Lakers Dynasty 2000 wrote:This will be tricky. Those back-2-back nights are always unpredictable.
Wizards Can't Finish Off Heat
The Wizards led by four heading into the final period, but couldn't make the lead stand in Wednesday's 98-93 home loss to the Heat. Antawn Jamison led Washington with 26 points and Gilbert Arenas scored 22, handed out eight assists and grabbed seven boards.
jsm0331 wrote:Lakers Dynasty 2000 wrote:Wizards Can't Finish Off Heat
Gilbert Arenas scored 22, handed out eight assists and grabbed seven boards.
Ugh...just imagine what he is going to do against Chucky.
jsm0331 wrote:Matchup to watch...Odom vs Jamison. It's another game where Odom plays a huge role. I predict this matchup will be the matchup of the night.
Kobe can take advantage of Hughes, he's a lot bigger.
Arenas will probably drop like 30 on Atkins. Tierre...save us.
Mihm will have a big game, because it's at home. Haywood vs Mihm...another good matchup.
Jeffries on Caron should be interesting. I would like to see Caron get a little more involved offensively early on. We are going to need that with Odom and Kobe having to do so much against the Kings.
Fresh off an impressive road win, the Los Angeles Lakers return to the Staples Center on Friday to host the Washington Wizards.
Shrugging off multiple controversies, Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to a 115-99 win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.
Bryant, who has been in the media spotlight in the past week for feuds with former teammates Karl Malone and Shaquille O'Neal, had one of his finest efforts of the season with 31 points and a season-high 12 assists.
His 10-of-17 shooting effort spearheaded Los Angeles' 55 percent performance. Bryant scored 16 of the Lakers' 37 points in the third quarter.
Friday's contest opens a six-game homestand for the Lakers, who will host O'Neal and the Miami Heat on Christmas.
Despite losing both ends of a home-and-home set with Miami earlier this week, Washington sits in a tie for second place in the Southeast Division.
The Wizards are 0-4 vs. the Heat but 12-4 vs. the rest of the league.
In a 98-93 loss to the Heat on Wednesday, the high-scoring trio of Antawn Jamison, Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes combined for 67 points, but not one other Wizard had as many as three baskets.
Los Angeles has dominated the series in recent years, tying or winning the season series 27 straight times and taking 11 in a row at home.
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