With Steve Blake, Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar all injured, The Black Mamba was managing the offense. And now with him sidelined Xavier Henry started at the point. The real floor general, however, was shooter Nick Young, and against all odds he led the Lakers to a huge 104-91 win at the Staples Center.
Young was quite mistake-prone in the first half where he committed five turnovers, but he stepped it up on the second, making better decisions with the ball and being quite accurate with his shooting. He finished the game with 25 points off the bench, and he came big every time the Lakers needed to score, including a four-point play that sparked the offense in the third quarter.
Despite the fact that Young was the main star of the contest, he couldn’t have led the Lakers to a win by himself as other players had very good contributions offensively. Pau Gasol ended two assists shy of a triple-double – 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists – despite battling with the toughness of Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love down low, and Jodie Meeks added 17 points.
While it’s true that the Lakers were outplayed in several areas of the game – specifically in the rebounding department and the second chance points – the team took major strides on the offensive side of the ball where they might have discovered a new PG in Nick Young who, despite not having a high number of assists, could be serviceable enough to lead the Lakers’ offense until Blake, Farmar or Nash can recover from their injuries.