After kicking the road trip off with a poor showing in Utah, the Lakers were already missing their home cooking. Chicago is only the second stop on the first major road swing of the year and it started off like a must-win.
Kobe sent an MJ-esque message to everyone in the United Center by hanging 20 of his game high 42 in the first 12. KB24 took one step closer to Jordan in the record books, albeit Bryant still has some ground to cover in order to catch Jumpman23 in career 40-point games.
Don’t let the 96-87 final score fool you.
The NBA’s Team of the Decade gave up 31 in the first frame to one of the league’s worst scoring teams. Black Mamba did his thing on the scoreboard and Pau did his on the glass. Gasol grabbed 16 boards, making it a total of 56 the last three games.
During a back-and-forth third quarter, Lake Show needed a spark.
It just so happened that Shannon Brown got a chance to get some home cooking on the road. The Chi-Town native gave some family and friends in the crowd a bittersweet moment.
Kobe did his MJ in the first quarter. Then Shannon did his in the third.
These throwdowns are the reason why Joel Meyers wants everybody who sees this to check out LetShannonDunk.com.