Found January 14, 2012 on
The Wine and Gold's second unit cut a 19-point Lakers' lead to just three in the fourth quarter, but Kobe Bryant's 42-point performance was a touch too much as the Cavaliers fell, 97-92, on Friday night at the Staples Center. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 21 points.

Kobe drops over 40...again

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are officially heating up. After a slow start for both he and the team, L.A. has won five straight and Kobe has scored at least 40 in the last three games.

Kobe Shouldn't Be Doing What He's Doing

Lakers color commentator Stu Lantz calls Kobe Bryant as someone being from "another planet".I agree.As we all know, Kobe tore a ligament on his shooting wrist against the Clippers last Dec. 21st. We also know that he's averaging 30.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game since, including a back-to-back 40+ points performance the last 2 games against Phoenix...

Kobe Bryant Is On A Mission... But What Is It Exactly?

Kobe Bryant is, as they say, on fire.  For three straight games, Kobe Bryant has launched 31 shots towards the rim.  For three straight games, enough of those 31 shots have fallen to give him at least 40 points.  He has scored a total of 120 points, going 47-93 from the field, 5-13 from 3, and 31-34 from the line.  The Lakers have won all three of those games.   The Lakers...

A 2012 New Year’s Resolution: Stop Chasing 23

The 2011 NBA playoffs laid low two of the best, and probably the two most famous, players in the entire league. LeBron James‘ struggles in the NBA Finals are well-chronicled, of course, and remain a subject of fascination mystery seven months later. Kobe Bryant was brought down two rounds earlier in arguably the most embarrassing playoff loss of his career, capped off by the Game...

Irving leads Cavaliers past Suns

Prize rookie Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 26 points and Antawn Jamison matched his season high with 23, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Phoenix Suns 101-90 on Thursday night. Irving, who played only 11 games at Duke before being drafted first overall, topped his previous high of 21. Anderson Varejeo contributed 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Steve Nash led six Suns...

It may not be pretty, but Lakers keep winning

LOS ANGELES -- Another 40 point night for Kobe Bryant. Another Los Angeles win. Bryant scorched Cleveland for 42 pointshis third straight game of 40 or moreto lead the Lakers to a 97-92 victory over the Cavaliers Friday night. It was the eighth consecutive home triumph for the Lakers, who are now 9-4 overall. The Cavs got 21 points from rookie guard Kyrie Irving and a double-double...

Kobe Bryant scores 42, but Lakers fall to Clippers

LOS ANGELES -- The words in the build-up to the Clippers and Lakers game Saturday night didn't do much justice...

Divergent paths to stardom for Irving, Nash

PHOENIX -- Two disparately manicured paths intersected Thursday night at US Airways Center. Arriving on the road from back East was a kid who skipped lightly over whatever precious stones are used to pave the way through Duke and into the NBA. Before that 11-game cameo as college-basketball royalty, this young point guard ran with an elite high school program and into the McDonald...

Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron

While he tried to be diplomatic about it, Lakers coach Mike Brown said what we’ve all thought for a while: Kobe Bryant is far more intense than LeBron James. Here is the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register: “There’s just a different feel to the two guys,” Brown said…. “LeBron is a…

Post Up: Dwight Night

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad I had a whole introduction written out about how the NBA is a point guard-driven League (which I still believe, for the record). I even had a nice photo of Kyrie Irving picked out for the home page. And then Dwight Howard had to go and ruin it for me. I wanted to talk about how last night, we saw it all at the point guard spot—a matchup of the...
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