Lakers Gameday | 02/08/09 | Lakers 101, Cavaliers 91


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(41-9)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 6

Lakers Game day

Heat LogoCleveland Cavaliers
(39-10)
Eastern Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Lost 1

Injury Report Injury Report
  • Kobe Bryant (dislocated ring finger, right hand) is probable.
  • Andrew Bynum (torn MCL, right knee) is out.
  • Sasha Vujacic (mild sprain, left ankle) is probable.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Los Angeles Lakers 30 21 31 19 101
    Cleveland Cavaliers 32 29 16 14 91
    • Sasha Pavlovic (flu) – OUT, Lorenzen Wright (flu) – OUT
    • Tarence Kinsey (right ankle sprain) – OUT
    • Delonte West (non-displaced right wrist fracture) – OUT
    • Eric Snow (left knee) – OUT

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 39 -The Lakers were strong at the defensive end today, limiting the Cavaliers to shoot a low 39% from the field. The Cavaliers struggled throughout the entire second half of the game scoring only 30 points.
  • 16 - The Lakers defense held Lebron James to only 16 points as he struggled in the game making only 5 of his 20 attempts from the field. James finished the game with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists.
  • 11 - The Cleveland Cavaliers were lights out from beyond the arc tonight making 11 of their 23 attempts. Wally Szczerbiak had a great shooting night making four of his five three point attempts, but it just wasn't enough as the Lakers hand the Cavaliers their first home loss of the season.
  • 6 - Only six turnovers for the Lakers who took care of the ball and made smart decisions as they finished the game with 25 assists on 43 baskets.
  • 3 - Odom had a great game, helping the Lakers complete a 6-0 road sweep with the win over the Cavaliers. Just in the third quarter alone Lamar Odom managed to get double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Odom finished the game with a team high of 28 points and 17 rebounds.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
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    Points
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    28
    Rebounds
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    17
    Assists
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    6
    Plus/Minus
    Luke Walton
    L. Walton
    +13

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    Lakers stop Cavaliers' home winning streak

    CLEVELAND(AP) No second All-Star. No triple-double for LeBron James. And now, no more home winning streak.

    It's been a rough few days for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Lamar Odom scored a season-high 28 points, Kobe Bryant added 19 and the streak-breaking Los Angeles Lakers handed Cleveland its first loss at home this season, 101-91 on Sunday.

    The Cavaliers came in 23-0 at Quicken Loans Arena, but were stopped by the Lakers, who ended Boston's 19-game winning streak on Christmas Day and halted a 12-game run by the Celtics earlier this week.

    James finished with 16 points on just 5-of-20 shooting for Cleveland, which hadn't lost at home since Game 5 against Washington in the first round of last season's playoffs.

    The Lakers weren't intimidated in the NBA's rowdiest arena and went 6-0 on a road trip that also included stops in Minnesota, Memphis, New York, Toronto and Boston.

    Pau Gasol added 18 points with 12 rebounds for Los Angeles, which played a solid all-around game and made just six turnovers - none over the final 19:28. The Lakers' trip started rocky with center Andruw Bynum injuring his knee against the Grizzlies, but it couldn't have ended any better.

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 22 to lead Cleveland. Mo Williams, whose All-Star snub had infuriated the Cavs, scored 19 and James finished with 12 assists and eight rebounds. It was James' first game since his apparent historic triple-double at Madison Square Garden was downgraded when the league took away one of his 10 rebounds.

    Odom, who added a season-best 17 rebounds, scored 15 in the third quarter, when the Lakers outscored the Cavaliers 31-16 to turn a 10-point deficit into a 82-77 lead entering the fourth.

    Odom scored 13 of Los Angeles' last 16 points to close the quarter, capping his one-man scorefest with a two-handed dunk off a miss in the final second as the Lakers became just the fourth team this season to lead Cleveland at home after three.

