Saturday , Dec , 15 , 2012 Matt Formica

Lakers snap losing streak, D’Antoni not impressed

Under the leadership of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers got their tenth win of the season.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  The Lakeshow might not win a game if it wasn’t for Kobe.

Finally, the Lakers have something to smile about.

It seems like decades since the Los Angeles Lakers have gotten a win.  Coming off a four-game losing streak on Friday, the Lakers topped the Wizards in a more-than-needed win 102-96.

Dwight Howard had 12 points and 14 assists for the Lakeshow but it was Kobe Bryant who led the Lakers (surprise surprise) with 30 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.  Bryant also contributed two steals and a block. 

Bryant’s 30 points, however, came on a less-than-stellar 9-29 from the field. 

"All night, I’m missing easy shots left and right, and I have no idea how that one went in," Bryant said after the game.

Bryant also made the comment that he was "beat up" after Friday night’s game against Washington; as the purple and gold were able to end their 4-game losing skid with a physical battle against the Wizards.

"We’re not there yet, we’re not even close," said Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni.  We’re not close to being a good team.  But can you build on it?  I hope so."

Doesn’t sound like the win against the Wizards has D’Antoni very hopeful.  But can you blame him?  The Wizards, at 3-17, are currently the NBA’s worst team, and the Lakers only won by 6.  While it’s nice to get a win, it’s certainly not something to be too excited about.

"I’m very, very happy to win one … game," Kobe said.

Cartier Martin (a reserve) led Washington with a career-high 21 points.

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