The numbers looked pretty good by game’s end for the Lakers, a choppy victory over the New Jersey Nets tonight at Staples Center. The Lakers reached the season’s midway point with a 30-11 record, having won seven in a row and nine of 10. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Pau Gasol scored 20 and grabbed nine rebounds and Ron Artest and Lamar Odom scored 14 apiece. Odom also had a team-leading 11 rebounds. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 35 points on 13 of 19 shooting. Sasha Vujacic added 17 and Jordan Farmar had 12.
Here’s what Bryant had to say about playing against Vujacic and Farmar: “It’s good to see them. They both look like they’re in good spirits. They both played well, played with a lot of energy. You know, all in all, it’s good to see them. These types of games are the hardest for me. Like, last year when we played Trevor (Ariza) for the first time because they’re little brothers to me.”