Thursday, December 2, 2010



Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on during a break against the Houston Rockets in the first half of Game 6 of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Western Conference semifinals at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on May 14, 2009. (UPI Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Laker fans really will be chanting 'Let's Go Lake Show' right now as the reigning NBA champions dropped their fourth straight loss at Houston amidst a rocky road trip. This is the first losing streak of this nature for last years leaders ever since April of 2007. The Houston Rockets were under power with injuries but that was no problem as they took the Lakers out the game 109-99. This loss and regular, uninventive media questions clearly got to Kobe who insists, "We're fine", adding, "Are we going to win a three-peat today? Probably not, but the **** is not played today." Coach Phil Jackson added, "Concern? It's way too early in the season, and we've got a long ways to go." Kevin Martin led Houston's takeoff with 22 points while Shane Battier had 17, 11 of which came in the final three minutes of regulation. Battier found his own three peat against the defending champions with a barrage of back to back three's which overcame their deficit of three to win the game. Both Shane and Kevin were vital for the Rockets in this win with many other stars grounded. Kobe paced the Lakers with 27 but came up just short on a clutch three point attempt. A season high of 25 points for Lamar Odom to go along with 11 rebounds was not enough, neither was Matt Barnes impressive 14 and 8. As the Lakers head back home they better check themselves at the Chick Hearn statue outside Staples and get out the refrigerator, otherwise were looking at a cold winter in California. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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