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Lakers' one-sided victory over Warriors only seems perfect

Coach Phil Jackson and forward Ron Artest say the team must improve on defense and play harder every night.

November 22, 2010|By Broderick Turner

Your Lakers team just won by 28 points, a thorough beat-down put on the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Sunday night.

Your team once had a 35-point lead, putting on a dazzling display of basketball.

Your team shot 55.7% from the field, 40.9% (nine for 22) from three-point range, and you had one player, center Pau Gasol, make all 10 of his shots and all eight of his free throws in scoring a game-high 28 points.

So, then, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, do you have any complaints with your team?

"I always have a complaint," Jackson said. "It's not a perfect game. But it's still what it is."

And that was all Jackson said on the matter before pointing to another reporter.

Perhaps even Jackson knew there was nothing — or at least not much — to complain about.

The Lakers opened an 18-point lead in the first quarter, which they built to 30 in the second. They led by 35 points in the third before coasting to their fourth consecutive victory, all by double digits.

None of the starters played more than 30 minutes, Gasol the most at 30:01.

Four Lakers scored in double figures.

Jackson said during that process the Lakers' "screen-and-roll defense is what's real important to us" because so many teams run that play in their offenses.

When Ron Artest was approached after the game, he was asked whether Jackson jumped on the players about anything.

Artest smiled and said no.

The Lakers had played a solid game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers had lost two consecutive games against the Nuggets at Denver and at Staples Center to the Phoenix Suns before they went on a three-game trip.

The Lakers won all of those road games and returned home from a trek through Milwaukee, Detroit and Minneapolis to beat up on the Warriors.

"We have to play harder," Artest said. "We have to play hard every game. We didn't really play nobody yet. But we are a good team.

"We won three in a row on the road, but I just don't know. I'm still upset about the other two losses that we got, because it was a carryover from the sloppy games [against the Raptors]. We know that as a team. We know that we cannot slip. We know that we have to play hard every game. And everybody is doing that."

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