Lakers Gameday | 01/11/09 | Lakers 108, Heat 105


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(30-6)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 3

Lakers Game day

Miami LogoMiami Heat
(19-17)
Eastern Conference Standing : 6
Streak: Lost 1

Injury Report Injury Report
  • Lamar Odom (bone bruise, right knee) is day-to-day.
  • 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
    Miami Heat 21 30 22 32 105
    Los Angeles Lakers 26 24 27 31 108
    • Dorell Wright (Left Knee Surgery) - is out.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 80 - The Lakers continue to have good nights at the charity stripe, they made 25 of their 31 attempts to shoot 80.6% from the free throw line.
  • 24 - Andrew Bynum was aggressive throughout the entire game and finished the night with a season high of 24 points to go along with his six rebounds, two assists and one block.
  • 18 - Pau Gasol had a game high of 18 rebounds for the second time this season. This ties his career high in the rebound department, Pau has had 18 boards six times throughout his NBA career.
  • +15 - The Lakers are leading the NBA in rebounds and they showed why they are the leaders in tonight's game against the Miami Heat. The Lakers outrebounded the Heat 53 to 48, with 17 of those coming in as offensive rebounds.
  • 11 - Derek Fisher had his first double-double of the season as he dished out 11 assists, 13 points, five rebounds and three steals to help the Lakers get the 'W' over the Heat. The last time Fisher had a double-double was in 2006.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
  • LAKERS BEST
    Points
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    24
    Rebounds
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    18
    Assists
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    11
    Plus/Minus
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    +18

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    A. Bynum
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    D. Wade
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    Bynum leads Lakers past Heat 108-105

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Andrew Bynum scored a season-high 24 points, including a go-ahead follow shot with 18.5 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 108-105 Sunday night to become the first Western Conference team to reach 30 victories.

    After Bryant tipped in Kobe Bryant's miss to give the Lakers a 104-102 lead, Chris Quinn missed a baseline jumper. Vladimir Radmanovic got the rebound and was fouled with 6.6 seconds left. Radmanovic, an 83.3 percent shooter from the foul line, made both shots to give him a season-high 18 points and the Lakers a four-point lead.

    Daequan Cook made a 3-pointer to cut the Lakers' lead to 106-105, but Bryant made two foul shots with 4.2 seconds left to complete the scoring. Cook missed a desperation 3-pointer as time expired.

    Bryant added 19 points and seven assists, Pau Gasol had 14 points and 18 rebounds to match a career high, and Derek Fisher had 13 points and a season-high 11 assists for the Lakers (30-6), who won for the ninth time in 10 games.

    Orlando and Boston each got their 30th wins earlier Sunday, but the Magic have eight losses and the Celtics nine.

    Dwyane Wade led the Heat (19-17) with 27 points and nine assists, and rookie Michael Beasley scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. Cook added 17 points, and Shawn Marion and Quinn added 12 points apiece.

    A tip-in by Gasol, a 3-pointer by Radmanovic and two free throws by Gasol gave the Lakers a 96-90 lead with 4:08 to play. It was 100-93 when Beasley scored seven points during a 9-2 run that tied the game at 102 with 38 seconds left, setting the stage for Bynum.

    A basket by Beasley to start the fourth quarter moved the Heat within two points before Sasha Vujacic scored five points during an 8-2 spurt to give the Lakers an 85-77 lead. But Wade scored seven points and Udonis Haslem added four during a 13-4 run that gave the Heat a 90-89 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left.

    The Lakers scored the first 12 points of the third quarter for a 62-51 lead. The Heat missed seven shots and committed two turnovers before a 3-pointer by Cook broke a scoreless drought of nearly five minutes.

    The Heat drew within four points before Bryant scored six straight and assisted on a 3-pointer by Fisher, putting Los Angeles ahead 73-60. Miami responded by outscoring the Lakers 13-4 to finish the third period to draw within four again.

    With Bryant on the bench, Wade scored seven points during an 18-10 run to start the second quarter to give Miami a 39-36 lead, and the Heat led 51-50 at halftime. Bryant shot 1-of-3 in scoring only five points in the half, but had six assists - all in the first quarter. Gasol was also held to five points, shooting 1-of-8.

    Bynum, averaging 12.2 points, scored 12 in the first quarter to help the Lakers take a 26-21 lead.

    Notes: The Heat held the Lakers to a season-low point total in beating them 89-87 last month in Miami. Wade, the NBA's leading scorer, had 35 points in that game. ... Lakers F Lamar Odom (bone bruise, right knee) sat out his third game. He's listed as day-to-day. Teammates Jordan Farmar (left knee) and Luke Walton (right foot) are also sidelined. ... The Heat are 1-2 on a franchise-record seven game road trip, which continues Tuesday night at Minnesota. ... Miami has lost four straight games to the Lakers at Staples Center since beating them 104-102 on Christmas Day in 2004. ... The Lakers are 20-2 at home and 10-4 on the road. Their 22 home games are tied for the most in the NBA with Charlotte, and their 14 road games are a league low.


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    Lakers - Heat Preview

    On one side, there is a player that can seemingly score at will in Kobe Bryant. On the other, the league's top scorer in Dwyane Wade.

    Both are coming off spectacular late-game shooting heroics on Friday night that led their respective teams to victories.

    But on Sunday night, one of the two superstars will come up short as Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers host Wade and the Miami Heat in the teams' second meeting this season.

