When Kobe Bryant was asked about the Lakers comeback, hecredited a player whose performance didn't stand out on the stat sheet.
"Our bench came in and did a fantastic job," Bryant said. "Darius Morris is afantastic defender."
Morris finished with an unassuming seven points on three-for-six shooting, fourrebounds and three assists in the Lakers' 101-100 win over the Charlotte Bobcats onTuesday evening, but his contribution to the team extended far beyond thosenumbers.
Morris played hard-nosed defense against the Bobcats, forcing a few key playslate in the game that helped the Lakers overcome an 18-point second-halfdeficit.
In one play in the third quarter, Morris smothered Ben Gordon, who proceeded to pick up hisdribble and throw the ball out of bounds.
"It really energized us," Morris acknowledged. "We got a bucketon the other end."
In another play in the third quarter, Morris forced a 24-second violation byattaching himself like glue to Kemba Walker.
"He didn't get a sh...