Lakers finally get first win
After losing their first three games of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers finally managed to get a win.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: The season has only just begun, but the Lakers definitely started off worse than expected.
Coming into this season, the Lakers were arguably the most hyped team in the NBA. With the recent acquisitions of veteran All-Stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the purple and gold started to look like the front runner for best team in the Western Conference. Howard, Nash, World Peace, Gasol and Kobe Bryant to round out a starting lineup? Seemed like one of, if not, the best on paper.
But often times, things aren't always as they seem; and greatness is rarely achieved overnight.
The Lakers lossed their first three games of the season; they lost to Dallas, Portland and their hometown rival Clippers. Had they lost to the Pistons last night, it would've been the first time they started 0-4 since 1957. But the Lakeshow started off strong and never looked back, cruising to a 108-79 win over Detroit. A win doesn't say much, (especially when you're playing Detroit, who's now 0-3 to start the season for the third consecutive year) but it was certainly crucial for LA.
"We're barely scratching the surface," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "I'm really excited about the direction this [offense] can go. Obviously we needed a win. It gives us a little belief," he continued.
Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol came out strong, scoring 21 of the Lakers first 25 points. Howard finished the game with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks while Gasol ended the game with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had a fairly quiet game, dropping 15 points.
The baller formerly known as Ron Artest, Metta World Peace, who had 21 points combined in the Lakers first three games, contributed serious in game four and finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
None of Detroit's five starters scored in double digits. Swedish native, Jonas Jerebko, led the Pistons with 18 points.
The Lakers definitely "got the monkey off their back" with their win against Detroit last night.
But they certainly showed that it's going to take a lot more than a few practices and eight preseason games to put together a championship team.
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