Saturday, October 30, 2010


('LAKE SHOW VIEW' is taking a sabbatical for a fortnight, but join us in two weeks for more 'LAKERS LATEST')


Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant fakes out Phoenix Suns guard Jason Richardson who jumps up to block Bryant's shot in the second half during Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals in Phoenix, Arizona May 29, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The Suns where still hot last night but they where a few STAT's short of catching up with the Lake Show. No Barbosa, no Stoudemire, yes problems. A recovering Kobe Bryant is still better than many all-stars at full fitness as the rehabbing star paced the Lakers with 25 and 7 rebounds. "He was in cruise control, just played at the level of the game, did a really nice job," coach Phil Jackson said. Just wait until Kobe takes it out of auto pilot. The rest of the Lakers big three, Pau Gaol and Lamar Odom had 21 and 18 respectively. Lamar also snagged 17 rebounds of his own en route to a great double, double. Phoenix may have burnt out hosting L.A. but the Suns still had plenty of bright spots. Robin Lopez broke out and almost matched Odom with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Grant Hill got his Aaliyah on with 21, proving that age is just a number. This star isn't over the hill yet. Still the sun shone brighter for L.A. as they were all round the better side. New signing Matt Barnes wrote 11 points in 18 minutes and newbie Theo Ratliff returned from a bruised knee to make a classic damaging block. Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown also kept their form with a signature deep three and a brekaway spectacular dunk respectively. While Gasol also almost bettered Lamar's double offering with a triple double but just fell short with nine assists and eight rebounds. Kobe may not have been at full health but judging from what the rest of the Lakers threw up, Alvin Gentry may have wanted to reach for the sick bag again. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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