Bryant’s triple double leads Lakers past Rockets
On Sunday, Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant recorded his 18th triple double to lead his team pass the Houston Rockets in an easy 119-108 victory.
Bryant finished the game with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Even though the Lakers’ new head coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t present on the floor, the Lakers have already shown improvements on both offense and defense ends of the floor.
On the defensive end, the Lakers were able to record 10 steals, three of them from Bryant.
During an interview with Sporting News NBA, Bryant talked about the Lakers’ defense. “We’re just picking apart the defense. We’re putting the defense in predicaments where they have to choose, and we’re making them pay,” he said.
Today wasn’t just Bryant’s day as forward Pau Gasol also made history. He scored his 15,000th career point, making him the tenth foreign NBA player to reach that amount. Gasol finished the game with 17 points.
Second year Darius Morris had his career high of 12 points and did a good job in containing Rockets’ Jeremy Lin to 2 of 9 shooting.
With this victory, the Lakers are now 5-5 and had recorded their fourth-straight 100-point production since the firing of Mike Brown, according to The Los Angeles Times.