Pivot Points: Kobe Breaks Finger As Road Beckons For Lakers

December 12th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers extended their NBA-best winning streak to 11 games in a familiar double-digit fashion against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but were unable to escape the contest unscathed.

Star guard Kobe Bryant fractured the index finger on his shooting hand while scrambling to control an errant pass. Hand injuries are nothing new for Bryant, but he admitted that this one was painful.

He left the game to have a splint applied, but returned to finish with 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists, pretty good numbers to be competing with a broken index finger.

The Lakers as a team continued to roll by reaching their first 11-game winning streak since 2003-2004, and they have not lost an NBA contest since Nov. 15.

Pau Gasol continued to play like the best power forward in the league as he fell three assists shy of a triple-double. He finished with 17 points, seven assists and a career-high 20 rebounds.

The Lakers remained undefeated at 10-0 since Gasol's return, and 10 of their wins during their streak have come by double-digit margins.

The degree of difficulty is likely to trend upwards as the Lakers fini ...

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