It wasn't always pretty -- actually, it rarely was -- but the Lakers nonetheless pulled out a 112-108 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon at Staples. The team hunkered down and ragained control of the contest after a sluggish start, and consistent with their victorious ways short Kobe Bryant, a group effort ruled the day. Andrew Bynum (playing with an upper-respiratory illness), Pau Gasol, Matt Barnes, Metta World Peace and Ramon Sessions all reached double figures. Defensively, everyone who stepped on the floor chipped in his two cents. As a team, they clamped down in the second half (44 points allowed in Q's three and four) and kept the Mavs off the line.
We hit on their strong games, and more, including how the Lakers managed to win when three big cogs (Gasol, Bynum, and MWP) weren't models of efficiency, what happens when Bryant returns, and whether the Lakers are actually peaking heading into the postseason. If so, who gets the credit?
Good clips in the show from Mike Brown and Gasol. Click below for more from the head coach, Gasol, and Ramon Sessions.
Gasol on defending Dirk Nowitzki. Via ESPN Stats and Info, Pau held Dirk to 5-of-15 from the floor. On the night, Nowitzki finished 9-of-28. Also comments on their play without Kobe.
Gasol on how the offense will operate when Kobe returns:
Brown on Barnes:
Brown on team's evolution over the season:
Brown, on Bynum's dominance defensively vs. Dallas:
Sessions on his game vs. Dallas, hitting big shots:
Metta World on his improved health and performances:
MWP on Kobe's "coaching:"
Matt Barnes on the win and the team's defense:
Barnes on Kobe's "coaching" and guarding Dirk Nowitzki: