"Ko P. DeLA-Ron" Lakers Win their 5th Straight over OKC Thunder
The Los Angeles Lakers were coming into tonight's game with the OKC Thunder winner of 4-straight games all on the road. The Lakers ended their first road trip of the season winning 4 out of 5 with a 93-81 victory over the Detroit Pistons this past Sunday. They have the best record (23-4) in the league coming into tonight's contest and could be defeated by the Thunder as they get ready for Christmas Day Showdown with LeBron, Shaq, and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kobe Bryant the superstar guard of the Lakers said, "that when you come home off a road trip the first game back at home can be very challenging." Bryant and his Laker teammates came out slow and were down 61-54 at the half.
Kobe scored 18 points in the first half to finish with a game-high 40 points on 14-26 field goals and 12-14 from the free throw line. Bryant also added 8 rebounds, 6 assists , and 2 steals playing over 44 minutes http://www.nba.com/games/20091222/OKCLAL/gameinfo.html#nbaGIboxscore. The Lakers held off the Thunder to record a 111-108 win at Staples Center.
Derek Fisher scored a season-high 15 points shooting 3-5 from the 3pt. arc. Fisher also dished out 4 assists in the victory.
Pau Gasol had his 7th straight double-double scoring 15 points with 11 rebounds. Gasol blocked a game-high 6 shots. Ron Artest had an efficient game with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Andrew Bynum started out slow but finished with 11 points and 7 boards.
Lamar Odom came off the bench to match his New York City teammate and friend Artest with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 30 points but fouled out of the game with 1:31 remaining sending Bryant to foul line to help cement the Lakers victory. Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, and added 13 assists for OKC. The Thunder are 1-5 in their last 6 games and are back under .500 with a 13-14 record on the season.
LA has won 7 straight home games. They are 16-1 in their last 17-games. The OKC Thunder haven't beaten the Lakers since they were the Seattle Supersonics.
The "Ko P. DeLA-Ron" Lakers Kobe, Pau, Derek, Lamar, Andrew, and Ron scored 105 of the teams 111 points (Shannon Brown scored 6 points off the bench).
The "Ko P. DeLA-Ron" signature nickname was created by the National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month Foundation (NBHHCM) www.NBHHCM.org using the first name of all 6 core players on the Lakers team. Ko-Kobe, P.-Pau, De-Derek, L-Lamar, A-Andrew, and Ron-Ron.