The Lakers got out of jail free against the New Orleans Hornets, eventually winning 107-104 – after being up by as many as 30. I get the feeling that either side of the pro-Kobe/pro-CP3 debate will try and use each player’s performance as a platform for whoever they’re pushing.
Simple fact is Kobe had a very good game, and so did Chris Paul. Kobe scored 29 points, had 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Paul dished out 17 assists and hit 15 points and 4 steals. Both good nights in the office.
Whilst they both had games that were pretty damn good, for me (as a Lakers fan) the stats that stood out were Lamar Odom’s 16 rebounds & Pau Gasol’s 25 points (9 from 12 in the field, a perfect 7-7). Things I found somewhat alarming were Radmanovic not hitting a single 3 (threw 6 bricks at the rim), Luke Walton following up a good night with a mere 4 points, and the lack of minutes given to Ronny Turiaf.
But if you want a definitive moment in the game, it was Kobe’s dunk.
Have a look.
That belongs in a dunk competition, it was just that good.