Lakers Gameday | 10/29/08 | Lakers 117, Clippers 79

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Injury Report Injury Report
  • Kobe Bryant (hyper-extended right knee) is probable.

  • Josh Powell (strained left hamstring) is day-to-day.

  • Sasha Vujacic (avulsion fracture, left ankle) is probable.

  • Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Los Angeles Clippers 27 17 13 22 79
    Los Angeles Lakers 30 29 26 32 117
    • Baron Davis (sprained left ring finger) is probable

    • Tim Thomas (strained left groin) is probable

    • Marcus Camby (bruised right heel) is doubtful


    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 55 - points scored from the Bench Mob while shooting 64% from the field.
  • 38 - point margin of victory, continuing the Lakers dominance from last season, when the Lakers took all 4 games by an average of 26 points.
  • +29 - from Lakers big man Pau Gasol. He had 13 points, 9 boards and a Lakers' game high 6 assists.
  • 28-10 - difference in perimeter points, favoring the Lakers, with 4 minutes left in the second quarter.
  • +16 - Lakers advantage in bench points with 2 minutes left in the second quarter.
  • 15 - Jordan Farmar has only continued to impress everyone. He added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to close out the game and seal the win.
  • 12-4- Lakers' run to start the second quarter to give them a 15 point cushion at half time.
  • 4th- Kobe Bryant did not play the entire fourth quarter and the Lakers' still extended their lead and closed out the game.
  • 13 - Clippers points in the third quarter as the Lakers built a huge lead going into the fourth quarter.
  • ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
    LAKERS BEST
    Points
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    16
    Rebounds
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    9
    Assists
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    6
    Plus/Minus
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    +29

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    STARTERS
    Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Clippers
    Guard
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    Guard
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Forward
    Vladimir Radmanovic
    V. Radmanovic
    Forward
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
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    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    Guard
    Baron Davis
    B.Davis
    Guard
    Cuttino Mobley
    C. Mobley
    Forward
    Al Thornton
    A.Thornton
    Forward
    Tim Thomas
    T. Thomas
    Center
    Chris Kaman
    Kaman

    Lakers cruise to 117-79 win over Clippers

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant had 16 points and eight rebounds, Andrew Bynum added 12 points and nine rebounds, and the Lakers spoiled the Clippers season opener with a 117-79 rout Wednesday night.

    The Lakers began their season with a similar blowout a night earlier, breezing to a 96-76 win at home against Portland on Tuesday.

    As they did against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers got deep and balanced scoring and played scrappy defense. They held the Clippers to 38 percent shooting while shooting 51 percent themselves.

    Derek Fisher scored 15 in the victory, including going 3-of-6 as the Lakers finished 10-of-19 from 3-point range. Pau Gasol added 13 points, Jordan Farmar 15, and Trevor Ariza had 11 points and six rebounds. Chris Mims scored most of his 10 points during mop-up time.

    Bynum, back after a knee injury last January sidelined him for the rest of the season, went 4-of-7 from the floor and helped jam up the middle on defense, blocking three shots.

    The new-look Clippers looked essentially like their usual sub .500 selves, no match for the talent and versatility of the defending Western Conference champion Lakers.

    Baron Davis had 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in his Clippers' debut, with seven assists. Al Thornton scored 16, and Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas each had 11.

    The Clippers, who lost longtime mainstay Elton Brand and Corey Maggette among others during the offseason, have nine newcomers who played for other teams last season.

    Davis played just one preseason game because of a finger injury, and another new addition, Marcus Camby, is out with a bruised right heel.

    Down 33-32, the Lakers got some spark from the reserves and reeled off a 24-6 string beginning with Farmar's running jumper with 8:18 remaining in the second quarter. Ariza scored eight points during the run and Farmar had five points, three assists and a rebound.

    That helped the Lakers open a 56-39 lead with 1:06 remaining and they were up 59-44 at halftime.

    They outscored the Clippers 26-13 in the third quarter and were up 85-57 heading into the final 12 minutes.

    Ariza hit a 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to give the Lakers a 30-27 lead. The Lakers had jumped out to a 16-7 lead in the first five minutes, but the Clippers chipped away and went ahead 27-26 on Al Thornton's driving layup with 1:37 left in the period.

    Notes: Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said before the game that he thinks the Lakers may be the best in the league. "Defensively they should be one of the top three teams and then they've got Kobe Bryant at the end of the game to cancel all bets,'' Dunleavy said. "If I'm picking, that's who I'm picking to win it all if they're healthy.'' ... The Clippers finished 23-59 last season while the Lakers kept going until they lost to Boston in the NBA finals. ... The Lakers went 4-0 against the Clippers last season, winning by an average of 26 points.


    Mike TrudellCLIPPERS - LAKERS PREVIEW


    by Mike Trudell, Lakers.com


    You know how many players from the 2007-08 L.A. Clippers are on the organization’s current roster?

    Five.

