Lakers Gameday | 01/21/09 | Lakers 108, Clippers 97

Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 2

Lakers Game day

Heat LogoLos Angeles Clippers
Western Conference Standing : 14
Streak: Lost 2

Injury Report Injury Report
  • Sasha Vujacic (sprained right ankle) is probable.
  • Kobe Bryant (dislocated ring finger, right hand) is probable.
  • Jordan Farmar (lateral meniscus tear, left knee) is out.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Los Angeles Lakers 25 33 30 20 108
    Los Angeles Clippers 27 28 18 24 97
    • Marcus Camby (Sprained left ankle) - Doubtful
    • Zach Randolph (Sore left knee) - Out
    • Chris Kaman (Strained left arch) - Out
    • Mike Tayor (Fractured right thumb) - Out
    • Baron Davis (Bruised tailbone) - Out


  • 42 - A career high in points for the Lakers starting center Andrew Bynum who made 17 of his 24 field goal attempts. Bynum also had 15 rebounds and three blocks on a very productive night.
  • 20 - The Lakers proved tonight that they are the more dominant team as they out rebounded the Clippers by 20 boards. The Lakers finished the night with 46 rebounds and the Clippers ended their night with 26.
  • 11 - DeAndre Jordan had only been averaging two points per game prior to this meeting against the Lakers. Tonight he went off tonight making 11 of his 12 field goal attempts and getting a career high of 23 points.
  • 5 - Even though Andrew Bynum had a career night there was still balanced team scoring with five of the Laker players in double figures. Luke Walton (11), Pau Gasol (10), Andrew Bynum (42), Kobe Bryant (18) and Lamar Odom (19).
  • 4 - This is the fourth game in a row now that Kobe Bryant has gotten 10+ assists. He also added his second triple-double of the season with a win over the Clippers tonight.
    ---Francisco Gomez,
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  • Postgame
  • Lakers - Clippers Running Diary
  • Clippers Missing Four Best Players
  • Previewing the Clippers with Brian Sieman
  • Kobe’s Finger Update
  • 11/05/08: Lakers 106, Clippers 88
  • 10/29/08: Lakers 117, Clippers 79


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  • Practice Report: Kobe Bryant
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    Derek Fisher
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    Kobe Bryant
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    Luke Walton
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    Pau Gasol
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    Andrew Bynum
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    Mardy Collins
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    Eric Gordon
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    Al Thornton
    Brian Skinner
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    DeAndre Jordan
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    Bynum scores 42 as Lakers beat Clippers 108-97

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Andrew Bynum scored a career-high 42 points, Kobe Bryant had his second triple-double in three games and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 108-97 Wednesday night.

    Bynum became the first Lakers player to reach 40 points other than Bryant since Shaquille O'Neal scored 48 against Boston on March 21, 2003.

    The 21-year-old center shot 17-of-24 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the foul line, and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Lakers raised their record to a Western Conference-best 33-8 record at the halfway point of the season.

    Bryant, playing in pain two days after dislocating his right ring finger, added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his 16th career triple-double. He hadn't had a triple-double since April 1, 2005, before accomplishing the feat last Friday night in a 109-103 loss to Orlando.

    Lamar Odom had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have won their last seven games against the Clippers by an average of 24.4 points.

    Rookie DeAndre Jordan, making his second career start, had career-high totals of 23 points and 12 rebounds for the injury-ravaged Clippers (9-32), who have lost 14 of 15.

    Al Thornton added 20 points and rookie Eric Gordon had 16 points and six assists.

    The Clippers played without their four best players - guard Baron Davis (bruised tailbone) and big men Chris Kaman (strained left arch), Zach Randolph (sore left knee) and Marcus Camby (sprained left ankle).

    That left the seldom-used Jordan, journeyman Brian Skinner and second-year player Thornton as the starters up front, and they were no match for the Lakers' big men - especially Bynum.

    Bynum passed his previous career high of 28 points with a dunk 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter, giving the Lakers a 65-56 lead, and added seven points during a 21-11 run to finish the third quarter, putting the Lakers on top 88-73.

