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Lakers 120, Nets 93: Postgame
Lakers – Nets Running Diary 11-25-2008
Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Sun Yue
Nets: Maurice Ager, Eduardo Najera
Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Ariza, Odom and Gasol
Nets: Devin Harris*, Vince Carter, Trenton Hassell, Ryan Anderson and Brook Lopez
*Harris had missed the last five games due to a strained left shoulder. He’s averaging 22.6 points and 7.0 assists on the season to lead the Nets.
Jackson To Pass Pat Riley for Most Games Coached
Funny thing was, when Phil Jackson was asked what it meant to pass John Kundla and Pat Riley to become the coach of the Lakers with the all-time most games coached, it wasn’t too significant for him. Jackson seems to measure his success on championships and happiness.
12:00 I think this is the first time all season that there are literally more Lakers – and Kobe specifically – fans here than fans of the opposing team. Kobe’s intro was greeted by, literally, 1,000+ screaming fans wearing No. 24 jerseys, let alone those who didn’t go with a jersey.
11:45 I guess Devin Harris is back – he opened the game with a triple after missing his previous five, though Fisher countered with a long two at the other end, then continued his hot shooting by nailing a triple after an Odom block.
10:27 Kobe entered the early block party (attended by 10,000 of his friends) by swatting Harris at the rim, and it was Fish again from outside, claiming all seven of L.A.’s points as the defense continued to rotate well.
6:17 After watching Harris score on a slick move in transition off the glass, Bryant wasn’t about to let his fans forget who does that the best, promptly driving to the rack past two defenders and finishing a reverse … off glass. There’s the ol’ Kobe one-upped-ya. Meanwhile, Fish hit again (4-of-4) and Gasol scored +1 to put L.A. up 14-12.
4:06 As has been in recent games, Jordan Farmar checked in for Fisher and his nine points with L.A. up 23-18. Gasol and Bryant, on the other hand, haven’t seen any decrease in minutes.
2:46 Ariza took advantage of his defender doubling down on Gasol to nail a wide open triple, which was followed by a wide open Odom jumper, also good, to extend L.A.’s lead to 29-22.
0:20.0 L.A. missed not one … or two … but three layups in one possession. First was Farmar’s missed driving finger roll, next Odom’s putback and finally a Gasol baby hook. A hit there would have put L.A. up 33-22, but instead, Keyon Dooling hit a triple with 1.7 seconds remaining to make it a 31-25 ball game.
Though New Jersey was effective offensively to start the game, L.A.’s defense stepped it up once they became more familiar with the Nets Princeton-style offense.
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