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Kobe and the Lakers beat on Pacers

by james on January 7th, 2008

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

Kobe Bryant brings the ball

The Lakers won game 6 out of the last 7.

It was Lakers 112 Pacers 96.

It was all Kobe Bryant in the 3rd quarter with 12 points.

The continuing to improve Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 13 rebounds.

The spiraling downward Indiana Pacers, a recently great franchise with nowhere to go, could not put it together.

Mike Dunleavy led Indiana (16-19) with 17 points. Danny Granger added 14 points, Jermaine O’Neal scored 13 and Kareem Rush had 12 for the Pacers, who lost their fifth straight road game and for the sixth time in seven games overall. source

As surely as the Pacers are going downhill the Lakers are going uphill.

In fact, Coach Phil Jackson just achieved a major milestone in the recent victory over the 76ers.

the Lakers gave Phil Jackson the 939th victory of his Hall of Fame coaching career, moving him past Red Auerbach into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time list. Bill Fitch is sixth with 944 victories.

“Oh, there goes another number,” Jackson said of passing Auerbach. “It’s nice to win. Maybe there’s another name there on the list (to catch) if we continue to win.” source

First off, 900 of anything is amazing, but to beat Red Auerbach in incredible. He coached those Celtic teams with Bill Russell when there was very little player movement in the league and once your team was great it stayed great forever. The Celtics won title after title.

But then, so has Phil. Does not hurt to coach Michael Jordan, Shaq, and Kobe.

Laker side note I: This is 12 wins out of the last 15 games.

Laker side note II: The Lakers are 7 - 0 when all 5 starters are in double figures. Go figure.

Don’t look now, but Kobe and the Lakers are for real!

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