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Kobe, Lakers Handle the Sixers: Recap and Analysis

After a tough loss at the Pacers, the 12-12 Philadelphia 76ers were looking for a morale boost among the team, and tonight was the perfect way to do it.  The 11-14 Los Angeles Lakers were also struggling as of late, and came into the Wells Fargo Center looking for a win.  Kobe Bryant, a native of Philadelphia, seemed unstoppable tonight.  With 34 points and  6 assists, the Sixers had trouble keeping him under control.  But Kobe wasn’t the only one contributing for the Lakers. Dwight Howard also scored 17 points and grabbed 11 boards.

Unfortunately for the Sixers, Jrue Holiday did not play (sprained foot) which forced them to look to veteran Jason Richardson. Although Richardson is a solid player, he is no Jrue Holiday.

Game Changer: Lakers’ 3-Point Shooting

The Lakers 3-point shooting was killer tonight for the 76ers.  They went 14-34 (41.2%), which adds up to 42 of their 111 points.  Although Nick Young was hot tonight from downtown, shooting 50% beyond the arc, he couldn’t do it himself.  The Lakers size combined with their shooting was too much for the Sixers to handle, especially with Kwame Brown in the starting lineup.

Player of the Game: Kobe Bryant (LAL)

Kobe took out some of his season-long frustration on the Sixers.

As much as it pains me to say this, Kobe Bryant deserves the player of the game tonight, barely edging out Nick Young and his season-high 30 points. Back in his hometown, a crowd of angry fans let him have it. Kobe rose to the occasion and shut them up with 34 points and 6 assists.

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Categories: 76ers, Beat Writing, Editorial

Author:Luke Green

Passionate sports fan, loves to write about the Sixers and the Union

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