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Kobe Awesome, Knicks Opposite of That

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When the New York Knicks come to town, you kinda know you're in for a ludicrous night. Then on the first possession of the game you notice Wilson Chandler, who would be the second-string small forward on a decent team, trying to guard Pau Gasol in the post, and you realize you've misjudged the whole Knicks Experience. They're just so much worse than you'd ever think possible.

The Los Angeles Lakers looked bored as hell tonight, but it didn't matter. They led by 25 in the fourth quarter and won 100-90. The game had all the electricity of an Amish farmhouse.

The Lakers were actually pretty bad on offense, managing barely a point per possession thanks to an unsexy 25% turnover rate. But their ginormous height advantage - the Knicks' starting "center" is 6'8" David Lee - led to an overwhelming mismatch on the boards and forced the Knicks into a long, long series of outside jumpers. Chris Duhon, Larry Hughes and Chandler took advantage of the situation to hit 10 of 38 shots. Hughes, by the way, makes about $14 million this year.

Kobe Bryant faced a variety of Knicks defenders and rocked them all. He scored 34 points on 74% true shooting, handed out four assists and finished +25 on the night. Adam Morrison played only nine minutes and somehow finished -15. I don't think he'll be back next year.

Here are your game numbaz. The Lakers are 11-3.

 

Poss.

TO%

FTA/
FGA

FT%

EFG%

TS%

Off Reb%

Def Reb%

PPP

LA

99

25

0.21

83

49

53

40

84

1.01

NYC

100

14

0.13

75

45

47

16

60

0.90