Top 10 Moments of 2009-2010: #9 - Supporting Cast Shines

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#9 Supporting Cast Shines, Sans Kobe:
February 6, 2010 at Portland
February 10, 2010 at Utah

After playing in all 82 games in his previous two seasons, Kobe Bryant missed nine games with various injuries throughout 2009-10. In his absence, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol picked up the slack for L.A., particularly in two February games at always tough arenas in Portland and Utah.

It was Odom shining in Portland, as he matched his career high with 22 rebounds to lead the Lakers to a 99-82 victory at the Rose Garden, snapping a nine-game losing streak in that building.

Four days later, Gasol had 22 points and 19 rebounds as the Lakers won their third straight game without Bryant, beating Utah and ending the Jazz's nine-game winning streak. Odom was nearly as big with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Jordan Farmar added 18 points off the bench.

The Lakers, of course, would prefer to never play without their best player, but in Bryant’s absence, the depth of talent in L.A. was quite apparent.

Lakers vs. Jazz

Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom each record a double-double as the Lakers defeat the Jazz.

Brown Jams

Shannon Brown throws down a one-handed slam off the feed from Pau Gasol.

Lakers vs. Jazz: First half

Pau Gasol has 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers lead the Jazz 56-41 at the half.

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers

Lamar Odom replaces an injured Kobe Bryant and pulls down 22 rebounds as the Lakers roll past the Trail Blazers.

Gasol Slam

Jordan Farmar feeds Pau Gasol for the big dunk down the lane.

Shannon Spins

Shannon Brown goes to work spinning and hitting the nice shot.

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers: First half

Shannon Brown leads all scorers with 14 points as the Lakers lead the Trail Blazers at the half.

Nothing But Net

Ron Artest hits the halftime buzzer-beater.

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