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Lakers cruise to win over Sixers thanks to an efficient 34 points from Kobe Bryant

Dec 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

Lakers' Bryant shoots between the defense of the 76ers' Turner, Richardson and Brown during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

It’s not often we use the word “efficient” in the same sentence while describing the offensive play of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. But in Sunday’s easy 111-98 victory over the Sixers, it was not only appropriate, but it fit the description exactly.

Bryant finished with 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting, to go along with four rebounds and six assists. He opened the game with 11 first-quarter points, while scoring from both inside and out.

Right around 20 shot attempts is probably where Bryant should be on a nightly basis in order for his teammates to remain involved and engaged on both ends of the floor, and with Bryant excelling in this range in this one, there was plenty of offensive opportunity to go around.

Metta World Peace matched Bryant’s first quarter with 11 points of his own, and finished with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

The Lakers got going offensively early, and did so as a team, with Bryant and World Peace leading the way. It’s been nine games since L.A. has scored at least this many points, so as you might imagine, players who aren’t accustomed to having great performances offensively got going a bit in Philadelphia.

Darius Morris, who remains replaced in the starting lineup by Chris Duhon, had a breakout game with 15 points, all of which were scored in the first half, and 12 of which came in the second period.

He only managed to stay in the game for 18 minutes, with Mike D’Antoni wisely keeping him on a short leash given his propensity to turn the ball over, combined with his inability to consistently initiate the offense. Morris made the most of his opportunity on this night by making his first five shots, but didn’t score after halftime.

Not that the Lakers needed him at that point, anyway.

The team leaned on its stars to get its second straight victory, and beyond Bryant and World Peace, Dwight Howard finished with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocked shots. He played a pretty complete game, even if Kwame Brown got the better of him on an early offensive possession.

On the Sixers’ side, Nick Young ended up with 30 points in 41 minutes, but got 11 of those by playing the entire fourth quarter in a game that had already been decided. Evan Turner was strong early and his dribble penetration helped keep Philadelphia in it, but when you have the Lakers going 10-of-15 from three-point distance in the first half, there aren’t a lot of answers.

This makes two wins in a row for a Lakers team that is still three games under .500, but hope is on the horizon. L.A. plays next on Tuesday at home against a Bobcats team that has lost 11 straight, and they may have Pau Gasol back in the lineup then, with Steve Nash possibly to follow by the end of the week.

If the offense can continue to improve with a true team effort like this one, the Lakers might be able to begin to climb out of the early-season hole they dug for themselves. But that will only happen if we get the efficient version of Kobe Bryant, the one that so effortlessly helped dismantle the Sixers in Philadelphia, and did so while taking just 21 shots.

  1. nbascreed - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Evan Turner has the best handle out of all the big guards in the league. I watched his warm up drills at OSU and working up to the draft and he’s sick. I’m not talking about ball-handling combined with speed, I’m talking pure handles. He’s a testament to working hard and developing a skill that will allow you to succeed IN SPITE of your lack of athleticism. Jimmy Harden is another that comes to mind.

  2. themagicfanguy - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Holy crap! They won another game! Enjoy it while it lasts, I guess…

  3. ckinthekc99 - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Can we quit talking every night about Kobes shot attempts? He doesn’t care, all he cares about is winning, all Lakers fans should care about winning, & frankly does it matter? Maybe the reason why these small market teams get so frustrated is because all you ever get to hear about is everyone’s love affair or jealousy over Kobe & Lebron

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    All but four or five games have been close to or over 50%. What is this guy talking about with the “It’s not often we use the word “efficient” in the same sentence while describing the offensive play of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant.”???

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      ….How about last season, when he shot 42%?

      • bozosforall - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:50 AM

        How about this season when his % is higher than his career average. Bugger off, eventhorizon.

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM


    • money2long - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      u mean the season where he admittedly played through injury and admitted he felt bad he couldn’t give mike brown his all?

  5. progress2011 - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Jason Richardson and the rest of the Sixers (excluding Nick) DIDN’T come to play ball.

    Jason Richardson was too busy shucking and jiving with the guys on the fakers team.

    Evan Turner has a nice handle BUT he is too slow afoot to be a starting Point Guard. He is slow like a Power Forward.

    This was a “Gimme – Game” for the fakers ! The Sixers were just glad to be playing in front of their Momma’s, on prime time T.V.

