Lakers Gameday | 01/07/09 | Lakers 114, Warriors 106


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(28-6)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 1

Lakers Game day

Memphis LogoGolden State Warriors
(10-27)
Western Conference Standing : 11
Streak: Lost 4

Injury Report Injury Report
  • Sasha Vujacic (bone bruise, right hand) will play.
  • Jordan Farmar (lateral meniscus tear, left knee) is out.
  • Luke Walton (sesamoiditis, right foot) is out.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Los Angeles Lakers 28 28 21 37 114
    Golden State Warriors 20 31 29 26 106
    • Brandan Wright (sprained left wrist) is questionable
    • Corey Maggette(strained right hamstring) is out.
    • Monta Ellis is on the Inactive List.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 93 - Clutch free throw shooting helped the Lakers secure their win over the Golden State Warriors as they made 27 of their 29 attempts to shoot 93% from the charity stripe. Bynum and Ariza were the only two Lakers to miss, and then only one free throw each.
  • 19 - The Lakers have not been shooting well from beyond the arc in their last two games, shooting five of 19 from three point range during tonight's game. Knocking down more of these three pointers could have helped them put the game away a lot sooner and get some well needed rest.
  • 17 - The Warriors are second in the NBA in free throw attempts averaging 22 per contest, but tonight they were held to 17 as the Lakers limited their fouls and kept the Warriors off of the charity stripe.
  • +8 - The Lakers out-rebounded the Golden State Warriors by eight boards tonight, 51-43. Pau Gasol had a career high of 18 rebounds, eight of those were offensive rebounds. This helped the Lakers down the stretch to overcome a 4th quarter deficit and win on the road against the Warriors.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
  • LAKERS BEST
    Points
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    33
    Rebounds
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    18
    Assists
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    8
    Plus/Minus
    Trevor Ariza
    T. Ariza
    +21

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    STARTERS
    Los Angeles Lakers Golden State Warriors
    Guard
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    Guard
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Forward
    Vladimir Radmanovic
    V. Radmanovic
    Forward
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    Center
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    Guard
    Jamal Crawford
    J. Crawford
    Guard
    Marco Belinelli
    M. Belinelli
    Forward
    Corey Maggette
    C. Maggette
    Forward
    Brandan Wright
    B. Wright
    Center

    A. Biedrins

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    Gasol's 4th-quarter surge leads Lakers

    OAKLAND, Calif - (AP) Pau Gasol had 33 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 21 points and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit for their seventh victory in eight games, 114-106 over Golden State on Wednesday night.

    Andrew Bynum had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, whose home loss to New Orleans on Tuesday snapped a six-game winning streak for the Western Conference leaders.

    Los Angeles struggled for the second straight night before Gasol took charge against Golden State's undersized frontcourt, scoring six points during the decisive 12-2 run midway through the period and adding a clinching jump-hook with 57 seconds to play.

    Jamal Crawford had 25 points and nine assists for Golden State, and Corey Maggette added 19 points before fouling out of the Warriors' fifth loss in six games. But after beating Boston late last month, Golden State gave another tough game to an NBA finalist, with Marco Belinelli largely limiting Bryant's scoring until Gasol opened up the game down the stretch, getting 14 points and eight rebounds in the fourth quarter alone.

    Both teams were missing key contributors. Stephen Jackson, the Warriors' captain and second-leading scorer, sat out with a hamstring injury, while Lakers forward Lamar Odom didn't make the trip because of a bone bruise.

    While Maggette played his second straight game for Golden State after missing 15 games with a strained hamstring, the Warriors lost starting forward Brandan Wright to a partially dislocated left shoulder late in the first half after Gasol dunked on him.

    Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 17 points for the Lakers, playing 33 minutes in Odom's absence. Sasha Vujacic scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 7:19 left.

    Odom injured his knee in the second quarter of the Lakers' loss to New Orleans, leaving coach Phil Jackson with just six healthy players from the nine-man rotation he regularly used earlier this season.

    Los Angeles still started strong after the previous night's disappointment, jumping to a 17-point lead in the second quarter. But Wright and Crawford led a 16-2 Golden State run to close the gap before halftime, and Crawford's layup put Golden State ahead early in the third quarter.

    The Warriors led 90-87 entering the fourth, but the clubs traded the lead until Vujacic's 3-pointer put Los Angeles up for good.

    The Warriors played their NBA-low 14th home game in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd, but their brutal travel schedule over the past month still doesn't let up until the weekend. Golden State, which hasn't played two games in the same city since Dec. 10-12, must travel to Portland on Saturday before returning home against Indiana on Sunday for the start of a seven-game homestand.

    Notes: Warriors G Monta Ellis is one step closer to returning from his nasty offseason ankle injury. The club cleared him Wednesday for the final stage of rehabilitation before returning to practice and games. Ellis, who averaged 20.2 points last year, hasn't played since tearing up his ankle while crashing a motorized scooter in August. ... G Anthony Morrow wasn't with the Warriors while awaiting the birth of his child with his girlfriend. ... Derek Fisher had eight assists, but just nine points in 38 minutes on 3-of-10 shooting.


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    Lakers - Warriors Preview

    Fresh off their second home loss of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers look to start a new winning streak on Wednesday night in Oakland against a Golden State Warriors team that's lost four of five.

    Los Angeles (27-6), which had won six straight overall and 15 in a row at home, saw both streaks snapped Tuesday night in a 116-105 loss to New Orleans - the first defeat at Staples Center for the Lakers since they lost 106-95 to Detroit on Nov. 14.

    Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 39 points and made 6 of 7 3-point attempts Tuesday, but managed only two points in the fourth quarter after tallying 20 in the third. The Hornets outscored the Lakers 27-13 in the decisive final 12 minutes.

    "After the third quarter, they pretty much weren't going to let me get a shot off," said Bryant, who is averaging 35.0 points in his last three games. "Shots didn't go for us.''

    Bryant, who had 31 points in the Lakers' 130-113 home win over Golden State on Dec. 28, is averaging 31.4 points, 6.8 boards and 6.0 assists in his last five games in Oakland.

    Former Warrior Derek Fisher had 19 points Tuesday, all but one of them coming on his season-high six 3-pointers. He is scoring 17.9 points per game and hitting 58.6 percent from 3-point range in his last seven contests versus Golden State, where he spent the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

    Lamar Odom will miss this contest and is scheduled to undergo an MRI Wednesday after hyperextending his right knee against the Hornets.

    While the Lakers look for their eighth win in 10 games at Golden State, the Warriors (10-26) are seeking their third straight home victory overall.

    Returning home may help Golden State recover from a winless three-game road trip which concluded Monday with a 119-114 loss at Utah. It will be a tough task, though, without leading scorer Stephen Jackson. He strained his right hamstring against the Jazz and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

    The Warriors did get a key player back. Corey Maggette returned from a hamstring injury and had 23 points and five boards in his first game since Dec. 6. Golden State went 5-10 while Maggette was sidelined.

    "I'm looking at the bigger picture, and it's just weird for us because when somebody comes back, somebody else goes out. We got Corey back, and then Stephen went down. It's tough," said Warriors guard Jamal Crawford, averaging 25.0 points in his last three games against the Lakers.

    Maggette has also played well versus the Lakers, averaging 27.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in his last four games against them.

    Andris Biedrins posted his fourth consecutive double-double on Monday with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Biedrins, third in the NBA with 12.1 rebounds per game, had eight points and 17 boards against Los Angeles in the Dec. 28 matchup.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers lead their season series with Golden State 1-0 after splitting last season’s series with the Warriors 2-2 and sweeping each of the previous two season series 4-0. This will be the 287th regular season meeting between the two teams in the Los Angeles Era with the Lakers leading the all-time series 179-107. Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers and Warriors have met a total of 377 times with the Lakers holding a 230-147 all-time series advantage. The Lakers have not lost a season series to the Warriors since they were defeated 2-3 over five games during the 1994-95 season. The Lakers are 16-3 in their last 19 overall games against Golden State but had two win streaks against the Warriors snapped last season: a 9-game overall win streak against Golden State snapped 12/14/07 at ORACLE Arena and a 9-game home win streak vs. Golden State snapped 3/23/08 at STAPLES Center. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 17-2 all-time against the Warriors. On the road, the Lakers have gone 7-3 against the Warriors in their last 10, winning 5-of-their-last 6 at ORACLE Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 26-7 against the Warriors. In 45 career games including 36 starts against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.8 points. Additionally, Lamar Odom posted his first triple-double as a Laker with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Warriors on 4/11/06. Last season, Odom pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds on 3/23/08 vs. Golden State and just one day later, posted 23 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 rebounds at Golden State, becoming the first Laker in 13 years to record consecutive 20-rebound games and just the fifth player in the NBA since 2000 to post at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots in a single game. Lakers guard Derek Fisher played two seasons for Golden State, where he averaged a career-best 13.3 points during the 2005-06 season. Warriors forward Ronny Turiaf played 3 seasons with the Lakers, averaging a career-best 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds with the Lakers last season.

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    GASOL NAMED 2008 EUROPEAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    On January 1, La Gazzetta dello Sport, one of the premier sports journals in the world, named Pau Gasol European Player of the Year. The prestigious award was decided on by a panel of judges comprised of players, coaches and basketball journalists. Gasol beat out Portland’s Rudy Fernandez (2nd) and Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu (3rd) and succeeds the Spurs Tony Parker, who won the award in 2007. Prior to Parker, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki had won the award five consecutive years from 2002-06. The first Spanish player to win the award, Gasol joins Arvydas Sabonis (6-time winner), Toni Kukoc (5-time winner), Nowitzki (5-time winner) Drazen Petrovic (4-time winner) and Parker as notable players to have won this award.

    POINTS ABOUT POINTS
    The Lakers are currently ranked 1st in the NBA in points scored (107.2) and 15th in the NBA in points allowed (97.3) through 32 games this season. Through their first seven games of the season (7-0), the Lakers allowed just 86.7 points and held their opponents under 90 five times including two sub-80 games. However, in their past 25 games (20-5), the Lakers have surrendered an average of 100.5 points per game (2512). During their current six-game win streak, the Lakers are allowing 94.2 points per game (565) and have held three of their last five opponents under 90 points. Since moving to LA, the Lakers have led the NBA in scoring four times (1965-66, 1971-72, 1985-86, 1997-98) but have never led the NBA in fewest points allowed. Additionally, the Lakers are ranked THIRD in the NBA in point differential, winning by an average margin of 9.9 points per game through 32 games this season. The franchise record for point differential in a season is +12.3 established by the 1971-72 Lakers. The next highest mark in franchise history was +9.3 by the 1986-87 Lakers, making the ‘71-72 season the only year in which a Lakers team has ever averaged victory by double-figures. Phil Jackson’s 1999-00 Lakers rank third on this list with a +8.5 average margin of victory.

    BACK-TO-BACK
    Tuesday’s contest with the Hornets is the first of a back-to-back set with New Orleans and Golden State. On the season, the Lakers are 4-3 in the first game and 6-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. 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-tobacks 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.