Kobe has taken over
(Sports Network) – Superstar Kobe Bryant is carrying the Los Angeles Lakers
towards the postseason. The Lakers are 38-32 and are the sixth seed in the
Western Conference playoff race, 2 1/2 games ahead of the seventh-seeded
The red-hot Lakers go for their sixth straight win on Tuesday, as they host
the NBA-worst Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. It is the fourth and
final meeting between the squads this season. The Lakers won two of the three
The Grizzlies have lost 19 of the 22 meetings at the Lakers.
LA plays the second of a five-game homestand against the Grizzlies. On Sunday,
Bryant’s streak of scoring at least 50 points ended, but the Lakers continued
their winning ways by defeating the Golden State Warriors, 115-113, at the
Bryant scored 43 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Los Angeles, which
has won a season-best five in a row after a seven-game losing streak. Bryant,
who hit 15-of-33 shots, had scored at least 50 points in his previous four
games, becoming just the second player in NBA history to accomplish that feat.
Lamar Odom added 24 points and a career-high tying 19 rebounds, while Smush
Parker added 13 points for LA, which used a 14-0 fourth-quarter run to help
eliminate a double-digit deficit and defeat the Warriors.
The Lakers are 23-11 as the host this season. They will also play Houston,
Sacramento and Denver on the current homestand. LA is scheduled to host seven
of its final 12 games.
Bryant leads the Lakers in scoring (31.0 ppg) and assists (5.4 apg). The
superstar guard has scored 25 or more points in 19 straight games. He is
averaging 41.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his last 10 outings.
The Lakers final road contests are against the Clippers, Seattle, Denver,
Phoenix and Sacramento. Besides Memphis, Houston, the Kings and Nuggets, the
Lakers will closeout their home schedule against the Suns, Clippers and
Los Angeles has scored over 100 points in five straight games.