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Kobe Bryant Scores 4th Straight 40+ pt Game but Lakers Lose

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The Los Angeles Lakers played their first regular season game against the Clippers since their cross-town rival added Chris Paul. There was a lot of hype coming into this game as the two Los Angeles basketball teams were Western Conference contenders at the same time.

Kobe Bryant came into this game by scoring 40 points in three-consecutive game and it was clear that the wrist injury has had no impact on his game.

Kobe had not played a competitive Clippers team in long time, and everyone could see that he was motivated to show the world that the Lakers were still the city’s franchise.

First Quarter 

The crowd was into the game from the start and the players were anxious to get the ball into the air. Although this was just one of 66 regular season games, both squads were ready for a 48 minute battle.

However, the Clippers were the ones who came out with more energy and were pushing the ball up the court. The Clippers got all of their stars into the game early and they forced Kobe Bryant to take tough shots to open the period. After a Chauncey Billups three, the Clippers found themselves up 13-4 with a little over seven minutes left in the quarter.

After scoring 40 points in three straight games, Bryant scored his first two points mid-way into the period and Lakers fans were hoping that would bring him back into the action. Kobe started the game 1-4, but he helped the Lakers on the boards with three quick grabs. At the 5:44 mark of the period, the Lakers cut the Clippers’ eight point lead down to three, 10-13.

The Clippers answered the Lakers’ 8-0 run with one of their own and turned their energy up a notch after their time-out. They continued to run the ball on the Lakers and found easy baskets near the hoop and through penetration.

The first quarter ended with some feistiness as Mike Brown was charged with a technical foul after Blake Griffin grabbed Darius Morris in the air. However, Morris made Griffin pay for his rough play by hitting a buzzer-beating half-court shot to end the period.

After 12 minutes, the Lakers were trailing 31-24. Kobe and Morris lead the Lakers in scoring with five points, and as a team the Lakers shot 45% from the field.

Second Quarter

With Kobe Bryant on the bench for his usual rest, the Lakers relied on Pau Gasol and four reserves to bring them back into the game. Coming off a great shot from Morris to end the quarter, the Lakers came out of the break feeling confident. With Gasol anchoring the offense, players like Jason Kapono found open shots on the perimeter and it helped the Lakers cut the lead down to three, 31-28, with 9:34 left in the second.

However, just when it seemed like the Lakers would regain the lead, the Clippers surged ahead by nine points. Sparked by veteran guard Chauncey Billups, the Clippers tried to extend their lead before Kobe re-entered the game.

Although Kobe helped the Lakers cut the lead down to one possession, his streaky shooting allowed the Clippers to once again bring their advantage close to ten. Bryant was unable to find his shot, and his 3-12 shooting was hurting the Lakers dearly. At the 4:08 mark of the second, the Lakers found themselves down 45-36.

Just like the opening period, the second quarter ended with a little bit of animosity and Matt Barnes picked up a technical foul. The Clippers ended the quarter extremely well and they headed into the locker-room up 55-42.

Kobe Bryant ended the first half with 11 points, but on 3-12 shooting and the Lakers let four Clippers score over 10 points in 24 minutes.

Third Quarter

Kobe Bryant started the second half with two straight Lakers buckets and a Derek Fisher cut the Clippers’ lead down to single-digits, but the opposition matched every move. The Lakers were making their shots, but they were unable to close out on the Clippers’ shooters.

The Clippers were knocking down their three-point shots and opened up a 14 point lead, 67-53, with 5:37 left in the period.

The game once again started to become a little more physical and it was obvious that the team’s did not like each other. There were a plethora of technical fouls and a bunch of diminutive altercations on the floor. On top of that, Kobe Bryant was beginning to throw up tough jumpers which lead to easy rebounds for the Clippers.

However, once Kobe Bryant got himself to the line for five straight, he not only sparked himself, but his teammates. There was a resurgence of energy in the Lakers and they cut the Clippers’ once 14 point lead down to four, 72-68, with a little over one minutes left in the period.

