Lakers Fall Apart in 4th; Lose to Suns, 92-86

The Los Angeles Lakers came in riding a 3 game winning streak that was fueled by a sudden change in game plans where ball movement and balanced scoring were key. Early in Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns that same game plan was being followed and working well. The Lakers lead by as many as 13 points in the game, but it all fell apart in the 4th quarter where the Suns outscored the Lakers 29 to 13 and went on to win 92-86 over the Lakers.

Michael Beasley came off the bench for the Suns and scored a season high 27 points and led the team in scoring.
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1/30/13 Lakers at Suns Tonight at 730pm Pacific on ESPN

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Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns

1/30/13

 7:30 PM Pacific time / 10:30 PM Eastern Time

US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ

TV:  Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes  National: ESPN

Line: Los Angeles Lakers -2.5

2012-13 Records:

Los Angeles Lakers: 20-25, 10th in the Western Conference

Phoenix Suns: 15-30, 14th in the Western Conference

Record vs. each other (2012-13 season): Lakers 1-0 vs. Suns this season. Continue reading

Contrary to Popular Belief, Kobe Has Always Been a Willing Facilitator

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Written by: Fern Rea

Kobe Bryant continues to get portrayed in the media and by fans as a selfish, high volume shooter who refuses to trust his teammates. Such things have been said as Kobe having tunnel vision and only caring about his statistical achievements. Some say that he only cares about his legacy and catching Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

People seem to ignore the fact that Kobe has always averaged around 5 assists per game each season, which ranks at the top of the league every year for shooting guards. This year he is 3rd in the league in assists for shooting guards, only behind James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Monte Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Lakers Win 3rd in a Row; Hold Off Hornets Late Run. Score 111-106

It might be early, but the Los Angeles Lakers might have found the game plan to get themselves out of their year long funk. The Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets last night, 111-106 for their 3rd consecutive win. The Lakers current winning streak coincides with the ball movement and unselfishness that the players have exhibited in the last 3 games.

The Lakers had 34 assist last night on 39 made baskets. This follows nights of 26 assists against the Utah Jazz on Friday and 29 assists versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. To put these numbers in perspective, on the year, the Lakers rank 15th in the league with an average of 22 assist per game. The San Antonio Spurs lead the league in assists per game with 25 per game.
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1/29/13 Hornets at Lakers Tonight at 730pm Pacific on TWC

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New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers

1/29/13

7:30 PM Pacific time / 10:30 PM Eastern Time

Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

TV:   Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes National: NBA TV

Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4

2012-13 Records:

Los Angeles Lakers: 19-25, 10th in the Western Conference

New Orleans Hornets: 15-29, 14th in the Western Conference

Record vs. each other (2012-13 season): Lakers 1-0 vs. Hornets this season Continue reading

Lakers Share Ball & D’ Up; Beat Thunder 105-96

It might be too soon to say that a trend has developed, but what the Lakers have been doing the last two games seems to be working. The Lakers upset the #1 team in the NBA Sunday afternoon, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-96.

Kobe Bryant had his 2nd consecutive game of dishing out 14 assist. Kobe nearly reached a triple double in the game, scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds to add to his assist total. The Lakers shared the ball the beautifully, combining for 29 assist on 41 made baskets. The Lakers shot an efficient 55% from the field.
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