With Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire out with respective ankle and eye injuries, going into STAPLES Center against a rolling crew of purple and gold clad athletes figured to be a tough test…
… But one might have thought the Suns could hang around for more than six minutes.
Instead, after Phoenix opened a 20-17 lead, the Lakers went on a 22-6 run to close the first quarter and not once let the Suns back into the game in a thorough Pacific Division beat down.
Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant barely missed a collective shot, going 11-for-12 and 10-of-13, respectively, to finish with 23 and 22 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter. L.A.’s bench was pretty good too, with each player scoring to combine for 58 points while maintaining the level of play put forth by the starters.
L.A. simply scored at will as Phoenix looked at times incapable and at times overwhelmed defensively, whether it was Bryant, Odom or even D.J. Mbenga (first eight points of the season) filling it up.
Perhaps the best news for L.A. – other than their 48th win – was that Pau Gasol had to play just 23 minutes, Bryant 26, Odom 32 and Fisher 20, with the team heading to Denver immediately after the game for a Friday night tilt against the Nuggets.
We’ll leave you with a few numbers:
Combined shooting percentage for the Kobe Bryant (10-of-13) and Lamar Odom (11-of-12).
First half points for the Lakers, led by 13 from Bryant, 10 by Odom and 30 combined bench points on 62.2 percent shooting.
Bench points for the Lakers, a season high. Sasha Vujacic led the way with 14 while Jordan Farmar had 12, Trevor Ariza 10, DJ Mbenga eight, Josh Powell six, Adam Morrison five and Shannon Brown three as every Laker scored.
Season high in field goals made for the Lakers, who had made 48 shots from the field against Minnesota on Jan. 30.
Season-high assists for a Lakers’ team that matched a season-high 132 points. They scored a lot.
Wins in their last 14 games for the Lakers to get to 48-10, the league’s best record. Boston has 13 losses after dropping a game here at STAPLES to the Clippers on Wednesday, while Cleveland has 12 losses after dropping the first game in tonight’s double-header at Houston.