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Lamar Odom’s Quickness Key to Los Angeles Lakers Win

Published by on May 7, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

What started out as an NBA Second Round Playoff at the Staples Center by the final quarter looked more like an NHL Stanley Cup Playoff. The Lakers and Rockets wound up with more penalty minutes than the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings.

The Lakers got off to a quick start tonight, especially Kobe Bryant. The Lakers’ MVP had 13 points in the first eight minutes on six-for-seven shooting. Bryant finished the first quarter with 15 points. In Game One, Bryant was only 4-for-12 in the first half and had to take 31 shots to get 32 points for the game. Tonight he would finish with 40.

Even though Lamar Odom did not score in the quarter, the Lakers were a much faster team with Odom on the floor. Phil Jackson had ins...

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