It was a hard fought game for the Lakers, but they were not able to pull out the victory in the end.
The Lakers came into the game 24-27 and looking to extend their win streak to 2 games.
The team started the game well; the game being tied at half time, but were not able to finish off the game in the second half.
The biggest problem?
Even though Gasol isn’t crashing the boards the way that he used to, it is obvious that they are missing those 8 rebounds a game.
The team was outrebounded 38 to 29 by the Heat. Of those 29 rebounds, 24 of them came from 3 players (Howard, Bryant, and Earl Clark), and only 5 of those were offensive rebounds.
The Lakers will need to find a way to crash the boards in the month of February while Gasol is injured if they want to revive any playoff hopes.
Kobe was the big scorer on the night for the team while still continuing with his facilitator mentality. He put in 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists.
Other big contributors were Earl Clark, Steve Nash, and Dwight Howard. They combined for 48 points as well as significantly keeping the Lakers in the game down the stretch.
Metta World Peace struggled on the night, continuing his shooting slump that has been present over the last few games.
On the other side, Wade and LeBron were unstoppable, scoring a combined 62 points.
It was difficult for the Lakers to contain their athleticism and transition play, which can be well summarized in this video.
Overall the Lakers were able to play a solid game. They stayed in it through most of the game despite missing Pau Gasol and only being 8 players deep.
The team will have to forget about this game and prepare for their Tuesday night game at home vs. the Suns.
It should not be a difficult game for the Lakers, but the team should not get to cocky, seeing that they lost to the Suns on January 30.
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Written by Michael Cole
My name is Michael and I like basketball. I am the most avid Kobe Bryant fan you will ever meet. I am trying to get my career going as both a player and a writer. Enough said.