Houston Rockets No Challenge for the Undefeated Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have been very impressive so far this season and the blowout win over a tough Houston Rockets 111-82, shows that their undefeated start to the season is no fluke.
The star of the show for the Lakers against Tracy McGrady and company was Pau Gasol. The Lakers Spanish import played his best game of the season against a very good defensive team and a 7'6" monster in the middle with Yao Ming crowding the paint. Gasol finished the game with some impressive All-Star type numbers, Pau scored 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting, grabbed 15 boards and blocked 3 shots showing that he can get it done on both sides of the floor.
As for the Rockets, superstar Tracy McGrady had a game to forget finishing with only 3 points on 1 for 11 from the floor (nasty numbers). Ron Artest didn't do much better with 8 points on 2 for 11 shooting, but he was able to snatch the basketball from the Lakers 4 times (steals). The real offensive threat for the Rockets against the undefeated Lakers was in the paint by Yao Ming and Luis Scola who both finished with 12 points each.
The Rockets kept the game relatively close to start the contest, but that didn't last long as the Lakers just took over, especially with their 39 point fourth quarter. Even though Pau was without a doubt the player of the game, Kobe, Bynum and Jordan Farmar had notable contributions as well. Kobe Bryant scored a game high (as usual) with 23 points and played some great defense by stealing the ball twice and blocking 2 shots. Andrew Bynum had a poor shooting night only hitting 4 out his 10 shots, but he made up for it with 7 boards, 3 blocks and 2 steals to go with his 13 points.
Backup point guard Jordan Farmar continues to impress as he scored 16 points (3-5 from deep), dished out 6 assists and had 2 steals off the bench. As Farmar continues to improve, the debate over whether or not he should be the starter will start to heat up.
Even though there is still a long way to go, the Lakers look as good as any team in the league and seem to be headed for another head on collision with the Boston Celtics.
NEXT MATCH UP: Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, Nov. 11th 7:30pm PST
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