And once again, it nourished fans both figuratively (Monday morning is always better after a 20 point win) and literally (tacos for all the people). Breakdown below...