As expected (I know, I know, I should take these bold predictions to Wall Street), Kobe came out on a tear tonight. He shot 16-24 from the field, including 14-18 through the first three quarters, and scored 38 points, to go along with six rebounds and a pair of steals. He also scored the Lakers' first 11 points, and 13 of their first 15.
Overall, the team bounced back on the offensive end, and showed occasional flashes on the defensive end (though there is still much improvement yet to be made). Though the score shows a 14-point Lakers win, the game was over and garbage time had begun once the Lakers took a 21-point lead with five minutes left in the game.
Give us your post-game thoughts, analysis, stats and fun facts, and look for a detailed recap first thing in the morning.