Lakers Gameday | 02/10/09 | Lakers 105, Thunder 98


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(42-9)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 6

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Heat LogoOklahoma City Thunder
(13-39)
Western Conference Standing : 13
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
    Oklahoma City Thunder 25 22 26 25 98
    Los Angeles Lakers 25 35 20 25 105
    • Desmond Mason (Hyperextended right knee) out for season
    • Mouhamed Sene (Jaw surgery) out 4-6 months

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 39 - The Oklahoma City Thunder didn't attack the basket and instead settled for jump shots which led them to shoot a low 39% from the field. The Lakers exploited a lot of mismatches underneath the basket and finished the night shooting 45% from the field.
  • 23 - Kevin Durant struggled early in the game and made only two of his first 10 attempts. He would finish strong making 10 of his 23 attempts to acquire 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on their loss against the Lakers.
  • +18 - The Lakers dominated the paint from the outset of the game and would out score the Thunder by 18. Lakers finished with 54 points in the paint while the Thunder finished with 36.
  • 17 - Only 17 free throws were taken by the Lakers who had been getting to the charity stripe a lot in their past games. Kobe went perfect from the line making all of his eight free throw attempts. Lakers converted on 10 of their 17 attempts.
  • 9 - The Bench Mob made their presence felt tonight as they scored 33 points, dished out 10 assists and got 11 rebounds. Farmar, Ariza and Vujacic all chipped in nine points each.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
  • LAKERS BEST
    Points
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    34
    Rebounds
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    18
    Assists
    Jordan Farmar
    J. Famar
    5
    Plus/Minus
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    +8

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    Bryant reaches 23,000 in win over Thunder

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant showed no lingering effects from the flu, scoring 34 points and becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 23,000 in the Los Angeles Lakers' 105-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

    Pau Gasol had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 12 points and a season-high 18 boards for the Lakers, just back from a 6-0 trip they concluded with wins against Boston and Cleveland.

    Bryant had chills and fever and needed intravenous fluids at halftime of Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Although Los Angeles has the league's best record and Oklahoma City one of the worst, the Thunder stayed close most of the game, but they trailed the entire second half.

    Kevin Durant finished with 31 points, his fifth 30-point game in a row, and 10 rebounds in the loss. Russell Westbrook had 17 points and nine rebounds.

    With fans chanting "MVP,'' Bryant made a free throw with 5:13 left in the second quarter to become the youngest player in NBA history with 23,000 points at 30 years, 171 days old. He bounced the first of two free throws off the front of the rim, the backboard and in for his 14th point of the game. He joined 20 others in league history who've reached the mark.

    Wilt Chamberlain was formerly the youngest at 30 years, 176 days. He still ranks as the fastest to 23,000, reaching it in 606 games, while Bryant, who came straight from high school to the NBA, reached it in his 917th game.

    Los Angeles held a 13-point lead at halftime, but the Thunder cut the deficit to 80-73 by the end of the third quarter.

    Bryant and Odom combined on several spectacular plays. Down by two with 4 seconds left in the first quarter, the Lakers drew even as Bryant grabbed Odom's length-of-the-court pass just over the outstretched hands of a defender and dunked to tie it at 25. In the second quarter, Bryant threaded a pass to Odom as he split defenders down the lane and Odom seemed to catch the ball, go up and dunk all in the same motion.

    Even Lakers coach Phil Jackson smiled at that play.

    The ailing Bryant scored 19 in Sunday's 101-91 victory at Cleveland that was the Cavaliers' first home loss of the season. Odom took up the slack, scoring a season-high 28.

    Against the Thunder, Bryant scored 22 in the first half to help the Lakers to a 60-47 lead. Odom had eight points and 11 rebounds at the break. Durant had 10 points, the only Oklahoma City player in double figures.

    Notes: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA career scoring record with 38,387 points. ... Jackson said before the game that Oklahoma City was essentially a team in disarray back when the Lakers beat them 105-94 in a preseason meeting, but they've changed: "What you have is a young, athletic team that's learning how to play together, found a rotation they've gotten comfortable with, and a new coach. Defensively, they've still got a lot to learn.'' The Thunder were 10-9 coming into the game, quite an improvement over their 3-29 start.

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    Lakers - Thunder Preview

    Back home following their most successful road trip in nine seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers look to keep the momentum going at Staples Center. Facing one of the league's worst road teams looks promising, but Oklahoma City is playing some of its best basketball of the season.

    The Lakers go for their seventh consecutive win on Tuesday night against a Thunder squad targeting its first three-game winning streak of the season.

    Los Angeles (41-9) finished a 6-0 road trip on Sunday by handing the Cleveland Cavaliers their first home loss of the season, 101-91. It was the Lakers' first undefeated six-game trip since Feb. 15-23, 2000, which took place during a 19-game winning streak.

    After averaging 35.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists during the first five games of the trip, Kobe Bryant scored just 19 against Cleveland as he battled the flu. He scored 31.8 points per game on 52.1 percent shooting as the Lakers went 4-0 against the Oklahoma City franchise in 2007-08.

    Bryant is probable for Tuesday's game.

