Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers getting a total team effort

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers (9-4) are in first place in the
Pacific Division and own a one-game lead over the second-place Golden State
Warriors.

Superstar Kobe Bryant leads the team in scoring (23.8 ppg) and assists (5.3
apg), while forward Lamar Odom has pulled down a team-high 8.0 rebounds per
game. Bryant has scored in double-digits in all 11 games he has played in, and
has collected two double-doubles.

Odom is having an outstanding season for LA. He is second on the team in
scoring with an average of 19.6 points per game. The Rhode Island product has
scored 20 or more points in three of the last four contests, and has played
over 30 minutes in all 13 games.

Forward Luke Walton is averaging 12.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists,
while guard Smush Parker has netted 9.2 per game. Nineteen-year-old center
Andrew Bynum has cooled down, as he has not scored in double-digits in his
last three outings and has played just over 16 minutes per contest in that
span.

On Tuesday, the struggling Milwaukee Bucks start a four-game road trip when
they visit the Lakers at the Staples Center. The Lakers have won 10 in a row
over the Bucks. Milwaukee has lost five straight at the Lakers.

The last time the Bucks beat the Lakers was on March 21, 2001 at home.

The Bucks and Lakers will play on March 7, 2007 at the Bradley Center for the
second and final time this season.

The Lakers play the middle contest of a three-game homestand against
Milwaukee. On Sunday, Odom paced a balanced Lakers attack with 21 points as
Los Angeles fought back to defeat the New Jersey Nets, 99-93, at the Staples
Center.

Bryant ended with 19 points, six rebounds and 10 assists in the win over New
Jersey for the Lakers, who have won five of their last six contests overall.
Smush Parker and Kwame Brown both scored 13 points, while rookie Jordan Farmar
netted 11 in the victory.

LA is an impressive 8-1 at home this season. The Lakers are scheduled to host
Carlos Boozer and the Jazz on Thursday. Utah defeated the Lakers, 114-108, on
November 24th at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz have lost two of their last
three at the Lakers.

The Lakers will act as the visitor on Saturday when they battle the Clippers.
The Lakers knocked off the Clippers, 105-101, on November 21st at the Staples
Center.

LAL