Lakers Gameday | 01/04/09 | Lakers 100, Blazers 86

Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 6

Lakers Game day

Memphis LogoPortland Trail Blazers
Western Conference Standing : 8
Streak: Lost 2

Injury Report Injury Report
  • Sasha Vujacic (bone bruise, right hand) will play.
  • Jordan Farmar (lateral meniscus tear, left knee) is out.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Portland Trail Blazers 25 25 16 20 86
    Los Angeles Lakers 19 32 30 19 100
    • Raef LaFrentz (right shoulder) - will not play.
    • Martell Webster (left foot) - will not play.
    • Joel Przybilla (left wrist) is probable.
    • Brandon Roy (right hamstring) - game-time decision


  • 50 %- The Lakers started slowlybut as the game progressed their offensive intensity increased and they finished shooting 50% from the field. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 26 points, making 11 of his 19 attempts.
  • 37 - The Bench Mob came out and played a great game tonight to chip in 37 points of their own towards the win over the Blazers. Vladimir Radmanovic led the way with 16 points and four rebounds.
  • 28 - The Blazers shot the ball 28 times from beyond the arc and a lot of those were open looks. They only made nine of their attempts shooting a low 32% from three point territory.
  • 14 - After turning the ball over five times in the first quarter of the game the Lakers took better care of the ball and finished the game with 14 total turnovers.
  • -8 - The offensive rebound battle was won by the Portland Trail Blazers tonight. The Blazers had 15 rebounds and the Lakers had 7, beating them by eight boards which led to many second chance opportunities by the Blazers.

    ---Francisco Gomez,
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    Andrew Bynum
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    Derek Fisher
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    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Trevor Ariza
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    Pau Gasol
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    Andrew Bynum
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    Steve Blake
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    R. Fernandez
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    Lamarcus Aldrige
    L. Aldridge
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    Lakers beat Blazers for 15th straight home win

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 19 and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86 Sunday night for their sixth consecutive victory and 15th straight at home.

    LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 22 points and 11 rebounds, as all five starters scored in double figures. But the Blazers shot only 39 percent overall.

    Facing the Trail Blazers for the first time since their season-opening, 96-76 win - Portland's lowest point total ever against the Lakers - the defending Western Conference champions pulled away with a 15-3 run that increased their four-point lead to 75-59 with 2:12 left in the third quarter.

    Bryant and Gasol got the Lakers going with 16-foot jumpers, Derek Fisher added a 3-pointer and Sasha Vujacic capped the rally with a four-point play - converting the free throw after Rudy Fernandez fouled him on a 3-pointer. Vujacic, playing despite a case of tonsillitis, had 11 points in 26 minutes.

    Vladimir Radmanovic had 16 points off the bench for the Lakers, 12 of them in the fourth quarter. Portland made only three of 14 shots during the first 6:06 of the quarter, all of them 3-pointers, and never got closer than 14 points.

    The Lakers, hoping to get out to a fast start against a Portland lineup missing leading scorer Brandon Roy because of an injured right hamstring, didn't take their first lead until Trevor Ariza's two free throws put them ahead 51-50 with 52.5 seconds left in the first half. Portland led 25-19 through one quarter after forcing nine turnovers - all of them in a 7:25 span and one fewer than the Lakers had in Friday's win over Utah.

    Notes: The Lakers have defeated four of the teams that have beaten the defending champion Boston Celtics - Portland, Golden State, Denver and New York. The only club to beat both of last year's NBA finalists is Indiana. ... Portland forced an average of 13.4 turnovers through their previous 33 games this season. The Lakers finished with 14. ... The Lakers have won 18 of their last 20 home games against Portland and five in a row. ... Lakers F Luke Walton didn't play because of inflammation in the big toe on his right foot. ... The Lakers haven't allowed more than 23 points by an opposing player in seven straight games.

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    Lakers - Blazers Preview

    It's hard enough to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center when a team suits up its entire roster.

    The Portland Trail Blazers won't have everyone available on Sunday night.

    After learning that star guard Brandon Roy will be out for at least a week, Portland will attempt to win just its third game in Los Angeles in eight seasons against the Lakers, who will go for their 15th straight victory at home.

    Portland (20-13) dropped its last game, 92-77 to New Orleans on Friday, but suffered a more serious setback on Saturday as it learned that Roy, who has not played in the last two games, will be sidelined seven to 10 days with a strained right hamstring.

    Roy, averaging a team-high 23.0 points, did not attend Saturday's practice to have an MRI on his left knee, which was surgically repaired in August. No major changes were found. He did not travel to Los Angeles for Sunday's game.

    The Trail Blazers' other young star, Greg Oden, had just four points and four rebounds on Friday, snapping a string of two straight double-doubles. Against Los Angeles in the teams' first meeting this season, Oden injured his right foot and went scoreless with five boards in 13 minutes while making his NBA debut in a 96-76 loss on Oct. 28.

    LaMarcus Aldridge posted his sixth double-double of the season on Friday with 13 points and 10 boards. He has scored 20 points or more in eight of Portland's last 12 games, averaging 19.0 points and 7.5 boards during the Trail Blazers' 6-6 stretch.

    While Portland looks to rebound from its second-lowest scoring output of the season, Los Angeles is coming off its highest back-to-back scoring games this season.

    The Lakers' 113-100 victory over Utah on Friday followed a 130-113 win over Golden State last Sunday.

    Los Angeles leads the NBA in scoring, averaging 107.5 points.

    Kobe Bryant scored 40 points against the Jazz -- his 100th career 40-plus-point game -- as the Lakers won their fifth straight. Bryant, third in the NBA in scoring with 26.8 points per game, is averaging 32.0 points, 5.8 boards and shooting 54.9 percent from the floor during the Lakers' winning streak.

