Lakers Gameday | 01/27/09 | Bobcats 117, Lakers 110


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(35-9)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Lost 1

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Spurs LogoCharlotte Bobcats
(19-26)
Eastern Conference Standing : 11
Streak: Won 1

Injury Report Injury Report
  • Jordan Farmar (lateral meniscus tear, left knee) is probable.
  • Kobe Bryant (dislocated ring finger, right hand) is probable.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 OT 2OT F
    Charlotte Bobcats 23 26 27 17 10 14 117
    Los Angeles Lakers 16 32 22 23 10 7 110
    • D.J. Augustin (Abdominal Strain) is out.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 45 - In the first overtime of the season Kobe Bryant made huge plays down the stretch as he played a season high of 45 minutes before fouling out of the game. Kobe finished his night with 38 points, eight rebounds, five assists and one steal.
  • 16 - The Lakers didn't defend the paint well tonight as they got scored by 16 points (54-38) by the Charlotte Bobcats.
  • -12 - The Charlotte Bobcats moved the ball great tonight dishing out 12 more assists than the Lakers. Bobcats finished with 31 assists while the Lakers only had 19.
  • 11 - The Bobcats went up strong tonight as they out rebounded the Lakers by 11 rebounds (53-42) and handed them their ninth loss of the season in a double overtime thriller.
  • 7 - The Bobcats had the chance to end the game early but instead missed seven straight free throws towards the end of the fourth quarter.
  • 4 - Fourth consecutive double-double for the western player of the week Andrew Bynum as he finished the night with 24 points, 14 rebounds and a season high of 6 blocks.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
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    Points
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    38
    Rebounds
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    14
    Assists
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    6
    Plus/Minus
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    -11

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    Diaw, Brown lead Bobcats past Lakers 117-110

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Boris Diaw had 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, reserve Shannon Brown scored five of his 14 points in the second overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats continued their surprising recent domination of the Los Angeles Lakers by beating them 117-110 on Tuesday night.

    The win was the Bobcats' fifth in their last six games against the Lakers, who got 38 points from Kobe Bryant before the Los Angeles star fouled out for the first time this season in the final minute of the first overtime.

    Raymond Felton had 22 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and nine assists, Raja Bell added 17 points and Gerald Wallace scored 15 before leaving late in the fourth quarter after a flagrant foul by Andrew Bynum knocked him to the floor.

    Bryant had eight rebounds and five assists to go with his 38 points. Bynum added 24 points and 14 rebounds and Derek Fisher scored 14 for the Lakers (35-9), who had their four-game winning streak snapped while losing for just the fourth time in 27 home games.

    Brown's 3-pointer with 2:14 remaining put the Bobcats on top 110-107, and they led the rest of the way. Okafor scored four points around a three-point play by Bynum and Felton added two foul shots with 25.2 seconds left, giving Charlotte (19-26) a 116-110 lead and clinching the victory.

    The Lakers rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes to force the first overtime, and got two baskets from Bryant and another from Bynum to begin the first extra period up 99-93 lead with 2:55 left.

    But the Bobcats came back, and a 3-pointer by Diaw with 32.2 seconds to play tied the game at 103. Bryant was out of the game at that stage, having fouled out with 39.8 seconds left after scoring eight points in the first overtime.

    Neither team got a good shot off after that, forcing the second overtime.

    Diaw scored seven points during a 9-0 run that gave the Bobcats a 90-83 lead before seven points by Bryant and a 3-pointer by Fisher with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 93. Felton missed a 22-footer as time expired to force the first overtime.

    Neither team led by more than four points in the third quarter until Charlotte scored six straight for a 70-63 lead with 3 1/2 minutes left in the period. The Bobcats led 76-70 entering the fourth quarter.

    The Bobcats outscored the Lakers 10-3 for a 36-26 lead midway through the second quarter. Gasol had shot 2-of-10 and Bryant was 0-of-5 at that stage.

    Bryant scored for the first time on a jumper with 5:20 left in the period, and added 10 more points before halftime, helping the Lakers outscore the Bobcats 22-13 to draw within one point.

