SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers and Kings are currently tied 1-1 in their season series, after the Lakers took last
season’s series with Sacramento 3-1 and swept the 2009-10 season series 4-0. The two
franchises have met 279 times overall and 115 times since the Kings moved to Sacramento.
The Lakers lead the all-time series with the Kings 191-88 (83-32 vs. Sacramento). In their
last 10 meetings, the Lakers are 8-2 against Sacramento. The Lakers are 17-8 all-time
against the Kings at STAPLES Center and 8-2 in their last 10 home contests. On the road in
the state capitol, the Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games at Power Balance Pavilion. Last
season (12/3/10 at STAPLES Center), the Lakers defeated the Kings by 33 points, their
largest victory over the Kings since a 33-point win 12/22/95. Also last season (11/3/10), Kobe
Bryant recorded his 17th career triple-double while passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the
franchise leader for career minutes in a 112-100 Lakers victory at Sacramento. Three
seasons ago, on April 6, 2008, the Lakers defeated the Kings by 22 points, their largest
victory in Sacramento since a 23-point win 3/23/89. In 2006-07, the Lakers were whistled for
42 personal fouls in their 132-128 overtime victory January 4, 2007 in Sacramento,
establishing a new Los Angeles era franchise record. The Lakers last committed 42 personal
fouls back on 2/17/57 versus St. Louis when the team was still in Minneapolis. Additionally,
the Lakers and Kings combined for 80 personal fouls and 102 free throws on the night, which
was, at the time, the most fouls committed by two teams in more than seven years. In 56
career games against the Kings including 48 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.9 points with
a high game of 51 points 1/19/06 at Sacramento. Kings forward Tyler Honeycutt played
collegiately at UCLA. The Lakers and Kings haven’t met in the postseason since the 2002
Western Conference Finals. While Kobe Bryant played in that series, no Kings remain on the
current roster from that playoff series.
With the Clippers loss in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 25th, the Lakers clinched their fifth straight Pacific Division title (23rd overall) as well as the #3 seed in the Western
Conference. The Lakers will face either the Denver Nuggets or Dallas Mavericks in the opening round of the 2012 Playoffs (In the event of a three-way tie between Dallas,
Denver and Utah, Dallas would win the tiebreaker (record in games among tied teams) and finish #6). Denver, with two games remaining 4/25 at Oklahoma City and 4/26
at Minnesota, currently leads Dallas by a game in the West. Dallas, however, has just one game remaining (4/26 at ATL) and owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the
Nuggets. Earlier this month, with a victory over Denver on April 13th, the Lakers clinched a playoff spot, becoming the 3rd team in the West to do so (OKC, SA). The
playoff berth marks the Lakers 59th postseason appearance in 64 NBA seasons as well as their 31st playoff berth in 33 seasons since Dr. Jerry Buss purchased the team
prior to the 1979-80 season. Playoffs Note: Teams 1 to 4 in each conference are the three division winners and the team with the next best regular-season record, with the
seeding of these four teams determined by regular-season record. The playoff-seedings of teams 5 to 8 are based upon regular-season record.
BRYANT TWO STEALS SHY OF MAGIC JOHNSON’S FRANCHISE RECORD
Entering Thursday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, Kobe Bryant (1,722) stands two steals shy of Magic Johnson’s franchise record 1,724 steals. Johnson, who
twice led the league in steals (1980-81, 1981-82) and posted the third highest single-season steals per game average in NBA history during the 1980-81 season (3.43 spg),
ranks 15th on the NBA’s career steals list. Isiah Thomas (14
/1,861) and Derek Harper (13
/1,957) are next on the all-time list.
FOURTH QUARTER COMEBACK
Trailing by 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Lakers came all the way back to force a pair of overtimes before ultimately defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-106 on
Sunday, April 22 at STAPLES Center. The last time the Lakers overcame a deficit of 17 or more points in the fourth quarter to win came back on April 4, 2003 when they
overcame a 23-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 102-101.
The Lakers 114-106 double-overtime victory over Okalhoma City on April 22 was the team’s 6th overtime contest this season. The Lakers are now 5-1 in overtime games
this year after going a perfect 4-0 in overtime games last season. Prior to their sole overtime loss of the season 3/6/12 at Detroit, the Lakers had won six straight overtime
contests. During the 2009-10 season, the Lakers finished 4-1 in overtime games, after going 2-1 in three overtime games in the 2008-09 season and 4-0 in four overtime
games during the 2007-08 campaign. In their last 24 overtime games, the Lakers are now 21-3 overall. The most overtime games the Lakers have played in a single
season during the Los Angeles era is 10, established during the 2006-07 season. With the victory over Oklahoma City, the Lakers all-time overtime record in the Los
Angeles era is now 140-91 (.606).
