The Lakers came out and did what many wondered if they could – they beat a top tier team and did so pretty easily. They controlled the game from the outset with Kobe setting the tone on offense and Ron setting the tone on defense, ultimately riding that wave of energy through the end of the contest. And while there’s a fairly big caveat for this game (Chris Bosh didn’t play) the Lakers’ desire to compete shone through to the point that this is the true takeaway from this game, not who did or did not play.
We’ll have a full report on this game up a bit later, but for now enjoy this win in the comments. The Lakers stepped up their level of play today and did so in a nationally televised game against one of the elite teams in the league. If there’s a game this team can build on, it’s this one.