    In fact, the squad is almost as new as the Clips sparkling new practice facility in Marina Del Rey. As such, it would have been nice for Baron Davis, Marcus Camby, Eric Gordon, Ricky Davis and the rest of the newcomers to spend a good amount of time on the preseason floor with mainstays Chris Kaman, Cuttino Mobley and last year’s first-round pick Al Thornton. But due to a slew of minor injuries, it just didn’t happen.

    Which is why watching the Lakers absolutely destroy a talented young Portland team 96-76 Tuesday night at STAPLES Center had to be at least a bit disheartening to L.A.’s other basketball team. The Lakers just aren’t the best team against which to try and figure out your roster. As for Wednesday night’s contest, Camby’s the only Clipper expected to miss the 7:30 p.m. tip in an KCAL HD televised game.

    To learn as much as we could about the team that will play host to the Lakers tonight, we called up Clippers radio play-by-play voice Brian Sieman.

    Have a listen if you like.

    A few points for those of you that like cliff notes:

  • Baron Davis is healthy and fully ready for the season, telling Sieman that he’d like the Clips to stay at around .500 while they learn to play with each other leading into a second-half run.
  • Marcus Camby won’t play against the Lakers but, to no one’s surprise, will almost certainly play against the team that traded him against his will (Denver) on Friday.
  • Ricky Davis has been fantastic in the preseason and Sieman expects him to contend for Sixth Man of the Year honors.
  • Anything fewer than 15 points a game will be a disappointment for Al Thornton, who averaged 16+ after the All-Star break last season.
  • Eric Gordon is an explosive scorer with a smooth stroke who mustn’t be ignored despite his youth.

    See you at STAPLES…





  • SCOUTING REPORT
    Tonight we face a familiar coach running the same system we have seen for years but with some new faces. The Clippers have nine new players this season.
    Read more...

    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers swept their season series with the Clippers 4-0 in 2007-08 for the first time since the 2002-03 season (4-0) after splitting their meetings 2-2 in each of the previous three seasons. The two teams have met 177 times overall and on 111 occasions since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles. Overall, the Lakers have lost just two series in franchise history (1992- 93 & 1974-75) to the Clippers. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Clippers. At home against the Clippers, the Lakers are 14-4 all-time at STAPLES Center and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 home contests. In their 119-82 victory 3/7/08, the 37-point margin of victory was the Lakers largest margin of victory over the Clippers since they moved from San Diego to Los Angeles prior to the 1984-85 season. On the road against the Clippers, the Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 games as a visitor at STAPLES Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 25-7 versus the Clippers. In 46 career games versus the Clippers including 38 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.1 points. Additionally, Bryant has posted two 50-point games against the Clippers, most recently 4/12/07 vs. LAC (other: 50 points 1/7/06 @ LAC). With the departures of Elton Brand and Corey Maggette this offseason, no Clippers remain from Lamar Odom’s time. Current Clippers Head Coach and General Manager Mike Dunleavy led the Lakers to a 101-63 record in two seasons with the team (1990-92) including a Western Conference Championship in 1990-91. Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 29.5 minutes in 30 games (11 starts) with the Clippers in 2005-06. Lakers forward Josh Powell played the 2007-08 season with the Clippers, averaging career-highs in points (5.5), rebounds (5.2) and minutes (19.2) in 64 games (25 starts).



    LAKERS UPDATES

    ROAD OPENERS
    Since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season, the Lakers are 32-16 in ROAD OPENERS (first road game of the year) after last season’s November 2 victory at
    Phoenix. In their last 12 road openers, the Lakers are 10-2 and have won their last three straight overall.
    This will be the third time the Lakers have opened their road schedule against the Clippers with the previous two meetings resulting in victories: 103-102 win at San Diego
    (10/12/79) and 114-102 OT win at LA Clippers 11/6/92 (both games were season openers for the Lakers as well).

    BACK-TO-BACK
    Tuesday’s game against the Trail Blazers is the first of a set of back-to-backs with Portland and the LA Clippers. This is the fourth time in the last five seasons (not in 2007-08) that the Lakers have opened the year with back-to-back games. This year, the Lakers will play 19 sets of back-to-back games during the 2008-09 regular season after having played 17 sets of back-to-backs in each of the previous two seasons. Last season, the Lakers were 13-4 in the first game and 12-5 in the second game of back-to-backs.

    WIRE-TO-WIRE
    The Lakers 96-76 opening night victory over the Portland Trail Blazers was the team’s first wire-to-wire victory of the season. Last season, the Lakers did not record their
    first wire-to-wire victory until December 16 vs. LA Clippers. In 2007-08, the Lakers ranked second in the NBA behind only the Dallas Mavericks (18) with 15 wire-to-wire
    victories (games in which they never trailed). The Lakers also posted four such victories during the 2008 postseason, going wire-to-wire against the Jazz in Games 5 and 6
    of the Western Conference Semifinals versus Utah and Games 2 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals versus San Antonio. Conversely, the Lakers played just two
    games last season in which the opposite was true, having never led in their 11/23/07 loss at Boston and 1/17/08 loss to Phoenix.