The Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown Friday morning, then the team turned in its best performance of the season just hours later. The Lakers blew out the Golden State Warriors 101-77 to secure their second win of the season.
Interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff has claimed he knows he won’t be the head coach very long, but he’s 1-0 at the helm of the team. Obviously, Bickerstaff probably didn’t have a whole lot to do with the turnaround, but still he got a result and the team was ready to play.
Kobe Bryant had an excellent all-around game, finishing with 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Pau Gasol chipped in with a double-double (14 points, 16 rebounds) and second-year points guard Darius Morris added a career-high 10 points.
Dwight Howard had a quiet night, with just six points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. He played just 24 minutes because he wasn’t needed and it was a chance to give him some rest.
But the Lakers looked better everywh...