Saturday , Nov , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – November 13

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – November 13 ===

(Sports Network) – It’s not easy being a one-man show, just ask Kobe Bryant.
Despite him performing quite well, Bryant’s Lakers are just 3-4 heading into
tonight’s contest against Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets at
the Toyota Center.

Tonight’s contest will mark the return of Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
to Houston, where he won two World Championships with the Rockets. All told,
Tomjanovich spent 33 years in Houston as a player and a coach before having to
resign due to bladder cancer in March of 2003.

Bryant did all he could Friday night against Orlando, but the Lakers still
dropped their second consecutive game, 122-113, at TD Waterhouse Centre. The
All-Star poured in 41 points on 14-of-31 shooting, while registering eight
assists and seven rebounds. Bryant went 11-of-12 from the charity stripe,
improving his free throw shooting percent to 87.4.

Bryant is doing all his damage despite suffering from a plantar fascitis in
his left foot. It is unknown how the injury will affect Bryant in the long

Chucky Atkins registered 21 points for the Lakers, while Lamar Odom added 16
and Caron Butler chipped in 15. As a team, Los Angeles shot 47 percent from
the field while allowing Orlando to hit 50 percent of its attempts.

The difference in the game turned out to be three-point shooting, as Los
Angeles hit just 8-of-23 (.345) while Orlando drained 12-of-22 (.545).

The 122 points allowed was a season high for the Lakers, who have surrendered
at least 100 in all four of their losses.

The Lakers are just 1-3 on the road this season, including 1-2 on their
current four-game trip.

These teams have split four meetings in each of the last two seasons. However,
Los Angeles has won eight of the last 12 overall in the set, increasing its
all-time lead to 113-53.