At end of 36 minutes, the Lakers found themselves trailing  76-72 after an incredible third quarter by Kobe Bryant. Heading into the final 12, Kobe had already racked up 32 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Fourth Quarter

The Lakers and Clippers turned up the energy in the fourth quarter and every possession carried a little more meaning. Although Kobe Bryant continued his hot streak, the Lakers had trouble stopping Chris Paul. Paul was dissecting the defense and got easy shots near the hoop, with 8:55 left in the game, the Clippers were up 86-78.

The Lakers were able to score the ball, but they could not stop the Clippers on the other end of the floor to create a run. Kobe’s shooting was essentially ostracizing the other players and eventually he could not carry the Lakers on his shoulders, and with 4:01 left in the game and the Lakers down by 13, Kobe needed help.

However, Kobe did not receive much help and even with Chris Paul out of the game late with a hamstring injury, the Lakers could not pull-off the victory.

As the final buzzer rang, the Clippers found themselves up 102-94 and won round one of the Battle of Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant once again scored over 40 points, but this time the Clippers found a way to beat their cross-town rivals.

Lakers Nation Giveaway

No one guessed the first Lakers players to record a three-point shot, a dunk and a steal, which were Darius Morris, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant, respectively.

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  • mamba248

    Well, the Lakers played great, it was just too hard for them to beat the clippers all star line-up AND the referees… just sayin…

    • mamba248

      In the end, it was the refs who beat us. Everytime we got close, calls started goin Clippers way…Again…just sayin…Think about it…

  • Cwolkomir

    We lost this game because of Kobe’s selfish behavior. You can clearly see Bynum visibly upset throughout the 4th quarter as Kobe was jacking up shots as soon as he got the ball… I’ve always said this lakers team is at its most deadly when Kobe is in the 20-25 point range with 6/7+ assists. I’m the biggest laker fan ever and will stick by my team, but we need some changes.
    I don’t know how management thinks they can have a good team with the point guard spot lacking in almost every department. And players like “world peace” are almost next to useless. The clippers were smart to sign Reggie Evans, he’s a perfect role player and has energy on the boards that the lakers clearly needed tonight.

    • Unkiekhoa

      office politics>>>>kobe wants dwight>>>>>and only morris had a better shooting percentage than Kobe tonight…kobester   was 14 of 28… gasol and bynum did not show up and had most of the first half to get things going with kobe making very few attempts….

    • Jarod Loux

      If Kobe would not of shot 50% from the field.. had 42 points, 7 rebound, 4 assist, and two steals you think we would of won? Think about it… the entire team could not get it going except for Kobe. Did you complain the last three games Kobe had 40 or more and we won? Our bench played awful… our bigs didn’t dominate the boards and no one but Kobe showed up and played 100%. 

    • Jarod Loux

      We just need a good athletic starting PG.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LVGK53V7NHIGKVM22BBJ2XJOUA Daveon

