LAst Night's Action: Kobe Triple-Doubles the Kings
LA Lakers defeat Sacramento Kings 112-100. The Kings were resilient, and the Lakers were on the second game of a back-to-back. But in the end the Kings couldn’t overcome Kobe Bryant’s 17th career triple-double.
Bryant carried the team in the first half with 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists to go along with Pau Gasol’s 12 points as the Lakers surged to a 62-53 lead despite trailing for the first half of the second quarter. But the Lakers pushed the lead to by as much as 20 points in the third quarter, and while the Kings hung around getting to within eight points late in the fourth quarter Derek Fisher denied them with seven straight points.
Bryant ended with 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, the tenth coming after Luther Head missed a three-pointer. The ball landed right in the middle of the paint and was surrounded by Bryant and three of his teammates. They all seemed to go after it for a split second, but the other three knew better.
So on the Lakers go undefeated and have a pretty soft schedule for the remainder of the month.
LA Clippers defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 107-92. Who needs Baron Davis and Randy Foye? While on Sunday they struggled against the Dallas Mavericks with Eric Gordon playing point, Head Coach Vinny Del Negro decided to have Eric Bledsoe run the offense. That combined with their fast pace frustrated the Thunder all night long.
At the end of the first quarter into the second quarter, the Clippers went on a 15-2 run to take a 36-23 lead. For some reason they eventually took the foot off the accelerator after leading by 19 and allowed the Thunder to go on a 12-0 run in two minutes to get to within seven points. The Clippers went into the half with a ten-point lead with Bledsoe scoring 10 points and five assists helping the Clippers to 50% shooting while allowing 35% shooting for the Thunder.
But early in this season the Clippers’ Achilles heel has been the third quarter. They scoffed at that scoring 27 points and just went to town against the Thunder. Kevin Durant scored 16 points shooting only 6-for-24. Their most efficient player was Serge Ibaka coming off the bench with 14 points in 20 minutes and 5-for-6 shooting.
As a team the Clippers shot 53% from the field at 50% from behind the arc, but their one deficiency was their 56% free-throw shooting. Gordon led all scorers with 27 points while Bledsoe added 17 points and eight dishes. Blake Griffin had 18 points and nine rebounds while Ryan Gomes added 12 points and seven boards.