Pivot Points: LA Lakers Follow Tough Loss with Tougher Win

December 27th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Never underestimate the heart of a champion, because when all else fails and backs are against the wall, the only thing left to fall back on is pride, and, in the case of the Los Angeles Lakers, pride is what carried the defending champions through on Saturday night.

Kobe Bryant racked up 38 points and the shorthanded Lakers rallied to beat the host Sacramento Kings in double-overtime, 112-103, notching a positive to curb what was quickly becoming a nightmarish holiday weekend.

After the devastating defeat the Lakers faced at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day, the future became a little cloudier with the announcement of an injury suffered by Ron Artest later that evening.

Initial reports say that Artest injured his elbow and suffered a concussion after falling down a flight of stairs in his home, and the amount of time he will miss has yet to be determined.

Talk about pouring salt in an open wound. The mental state of the Lakers (24-5) was a big question mark after the loss to the Cavaliers, and their road game against Sacramento was the perfect opportunity to slide even further down the slope.

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