November 13, 2008

Tale of Two Lakers Games

The Los Angeles Lakers got played two contrasting games in their back-to-back against the Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Hornets.

In the game at Dallas, the Lakers were down for three quarters and a half then rallied in the fourth to win against the Mavericks, 106-99. Defense in the second half was key-- The Lakers held the Mavs to only 39 points after letting them score 60 in the first, then Trevor Ariza's block on Jerry Stackhouse sealed the comeback in the waning seconds of the game.

At New Orleans, the Lakers didn't seem to be affected by fatigue until the fourth quarter. The Hornets rallied in the final quarter to cut a 21-point lead build in the first half into 3 points in the last minute. But thanks to a dagger three-ball from Kobe Bryant over James Posey,  the furious rally was stymied and the Lakers won, 93-86.

Seven seems to be the number here. While the two games ended up in 7-point wins against opponents, the Lakers now find themselves in a seven game winning streak, with a 7-0 win loss record.

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