Dwight and Metta Out, Pau Injured in 4th, Lakers Still Win in Brooklyn, 92-83

Seth Wenig, AP
Seth Wenig, AP

The odds were against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in Brooklyn. Coming in they were already short handed being without an injured Dwight Howard and suspended Metta World Peace. The Lakers fought through their misfortunes and put forth one of their best efforts of the season on the defensive end. The Lakers rotations were quick and decisive all night, especially Earl Clark who seemed to contest every shot taken by the Brooklyn Nets. Not even the injury to Pau Gasol’s foot that occurred in the 4th quarter slowed down the Lakers on this night as they went on beat the Brooklyn Nets, 92-83.

Pau Gasol did not return after leaving the game in the 4th quarter and was reported to need the assistance of crutches to walk after the game. Pau Gasol will be evaluated on Wednesday in Boston.

Kobe Bryant had another great overall game, ending the night with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a game high 4 steals. Kobe also had the most electrifying moment of the game that nearly blew the roof off the Barclays Center when he threw down a huge dunk late in the 4th quarter on Kris Humphries and the Nets.

The dunk was made more thrilling in that it came in the crucial part of the 4th quarter with the scored tied at 80 a piece before Kobe’s dunk put the Lakers up by 2 with 2:47 to play in the game.

Brook Lopez abused the Lakers tiny front line; he ended the night with 30 points to lead all scorers and grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Lakers will play game number 4 of their current 7 game road trip on Thursday in Boston against the Celtics. The Lakers are currently 3-1 on their current road trip with their only set back in Phoenix.

– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern“, “@raining3sdotcom