    Lakers forward Trevor Ariza left with 4:52 left in the second quarter after suffering a concussion and didn't return. He's not expected to miss any playing time.

    Notes: The game was the Lakers' first overtime contest of the season, leaving New Orleans as the only team that hasn't gone into overtime. ... The Lakers' 16 first-quarter points tied a season-low. ... The Lakers, who've played an NBA-high 27 home games and a league-low 17 road games, open a six-game trip Friday night at Minnesota. They're 23-4 at home and 12-5 away. They'll play 22 of their next 31 games on the road. ... The Lakers are 4-5 overall against the Bobcats, who joined the NBA as an expansion team in 2004. ... The Bobcats are 12-10 since acquiring Diaw and Bell from Phoenix last month. ... The Lakers have a 12-6 record against Eastern Conference teams this season and the Bobcats are 9-6 against the West.


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    Lakers - Bobcats Preview

    The Los Angeles Lakers made a big statement in their last game, easily defeating their closest competitor in the Western Conference standings.

    While a win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday won't have nearly the same impact, the Lakers would still like to improve upon a frustrating record against that perennially struggling franchise.

    Los Angeles (35-8) is beginning to run away with the West, taking a six-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday after defeating them 99-85. The Lakers have the NBA's best record.

    The game was so lopsided that Kobe Bryant sat out the fourth quarter, finishing with 22 points. Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double and Pau Gasol, the only starter to play in the final period, added 16 points.

    The win was the 14th in 17 games for the Lakers, who held the Spurs to 37.5 percent shooting in one of their best defensive efforts of the season. They led by as many as 21 points and had five players score in double figures, including Jordan Farmar, who had 14 points in his return after missing 17 games because of an injured left knee.

    "He makes our second unit go, he's the motor," Bryant said of Farmar. "Now that he is back, everybody falls into their natural positions and we are back clicking on all cylinders."

    Farmar's return gives the Lakes a completely healthy lineup for the first time in quite a while. Luke Walton was playing Sunday in his third game since missing nine with an injured foot, while Lamar Odom (knee) and Sasha Vujacic (back spasms) also missed some time recently.

    The win was Los Angeles' fourth straight overall and improved it to 23-3 at Staples Center. A six-game road trip will follow Tuesday's game.

    While the Lakers have been one of the NBA's elite teams for some time, they've still struggled recently against the Bobcats (18-26), who haven't won more than 33 games in any of their previous four seasons. Los Angeles has split eight all-time meetings with Charlotte and has dropped four of the last five, including the past two at Staples Center.

    The Bobcats also come in with some confidence after winning five of their last seven. However, they are coming off a 98-93 road loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

    Raymond Felton and Boris Diaw each scored 18 points, but Charlotte was outrebounded 52-36 and couldn't overcome a 14-point deficit despite cutting it to single digits several times. The Bobcats had held their previous six opponents to an average of 85.3 points, but they gave up 54 points in the first half on Sunday.

    "We didn't match their energy early and we got killed on the boards in the first half," coach Larry Brown said. "When you're on the road and you give a team a jump-start like that, it's pretty tough to overcome."

    While Charlotte has played better recently, an upcoming stretch of games could threaten to derail its progress.