        Aaron Brooks, Jared Bayless, or O.J. Mayo?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe its because of the new coach. Maybe its also about Lakers’ lack of a talented point guard. Maybe its also because of Kobe putting up 40 points instead of 25 points and 10 assists. Bynum is a monster, and if they just keep feeding Bynum in the post, they will win. Griffin cannot stop Bynum, even Deandre Jordan can’t. Just let Pau crash the boards when Bynum takes it to the rim, and let Pau take the mid-ranged jumpers because he’s great at it. Kobe should do his thing but he should realize that a 40-point game is nothing when you lose. What if he had 20 points, 10 assists and Bynum has 20 points and 10 boards, and Pau with around 14-16 points with 9-10 boards as well, they would’ve won. Oh, and Mitch (Kupchak), just go get Ricky Rubio, dammit! And trade Bynum for Howard if you want to become champions this year. Howard is just healthier, tougher, better defensively, intimidates the front court opposition. Bynum might just be better offensively because of his fundamentals, but his performances are not consistent, he’s just showing some spurts. Imagine what kind of threat would Howard impose to the opposition if he’s below and Kobe is holding the ball in the perimeter. Who would they guard? Pau is there too, a very talented, explosive big man in his way. They are going to watch out for three threats? What if Ricky Rubio is there as well? He can facilitate everything.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe its because of the new coach. Maybe its also about Lakers’ lack of a talented point guard. Maybe its also because of Kobe putting up 40 points instead of 25 points and 10 assists. Bynum is a monster, and if they just keep feeding Bynum in the post, they will win. Griffin cannot stop Bynum, even Deandre Jordan can’t. Just let Pau crash the boards when Bynum takes it to the rim, and let Pau take the mid-ranged jumpers because he’s great at it. Kobe should do his thing but he should realize that a 40-point game is nothing when you lose. What if he had 20 points, 10 assists and Bynum has 20 points and 10 boards, and Pau with around 14-16 points with 9-10 boards as well, they would’ve won. Oh, and Mitch (Kupchak), just go get Ricky Rubio, dammit! And trade Bynum for Howard if you want to become champions this year. Howard is just healthier, tougher, better defensively, intimidates the front court opposition. Bynum might just be better offensively because of his fundamentals, but his performances are not consistent, he’s just showing some spurts. Imagine what kind of threat would Howard impose to the opposition if he’s below and Kobe is holding the ball in the perimeter. Who would they guard? Pau is there too, a very talented, explosive big man in his way. They are going to watch out for three threats? What if Ricky Rubio is there as well? He can facilitate everything.

    • Jarod Loux

      Kobe shot 50% from the field on his way to 42 points… you can not complain about that. Plus 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He played very well. The bench needs to step it up, as does Pau on the defensive end. When Kobe has scored 40 or more in the last four games, we have one three of them. He scores 42 and with 50% shooting and it’s his fault? No.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shanesfm Shane Bruhanski

        I know right!? hahaha!  It any of these WING NUTS know anything about stats and the game of basketball they would know that Kobe bust his butt in that game playing 44 minutes and he alone put them within 2 points.  Unfortunately nobody else showed up!  Yet people wanna go back to the oldest myth that Kobe is taking too many shots! hahaha!  He’s a SG!  That stands for Shooting Guard moron.  He’s paid to shoot!  That’s like saying Drew Brees throws too much and he should run the ball LOLOLOL. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/shanesfm Shane Bruhanski

      They were feeding Bynum and Gasol for most the 1st half and they just weren’t doing anything! 

  • Ken Villegas

    Not just a point guard. Their defense is very slow.. Defense and athleticism is the key to win.. of course, consistency is the number one key. But if you play against a very athletic, defensive and fast team, you will definitely lose. Just like Oklahoma, Bulls, Denver and Portland, these teams are tough when it comes to defense, consistency and athleticism.

  • Anonymous

    Bynum needs more touches in order to learn how to work the double and triple teams. Kobe shooting from the outside opens it up for the post game. The problem is the other guys have to hit their outside shots. Fisher is hurting them, no shot, no defense. Artest looks lost out there. I would give Kapono Blakes minutes now to see if that would work out. He’s a shooter. Fisher has to come off the bench

  • Jarod Loux

    We could use a new PG as well.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shanesfm Shane Bruhanski

      I know….our PG is a problem!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LVGK53V7NHIGKVM22BBJ2XJOUA Daveon

    for better defense at the 4 position, trade pau for kevin love, sign Aaron Brooks, Jared Bayless, or at least make an attempt to get O.J. mayo since their trying to get rid of him. Any young point guard will be better then the old ones we have now. dont want the lake show to end up like the Boston Celtics, they need a retirement plan already lol….

    Rasheed wallace for a potiential back up center maybe?

    • http://profiles.google.com/shanesfm Shane Bruhanski

      I agree!  If Gasol is going to play like this and Bynum is gonna not be consistent…then trade them!! 

