As we inch closer and closer to the NBA Finals rematch battle between the Lakers and the hated Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, Kobe Bryant and company have a relatively easy schedule ahead of them before they are truly tested.
The Milwaukee Bucks haven't exactly been a team to be feared over the last decade or so, but sometimes they show signs of promise with their young core of talented players like sharp shooting Michael Redd, high flying Richard Jefferson, and Aussie center Andrew Bogut.
Although the Bucks could be a force in the NBA sooner rather than later, the Lakers proved that Redd and his squad were no match for arguably the best team in the NBA when the Lakers won 105-92 on Sunday.
Not only did the Lakers' beat-down of the Bucks seem effortless, but almost all the Bucks' starters were out-played by their backups. Not one of the Bucks' starting five scored in double figures—in fact, they combined for a pitiful 18 points.
Without the impressive play of Bucks rookie Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (14 points, six rebounds, four steals) and Joe Alexander (15 points), this game would have been an absolute joke.
Once again, the Lakers had a great all-around team game with everyone pitching in.
Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher lead the way in the scoring column with 20 for Kobe (he had a season-high eight assists as well) and 19 for Fish.
It still trips me out to see Kobe scoring 20 to 25 points and the Lakers just destroying teams!
As for the rest of the Lakers, Andrew Bynum had a great performance with 14 points and 14 boards, Pau Gasol added 12 points, nine boards, and five assists, and Radmanovic kept up his impressive shooting going four for five and two for three from deep.
Not only did the Lakers tie a franchise best with a 17-2 record after beating the Bucks, but Chinese guard Sun Yue finally got into the action for the first time in a Lakers uniform Sunday night.
It was only five minutes on the floor, but he made the best of it, scoring four points on two of three shooting.
NEXT LAKERS GAME: Los Angeles Lakers @ Sacramento Kings Tues. Dec. 9 7:00 pm PST