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Lakers Still on Top

Written by Matt Stevens   
Sunday, 06 December 2009 16:57

Lakers Still on TopLast Friday night, missing 3.2 seconds to finish the game and down by two points, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers took the ball after the kick Ron Artest. The mark of Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, was perfect.

Bryant cut toward the center and four hundredths failing to sound the buzzer, the ball left his hand.

The shot hit the backboard and went through hoops to make the score 108-107 in favor of the Lakers.

With that last second shot, Bryant led his quintet to the eighth straight victory, longest winning streak today, as a record of 15-3, more than enough to validate the nickname favorite team loads the legendary coach Phil Jackson .

The result of this meeting and how that outcome was reached was a test which is the true level of the current defending NBA champions.

Bryant scored 33 points, had 7 rebounds and three assists. He supported the Spanish Pau Gasol with 22 points and 8 boards. The same amount of rebounds (8) was recovered by center Andre Bynum, who also scored 19 points.

Artest was left with 8 runs, but his defense and overall effort are a factor transcendent. The other owner, Derek Fisher, put 11 points on the scoreboard, including a three-shot under pressure in the closing minutes.

Undoubtedly, the star of the Lakers is Bryant, but the quality that goes with it allows you to dream about the possibility of lifting the trophy for the second straight season and aim for their fifth championship ring in the NBA.

The statistics support the superiority of Los Angeles.

This season, the Lakers are scoring 104.4 points per game, against only 96.7 of their opponents.

More importantly, it loses Angeleno Table 14.4 turnovers per game, while its defense, led by Bryant and Artest, forcing others to lose 16.2 balls per night. This allows more ball possession and scoring chances in each game.

Undoubtedly there are other strong teams in the NBA.

The Boston Celtics have won 7 in a row and lead the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Cleveland and LeBron James have a record of 14.5 in the Central Division and as the favorites in the East.

Across the league, in the West Division, Denver and their brand of 14-5, with Carmelo Anthony as the central figure can be a difficult team to Los Angeles, who defeated last month by scorecard 105-79.

There are still seven months to crown the new champion of the NBA, but for now all computers are pointing to the Lakers, who are comfortably seated on the throne.

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