Call it motivational, maybe even inspirational. On a severely sprained ankle, Kobe Bryant actually started and played 12 minutes, though he was scoreless and spent the rest of the game as a self-appointed assistant coach. Dwight Howard (20 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 4 BLK) was a force, Steve Nash (15 PTS, 9 AST, 4 REB) played well and Metta World Peace (19 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL) raised his game, but it was the Lakers’ bench that made the difference.
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The trade fallout is still settling for the three teams involved. Jose Calderon is the most likely to appear in his new uniform this evening; media reports in Toronto suggest that Rudy Gay won’t arrive until late afternoon and will definitely not make his Raptors debut until Sunday.