Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe vs. Magic

The McTen: Second-half turnaround ousts Orlando

March, 15, 2011
3/15/11
8:09
AM PT
McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
ESPNLosAngeles.com
Archive
Here are your 10 additional things to take away from the Lakers' 97-84 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday ...

1

They trailed by five at halftime as the Lakers' offense was shooting just 35.4 percent from the field and making the Magic defense look every bit as dominant as L.A.'s D has been in the last 10 games.

The first two quarters were so sloppy that the guy who likened his toughness to Bruce Willis' last year, Kobe Bryant, was just 2-for-10 at the half and had to give himself a pep talk in the locker room to stop playing like a "wuss."

And then they took the floor for the third quarter and looked like a completely different team, much the same way the Lakers came back after the All-Star break and seemed to have found a different gear.

"We had a good second half," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "We got our offense running a little bit. Defensively, we got some steals and some easy baskets."

The Lakers outscored the Magic by 18 after halftime -- 56 to 38. They shot 53.7 percent from the field after hitting at just a 35.4 percent clip in the first half and they simply looked like a team determined to win while the Magic started to run out of gas after playing the second night of a back-to-back on the road.

(Read full post)

Kobe vs. Magic: The deck stacked against 24

January, 29, 2010
1/29/10
11:42
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
Archive

Icon SMI
Two all-time greats, only one can be G.L.O.A.T.



As a date with the Philadelphia 76ers awaits, Kobe Bryant needs just 72 points to pass Jerry West as the Lakers' all-time leading scorer. Yet another milestone in the career of The Mamba. (The dude quite literally shatters records every week these days.) Yet another step towards being not just a face on the purple-and-gold Mount Rushmore, but perhaps the face. The Greatest Laker of All-Time (G.L.O.A.T.)

Like Brian and I discussed in the latest PodKast, a strong argument can be made Kobe's only true competition is Magic Johnson. Based on feedback from fans, Bryant remains the bridesmaid. But could that ever change?

To a large degree, it's a question of whether you prioritize success on the court, or the entire package.

(Read full post)

SPONSORED HEADLINES

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.4
AssistsK. Bryant 6.3
StealsK. Bryant 1.2
BlocksW. Johnson 1.0