  • Al

    Kobe needs to stop racking 28-30 shots per game and start sharing the ball. There are plenty of others who can score on the team (except for Metta). Kobe disrupts the flow of the offense because everyone is standing and waiting while he takes bad shot after bad shot. Yes, it can look spectacular, but basketball is never won on a back of one player. Anyone in the league can score 40 points if they shoot 30 times (heck, I can score 40 points if I shoot 30 times). The percentage wise he is below 50%, which means for every shot he missed, the other team had a chance to score against us. Bynum’s is shooting percentage is almost 80% but he gets to touch the ball 9 times. Pau’s percentage is also pretty high. And remember Kobe could not win without Bynum or Pau. A point guard or Howard will not solve the problem because of Kobe’s selfishness. Kobe never shot so many times when Shaq was in town. Why? Because Shaq demanded the ball. Unfortunately, Bynum, Pau and Mike Brown don’t have the balls. And I was Bynum, I would demand a trade myself. He can be a consistent 20/20 on any team that would share the ball with him.

    • http://twitter.com/moestress Moe

      I’m so sorry, but if you shot a ball 30 times in the NBA versus even the weakest player in the league YOU WILL NOT score 40 points. You ARE NOT a professional basketball player. Kobe is in the NBA because he is a shooter, because he scores, because he takes on the load, as he is asked to. Dont act like you have any idea of what it takes to be Kobe Bryant, you have no clue and never will. Im sure you think you can do other great things in other sports as well.  As far as Kobe passing to his teammates, he does, what are you talking about? Do you know anything about iso plays, or plays specifically for a playeR? a kick back, a flash? Thats his job. When I played ball certain players had THEIR OWN PLAYS to smash the competition, thats why they are chose, thats why they make millions, to win and play and do their best every game. Dont tell me the Lakers would be a better team if Kobe shot the ball 5 times a game. You are insane if you even think something like that.

    • Dman Martin1

      you have no idea what happened in that game and without kobe they wouldnt have even been that close, the clips have a good team im not gonna lie but im still a laker fan. even though kobe scores 40 points a game he also has around 10 rebounds and 7 assists so he is still contributing in other ways.! SUCK IT!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DX2L4BAEZEK2FDR7AG573N66YY Ronald M

    Kobe is a selfish shotnut he needs to give up the ball. Then he got his jock sniffers who thank he’s doing a great job. Kobe try’s to make the uninformed fans believe he’s the only one on the Lakers that can score. He always wants to be the HERO.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shanesfm Shane Bruhanski

      Your an idiot!  Almost the entire 1st quarter Kobe was giving the ball the both bigs to make shots, but they continued to fail!  Your an idiot!  Kobe had the most assists on the Lakers by the way.  So…for the 3rd and final time…YOUR AN IDIOT!

    • Dman Martin1

      You are a complete and total dumbass!!!!! period….

  • Deon_sanders91

    Well the clips got some good looks with cp3 and blake was on fire. But to be honest with you the lakers were trying to make runs in the 3rd quarter. But the refs were calling bullshit calls throwing the Lakers out of their run. Come on 5  techs on the Lakers?? and bogus foul calls? No wonder why this clippers team had a good run. Don’t believe me, rewatch the game on youtube, the refs decide who wins and loses in this leauge,it’s a business!

  • http://profiles.google.com/shanesfm Shane Bruhanski

    I don’t know where they pull these writers, analysts or reporters, but I question if they actually watched the damn game. LOL.  Because even Coach Brown said that Kobe had open looks the 1st half, but they just didn’t go down.  But these hack journalists hear one hack journalist say something like that and they just roll it over in there article.  Seriously?  Get a life guy! 

    Here’s the truth People!  Kobe had open shots all through the 1st half of the game but none of them could drop.  He was off…no doubt! 
    2nd Half Kobe went bezurk!!  This was the half the Clippers actually were making it hard for Kobe, but unfortunately when Kobe is on…it doesn’t matter who you put in front of him…and it showed with the 21 points he let rain on the Clippers in the 3rd quarter alone!! 
    Kobe got the Lakers within 2 points, but Kobe obviously needed help and the 2 bigs seemed to hit a wall in the 4th.  Matt Barnes didn’t spark anything and the 2 rookies (Mcroberts & Kapano) just sucked!!
    In the end, the Clippers have to feel lucky they made it out alive!  Hopefully Chris Pauls smurkish little face can handle the next game this month when the Lakers run through them like puddles in the street.  Suck on IT buddy!!

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