POOR SHOOTING IN THE FRONT COURT? NO PROBLEM…
Playing without Kobe Bryant for the fifth straight game, the Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks on April 15 in overtime despite subpar shooting performances from
starting forwards Metta World Peace (7-for-20) and Pau Gasol (6-for-14) and starting center Andrew Bynum (9-for-24). While having all three members of the starting
frontcourt struggle from the field would seem to amount to a guaranteed loss, the Lakers have actually won their last six games in which their starting forwards and center
each take 12+ shots and miss more than half. The last Lakers’ loss in such a game occurred back on October 19, 1979 against the Portland Trail Blazers (82-99). The
frontcourt trio in that game was Jamaal Wilkes, Spencer Haywood and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.*
ANDREW BYNUM EARNS THIRD CAREER WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR; SECOND THIS SEASON
On April 16, the NBA named Andrew Bynum WC Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 15; his THIRD career WC Player of the Week
award and second this season. Bynum led the Lakers to a 4-0 week behind averages of 21.8 points, a league-best 16.3 rebounds and 1.50 blocks (three double-doubles).
Only the 5th Laker in franchise history to grab 30 rebounds in a game (4/11 at San Antonio), Bynum followed up that effort with 30 points 4/13 vs. Denver, becoming the
first player league-wide to follow a 30-rebound game with a 30-point game since Moses Malone in Feb. of 1982. Bynum’s first career WC Player of the Week award was
earned back on January 26, 2009, when Bynum averaged 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks in helping lead the Lakers to a 4-0 week from 1/19/09 to 1/25/09.
Earlier this season, Bynum earned the honor after leading the Lakers to a 3-1 week from 3/12/12 to 3/18/12 while averaging 27.5 points (.665 FG%) and 14.8 rebounds.
BYNUM IN GOOD COMPANY WITH 30-REBOUND NIGHT
With 30 rebounds in the Lakers victory over the San Antonio Spurs on April 11, Andrew Bynum became just the fifth Laker in franchise history to record 30 or more
rebounds in a single game, joining Wilt Chamberlain (16 times), Elgin Baylor (3) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (twice) and George Mikan (twice). Bynum became the first Laker to
post 30 rebounds since Abdul-Jabbar grabbed 30 rebounds more than three decades ago on February 3, 1978 at New Jersey. Also, he is just the second player in the last
15 years league-wide to record 30 rebounds in a game, joining Timberwolves’ forward Kevin Love (31 rebounds, 11/12/10 vs. NY). Bynum, who surpassed the 3,000
career rebound mark in the win, is the second youngest Laker to grab 30 rebounds (24 years, 167 days) behind Elgin Baylor (24 years, 51 days), who posted the first of his
three 30-plus career rebound games for the Minneapolis Lakers back in 1958.*
LAKERS CONTROL THE OFFENSIVE GLASS
In addition to Andrew Bynum’s individual effort on the glass against San Antonio on April 11, the Lakers as a team held the Spurs to the fewest opponent offensive
rebounds in franchise history (1). The Spurs, along with Philadlephia (1/26/96) and Dallas (2/4/86), previously held the opponent franchise record, having totaled three
offensive rebounds against the Lakers 3/12/09 in San Antonio. Overall, this is the 17th game in NBA history in which a team has been held to one or fewer offensive
rebounds since the stat first began being tracked prior to the 1973-74 season. Only once has a team had no offensive rebounds in a game (San Antonio, 1/23/02 at Utah).
LAKERS FORCE FRANCHISE-LOW THREE TURNOVERS
By forcing just three turnovers in a 125-105 loss at Phoenix on April 7, the Lakers saw the Suns set an opponent franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game. The
previous franchise-low of four opponent turnovers was originally established in a 108-114 loss 12/21/01 at Memphis, but was matched three times this season, with the
Lakers forcing four turnovers January 5 at Portland (96-107, loss), January 29 at Minnesota (106-101, win) and February 6 at Philadelphia (90-95, loss). Leaguwide, the
last time a team committed 3 turnovers or less came on back on 4/3/10, when the Pistons committed three turnovers at Atlanta.
In the Lakers 113-108 victory over the Clippers on April 4, Andrew Bynum scored 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting (.650) and Kobe Bryant scored 31 points on 13-of-19
shooting (.684). Since 1990, the only other pair of Lakers teammates to each score 30-plus points while shooting at least 65% from the field were Bryant (35 points on 11-
of-16 shooting ((.688)) and Shaquille O’Neal (31 points on 15-of-23 shooting (.652)) back on February 18, 2004 in a 100-99 Lakers victory at Golden State. *
With 40 points April 1 vs. Golden State, Kobe Bryant scored 40+ points for the fifth time this season and 112th time (regular season) in his NBA career. With 42 points
January 14 in an away game against the Clippers, Kobe Bryant scored 40+ points for the fourth consecutive game. Bryant’s 40+ point games this season came 1/10 vs.
Phoenix (48),1/11 at Utah (40), 1/13 vs. Cleveland (42), 1/14 @ LA Clippers (42) and 4/1 vs. Golden State (40). In the history of the NBA, only two players have more
career 40-point games: Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan (173). The Lakers are now 77-35 all-time in games that Bryant scores 40+ points. Bryant holds the
Lakers franchise record for 40-point games in a season, recording 27 during the 2005-06 campaign. Bryant also holds the franchise record for most consecutive 40-point
games (9), established during the 2002-03 season. Only Wilt Chamberlain (14 twice, 10 once) has had longer consecutive 40-point game streaks in NBA history than
*Statistical research assistance provided by the Elias Sports Bureau