March 25, 2009

No Leads Lost: Lakers Strike Thunder

Finally, a game that qualifies as a walk in the park.

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the woeful Oklahoma City Thunder, 107-89, in a game that saw the Lakers not giving the Thunder any chance early on. The Lakers built a quick double digit lead in the first half and never looked back-- the Thunder never got any closer than 17 points.

This game is one of the more dominating performances of the Lakers in the last 5 games. The Lakers had habitually squandered leads and gave opponents an opening for a victory. The best example of that game is the Philadelphia game the Sixers beat the Lakers on a buzzer-beater three by Andre Iguodala.

One benefit of dominating the game early on is the rest it gives to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. For this game, Kobe and Gasol had 29 and 34 minutes respectively, which are way below their usual PT. The game also saw seldom-used players like Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown some tick. (BTW, Adam Morrison scored 0 points).

I hope to see more games like these in the last 12 games of the season for the Lakers.

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