CLEVELAND — Here are a few of the best and brightest postgame quotes after the Lakers rallied to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers this afternoon for their sixth win on their six-game road trip. Kobe Bryant was unavailable to speak with reporters after suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Lamar Odom on scoring 28 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, both season highs: “I told myself before the game started in my little meditation that Phil (Jackson) has taught me to put myself in the moment. I told myself that the first rebound I got, I was going to take it to the hole and score. It kind of opened the game up for me and I found the flow of the game.”
Cleveland’s LeBron James on Odom’s play: “You see games like today where he gives you the points, the rebounds and the assists. He was definitely a big difference for them, with his offensive rebounding and going straight to the bucket to make some good plays.”
Jackson on Bryant: “He had chills at halftime and was struggling. But he said he was going to go out there anyway and play. We just wanted to keep a watch on him and he was going to let me know how he was doing. He was definitely not himself today.”
Jackson on the defining moments of the six-game trip: “There were two things that happened. One was, obviously, Andrew (Bynum) going down and the immediate shock of one of our key players being on the floor and the subsequent review of almost a year ago. The other thing was the game after that, with Kobe coming out and having a 61-point game at New York. The big pick-me-up type of game kind of infused the energy with this club.”