01/02/13 2:17 am EST
|Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6
He was effective and efficient in limited minutes tonight. He also deserves some propers for overseeing Dwight Howard’s dreadful 1-for-7 effort.
|Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +6
Thad struggled from midrange on Tuesday. Despite getting reasonably good looks throughout the evening, he was just 1-of-8 from beyond three feet.
|Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | +3
Tremendous night for Mr. Turner. After a brutal three game stretch to close 2012 (he shot 7-of-25 and averaged just 5 points per game), he stuffed the box score in a way that he’s uniquely capable of; posting his eighth double-double of the season. Plus: the 3-pointer he hit to push the lead to 92-85 after Kobe galvanized the crowd was super-sized.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 10-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 26 PTS | +2
In a triumphant return to his hometown, Jrue was terrific. The driving dunk he made with 22 seconds left that put the Lakers down six and, effectively, iced it, might be my favorite Jrue Holiday moment ever. Also: 10 assists against one turnover. Think on that.
|Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +1
Jason Richardson is three years younger than Kobe Bryant. It didn’t look that way.
|Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +4
While Wright was on the floor, he hit 3-point shots (especially helpful because of the extra point you get for them!) and grabbed rebounds. Doug Collins, seeing this, played him a grand total of 23 minutes.
|Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | 0
Spencer Hawes, sporting a fresh haircut that made him (finally) look more like a professional athlete than a cast member of MTV’s ‘Buckwild’, did good things against the Lakers for the second time in as many games. He blocked Dwight Howard at least twice and has now shot 12-of-21 against the Lake show this season.
|Kwame Brown, C 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Kwame Brown, who wasn’t (that) bad in LA, got booed when he stepped on the floor at Staples. Kind of makes you wonder what the fans do when he returns to Washington: threaten his family? Throw fruit at him?
|Nick Young, SG 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | +2
Swaggy, who was playing for the home team the last time he played in front of an LA crowd, was unusually cautious against the Lakers, hazarding just three shots.
|Doug Collins A 10:30 pm ET start, on the road, against a team with four future Hall of Famers: not exactly conditions conducive to victory. It was a good win for a team that hasn’t had many of them this season.|
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