TheLakeShow: Ariza Has Another Unfrieldly Reunion, Odom Drops 17

January 6th, 2010 by John Engel Leave a reply »
On Tuesday, Trevor Ariza and the "McGradyless" Rockets (20-14) visited Los Angeles (27-6) for their third meeting of the season. The bigger story, however was the return of offseason acquisition, Ron Artest, who was suffering from a concussion that he sustained on Christmas Day.

With Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) out of the lineup against Houston, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest were both in the starting five to begin the game. Odom, who has averaged nearly 33 minutes and 14 points in has last four games, has been a great fill in for both Gasol and Artest in the past week.  

Los Angeles started the game methodically once again, but successfully distributed the ball the entire first quarter. The Lakers had no one player with more than six points, though three players (Andrew Bynum, Kobe Bryant, and Odom) shared this total. Turnovers seemed to be a problem early for both teams, but each finished the quarter with low totals of five (LA) and four (HOU). 

Los Angeles 22, Houston 15.

Both teams in today's match up were regarded as high-powered offense with Houston averaging 100 points per game, and the Lakers with 104. However, the slo ...

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