Los Angeles Lakers: JR Smith

Billups' big night: What went wrong?

February, 6, 2010
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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With the possible exception of the Christmas Day game against the Cavs (when it rained foam fingers instead of Denver three-pointers), Friday's loss to the Nuggets stands as the season's worst for the Lakers, or at least their fans. A fully healthy Lakers team letting a nine-point third quarter lead slip away to a visiting team without its best player? That just ain't right.

The contest's signature participant, of course, was Denver's Chauncey Billups, who hit nine of his first 11 threes and finished with 39 points.

After the game, Phil Jackson was asked if Billups deserved credit for incredible shooting or if the Lakers allowed him to go off thanks to bad defense. "That was all him," PJ said. "He might have had one in the first half that guys didn't close out and get to him, and Fish a couple times, he's down helping out and as a consequence he got going. But he was shooting beyond the line considerably."

So is he right? I went back this afternoon, fired up the DVR, and took a look. Below is a rundown of all nine Billups threes. Settle in.

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Kobe Bryant
PTS AST STL MIN
26.4 4.1 1.2 35.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 9.8
AssistsJ. Lin 4.9
StealsR. Price 1.3
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