Lakers Gameday | 01/14/09 | Spurs 112, Lakers 111


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(31-7)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Lost 1

Lakers Game day

Spurs LogoSan Antonio Spurs
(25-12)
Western Conference Standing : 3
Streak: Won 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.
  • Sasha Vujacic (back spasms) is doubtful.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Los Angeles Lakers 29 32 26 24 111
    San Antonio Spurs 30 33 32 17 112
    • Ian Mahinmi (sprained right ankle) is out.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 57 - Both teams shot extremely high from the field in a game that saw very little defense played. Both the Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs finished the night shooting 57% from the field.
  • 16 - The Lakers were very efficient from beyond the arc making nine of their 16 attempts, acquiring a high 56% from three point territory. The Spurs weren't too bad either as they made 10 of their 20 attempts. Fisher and Ginobili lead the way making four three pointers a piece for their respective teams.
  • 11 - Only 11 free throw attempts from the Lakers who attacked the basket strong but didn't get the whistle blown their way. The Spurs had 21 free throw attempts, but none of those was more crucial than the one Roger Mason sank towards the end of the 4th quarter to help the Spurs get the win over the Lakers.
  • 10 - Kobe Bryant had 10 assists on the night, it seemed like he did everything for the Lakers tonight. The next closest to him was Lamar Odom with three assists. Kobe lead the Lakers in points (29), rebounds (10), and assists (7), but his efforts fell short tonight as the Lakers lose on the road against the Spurs.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
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    Points
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    29
    Rebounds
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    7
    Assists
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    10
    Plus/Minus
    Josh Powell
    J. Powell
    +6

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    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
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    K. Bryant
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    Vladimir Radmanovic
    V. Radmanovic
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    P. Gasol
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    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
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    Tony Parker
    T. Parker
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    Roger Mason
    R. Mason
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    Michael Finley
    M. Finley
    Forward
    Tim Duncan
    T. Duncan
    Center
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    M. Bonner

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    Spurs beat Lakers in Western finals rematch

    SAN ANTONIO(AP) Roger Mason hit a jumper with 10 seconds left and made a free throw after being fouled by Derek Fisher, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-111 on Wednesday night in the first meeting between the teams since the Western Conference finals.

    After Mason's three-point play, the Lakers failed to get a shot off when Trevor Ariza was called for traveling with .8 left.

    The Lakers rallied from 11 points behind in the fourth quarter and led when Kobe Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

    The Spurs called timeout and worked the ball over the Mason in the corner, where he was bumped from behind by Fisher while shooting from about 16 feet.

    It was Fisher who was not called for a foul when Brent Barry tried to get off a last-second shot for the Spurs last year in the conference-finals series.

    "I saw him try to reach for the ball,'' Mason said. "I wanted to get a little contact and then get the shot off. When I fell down, I looked up and saw it go in.

    "I just didn't want to ruin it (by missing the free throw). I knew we needed that point.''

    Mason, signed by the Spurs as a free agent after playing in Washington, also hit a last-second 3-pointer to beat Phoenix on the road on Christmas Day.

    Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 27 points, and Bryant had 29 for Los Angeles. The Lakers lost for only the second time in their last 12 games.

    The Lakers won the playoff series last year in five games losing the NBA finals to Boston. The Lakers and Spurs will play twice more this season.

    Ginobili, the Sixth Man of the Year last season, was 9-of-15 from the field in his usual role off the bench for the Spurs, 10-2 in their last 12 and 25-12 overall.

    The Spurs led 102-91 early in the fourth quarter on Tony Parker's layup. But the Lakers scored nine straight points to cut it to 102-100 with 4:45 left.

    Notes: Robert Horry, who won NBA titles while playing for both the Lakers and Spurs, attended the game. ... Bryant wore a small bandage along his right eye to protect the stitches put in after he was cut during a head-to-head collision with Miami's Dwyane Wade on Sunday. ... Lakers G Sasha Vujacic sat out his second straight game because of back spasms.


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    Lakers - Spurs Preview

    The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers have ruled the Western Conference for most of the last decade, combining for nine of the last 10 conference titles and seven league championships in that span.

    The way both are playing to start 2009, it wouldn't be surprising to see that trend continue this spring.

    Their season series will begin on Wednesday in San Antonio, as the teams meet for the first time since Los Angeles quickly ousted the Spurs in last season's conference finals.

    Los Angeles came within two games of its fourth NBA title of the decade last season, but lost to Boston in the finals. Over the past 10 seasons, they remain one championship shy of San Antonio's four league titles since 1999.

    Last May's series marked the sixth playoff meeting in the last decade for these clubs, which again appear to be the class of the West.

    Coach Phil Jackson's Lakers have emerged as the team to beat after eliminating the Spurs 4-1 last season and charging to a 31-6 start to 2008-09.

    "They're the best team in the West, maybe the best team in the league, and that says it all," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They've done a great job at both ends of the court, and they knocked us out of the playoffs last year, so we know as much or more than anybody how good they are."

