The Lakers pick up their first win of the season tonight against the Charlotte Hornets at home. LAL 107 - CHA 92.
Jeremy Lin led the game with 21 points and 7 assists while Kobe scored 21 points as well, playing only 34 minutes. The two players seem to be having a much better understanding with each other on the court, while maintaining a balance of knowing when to attack and facilitate. Carlos Boozer also had a notable performance scoring 16 points in tonight's game. Another key player for the Lakers was the substitute Ed Davis who picked up 10 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes of play.
A large part of the Lakers success tonight began on the defensive end, where they held the Hornets to just 13 points in the 3rd quarter while they punched in 34 points.
"It all started with our defense" said Jeremy Lin, "We got some stops and capitalized on the other end, once we smelled 'blood' we rode the momentum down the stretch."
It's not a secret, today was a must win for the Lakers. This result was just as vital for the team as it was for the fans. Byron Scott expressed his delight with tonight's result, but reminded everyone that the team still has lots to work on, especially when their next opponents are all threats in the very competitive Western Conference. Their next game is on Tuesday in Memphis against the Grizzlies who are off to a 6-1 start.