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This was my third live NBA event ever, and it was the third Lakers game I went to since March 3rd of this year.
My wife got them from her mom, who gifted the tickets to us just because.
We sat in section 109, which wasn't bad at all, though I didn't like the seats we sat on. They didn't have cup holders, and they seemed to be too close to one another to the point where if everyone in the row leaned back, we'd be touching arms, shoulders and elbows.
As I expected, the crowd was pretty quiet until about the 4th quarter. Sometimes I'd be the only one who was chanting "DEFENSE!" loudly. It didn't seem like most people were into it. The woman sitting next to my wife & I didn't even know anybody's name on either team, except Kobe, Pau & Dwight. There was a guy sitting directly behind me who kept calling Earl Clark 'Devin Ebanks', and there were two women sitting a few rows in front of me who were on their phones practically the entire game. I don't recall them putting their phones down until about the last few minutes of the 4th quarter.
Gary Payton walked past my row and I immediately yelled, "Oh, shit! Is that Gary Payton?" People looked but nobody seemed to care. My wife, unfortunately, didn't know who he was. I don't blame her because she just started watching basketball in 2010 (sound familiar, Miami fans?) when we moved in together.
I asked an usher standing close by, "Isn't that Gary Payton?"
She replied, "No... Um.. Actually, I don't know. I don't know who Gary Payton is."
A few minutes later, GP was congratulated on the jumbo-tron for being elected into the Hall of Fame, and they showed him on the screen. I yelled, "What did I say?" And I heard a few people, "Oh, he was right!"
Gary started leaving a couple minutes into the 4th quarter (I believe), and people got up, trying to shake his hand.
As he was walking past me, I asked, "Gary, will you take a picture with me, please?"
Made me entire night! A guy congratulated me, saying, "Damn, man! You got lucky. Congrats. I wanted a pic, too!"
Sorry, guys. I don't feel comfortable posting my pictures here any more. Last year, a poster named Millwad took my pics, made a thread and posted them in there, acting like he was me. I don't know why he did that. We never had a problem before then. When I PM'd him about it, he deleted the pics from the thread, and then sent me a PM saying someone logged into his account and posted me pics.
I want to post the pic I took with GP, but I don't know if I should . . .
: A Look at the Lakers
Kobe had 4 points in the 1st half. He ended the night with 30.
Enough said. That was the greatest performance I've ever seen live, and I'm glad I got to see Kobe do what he used to do back in his actual prime
one last time before his potential retirement. People were chanting his name during the timeout in the 4th quarter after he caught fire. It was truly awesome!
D12 seemed so out of the game at times. He missed a lay-up and instead of going up for the rebound, which Jamison got, Dwight seemed to pout and just stand off to the baseline, watching the action instead of taking part in it.
Earl Clark got in early foul trouble, but I didn't expect him to end the night without a single point. I love EC, but c'mon. I know he got into a car accident earlier in the day, but no excuses, Earl.
Antawn Jamison came off the bench with great intensity. It still shocks me that early on in the season, there was a stretch of maybe 5-6 games where Mike D'Antoni didn't play Jamison. lol wtf?
Pau had an amazing game. I don't want to look up the exact numbers but I know he ended up with 20+ pts & 11 reb. It's games like this where I think Pau is still worth his keep, though I do wish he wasn't getting paid $19 million next season.
Jodie Meeks played atrocious defense on Eric Gordon. I think
Gordon dropped 17 points on him in the 1st half. I might be incorrect about the exact number, but I do know EG was demolishing Meeks all night.
Metta. World. Peace. What do you expect? 12 days after surgery, he plays 15 minutes. Derrick Rose, months after surgery, and a couple months after being cleared to play, still sits on the sidelines. You can hate Metta's game, but you've gotta love his efforts.
The team overall was great. I hated how they allowed a 17-2 run in the 1st half, but I'll take a W any time in any fashion. It also looks like the team has figured out how to effectively use D12 & Pau on the court together. It's a beautiful thing to see.
: A Look at the Hornets
Ryan Anderson scared me at first, but he was pretty ineffective for most of the game. He missed several wide open 3's. He did hit one in the last 30 seconds or so to make it a 2 possession game, and that shot was too sick for comfort. He had 2 Lakers contesting the shot, too.
Eric Gordon seems too one-dimensional. All he did was score, score, score. He only had a couple rebounds and a couple assists, I believe. I thought that was pretty sad. He did destroy Jodie Meeks practically all night, and it wasn't until Kobe started guarding him that he slowed down in scoring. Gordon did get blocked by Steve Blake, which was a crowd pleasing moment.
Robin Lopez was getting mocked by people in the crowd. It was pathetic because nobody said anything funny. I even heard one guy yell, "It's Carlito from the WWE!"
Greivis Vasquez scared me with his runners and floaters. It didn't seem like the Lakers had an answer for those shots for a while. Steve Blake seemingly couldn't keep the guy in front of him.
Anthony Davis is uglier in person than on TV, but I swear he had a good game. Dwight either didn't bother or just couldn't guard him. I know he ended up with a double-double, but I don't remember the exact numbers. Maybe 18 pts and 13-14 reb? He did have quite a number of steals, too.
The Hornets overall played a good game, but it just wasn't enough. I think they should just be happy that they gave the Lakers so much trouble for the first 40-45 minutes of the game.
The Overall Experience
The crowd seemed out of the game until the start of the 4th quarter. There were actually people who started leaving the game when it was still a one possession game in the 4th quarter with 4-5 minutes to go. I didn't understand why, but who am I to judge?
I think I had to be the loudest person in there. I almost lost my voice from cheering so much.
The Lakers not having a double-digit lead throughout the game somewhat irritated me because I felt like they were able to go on a run at any time, but just didn't do it. They should've had this game in the bag from the get-go if Dwight actually boxed out more and at least tried to get more than just 6 rebounds, but I'll take a W in any fashion. It could be a blow out win or a struggle to get there, but as long as it's a win, I love it.