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Knicks cannot contain Kobe and surging Lakers

 

 

The Los Angeles Lakers (2-2) shot 52% from the field, to defeat the New York Knicks (1-2) and go on a two game winning streak Thursday night. The Lakers used their 4 th ranked defense to allow only 82 points, as Kobe went 10-17 from the field, and also seven free throws to give him 28 for the game. Pau Gasol earned himself another double – double as he scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Lakers outrebounded the Knicks 48-32, as the Lakers big men limited Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler to 13 total rebounds, with 11 of those coming from Chandler. The Lakers also had key bench players playing well, as Steve Blake was hot from three, going 3-5 and finishing with 11 points and newly acquired Troy Murphy grabbed 7 rebounds.

 



Both Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant have a great deal of respect for each other, as they both played for USA’s “Redeem Team” in the 2008 summer Olympics bringing USA the gold. Bryant answered about Melo, “I enjoy going against Melo, because I always win.” Carmelo had a solid game as well, going 8-12 and finishing with 27 points. When Melo was asked if Kobe’s wrist (in which there are torn ligaments) is affecting his play of basketball, Melo answered with a laugh, “Kobe be lying. Kobe ain’t hurt… I know him.”

The Lakers currently rank 4th in the NBA in total points allowed (85.3) and that number should only increase, as they welcome back their big man Andrew Bynum, from a 4 game suspension. Bynum arguably may have been the most talked about big man this past offseason. Remember, back in preseason, the Lakers included Andrew Bynum in their pursuit to get Chris Paul. Lakers head coach Mike Brown said on Friday that he plans to implement Bynum into this offense with a bigger role than last year, as Brown is expected to implement a system similar to the San Antonio Spurs when they had David Robinson and Tim Duncan. (Brown was a part of the Spurs organization at that time.) The Lakers had Friday off, as they get ready to play the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve at 3:30 ET.

 

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By: James J Shim
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

 

*Information from the Associated Press was used


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