Los Angeles Lakers: Rose Garden

Lakers 99, Blazers 82: The Moment

February, 6, 2010
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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There actually wasn't one, which was the best thing that could have happened for the Lakers.

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You're darn right Derek Fisher is pumping his fist after this win.



By definition, winning inside the "Lakers ain't done it since the Jumaine Jones/Tierre Brown era" Rose Garden will be difficult through the strength of a single moment. Factor in Kobe Bryant on the inactive list with a bad ankle-- an absence later compounded by Andrew Bynum missing the second half after Juwan Howard's early foul united AB17's hip and the hardwood-- and "a moment" simply won't do.

You're going to need "moments" and lots of folks stepping up to provide them.

That's exactly how the Lakers managed to snap the curse in Portland, and under the most unlikely of circumstances.

This was a victory created by hard play and contributions top to bottom. Often fantastic and scrappy group defense --Portland shot just 43.7 percent from the floor and a paltry 27.8 percent from downtown-- combined with a cavalcade of individuals bringing boatloads to the table.

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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