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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Kobe Bryant scores 32 in Lakers victory over Rockets

At first, Kobe Bryant was stunned to find so many big gaps in the Rockets' defense. Once the shock wore off, Bryant took advantage, scoring 32 points and dishing out a season-high nine assists as the Lakers snapped a four-match losing streak with an 89-78 victory Wednesday night.

"I started coming off the pick and roll and I was so wide open," noticed Bryant, who went 13-for-29 from the field. "It really threw me off at first. It's been two months since I've been that wide open."

And when Bryant wasn't burning the Rockets, Brian Cook was. In fact, Cook added 27 points and 10 rebounds one night after scoring a season-high 28 in the Lakers' 102-87 loss at Dallas.
"A lot of other teams only focus on Kobe," Cook noticed. "I only hang around on the weak side and nights like tonight, Kobe gives it up."

Is important to notice that Rafer Alston made 16 and Yao Ming added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who had a four-match winning streak snapped.

"We got too comfortable with ourselves with the winning streak," McGrady noticed. "It's really disappointing to come home and have an outing like this, myself included."

Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy ripped his team's effort after the match. He noticed the Rockets were equally lackadaisical in their shootaround.

"How little we put in the match, from the start of the day to the end of the match, was totally uninspiring," Van Gundy noticed. "We went through the motions, but didn't even fake it really well."

The match drew 18,291 fans - a season high at the Toyota Center - but those hoping to see a 1-on-1 duel between Bryant and All-Star Tracy McGrady left disappointed.