LAst Night's Action: Lakers Bailed Out by Kobe For Sixth Time
LA Lakers defeat Toronto Raptors 109-107. A Kobe Bryant circus shot with 1.9 seconds left in the game allowed the Lakers and their fans to avoid the sting of their first four game losing streak since April 8 to April 13, 2007. Most of the reason why the sixth Kobe bailout of the season was needed was the Lakers sometime horrific offensive execution against the Toronto zone defense. The Lakers went 3-for-15 in three point attempts and turned the ball over nine times which led to 10 Raptors points. Kobe Bryant scored 32 points, and Andrew Bynum added 22 points. For Toronto Chris Bosh scored 22 points including two behind the arc - he only attempted one since February 1. The Lakers now head on another three game road trip to Phoenix, Golden State and Sacramento. This should be very interesting if the Lakers don’t decide to play better.
Orlando Magic defeat LA Clippers 113-87. Baron Davis came into the game with a stomachache, some nausea and dizziness, and the entire Clippers team left Orlando feeling the same if not more. The game was controlled by the Magic from opening tip. Even Dwight Howard led a fast break opportunity where he dished the ball off to Brandon Bass who jammed it through the hoop. The Clippers were still in the game until Drew Gooden hit the first two free throws for the Clips 4:10 in the game. Then the Magic took over eventually pulling out to a 30 point lead in the third quarter. Despite feeling sick and coming off the bench, Davis led all Clippers scorers with 16 points while dishing it out nine times. Drew Gooden notched a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. But with Howard (22 points, 15 rebounds)anchoring the middle and three point assassins littered throughout their lineup (they went 11-for-27 behind the arc), the Magic were just too much. As if the loss wasn’t bad enough, the players learned of Mike Dunleavy’s firing after the game.