    The Bobcats have four games left on this five-game road swing, including visits to Portland, Denver and Utah. Their two games following the trip come against Atlanta and Miami, meaning they don't face a team with a losing record until Feb. 9 when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers split last season’s series with Charlotte 1-1 after being swept in 2006-07 0-2. The two teams have met eight times in all with the Lakers and Bobcats splitting the all-time series 4-4. The Bobcats are one of only two teams in the NBA that the Lakers have a .500 or losing record against (Boston). At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 2-2 all-time against the Bobcats while in Charlotte, the Lakers have gone 2-2. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 2- against Charlotte. In their most recent meeting at STAPLES Center, the Bobcats defeated the Lakers 95-108, marking the largest losing margin for the Lakers in the brief series history. Additionally, Jason Richardson (now with Phoenix), scored a game-high 34 points against the Lakers, marking the highest individual scoring effort a Bobcat has had against the Lakers in series history. Of the Lakers eight games against the Bobcats, two have gone into overtime. In 2006-07, the Lakers lost on the road to the Bobcats 124-133 in triple overtime to conclude a six-game road trip. It was the Lakers third ever triple-overtime game in the Los Angeles era and the team’s longest game since a four-overtime contest in January of 1980 at Cleveland. In their second meeting that season, Kobe Bryant connected on a game-tying three with 1.6 seconds to play, forcing overtime. The Lakers, however, were outscored 15-6 in the extra period, dropping their first ever game to the Bobcats at home. In seven career games against Charlotte, Kobe Bryant is averaging 34.9 points with a high-game of 58 points coming in the triple-overtime contest 12/29/06. Additionally, Michael Jordan, Managing Member of Basketball Operations for the Bobcats, won six NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls under current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson.

    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

    This game will be the second of a five game road trip for the Bobcats. They are coming off a loss at Indiana on Sunday night. The trademark of this team is how hard they play and they have clearly bought into Larry Brown’s system and they believe they can get one of the eight playoff spots in the east. The acquisition of Bell, Howard, Diaw, and Diop give Charlotte the veteran presence they had been lacking. Their marketing slogan is “Play the right way” and Coach Brown has his players attempting to do just that on a nightly basis. The Bobcats have some quality wins this season (against Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, New Orleans, and Utah) and we are very familiar with how well they have played against us in recent years. We expect them to play hard for the full 48 minutes and it is important that we do not let them wear us down with that intensity.
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    LAKERS UPDATES

    ANDREW BYNUM 3rd LAKER TO WIN WC PLAYER OF THE WEEK, 8th EVER LAKER TO EARN PLAYER OF THE WEEK SINCE AWARD’S INCEPTION
    On January 26, the NBA announced that Andrew Bynum had earned Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 19 through Sunday, January 25, giving him the FIRST WC Player of the week award of his career. Now the third Laker (Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal) to win the award since it became separated by Conference and the eighth to win the weekly honor overall since its inception, Bynum averaged 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks in helping lead Los Angeles to a 4-0 week which included victories over the Cavaliers and Spurs. In the Lakers January 21 victory over the Clippers, Bynum scored a career-high 42 points while adding 15 rebounds and three blocked shots while posting 23 points and 14 rebounds the following game versus Washington. On the week, Bynum recorded point-rebound double-doubles in three of four games in helping the Lakers to the NBA’s best record at 35-8 (.814).

    THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
    Following their game January 27 with the Charlotte Bobcats, the Lakers will play 22 of their next 31 games on the road including the next six straight while playing just four home games during the month of February. The Lakers 24 remaining road games on the schedule are the most of any NBA team league-wide. Other than the Lakers, only the Bobcats, who will play their 19th road game against the Lakers on Tuesday, Spurs (19) and Grizzlies (19) have played fewer than 20 road games this season.

    HALFWAY MARK
    Improving to 33-8 with their victory over the Clippers January 21, the Lakers reached the official halfway point of the season with their best record since Phil Jackson’s first year in Los Angeles when the 1999-00 Lakers started 33-8 as well. Additionally, the 1987-88 Lakers also arrived at the midway point of the season with a 33-8 record, a mark that is tied for the second best record in franchise history through 41 games behind the 1971-72 Lakers record of 38-3.

    KOBE NASH
    As Andrew Bynum alluded to with this new nickname following his career-high 42-point night January 21 against the Clippers, over a four-game stretch from January 14-21, Kobe Bryant enjoyed the best passing stretch of his career. Bryant, who found Bynum early and often during his career night, accumulated 45 assists in four games, the most of any four game span in his career. In addition, it was the second time in Bryant’s career that he has handed out 10-plus assists in four straight games. Bryant’s previous career-bests over four straight games came when he totaled 42 assists from 11/30/04 – 12/8/04 while posting double-figure assist numbers in each contest.