    • bozosforall - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Fakers? FIVE titles in this millennium says otherwise.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:23 AM


        If the Lakers were fakes, what makes that of other teams outside the Heat and Spurs who couldn’t make two titles in this decade?

        In this millennium only the Lakers were able to DEFEND their title.

        IF the Lakers are fake, then the rest of the league are wannabe fakes. That even makes them worse. LOL!

      • bozosforall - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM


      • progress2011 - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:46 AM

        bozo and dimwit…..ahahahaha !!!

        You two Ringling Bros Circus acts are on here enough to know what I mean by “FAKER” !

        But I know most FAKER fans suffer from dementia, so I will gladly share with you again.

        FAKER !

        1. A person who fakes, deceptive, or fraudulent/ A faker: Ex: kobe has spent his entire career, faking like he is Michael Jordan. An Identity Thief, that has never matured to be his own man/ grow his own PAIR. When he looks in the mirror, he sees MJ. When regular grown men/ Alpha Males look in the mirror, we see ourselves.

        2. To conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive: Ex: The media faked the story a bit to make the lakers appear more sensational.

        3. To pretend; simulate: (to fake greatness by cheating).

        4. Anything made to appear otherwise than it actually is; counterfeit: Ex: The lakers historically have been able to do trades, other teams were not permitted to complete, rendering them an immediate and unfair advantage.

        5.Designed to deceive or cheat, not real, counterfeit. Ex: During the playoffs or championships, the lakers have historically received “questionable/ favorable ” calls, which have been a direct result of their number of championships and the evolution of becoming the biggest/ richest market in the sport.

        Some dudes are cool with purchasing a Cubic Zirconium ring and passing that garbage off to their ole lady, like it’s the real deal.

        People don’t “hate” the lakers….we typically just dislike anything FAKE !

      • loungefly74 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        that whole “Fakers” is just a bad play on words. yeah progress, we know what you mean when you say it…but it doesn’t fit. it’s a poor (and lazy) attempt at smacktalk. you’re better than that, buddy.

      • bozosforall - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        Rock on loungefly

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:27 AM

        Awww… c’mon now.

        Your franchise management can’t do their job getting teams to win titles so the next best thing is blame it on the Lakers for doing their job.

        You an Alpha-male? You call yourself that? And you can’t even do the kind of regimen Kobe does to keep himself in shape and in condition. LMFAO!!!

        Your argument dwells on conspiracy theories. Next thing you know it, you’ll be saying it’s all some aliens fault that they abducted you and cattle-prod you in the rectal cavity… though you did enjoy it.

        You are such a bitter and envious man. Never knew that Alpha-males would be like that.

      • bozosforall - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

        All Puh C’s fans love the rectal prod.

  6. BigBeachBall - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    U think kobe will allow a loss to bynums new team? Nope. He had this game circled on his calendar. He will rally the troops for certain games and this was one of them.

  7. 32magicman - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Hooray’! Bobcats for a confidence boost!

  8. dirtydavis - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    About time!! Sheesh

  9. davidly - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Bryant is likely way better than his detractors will admit.

    But one should realize that, irrespective of his percentage, when he has more shot attempts than his team’s assists, the Lakers are 1-10, whereas when his team has more assists than he does shot attempts, they are 10-4.

    And while a win is a win, but both of these teams were without two of their prospective starting stars.

  10. magicbucs - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    It’s the 2012-2013 season. Nobody is talking about the past. The lakers are fakers this season you idiots. Nobody cares that they have won 17 titles since the beginning of time.
    The team, fans and media come in talking trash about winning the west and a title this season. Ha! Lakers aren’t even a .500 team = FAKERS or LAMERS

    Do you laker fans understand why we call them the FAKERS now?

    Nash and/or Gasol wont help much either. Not even Phil can help this group of knuckleheads.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Bah! You poor excuse of an NBA franchise couldn’t even achieve 1/16 of what the Lakers has done. You haters have ALWAYS been calling them fakers season in season out.

      I rather be a Laker fan than a Magic fan. What tradition can you boast of? Made it to the finals only twice and couldn’t get the job done. Pffft…

      Why don’t you play goofy instead and get back to your magicland?

      • davidly - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Now now, fellas, settle down, mistakes was made on both sides:-D

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        Agreed, davidly.