    The Lakers pushed their lead to 10 before the Cavaliers rallied and closed to 93-89 on two free throws by Ilgauskas with 3:06 left. But Bryant, who was battling flulike symptoms, hit a high-arching fadeaway, and Gasol dropped one of two free throws to make it 96-89 when the jumbo scoreboard above midcourt inside Quicken Loans Arena went dark, a symbolic moment for Cleveland's players and fans.

    James was stripped on the Cavs' next possession, and Gasol made two more free throws and scored on a putback as the Lakers put an exclamation point on one of their biggest wins this season.

    Cleveland's crowd was at a playoff pitch from the outset for one of the most anticipated games of the season, a matchup of the league's top stars, both leading MVP candidates, and two of the NBA's best teams.

    But the game never materialized into a Bryant vs. James affair as Odom stole the spotlight.

    Earlier this week, Lakers coach Phil Jackson attributed some of Cleveland's dominance at home to a raucous crowd that may influence the officials.

    "They all wear No. 23 and help him throw that (expletive) up in the air when he's at the scorer's desk,'' Jackson said. "He gets away with murder, on top of it, on his home court.''

    Jackson slightly backed off from those remarks before the game.

    "I'm just saying, it's home court,'' he said. "There are going to be more fans who will be involved in every bump and grind and whatever happens individually to him. Those things will affect the decisions of referees.''

    James hadn't heard Jackson's remarks.

    "Me get calls?'' he said in a disbelieving tone. "You guys know Phil. He always makes a comment before a big game or rivalry game. He always says something to throw people's focus off. But you guys know that I don't get as many calls as I should get. We're not going to go there.''

    James was careful not to complain about losing his triple-double in New York, but he was clearly miffed by the league's decision.

    "Um. Should I say something?'' he wondered before opting to keep his opinion a secret. "We won the basketball game and that's all that matters.''

    Notes: Cavs F Sasha Pavlovic sprained his right ankle late in the first quarter and did not return. Pavlovic had missed Cleveland's two previous games with the flu. ... Before the game, Jackson was told Celtics coach Doc Rivers was fined $15,000 by the NBA for complaining about the officiating following Boston's overtime loss to the Lakers on Thursday night. "Is that all?'' Jackson said. "It should have been more. That's Boston.'' ... Lakers F Adam Morrison, acquired in a trade from Charlotte on Saturday for Vladimir Radmanovic, has not yet taken his physical.


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    Lakers - Cavaliers Preview

    To say it's been an eventful week for LeBron James and Kobe Bryant would be an understatement.

    After each topped the headlines for their performances at Madison Square Garden, Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers beat the defending champions on the same day James criticized the league for disrespecting a teammate. If that wasn't enough, James also was stripped of his rare feat at the Garden.

    To cap off this extraordinary week, the league's two most dynamic players get the opportunity to square off Sunday when James' Cavaliers (39-9) and Bryant's Lakers (40-9) meet at Quicken Loans Arena in a matchup featuring the best team from each conference.

    Bryant, the league's reigning MVP, opened this week by setting a Madison Square Garden record with 61 points in Los Angeles' 126-117 win at New York on Monday.

    Not to be outdone, James, a front-runner for this season's MVP, scored a season-high 52 points while adding 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Cleveland's 107-102 win at MSG on Wednesday.

    "I don't go out there for the numbers, I just play my game," James said. "You guys seen every phase of my game, the scoring, the rebounding, the assists and defensively just trying to attack the opposing team."

    That triple-double lasted for only two days, though, as the NBA stripped James of one of his 10 rebounds after reviewing game tape on Friday.

    If his triple-double had stood, it would have been the first 50-point game in a triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975. Instead, it was the second time the Cavaliers were upset by a league decision in as many days.

    On Thursday, commissioner David Stern selected Boston guard Ray Allen to replace injured Orlando guard Jameer Nelson instead of Cleveland's Mo Williams at next week's All-Star game in Phoenix. Williams, who is averaging 17.1 points and has become James' sidekick, was originally left off the All-Star roster in a vote by Eastern Conference coaches.

