Thursday, January 6, 2011



Nov 2, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24), left, and center Pau Gasol (16) embrace during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 124-105. Photo via Newscom

"Listen to how everyone is talking about you. You have to use it as fuel for motivation". This is what Kobe Bryant told his Los Angeles Lakers ahead of a big night for both him and his team. Following their Christmas to New Year struggles the Lakers rebounded from losing three of their last four to beat the Detroit Pistons 108-83 at Staples. Pau Gasol heard what mamba was saying the loudest with 21 points. Still it was Kobe's mid-town 17 that was huge. Huge in the Lakers 16-2 run and huge in terms of NBA history. Kobe's 17th point took him past, Atlanta Hawks, dunking legend Dominique Wilkins as Bryant became the 10th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Watch out Kareem! As Kobe slammed 'nique out the top ten, the Pistons, Tracy McGrady and Greg Monroe's 14 each could not add up for Detroit. "That's a great honor," K.B. said of his latest milestone, while reminiscing of being amazed by Dominique's dominant aerial ability when he would watch NBA games as a kid in Italy. Lamar Odom had 16 points, while number 17, Andrew Bynum had an unlucky for the Pistons 13. Despite things looking better for the Lake Show, one man stressed the need for more hard work and consistency. "We have to really turn it around," Phil Jackson remarked. "One game is not the end of this situation." Phil's right, we've certainly seen similar situation's last fall. Time to go full circle this new year. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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