        However, the magic HAS ALWAYS BEEN making mistakes. What success can they boast of? Bragging this early in the season? Pffft…

        One doesn’t swag when one DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO SHOW in the first place.

        To those laker hater magic fans: Talk to us when your franchise has won two championships…

        …BACK TO BACK.

      • davidly - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        Dude, sorry, I was just being flip for the sake of levity.

        The only point I suppose I would wanna make is, why give a hoot about whose team was or is good. I mean, your response to mindless drivel shouldn’t be more drivel, just because you think it less mindless. Ignore the petty sh**, is what I’m trying to say, I guess.

      • loungefly74 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        you are correct, Foul…”Fakers” was a term i’ve been hearing for a while…heck, even in championship years!

        Magicbucs, thanks for the opinion. now how about we talk how your Magic have fallen completely of the “relevance radar”? hmmm? sound good? okay…had that nice year where ya went to the finals…but, uh…what else, man? what do you got? I’ll tell ya…NOTHING! Nothing…man. game over. game over, man.

      • loungefly74 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        “off the “relevance radar”…that is.

  11. omniusprime - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    At least the Lakers look better as a team now. The bad news from the game is that Kobe played another 40+ minute game, that’s just too many minutes too early in the season. Dumbtoni is going to wear Kobe out before the playoffs begin then the Lakers will be in serious trouble. Good to see MWP step up his game again, he needs to be more consistent on offense and defense to shoulder the load with Kobe.

    I can’t wait for Pau to return, hopefully Tuesday against a lame Bobcats team. Nash’s return will be somewhat welcome, he’ll do well on offense if Dumbtoni can ever come up with a viable offensive scheme but he will suck at playing defense. Good thing Steve Flake will remain injured so the young guards get more playing time. Hopefully Jordan Hill comes back Tuesday as well.

    Go Lakers!!! Go Kobe!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!!

  12. rjlink1 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Teams with a good point guard beat the Lakers right now. No John Wall, no Jrue Holiday = two-game winning streak for the Lakers.

  13. themagicfanguy - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    So by the laker fan’s logic, the Celtics are a better franchise. I mean, titles and tradition are all that matter! Right?
    Yeah, thought so.
    The magic BEAT YOU DOWN in Staples. We’re the better team this year, get over it.

    • loungefly74 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      okay…man. you hold “that win” close to your chest, buddy. sheesh…ya really getting excited about that? alright, cool. i guess Laker fans just have higher expectations.

      No one is bad mouthing the C’s. hey, they are a great franchise. of course, a lot of those titles came early but none the less, the are a great franchise. oh…hey man, how are the magic’s title hopes this year? or next? heck, for the next decade?

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

        With just one game, this doofus makes a general sweeping statement on how good or bad a team is. Are you sure you finished highschool? Enjoy that single game while you can. Coz that’s all you’re gonna get and enjoy this season.

        As for the C’s, most of those championships were taken in a decade where the league had only 8 to 10 teams and in a social atmosphere where it is more of an exception that the likes of Russell and Chamberlain get to play in the NBA.

        Would you think that guys like Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, Durant, and Carmelo, to name a few, would have had the same opportunity to be who they are in the NBA if they lived in the 60’s?

        Sometimes people conveniently forget why Martin Luther King Day is celebrated every year…

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:51 AM

      Let’s see here:

      Team A won the season’s series over Team B.

      But Team B got to the playoffs and won the championships.

      Does that make Team A still better than the eventual champion?

      Do your research, I’m pretty sure that this has happened before. As I said, you sir, are a doofus.

  14. paulhargis53 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Fakers may be a “lazy” play on words, but it certainly gets a lot of you fanatics going, doesn’t it? So, in effect, it does serve its purpose. You guy wouldn’t comment against it continually if it didn’t bother you.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:15 AM

      You assume too much.

      I find it amusing and it feels great pointing out to mentally-challenged people just how challenged they are. You know, that same euphoric feeling you have for this obsessive crusade that you have against lakerluver and his supposedly ilk. I’m pretty sure you can relate to that.

      Sadly, these laker haters are too mentally-challenged to understand how mentally-challenged they are. LOL!

    • loungefly74 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      yeah, i know what he is evoking and that s fine, i’ll play along…but i’m just saying…”what else ya got?”…”Fakers”? thats it? its the same tune from him every time….

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