    "That's how they always treat us," said James, a five-time All-Star averaging 28.5 points. "They wouldn't take me (as an All-Star) if they didn't have to.

    "You look at all the teams with some of the better records in this league. Look at the Lakers, they have two All-Stars. Orlando, two (initially three) All-Stars. Boston, two (now three) All-Stars. San Antonio, two All-Stars. All the good teams in the league that have really good records and you look at us with just one All-Star. It's a total smack in the face."

    Cleveland, which has won eight of its last nine games, boasts the top record in the East and can take over the league's best record by defeating Western Conference-leading Los Angeles.

    The Lakers, who have won nine of 10, already defeated the Cavs 105-88 on Jan. 19, and would own the tiebreaker for home-court advantage in the finals - if they both make it - with a victory Sunday.

    Winning at Cleveland won't be easy, though, as the Cavs have won all 23 games at Quicken Loans Arena this season. They've also won four straight home games over the Lakers since a 111-106 overtime loss on Feb. 4, 2004.

    Neither James nor Bryant had stellar performances in their meeting at Staples Center three weeks ago. James had 23 points on 9-of-25 shooting, nine rebounds and four assists, while Bryant finished with 20 points on 9-of-22 shooting, 12 assists and five turnovers. Bryant, an 11-time All-Star averaging 27.5 points, suffered a dislocated right ring finger, but stayed in the game

    Pau Gasol, Los Angeles' other All-Star, led the Lakers with 22 points and 13 boards in the win over the Cavs, and has stepped up his game since center Andrew Bynum was lost for eight to 12 weeks to a knee injury.

    Gasol had 24 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's 110-109 overtime victory over Boston, snapping the Celtics' 12-game win streak in a rematch of last season's NBA finals. The 7-footer is averaging 28.7 points on 70.8 percent shooting and 14.3 boards in three games since Bynum got hurt.

    "(Gasol) was huge," said Bryant, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds. "He played strong. He played physical. That's what happens. A team against you is playing physical with you, so you have to play physical right back."

    The Lakers snapped a five-game losing streak to the Cavs with the win three weeks ago, and have not swept a season series from them since 2003-04 - James' rookie season.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers lead their season series with Cleveland 1-0 after having been swept by the Cavaliers in each of the previous two season series. This will be the 95th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers holding a 56-38 series advantage. The Lakers January 19th victory over Cleveland snapped a five game losing streak against the Cavaliers as they improved to 8-2 against the Cavaliers all-time at STAPLES Center. In their last 10 overall meetings, the Lakers are 4-6 against the Cavaliers. In Cleveland, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games and have lost four straight at Quicken Loans Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 11-6 against Cleveland. In 23 games against Cleveland including 20 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 22.1 points per game including a series record 47 points back on January 30, 2001 in Cleveland. In his last seven games against the Cavaliers, however, Bryant has averaged 29.9 points per game (209). In their most recent meeting (1/19/09) Bryant suffered a dislocated ring finger on his shooting hand but continued to play. It was the third time Bryant has been injured against the Cavaliers, suffering a sprained right shoulder that limited him to 17 minutes, five of which came after injuring his shoulder in the final seconds of the first quarter (1/12/04). Bryant tallied 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, playing five 2nd quarter minutes predominantly left handed. The following season, Bryant suffered a severely sprained right ankle when he landed on Ira Newble’s right foot with 5:39 remaining in the first period (1/13/05) and did not return until the Lakers/Cavs next meeting that season. In two of his last four games against the Lakers, LeBron James has established new team Lakers-Cavaliers series scoring records, posting 38 points February 15, 2007 and then surpassing that with 41 points January 27, 2008. In 11 career game against the Lakers, James is averaging 28.3 points per game (311) with his team posting a 6-5 record in those contests. Additionally, Chris Mihm played his first three and a half seasons for the Cavaliers from 2000-04 where he earned All-Rookie Second Team honors.

