Saturday, December 4, 2010



Nov 1, 2010; Los Anglees, CA, USA; General view of the Staples Center exterior before the NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo via Newscom

There's no place like home. On their return to the Staples Centre the Lake Show clicked their heels and snapped a four game losing streak (their first since '07). The Lakers overcame their California counterparts the Sacramento Kings 118-83. The Lakers have been battling inconsistency and injuries later as has their superstar Kobe Bryant, but both looked back to their good, old self last night. Kobe especially dunking and shooting off balance en route to 22 points as he still gets back into game shape. Pau Gasol also showed his resilience shouldering 16 points in 27 minutes whilst carry a hamstring injury. Lamar Odom also had 16 points and 7 rebounds sharing frontcourt duties with the Spaniard. It was a much needed victory for L.A., Gasol stating that the key was that they "came out focused and we played aggressive from the first minute." This 32 point blowout was spearheaded by a first half 18 point break away by the team. Jason Thompson had 19 and Tyreke Evans added 15 for Sacto. As always Shannon Brown provided an instant spark of offence off the bench (12 points) and Steve Blake made sure Sacrmaento were out of charge by multiplying the Lakers lead with three, three's. The Lakers dethroned the Kings and also put themselves back up amongst the royalty of the NBA's elite. Critics will be silenced now. The real king has spoken. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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