March 27, 2009

Kobe Bryant Leads Lakers Win at The Palace

The Los Angeles Lakers continue their quest to secure home court advantage all throughout the playoffs with a victory over the once mighty Detroit Pistons, 92-77. The game was unusual in the sense that in the first quarter, the Lakers led by 13, then the Pistons led by 10 in the third quarter, and then finally the Lakers won by 15. But a win is as win.

Most of the Lakers did not have a good shooting night, but it didn't matter-- reigning NBA MVP Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, dished out 7 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds to offset the Lakers' shooting woes. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom scored 12 points apiece.

While the Lakers relied on Kobe, the Pistons were without Allen Iverson, Rip Hamilton, and Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons' offense was so flat in the game that they shot below 40% in the game and failed to score more than 14 points on two quarters. How did the Pistons get this bad?

The Lakers' win also snaps their 9-game losing streak in Detroit, which stretches back to the 2004 NBA Finals.

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