Well it's official. Kobe Bryant has had his first Kobe-like performance this season as he lead the Lakers to a fourth quarter comeback victory over the Denver Nuggets in Denver's home opener. Kobe scored 14 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to improve his squad to a flawless record so far this season.
The Lakers are 3-0 and flying high, the win over the Nuggets (104-97) was by no means impressive, especially for Andrew Bynum (0-1, 4 points), but it was definitely a good momentum booster as they will have a tough road ahead with a target on their back as the team to beat in the West.
It was a pretty sloppy game for both teams, neither team was all that consistent with very disappointing performance from some of their stars. In Carmelo Anthony's first game of the season, coming off his two game suspension, he was noticeably rusty only hitting 5 of 15 from the floor for 13 points. As for the Lakers, Andrew Bynum had his worst performance so far this season only scoring 4 points, all from the free throw line.
The only real bright spots for both teams were Anthony Carter, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant. Denver's point guard Anthony Carter had a great game with 20 points on 8 of 9 from the floor to go along with 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Gasol also had a solid game with 16 points and 12 boards as he continues to be a force making the move to his natural power forward position.
Kobe stole the show in classic Kobe fashion in the fourth quarter, as he put the team on his back and went off for 14 points to quite the Nuggets crowd who thought they beat the best team in the West.
It is only three games into the season, but I have to say the Lakers look as good as anyone in the league right now. If they can keep this up, the Christmas match up against the Boston Celtics in a Finals rematch should be a battle!
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Battle of Los Angeles Part II
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