The Los Angeles Lakers, welcoming back Kobe Bryant, put together a solid week of basketball, winning two of three games this past week. The Lakers kicked off the week with a road victory in Denver, followed by a close STAPLES Center loss to Western Conference contender Memphis, followed by a tight win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. The Pacers victory will give the Lakers momentum for their upcoming two cames, tough road matchups with the Portland Trailblazers and Los Angeles Clippers.
Week Recap: Tuesday night Kobe Bryant registered his 21st career triple double in a victory over the Denver Nuggets. Bryant had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, becoming the second oldest among active players to register a triple double. Bryant played the part of set-up man, shooting just 11 times in one of his most efficient offensive performances of the season. Carlos Boozer had 19 points for the Lakers with Ronnie Price chipping in with 18 points. Jordan Hill and Wesley Johnson also finished in double figures. Following the victory in Denver the Lakers had two days off before hosting Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night at STAPLES Center. The game was tight throughout with the Grizzlies prevailing behind a big third quarter effort. Kobe Bryant’s three-point attempt at the buzzer could have tied the game but rimmed out. Jeremy Lin and Ed Davis led the Lakers with 20 points, with Bryant finishing with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. For the second consecutive game Bryant played the role of distributor. Carlos Boozer chipped in 14 points. Sunday night the Lakers hosted the Indiana Pacers at STAPLES Center, earning a tight 88-87 victory, behind a big fourth quarter effort. The Lakers fell behind big in the first quarter but slowly chipped away at the lead, earning the victory with a strong effort in the second half. Kobe Bryant scored 20 points and hit the game winner with 12 seconds to play. Bryant scored nine points in the final 2:32 of play, helping the Lakers overcome a thirteen point victory. In addition to Bryant, Nick Young put together a big fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin also finished in double figures for the Lakers. Los Angeles finished 28 of 30 from the free throw line, a major factor in the victory. The Lakers traveled up to the Moda Center to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan 5th without the services of Kobe Bryant who is resting his achillies and lost 98-94 as Blazers Damian Lillard exploded for 39 points.
Up Next for the Lakers: The Lakers have three games this upcoming week, starting with a road game versus the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. . Portland is currently a game and a half behind the Golden State Warriors for the top record in the NBA, while the Clippers are in 6th place in the West. Following the two road games the Lakers host the Orlando Magic on Friday night followed by a return visit to STAPLES Center by the Portland Trailblazers on Sunday.
Upcoming Games For the Lakers at the Staples Center
Magic @ Lakers Tickets
Fri, Jan 9th at 7:30pm Staples Center | Down 13% | Tickets start at $38.00
The 13-24 Orlando Magic come into the Staples Center lead by Tobias Harris averaging 18.3 points per game and Nikola Vucevic averaging 11 rebounds a game.
Trail Blazers @ Lakers Tickets
Sun, Jan 11th at 6:30pm Staples Center | Down 7% | Tickets start at $40.00
The Lakers look for revenge after their Jan 5 loss to the Blazers at the Moda Center. The Trail Blazers are lead by LaMarcus Aldridge averaging 23 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game.
Heat @ Lakers Tickets
Tues, Jan 13th at 7:30pm Staples Center | Down 9% | Tickets start at $45.00
The Heats Dwyane Wade brings his 23 points per game average and Chris Bosh’s 7.9 rebounds per game to Los Angeles. The Heat are currently 8th in the Eastern Division by 2.5 games over the Indiana Pacers.
Cavaliers @ Lakers Tickets
Thur, Jan 15th at 7:30pm Staples Center | Down 7% | Tickets start at $117.00
Lebron James is being re-evaluated today after missing three games with lower back and knee strains in hopes to return shorter than his initial two weeks absence. Lebron James is currently averaging 25.5 points per game followed by Kyrie Irving with 20.2 and Kevin Love with 17 points per game.
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