Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/23/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1: Lakers drop their third straight

Another game of "Kobe vs. the world" with Bryant takine 30 shots and no one else taking more than 12.

We've said a lot about the Lakers so we'll keep this one brief. We can sum this up with Pau Gasol's big stat: 10 assists. If Pau's your assist guy, then the Lakers offense needs to change. If the Lakers truly want to run their offense through Gasol, then he can't have LA's third lowest usage rate for the game.

If Kobe took five fewer shots and Gasol got those touches, this might have been a win the way Pau was passing the ball. But this is part of the struggle of a new coach and new system in this lockout shortened year.

2: Roy Hibbert's fantastic season

I'm not sure how many people are really paying attention to Roy Hibbert's play this season. His stats aren't eye-popping at 13.9 ppg and 9.9 rpg. But a closer look shows he scoring more efficiently and effectively around the basket. Last season, he shot 42.5% on shots from 3-9 feet away from the basket. This season, he's hitting 56.4%. A much improved post game means teams have to worry about him more as a threat to score. On a Pacers team that boasts a lot of solid scoring options, forcing the defense to give added attention to the post is huge.

Hibbert's steady improvement is as much of a reason for Indiana's success as anything else. He gives Indiana the ability to adjust and take advantage of a mismatch, running the offense through Hibbert if the situation calls for it. His contributions to the Paces really should not be overlooked. His performance last night against the Lakers (18 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast) just underscored what he's meant to this team all season.

3: HIGHLIGHTS!!

Chauncey Billups throws it up... DeAndre Jordan throws it down. A play so nice, the do it twice

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