    Odom outscored the Clippers by himself, 10-7, to start the final period, making it 98-80, but the Clippers moved within 12 points on two free throws by Gordon and a pair of dunks by Jordan.

    The Lakers extended their lead to 16 before the Clippers scored nine straight to make it 102-95 with 2:37 left. But that's as close as they would get.

    Bynum shot 11-of-14 for 25 points and also had 10 rebounds in the first half, which ended with the Lakers on top by just three points despite shooting 50 percent and committing only five turnovers. Jordan already had a career-high 12 points at that stage for the Clippers, who shot 56.1 percent in the opening 24 minutes.

    Notes: The Lakers have an 89-25 record against the Clippers since they moved from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984. ... The Lakers entered with an NBA-leading 107.6-point scoring average, while the Clippers were averaging 93.0 points to rank next-to-last, ahead of only Charlotte (91.2). ... Starting Lakers F Luke Walton returned to action after missing nine games because of an injured right foot and scored 11 points. ... Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he hopes G Jordan Farmar, who missed his 16th game because of an injured left knee, would be able to practice later this week and return to action next Tuesday night against Charlotte or early in a six-game road trip that begins three days later at Minnesota.

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    by Mike Trudell,

    As team injuries go, there is “banged up,” there is “missing a few guys,” and then there’s the Clippers. Literally playing without their four best players for much of the month, the Clippers have lost 13-of-14 games, and will be without Baron Davis, Zach Randolph, Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman on Wednesday.

    To break down the rest of L.A.’s other team, we spoke to Clippers radio voice Brian Sieman.

    Lakers - Clippers Preview

    A scary injury to a finger on his shooting hand didn't stop Kobe Bryant from leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a victory over one of the best teams in the NBA.

    Although the reigning league MVP doesn't expect to miss any time, Los Angeles could probably win without him on Wednesday.

    The Lakers look to build off their latest victory as they try to continue their dominance over the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the worst clubs in the league.

    In a matchup of two of the top teams in the NBA, the Western Conference-leading Lakers (32-8) defeated Cleveland 105-88 at home on Monday, thanks to a gutsy performance from Bryant.

    The 10-time All-Star finished with 20 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in 41 minutes despite dislocating the ring finger on his shooting hand less than two minutes into the game.

    "I just dove for the ball, and the finger just popped out," said Bryant, who shot 9-of-22 from the floor. "I was scared, I thought I was done. It felt like I had two fingers on one, it was just disgusting. (Trainer) Gary (Vitti) just popped it back into place. Not fun."

    Bryant spoke to reporters just minutes after X-rays showed no fracture. He said he hadn't sustained this kind of injury before, but didn't believe he would miss any time.

    While Bryant plans to play Wednesday, the Lakers could probably get by without him.

    The Lakers have won six straight games over the Clippers (9-31) by an average of 26.6 points since a 118-110 loss on April 12, 2007.

    The Lakers played the Clippers twice in their first four games, beating them 117-79 on Oct. 29 and 106-88 on Nov. 5 - the closest game between these teams during the Lakers' winning streak.

    The Lakers have been winning with such ease, Bryant has hardly been needed. He had 27 points against the Clippers in November after scoring no more than 17 in the previous four meetings.

    The Lakers have limited their crosstown rivals to just 38.7 percent shooting in the two victories this season.

    The Lakers aren't the only team that has had success stopping the Clippers.

    After defeating Milwaukee 101-86 on Saturday to snap a season-high 12-game losing streak, the Clippers lost to Minnesota 94-86 on Monday. It was the 11th time in their last 14 games that the Clippers were held to fewer than 100 points.

    The Clippers are one of the worst offensive teams in the league (93.0 points per game), while the Lakers are first in scoring (107.6).

    Coach Mike Dunleavy used only eight players on Monday, as Marcus Camby joined a lengthy list of injured Clippers.