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    KINGS OF THE ROAD
    The Lakers improved to 5-0 on their current 6-game road trip when they defeated the Celtics February 5 in Boston and will try to become just the THIRD Lakers team since neutral site games were eliminated in 1974-75 to win six or more games on a single road trip when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, February 8. Should they defeat a Cavaliers team boasting a 23-0 home record, the Lakers would match their most successful road trip ever; a 6-0 trip in February of 2000 that was part of a 19- game win streak for the team. The only other Lakers 6-plus win road trip came last season when the Lakers concluded a franchise record 9-game continuous road trip with a record of 7-2, compiling the league’s best record ever in nine or more continuous road games since neutral-site games were eliminated in 1974-75. (The San Antonio Spurs went 8-1 on a 2003 road trip but came home before it ended).

    THE COOLER
    With their victory February 5 at Boston, the Lakers snapped the Celtic’s 12-game winning streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Los Angeles, which ended Boston's 19-game winning streak on Christmas Day, becomes the fifth team in NBA history to snap two winning streaks of at least 12 games in the same season. The Lakers, however, are the first of those five teams to do so with two wins against the same opponent.

    BRYANT CLOSES IN ON 23,000 POINTS
    Entering the Lakers February 8th game at Cleveland, Kobe Bryant (22,967) is 33 points shy of 23,000 for his career. Bryant, who will be 30 years, 169 days old on Sunday, can become the youngest player in NBA history to 23,000 should he reach the milestone before the All-Star break. Wilt Chamberlain (30 years, 176 days) is currently the youngest player ever to 23,000. In terms of games, of the 20 players to score 23,000 points, Bryant (currently 915 games) will become the 11th fastest to 23,000 points should he reach the milestone in the next 22 games. Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest in league history to score 23,000 points, doing so in just 606 games.
    Earlier this season, with 28 points December 2 at Indiana, Bryant became the 22nd player in NBA history to score 22,000 points and in doing so, became the 2nd youngest player ever to 22,000 points (30 years, 101 days), one day older than Wilt Chamberlain (30 years, 100 days) who scored his 22,000th point on 11/26/66. The next youngest to 22,000 points were Oscar Robertson (31 years, 117 days) on 3/21/70 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (31 years, 350 days) on 4/1/79. The youngest player in league history to accumulate 13,000 – 20,000 career points, Bryant became the 12th fastest to 22,000 points in terms of games, reaching the mark in 881 career games. Through his career, Bryant has been 29th fastest to 15,000, 22nd fastest to 16,000, 20th fastest to 17,000, 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000 and 12th fastest to 21,000 points in terms of games.
    Last season, Bryant became the 25th player in NBA history to score 21,000 points and in doing so, became the 2nd youngest player ever to 21,000 points (29 years, 194 days) and 2nd ever under the age of 30 behind Wilt Chamberlain (29 years, 184 days). Michael Jordan was the 3rd youngest to 21,000 (30 years, 40 days). Earlier in the season, Bryant, at 29 years, 122 days, became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points and the 3rd player ever to reach 20,000 points under the age of 30, ranking ahead of Wilt Chamberlain (29 years, 134 days) and Michael Jordan (29 years, 326 days). 30-30

    TEAMMATES BACK-TO-BACK
    Kobe Bryant (36) and Pau Gasol (31) each scored 30-plus points for the second consecutive game in the Lakers 115-107 victory at Toronto February 4. Two days earlier, Bryant scored a Madison Square Garden record 61 points while Gasol scored 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting. In doing so, Bryant and Gasol became the first Lakers teammates to post back-to-back 30-point games together since Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal did so on April 10th and 13th, 2003. League-wide, Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson were the last teammates to post consecutive 30-point efforts together on December 20th and 21st, 2007.