Apr 11, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) takes a shot over San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson (3) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
The Lakers tonight snapped out of their Kobe-less funk in huge, rollicking fashion. The Mamba sat out his third straight game with a sore shin, but in his absence the team rose up with startling fury and lay waste to the host Spurs, 98 to 84. Andrew Bynum became just the fifth Laker in history to reel in 30 rebounds in one game and the first since Kareem did it in 1978. As a team the Lakers pitched an almost perfect game on the defensive glass. The Spurs rebounded just 2 percent of their own missed shots, a bizarre stat that I'd have a hard time believing if I hadn't witnessed it with my own eyes.
Even crazier was how the Lakers were fueled by the outstanding play of their small forwards. The maligned duo of Metta World Peace (26 points on 10-for-15 shooting) and Matt Barnes (13 points on 5-for-8) spat fire the entire game. Among the Spurs, only Danny Green (22 points on 7-for-11 shooting) showed up to compete.
Much more to come later tonight. This is your postgame thread.