Tuesday , Jan , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers need a successful road trip

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers are currently on a season-long
seven-game road trip. They own a 23-20 record and are just 4 1/2 games behind
the division-leading Phoenix Suns in the Pacific.

Los Angeles started the swing off with a tough loss. On Sunday, Rasheed
Wallace scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Detroit
Pistons over the Lakers, 102-93, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Kobe Bryant had 39 points in the loss to Detroit to lead the Lakers, who had a
two-game winning streak halted. Chris Mihm added 16 points and 14 boards for
Los Angeles.

The Lakers visit the struggling New York Knicks on Tuesday at Madison Square
Garden. It is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
November 16th, Bryant poured in 42 points, 29 of which came in the second
half, to lead the Lakers to a 97-92 victory over New York at the Staples
Center. The Lakers have won two straight against New York, which has lost two
straight and three of its last four at the Lakers.

Bryant has scored 30 or more points in seven straight and 14 of the last 15
contests. He is averaging 42.6 points on his last 10 outings. The seven-time
All-Star has collected two double-doubles this season.

The Lakers will also visit Indiana, Charlotte, New Orleans/Oklahoma City,
Dallas and Houston on the current trip. They are 11-12 on the road this
season. LA has lost three straight on the road.

LA has allowed more than 100 points in five straight games.