    Los Angeles (29-6) goes for its third straight overall victory following a 121-119 win over Indiana on Friday that improved the Lakers to 19-2 at home this season.

    Despite cold shooting to open the fourth quarter, Bryant scored the Lakers' final 11 points, including the game-winning fadeaway jumper with three seconds left. Bryant had 36 points, a season-high 13 assists and seven rebounds.

    "I just played the game and made (the Pacers) make decisions,'' said Bryant, averaging 27.7 points and 6.7 assists as the Lakers have won three straight over Miami in Los Angeles. "In the fourth quarter, you just have to stay home a little more ... but I had shots in the past, like the one in Miami that felt good, but it came in and out. So I made sure that one stayed down.''

    The shot in Miami he was referring to was a jumper at the buzzer that rimmed out in the Lakers' 89-87 loss on Dec. 19.

    Since that defeat, though, Los Angeles has won eight of 10. Bryant is averaging 32.3 points, 5.5 boards and 5.1 assists during that stretch.

    Pau Gasol scored 21 points and Andrew Bynum added 20 against the Pacers as the Lakers posted their second-highest point total this season. Los Angeles, which leads the NBA in scoring with 107.7 points per game, was held to a season low in points in last month's meeting with the Heat.

    Lamar Odom, who averaged 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds with Miami in 2003-04, missed his second straight game on Friday after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee in Tuesday's 116-105 loss to New Orleans. Lakers coach Phil Jackson would not speculate on when the 10-year forward would return.

    "You can't project on the situation,'' he said.

    While the Lakers look for back-to-back victories at Staples Center after their 15-game home winning streak was snapped on Tuesday, the Heat continue their season- and franchise-long seven-game road trip. It is just the third seven-game road trip in team history. The last one was Jan. 4-16, 2006 and that trek ended with a 100-92 loss to the Lakers.

    Wade looked right at home on Friday night as he scored 10 of his 41 points in overtime, leading the Heat (19-16) past Sacramento 119-115.

    Similar to Bryant, Wade struggled with his shot on Friday, hitting just 11-of-26 from the field. Two nights earlier, Wade made 13-of-23 for 31 points as the Heat opened their trip with a 108-97 loss to Denver.

    Wade, who scored 35 in the Heat's win on Dec. 19, leads the NBA with a career-best 29.1 points per game.

    "That No. 3 is pretty good,'' Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of Wade.

    In his last game visiting the Lakers, however, Wade was limited to 18 points as the Heat lost 106-88 on Feb. 28.

    Miami's last victory in Los Angeles was 104-102 in overtime on Christmas Day 2004.

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    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers trail their season series with Miami 0-1 after Kobe Bryant’s jumper to tie the game rattled in and out at the buzzer, giving the Heat an 89-87 victory December 19 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Lakers swept last season’s series with Miami 2-0 after having split each of the previous two season series with the Heat 1-1. This will be the 42nd meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers holding a 27-14 all-time lead. The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 overall meetings with the Heat. The Lakers have gone 5-1 in their last six home games against Miami and are 6-3 all-time against the Heat at STAPLES Center. In Miami, the Lakers are now 5-5 in their last 10 games against the Heat. Prior to last season, the Heat and Lakers had met on Christmas day in each of the previous three seasons. Under head coach Phil Jackson, Los Angeles is 11-6 versus Miami. Also, Lakers forward Lamar Odom played one season for the Heat, averaging 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 80 games. Following that season, Odom was acquired from the Heat by the Lakers along with Caron Butler, Brian Grant and a future first round draft pick in exchange for Shaquille O’Neal. Heat guard Dwyane Wade played alongside Kobe Bryant on the gold medal winning US Men’s Olympic Basketball Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Heat guard Marcus Banks was originally included in a trade with the Boston Celtics that ultimately brought Chris Mihm to the Lakers but was later amended to include Jumaine Jones, Chucky Atkins and Mihm in exchange for Gary Payton, Rick Fox and a conditional 1st round draft pick

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    BRYANT’S HOT SHOOTING STRETCH
    Including his 10-of-20 shooting night which included the game winning jumper with 3.0 seconds remaining January 9 vs. Indiana, Kobe Bryant is currently enjoying the second-best shooting stretch over 12 games of his career. Beginning December 16 vs. New York, Bryant has averaged 30.8 points on 138-of-260 shooting for a .531 percentage, second only to a .534 percentage stretch (111-of-208 FG) from November 1- November 25 of 2001 where he averaged 26.8 points. For the entire month of November 2001, Bryant shot for a .528 percentage (132-of-250), averaging 27.5 points over that 14-game stretch.

    BACK-TO-BACK
    Wednesday’s contest with the Warriors is the second of a back-to-back set with New Orleans and Golden State. On the season, the Lakers are just .500 (4-4) in the first game while going 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-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.

    LAKERS 15-GAME HOME WIN STREAK SNAPPED
    With their loss to the Hornets January 6, the Lakers 15-game home win streak came to an end. The Lakers’ streak was the third 15-game home win streak in the past 20 seasons and tied for the longest since the team won 17-straight during the 1988-89 campaign. In both 2001-02 and 2002-03, the Lakers closed out the season winning 15 straight at home. The Lakers parlayed their close to 2002-03 by opening 2003-04 12-0 for the longest combined season home win streak in franchise history (27). The franchise record for most consecutive home victories in a single season is 21, established during the 1976-77 season.

    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.