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The big question last night was if Kobe would be the first Laker to score three 50+ games in a row since Elgin Baylor did it in 1962. And he did. And more.

But the game wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

There’s no reason why the Lakers shouldn't be able to shake the worst team in the league, especially when they made mincemeat out of Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves last week. Memphis actually took the lead in the middle of the third quarter, and held a steady small lead throughout that quarter. Back-to-back threes by Miller made it a real lead deep in the third, though the Lakers managed to catch up to a one-point lead by the end of the third.

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But then, 17.5 seconds to go, and Kobe shoots a three from what basically seemed like the stands. Even the Memphis crowd was oohing at that one. “The game is in Memphis, that shot was from Chattanooga,” said James Worthy at halftime.

And the Lakers finally did open it up in the fourth quarter AND… Kobe becomes the fourth player in history to play three consecutive 50-pointers.

But the Lakers still never completely shook the Grizzlies.(Did I mention they are the worst team in the league?) Even though the Lakers won, it was by a lot less than it should have been: one basket. Kobe won't be able to score 60 points every game, and someone else needs to be a solid second man. Odom played well last night, but he hasn't been consistent since coming back from the injury.

It is good to have Luke Walton back. He adds an element to the team that somehow creates cohesion, even in a way that Kobe doesn’t. Walton even makes Smush better. Smush made some sassy assists, and didn’t stand around just shaking his head like he was robbed every shot. Still, he only threw up 6 points. Disappointing again. Can anyone explain to me why Smush is the starting point guard? I’d take Shammond over Smush any day.

Next up: Hornets.

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