Join us for our Google+ Hangout today at 11:30 a.m., when Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan and Clippers writer Brad Turner discuss the two teams. Sure to be a hot topic is new Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. As Bresnahan wrote earlier this week,
Mike D'Antoni didn't make his much-awaited Lakers debut. His offense, however, was there for all to see.
The Lakers rolled to a 119-108 victory Sunday over the Houston Rockets, amassing stats that were part video game, part fantasy league, all entertainment.
The Princeton offense couldn't have seemed further in the past after the younger, less-refined cousin of Showtime stepped into Staples Center.
The Lakers had 98 points after the third quarter, what would have been a giddily celebrated overall total for them just two weeks ago.
Kobe Bryant had his 18th career triple-double, Dwight Howard had 28 points and the only boos came when Rockets forward Greg Smith made a free throw with 2:49 to play.
It gave Houston 100 points. It also ended the free taco promotion for the night. The Lakers led by 16 at the time. Boo who? Boo why?
Bryant welcomed the arrival of D'Antoni last week, as did Steve Nash, all too familiar with the premise of D'Antoni's fun-and-gun style from their years together with the Phoenix Suns.
Howard, however, took a more conservative approach. He's seen a lot to like in only two games.
"Am I enjoying it?" he said. "For me not being in shape, yeah. We're doing a lot of running, a lot of screening. . . . We're just trying to have fun and win games."
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