2006-2007 RESULTS: January


January

Lakers at Celtics01/31/07 - Kobe Returns to Help Lakers Fly Past Celtics - (28-18)
In Gary Vitti's 23 years as the Los Angeles trainer, a tenure that dates to the great Celtics-Lakers rivalry of the 1980s, he has heard his share of chants from the Boston fans. "Beat L.A.,'' usually. But cheering for a Lakers player: This was a first. Kobe Bryant returned from his one-game suspension and scored 43 points, helping the Lakers beat the Celtics 111-98 Wednesday night.... full story
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Lakers at Knicks01/30/07 - Curry, Knicks Take Down Kobe-Less Lakers - (27-18)
Even with Kobe Bryant banned from the arena, the New York Knicks knew not to expect an easy game. The Los Angeles Lakers certainly didn't give them one. The Knicks held off a late rally Tuesday night, handing the Lakers their season-high third straight loss with a 99-94 victory. Bryant was suspended one game without pay earlier Tuesday for elbowing San Antonio's Manu Ginobili in the face late.... full story
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Lakers vs. Spurs01/28/07 - Finley’s Heroics Lift Spurs Past Lakers in OT - (27-17)
Michael Finley was often the No. 1 option in his 8+ seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. It's a different story in San Antonio, where he comes off the bench and is well down the list. But Finley got the ball with the game on the line Sunday as the Los Angeles Lakers swarmed Tim Duncan, and his 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in overtime gave the cold-shooting Spurs an improbable 96-94 victory. "It looked like it was.... full story
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Lakers vs. Bobcats01/26/07 - Okafor, Bobcats Stun Lakers in OT Again - (27-16)
This time, Charlotte needed only one overtime to beat the Los Angeles Lakers. Matt Carroll scored 24 points, Emeka Okafor had 20 points and 18 rebounds, and the Bobcats won 106-97 Friday night for their third consecutive victory over Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 32 points, becoming at 28 years and 156 days the youngest player in NBA history to reach 18,000 points.... full story
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Lakers vs. Warriors01/22/07 - Kobe, Lakers Beat Warriors on Anniversary of 81 - (27-15)
Happy anniversary, Kobe Bryant. A year to the day after his startling 81-point performance, Bryant scored 42, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors 108-103 on Monday night despite a season-high 24 turnovers. Bryant said Jan. 22 will always be a special date for him, but probably more so as the years go on. "It's cool because a lot of people are still excited about it, they still talk... full story
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Lakers at Hornets01/20/07 - West, Hornets Hold Off Lakers - (26-15)
With their leading scorer back, the New Orleans Hornets proved they can keep up with one of the NBA's top teams. David West had 26 points and 12 rebounds in his second game back from an injury, and Rasual Butler outshot Kobe Bryant down the stretch to lead the Hornets to a 113-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. "Everybody made plays when their number was called,'' said West... full story
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Lakers at Mavs01/18/07 - Mavs Make Win Over Lakers an Easy One - (26-14)
Jason Terry missed the shot underneath, and still made something good happen for the Dallas Mavericks. Terry grabbed his own rebound and swiped the ball in one motion to Dirk Nowitzki at the top of the key for a 3-pointer. That was one of his season-high 13 assists and it helped put the Mavericks ahead to stay early in the second quarter. Dallas went on to a 114-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers... full story
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Lakers at Spurs01/17/07 - Lakers Withstand Late Rally to Edge Spurs - (26-13)
Kobe Bryant knew it was his job to set the pace for the Los Angeles Lakers, so he focused on staying relaxed in a tough road environment. Bryant scored 34 points after a slow start, leading the Lakers to a 100-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. "I had to set the tempo for the ballclub,'' Bryant said. "If I started griping with the officials right off the bat, it could create a domino effect for everyone... full story
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Lakers vs. Heat01/15/07 - Lakers Outlast Heat in OT Victory - (25-13)
Consistency has been an issue for Brian Cook this season. So when he made two 3-pointers in the first 63 seconds against Miami, it gave his confidence a boost. Cook, who brought a 7.0-point scoring average into the game, scored 25 including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami 124-118 on Monday night to snap the Heat's season-high four-game winning streak..... full story
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Lakers vs. Magic01/12/07 - Bryant Heats Up Late to End Magic’s Streak - (24-13)
Kobe Bryant wasn't as much of a force in the first three quarters as he was in the fourth for the Los Angeles Lakers. The game plan worked perfectly. Once he was able to get his teammates involved in the scoring and spread out the floor, Bryant took over and scored 16 of his 28 points in the final 6:44 to lead the Lakers to a 109-106 victory over Orlando on Friday night..... full story
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Lakers at Rockets01/10/07 - Rockets Top Lakers - (23-13)
Dikembe Mutombo swatted the shot by the kid half his age, then wagged his index finger to the crowd's delight. Mutombo stuffed another shot by Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum three minutes later to move past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and into second place on the all-time blocks list. The 40-year-old Mutombo had five blocks in all and matched a season high with 19 rebounds... full story
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Lakers at Grizzlies01/09/07 - Record Third Quarter Lifts Grizzlies Over Lakers - (23-12)
The Los Angeles Lakers followed up a victory over the NBA's best team by getting blown out by the one with the worst record. Pau Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Miller scored 14 of his 25 points in a record-setting third quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Lakers 128-118 on Tuesday night. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Los Angeles.... full story
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Lakers vs. Mavericks01/07/07 - Lakers End Mavs 13-Game Win Streak - (23-11)
Despite his limited playing time and a sub-par shooting percentage, Sasha Vujacic says he's never lacking in confidence. And that's a good thing, since a shooter must have that kind of mentality. Vujacic had his best game in three NBA seasons Sunday night, scoring a career-high 16 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28.5 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Dallas 101-98 to snap the... full story
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Lakers vs. Nuggets01/05/07 - Parker, Lakers Cruise by Nuggets - (22-11)
Kobe Bryant had his worst offensive performance of the season, and the Los Angeles Lakers still won easily. Bryant was generous in sharing the ball with his teammates, helping five of them score in double figures of a 123-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. "It's about being a big brother, giving them encouragement, but also getting on top of them at times,'' said Bryant, who had eight points.... full story
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Lakers at Kings01/04/07 - Bryant, Lakers Hold Off Kings in OT - (21-11)
With 4 seconds left in regulation and the Los Angeles Lakers down by two, the Sacramento Kings were sure Kobe Bryant would take the last shot. Everyone expected him to take that shot,'' Sacramento guard John Salmons said. "No one thought he would pass it.'' Yet that's just what Bryant did, feeding Smush Parker for a game-tying layup with 0.1 seconds left and helping the Los Angeles Lakers go on.... full story
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