Fresh off of a procedure that drained his knee of excess fluid, Kobe Bryant had his best game this playoff season as he lit up the Phoenix Suns for 40 points on 13- for 23 shooting in Game 1. The Lakers as a team shot an above average 58 percent from the field en route to a 128-107 victory.
Bam, in yo face!
The defending champs beat the Suns at their own game, the run and gun. With Kobe knocking em’ down from the perimeter it was up to Pal Gasol and Lamar Odom to follow suit in the interior. The two 7 -footers didn’t face much pressure in the offensive zone as they scored with ease, taking 28 shots, making 19 for 40 points.
Lamar Odom had 19 rebounds to go along with his 19 points. Not too shabby for a 6th man.
The Lakers showed Phoenix many different looks in the defensive end, forcing them to diversify their touches. Any time one of the Suns got hot, the Lakers switched it up defensively.
It should be mentioned that Kobe didn’t practice during the long 6-day layoff. It’s apparent he found his playoff legs.