Bryant, Odom playing together

The final score says it wasn't much of game: Lakers 82, Bulls 72. But Eric Neel's notebook reveals plenty of good things are happening for the Lakers.

Updated: November 20, 2006, 5:35 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2

LOS ANGELES – The Lakers and Bulls played some seriously ugly ball Sunday night at the Staples Center.

It was an 82-72 Lakers win, with the two teams shooting a combined 36.8 percent from the floor. Yikes.

But if you love the game like I do, you keep a notebook, even on the ugly nights…

THE LITTLE THINGS. Look out now, because Lamar Odom (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Kobe Bryant are communicating, flashing little looks each other's way, finding each other to slap five ...

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