    Camby, the league's second-leading rebounder (13.8), missed his first game of the season because of a sprained left ankle. He joined fellow injured Clippers Zach Randolph, Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, Mike Taylor and Jason Hart.

    "It's tough because we do not have all of our players on the court," Dunleavy said. "When you do, you know exactly who you are going to. Some of the guys we have out there have not been in that position, but I was pleased with our effort."

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    The Lakers lead their season series with the Clippers 2-0 after sweeping last season’s series 4-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season (4-0). The two teams have met 179 times overall and on 113 occasions since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles with the Lakers leading the all-time series 134- 45 (88-25 vs. LAC). Overall, the Lakers have lost just two series in franchise history (1992-93 & 1974-75) to the Clippers. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Clippers overall. At home against the Clippers, the Lakers are 15-4 all-time at STAPLES Center and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 home contests. On the road against the Clippers, the Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games as a visitor at STAPLES Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 27-7 versus the Clippers. In their first meeting of 2008-09, the Lakers defeated the Clippers 117-79 with their 38- point margin of victory marking the Lakers largest margin of victory over the Clippers since they moved from San Diego to Los Angeles prior to the 1984-85 season. The previous mark of 37 was established just last season in a 119-82 victory 3/7/08. In 48 career games versus the Clippers including 40 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.9 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 with the team (1999-03). 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). Clippers center Cheikh Samb was originally selected by the Lakers in the second round (51st overall) of the 2006 draft before his draft rights were traded to Detroit for guard Maurice Evans.


    Check back soon for our Scouting Report against the Los Angeles Clippers.


    With their loss to Orlando January 16, the Lakers are now faced with their second two-game losing streak of the season. Defeating the Grizzlies 105-96 in Memphis back on December 22, the Lakers snapped the team’s first two-game losing streak of the season. Since the acquisition of Pau Gasol on February 1, 2008, the Lakers have yet to lose three consecutive games, only having lost two-straight games SIX times overall (4 regular season, 2 playoff streaks). In fact, the Lakers last three-game losing streak came just a week before the trade, with consecutive losses at San Antonio, at Dallas and vs. Cleveland from 1/23/08 through 1/27/08.

    Wednesday’s game at LA Clippers is the first of a back-to-back set with the Clippers and Washington Wizards. On the season, the Lakers are just 5-4 in the first game while going 7-2 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.

    Through 39 games this season, FOUR of the Lakers EIGHT losses this season have been decided by three points or less. In addition, all FOUR have come on the road and all FOUR have come down to the final shot. The Lakers suffered their second loss of the season December 2 in Indiana (117-118) when the Pacers’ Troy Murphy tipped in a Marquis Daniels miss with the ball bouncing on the rim and then falling as the buzzer sounded. The Lakers fourth loss of the season came December 19 in Miami (87-89) when Kobe Bryant’s last second jumper rattled in and back out as the buzzer sounded. The following night, the Lakers trailed by one when Sasha Vujacic’s three-pointer with 3.9 seconds rattled in and back out and following a pair of Dwight Howard free throws, Bryant’s desperation three hit off the back of the rim in a 103-106 loss at Orlando. Finally, the Lakers most recent defeat came January 14 when, after Bryant connected on a last second three-pointer to give the Lakers a two-point lead with 12.9 second remaining, a foul called on Derek Fisher upon Roger Mason’s catch-and-shoot of the Spurs inbounds pass gave San Antonio a three-point play and a lead they would ultimately hold as Trevor Ariza made contact with Manu Ginobili on a last-second drive down the lane and was called for traveling to seal a 111-112 defeat. With their FOUR losses by three points or less this season, the Lakers are halfway to last season’s total. In 2007-08, EIGHT of the Lakers 25 losses came by three points or less, including two by a single point.

    The Lakers are currently ranked 1st in the NBA in points scored (107.6) and 17th in the NBA in points allowed (99.5) through 39 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 32 games (24-8), the Lakers have surrendered an average of 102.5 points per game (3279). 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 FOURTH in the NBA in point differential, winning by an average margin of 8.2 points per game through 39 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.