The L.A. Lakers have managed to avoid what would have been their worst start to the season after ten games by defeating the Detroit Pistons 97-85 on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant poured his heart out in that game, scoring 17 points, with eight rebounds and nine assists.
This was a season high in assists for the veteran, who is in season number 20 in the NBA. He stayed in the game until the very end to make sure the win was guaranteed, and, therefore, he is unlikely to play tonight away against the Phoenix Suns.
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He said after the game, according to Yahoo! Sports: "We've got to get this win here at home. (But) right now, I'm barely standing up. My back and my legs, it's killing me.
"I go home, and I'm looking forward to that ice bath and the stretch, and a full day of recovery tomorrow. ... I'm not looking forward to walking to the car. Seriously.''
The Lakers may be 2-8 and far away from playoff hopes in the Western Conference, but at least it's better than their record from the beginning of last season, which was 1-9 after ten games.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott has been game managing Bryant so far this season in order to try and keep him fresh for as many games as possible. We will see if the decision to use up his energy against the Pistons pays off tonight when the Lakers play away at the Suns.
The Phoenix-based team only has a 5-4 record so far this year, but the Lakers are yet to win a conference game and have only won one road game all season. They need the boost of a conference win to help their playoff hopes.