    The Lakers have won four straight games and 10 of their last 11, averaging 108.5 points over that span -- more than 30 of them per game from Kobe Bryant.

    Bryant had 33 in Los Angeles' 105-100 win at Houston on Tuesday. Although he made just 13 of his season-high 32 shot attempts, the reigning NBA MVP scored 13 points in the fourth quarter including a key 3-pointer with 27 seconds to play.

    "My shots felt good, they just weren't going in for me," Bryant said. "Once the fourth quarter came around, I had to focus even more to try to put the ball in the hole."

    The Spurs (24-12) faltered in the final quarter of their most recent game, giving up 31 points en route to a 105-98 home loss to Orlando on Sunday. Tony Parker's 31 total points weren't enough for San Antonio, which has won nine of its last 11 games despite the setback.

    Manu Ginobili, who missed time early this season with an ankle injury, continues to struggle to get untracked. He's shooting a career-worst 33.3 percent from 3-point range and averaging 14.5 points -- five fewer than last season.

    "I am still not feeling like myself last season at this point," said Ginobili, who played through injury in the postseason and was held to 10 or fewer points in four of the five games against the Lakers.

    "I am physically pretty good. Nothing is hurting," Ginobili added. "It's just a bit of probably mental and other confidence."

    On Wednesday, the Spurs may lean on Tim Duncan, who has averaged 23.0 points and 12.8 rebounds in 68 career games against Los Angeles including playoffs.

    The home team won all four games in the 2007-08 regular-season series.

    "It tells you where you stand," Ginobili said of facing the Lakers. "... It makes you see the mistakes you made, how far you are from them and stuff like that. I wish we played them 10 times (per season)."

    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers split their season series with the Spurs 2-2 after winning last season’s series 2-1 for the first time since 2003-04 (3-1). The Lakers are 5-5 against the Spurs in their last 10 games and have won their last two straight at STAPLES Center. Overall, the Lakers are 8-10 all-time against the Spurs at STAPLES Center and have gone 4-6 in their last 10 home games. In San Antonio, the Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 meetings with the Spurs but have split their last four games at AT&T Center (2-2). Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 14-17 against San Antonio in the regular season. In the postseason, Jackson is 15-7 against the Spurs, advancing to the next round in four of five series meetings. In 42 career games including 37 starts against San Antonio, Bryant is averaging 24.8 points per game. In four games last season against San Antonio, Bryant averaged 24.3 points. Spurs guard/forward Ime Udoka played in four games for the Lakers during the 2003-04 season, posting eight points, five rebounds and two assists in 28 total minutes. Manu Ginobili played for Argentina in the 2008 Beijing Olympics but suffered a foot injury in their August 22 meeting with Kobe Bryant’s United States team that forced him to miss the first 12 games of the regular season with San Antonio. Bryant scored 12 points as the U.S. defeated defending champion Argentina 101-81 to advance to the gold medal game while Ginobili played just six minutes due to injury.

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    BRYANT NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR 2nd TIME THIS SEASON
    After three Western Conference Player of the Week awards last season, two in 2006-07 and five in 2005-06, Kobe Bryant earned his SECOND WC Player of the week award this season for games played Monday, January 5 through Sunday, January 11. The award is the 23rd of Bryant’s career (21 Western Conference POW, 2 NBA POW), surpassing Magic Johnson’s 18 NBA POW awards as the franchise all-time leader. Bryant led the Lakers to a 3-1 week, which included wins over the Warriors, Pacers and Heat, averaging 28.8 points on 50 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists. During the week, Bryant tallied 39 points on 14-of-22 shooting 1/6 vs. New Orleans while totaling 36 points, seven rebounds and a season-high 13 assists including the game-winning jumper with 3.0 seconds remaining 1/9 vs. Indiana. This is the 21st time Bryant has earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors (11/4/01, 1/20/02, 11/3/02, 12/8/02, 1/12/03, 2/2/03, 2/23/03, 2/17/04, 3/22/04, 11/13/05, 12/18/05, 12/25/05, 1/22/06, 4/16/06, 3/18/07, 3/25/07, 1/13/08, 3/2/08, 4/6/08, 12/28/08, 1/11/09) since the award was separated by Conference. He has twice earned NBA Player of the Week honors (4/16/00 and 12/24/00), giving him 23 total career Player of the Week awards.

    BRYANT’S HOT SHOOTING STRETCH
    Beginning December 16 vs. New York, Kobe Bryant has averaged 30.6 points (398) on 143-of-274 shooting for a .522 percentage. Bryant’s shooting percentage through his last 13 games is the second best of his career, trailing only a .531 percentage stretch (122-of-231 FG) from November 1 - November 27 of 2001 in which he averaged 27.3 points. Bryant’s best shooting stretch over 14 games continued that same month as he shot .528 (132-250) for a 27.5 point average as he closed out the best shooting month of his career (Nov. 1 – Nov. 30).

    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.

    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.