    In his last six home games against Portland, Bryant is averaging 38.2 points.

    Trevor Ariza provided a big boost off the bench on Friday with 12 points and nine boards. He also had two of his career-high five steals in the final 2:22.

    "I got in some passing lanes and I made some big plays," said Ariza, who leads the Lakers with 1.9 steals per game. "If we want to win, that's how we're going to do it, on the defensive end."

    During their winning streak, the Lakers are holding opponents to 95.8 points per game and 45.0 percent shooting. Los Angeles is among the league leaders in field goal defense in 2008-09 at 44.0 percent.

    In the opening night win against the Trail Blazers, Los Angeles held Portland to 34.5 percent from the field.

    The Lakers have won four straight and 17 of their last 19 home games against Portland. The Trail Blazers' last win in Los Angeles was 112-108 on Feb. 21, 2007.

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    The Lakers lead their season series with Portland 1-0 after holding the Blazers to their lowest scoring total in series history in a 96-76 opening night victory. Los Angeles split last season’s series with Portland 2-2 and have taken just two season series from the Trail Blazers in the 1990’s and 2000’s combined (2004-05: 2-1 and 1992-93: 3-2) combined. This will be the 190th meeting between the Trail Blazers and Lakers with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 107-82. The Lakers are 5-5 against the Trail Blazers in their last 10 overall games. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 14-4 against the Trail Blazers all-time and have won 13 of their last 15. In Portland, the Lakers have dropped six straight to the Trail Blazers and are 2-12 in their last 14 games at the Rose Garden. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 16-16 against the Trail Blazers during the regular season. In 2006-07, Kobe Bryant scored 65 points March 16 at STAPLES Center, surpassing his own series record of 50 points established at home back on April 14, 2006 (on the same day Bryant surpassed Elgin Baylor’s single-season franchise scoring record of 2,719 points). In 43 career games against Portland including 37 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 27.7 points against the Trail Blazers. In his last 12 regular season games against the Blazers, Bryant is averaging 35.9 points (431). Lakers forward Luke Walton and Blazers center Channing Frye were teammates at Arizona for two seasons (2001-02, 2002-03). Portland guards Sergio Rodriguez and Rudy Fernandez have both played for Spain internationally along with Pau Gasol. Fernandez was on the 2008 Olympic silver medal team with Gasol while all three played together on the gold medal winning Spanish 2006 FIBA World Championships team.


    In our 20 point win against the Blazers on opening night in October we were able to keep All-Star Brandon Roy in check. He had to take 15 shots to score 14 points. Tonight, it is reported that Roy did not make the trip down with his team due to a sore hamstring. The person we must now put that attention on is Rudy Fernandez. He had a nice game against us opening night but is playing much better now with a couple months of NBA ball under his belt. Fernandez is a scorer and shooter with range that extends beyond the three point line. His greatest asset may be his ability to move without the basketball. His constant motion reminds some of rip Hamilton or Reggie Miller. We must impact his game while not devoting so much attention that we turn one of their bigs loose to have a career night.
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    Needing 20 points entering the Lakers January 2 contest with Utah, Pau Gasol scored 21 points on the night to reach 10,001 career points. In doing so, Gasol became the 286th NBA player to score 10,000 career points and the 15th internationally born player to reach that plateau. Including Gasol, eight members of the 10,000 point club are European born: Dominique Wilkins (born in France, grew up in North Carolina and played collegiately at Georgia), Dirk Nowitzki (born in Germany), Kiki Vandeweghe (born in Germany, grew up in Los Angeles and played collegiately at UCLA), Detlef Schrempf (born in Germany, played senior year of high school in Washington and collegiately at Washington), Vlade Divac (born in Yugoslavia), Rik Smits (born in the Netherlands, played collegiately at Marist College), Peja Stojakovic (born in Yugoslavia). Only four, however, have gone straight from Europe to the NBA (Nowitzki, Divac, Stojakovic, Gasol). Additionally, in reaching 10,000 points, Gasol became the 8th fastest internationally born player (in terms of games) to reach that milestone.

    In the Lakers 113-100 victory over Utah January 2, Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, marking the 94th time in his career that he has scored 40-plus points in a game and the SECOND time this season. Last season, Bryant’s 46 points February 1 at Toronto moved him past Elgin Baylor (88 40-plus games) for third all-time. 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 64-30 in games that Bryant has scored 40-plus points. This season, the Lakers are 1-1 when Bryant scores 40-plus.

    On January 2, Kobe Bryant was named Western Conference Player of the Month for December, 2008. The award is Bryant’s 10th Western Conference Player of the Month honor and 11th Player of the Month award overall. Bryant was also named NBA Player of the Month for December of 2000, a year before the award was divided into Eastern and Western Conferences for the 2001-02 season. Last season, Bryant won multiple Player of the Month awards in the same season for the third time (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08). Bryant’s previous Western Conference Player of the Month awards came in April 2008, February 2008, March of 2007, December of 2006, April of 2006, January of 2006, March of 2004, January of 2003 and November of 2001. Bryant helped the Lakers to an 11-4 record in December, which tied with Dallas and San Antonio as the best Western Conference mark for the month. Bryant’s 28.2 ppg was second in the league to Dwyane Wade’s 29.2 ppg. Scoring in double figures in all 15 of the Lakers’ contests, Bryant tallied 30-plus points five times and eclipsed the 40-point plateau once. Bryant and the Lakers were a perfect 7-0 at Staples Center during December, winning their home games by an average of 9.6 ppg.