L.A. Lakers 103, L.A. Clippers 89
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (Ticker) --
The Los Angeles Clippers became the
latest team to find out that when the Los Angeles Lakers share
the ball, they are almost impossible to beat.
shook off a left foot injury to score 23 points and
five teammates also reached double figures as the Lakers used a
strong final 13 minutes to post a 103-89 triumph over the
NBA TV highlights from |
Bryant, who is battling plantar fasciatis, made 9-of-16 shots
and the rest of the starters and reserve Brian Cook
at least 10 points. The balanced attack enabled the Lakers to
win for the 26th straight time in which six players reach double
figures -- a run that dates to April 10, 1998.
"We have to have great balance," Bryant said. "So when teams
want to double-team me we have everyone involved and that makes
it very difficult for them to guard us."
(17 points), Chris Mihm
(15), Caron Butler
Cook (12) and Lamar Odom
(11) all contributed offensively.
Bryant handed out 11 assists as the Lakers posted their fourth
straight triumph over the Clippers.
"I know I can shoot," Cook said. "I try to space the floor out a
little bit. I know a lot of big guys don't want to come out
and guard me, so if I set a good pick our guard is going to get
open. And if he can shoot like Chucky can he's going to get
good points out of that."
"We couldn't really switch our big men on Kobe, so it gave them
the opportunity to hit the shots," Clippers guard Corey Maggette
said. "And Chucky Atkins made some big shots for them."
Maggette scored 24 points and Bobby Simmons
added 23 for the
Clippers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Clippers
coach Mike Dunleavy
felt his team was a little flat coming off
Tuesday's win over Toronto.
"We weren't as sharp tonight defensively," Dunleavy said. "We
let Mihm (get) a lot of times way too deep and we had some
miscues. There's no excuse for it."
The game was deadlocked 71-71 with 61 seconds left in the
third quarter. But Mihm had two free throws and Bryant a basket
to close the quarter. The Lakers built on the four-point
advantage by scoring 15 of the first 20 points of the final
Atkins had seven of the points in the burst, which was capped by
a Bryant dunk with 6:50 left. The Clippers never got closer
than 10 the rest of the way.
"We got a great lift from our bench," Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich
said. "Both the Brians (Grant & Cook) did a great
job. Chucky was fantastic down the stretch. Chucky executed
the pick-and-roll perfectly."
"We knew the Clippers were going to double-team Kobe and that a
lot of us were going to have open opportunities to shoot the
ball, and fortunately for me tonight and in the fourth quarter
they were going in," Atkins said. "Any time you make a couple of
shots in a row guys tend to look for you a bit more."