    Lamar Odom posted season highs with 28 points and 17 rebounds on Sunday. He is scoring 16.8 points per game and averaging 10.8 rebounds since being inserted into the starting lineup after Andrew Bynum went down with an injured right knee in the Lakers' 115-98 win over Memphis on Jan. 31.

    "That was one of the best games (Odom has) played for us," said Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson, whose team has won 10 of 11. "He's had some spectacular games, but that was a terrific game. It was the total package of his game."

    Pau Gasol, averaging 26.0 points and 13.8 boards since Bynum was injured, posted his fourth consecutive double-double on Sunday with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 4-0 without their starting center.

    "We're playing for perfection," Odom said, "and in order to do that, it takes a lot of energy, focus and commitment to winning and doing whatever it takes. We got production from everyone."

    The Lakers may have Adam Morrison available for Tuesday's game. Acquired from Charlotte on Saturday, Morrison was scheduled for a physical in Los Angeles on Monday.

    Oklahoma City (13-38) faces Los Angeles for the first time on Tuesday night following Sunday's 116-113 win over Sacramento. The Thunder won their second straight behind Kevin Durant's 39-point, seven-rebound effort. Durant has scored 30-plus points in four straight games and is averaging 28.8 points on the season as Oklahoma City has won 10 of 19 following a 3-29 start.

    The Oklahoma City franchise has lost four straight road games to the Lakers since a 120-113 victory on March 12, 2006, but will have to do a better job defensively than it did on Sunday, when it allowed 67 second-half points to the Kings. Sacramento made 15-of-21 from the floor in the third quarter and shot 55.0 percent for the game.

    "I thought we got too relaxed at times," Durant said. "They made some tough, contested shots, but we came back with some key baskets ourselves."

    The Lakers are averaging a league-best 108.7 points and shooting 47.9 percent - third in the NBA. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, is allowing 103.2 points per game, which is sixth-worst in the league. The Thunder's opponents are shooting 47.2 percent this season.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers swept last season’s series with the Thunder 4-0 and have now won each of their last three season series against Oklahoma City. The two teams have met 211 times with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 128-83. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games against Oklahoma City and are winners of six straight against the Thunder and 8-of-their-last-9 overall. At home, the Lakers have gone 7-3 their last 10 games against the Thunder and are 11-7 alltime against Oklahoma City at STAPLES Center. On the road against the Thunder, the Lakers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 overall but are 5-1 in their last six as the visitor. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 20-11 against the Thunder. In 2006-07, Kobe Bryant established a Lakers series record with 46 points 4/6/07 at KeyArena only to surpass it nine days later with 50 points 4/15/07 at home against the Thunder. In those games, he surpassed the old mark of 45 points established by himself in January of 2003 and Jerry West in December of 1970. In 43 career games including 36 starts, Bryant is averaging 24.6 points against the Thunder but has averaged 37.3 (224) points in their last six meetings. Lamar Odom and Thunder forward Chris Wilcox played one season together (2002-03) with the Los Angeles Clippers. Wilcox was traded from the Clippers to the Thunder in 2006 in exchange for current Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic. Thunder guard Chucky Atkins played on season for the Lakers (2004-05), averaging 13.6 points in 82 games.

    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

    The Oklahoma City Thunder started the season 3-29. They are 10-9 in their last 19 games. They are a young, talented team that will play extremely hard and is playing with a lot of confidence right now. We know that this is a very big game for them. The first game back after any long road trip is always a challenge so we are well aware of the danger we face tonight. The Thunder have three very solid young players on the rise. We must do a great job of controlling/containing Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, and Russell Westbrook. All three can shoot (including 3’s), drive, pull-up, and post if head coach Brooks feels they have an advantage. It is also key that we defend these players without fouling due to the fact that all their players who play significant minutes shoot 75% or better from the line.
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    KINGS OF THE ROAD
    With their victory February 8 over the Cavaliers, the Lakers concluded their 6-game road trip a perfect 6-0 and departed Cleveland with the NBA’s best road record (18-5, .783) after averaging 116.5 points per game on the Eastern swing. The win also helped the Lakers 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. By ending the Cavaliers 23-game home win streak, the Lakers matched 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. (San Antonio went 8-1 on a 2003 road trip but came home before it ended).

    THE COOLER
    With their victory February 8 in Cleveland, the Lakers snapped the Cavaliers’ 23-game home win streak with a 101-91 victory at Quicken Loans Arena, making the Lakers the FIRST team in NBA history to win back-to-back games, both on the road, against teams with an .800-plus win percentage at least 40 games into the season. Three days earlier on 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.

    GASOL EARNS 4TH CAREER WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD; 3rd LAKER THIS SEASON TO EARN AWARD
    On February 9, the NBA announced that Pau Gasol had earned Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, February 2 through Sunday, February 8, giving him the FOURTH WC Player of the week award of his career. Now the 4th Laker (Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Shaquille O’Neal) to win the award since it became separated by Conference and the 9th to win the weekly honor overall since its inception, Gasol averaged 26.0 points on .635 shooting from the field (40-63 FG), 13.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.00 steals and 1.50 blocks in helping lead Los Angeles to a 4-0 week which included road victories over the Celtics and Cavaliers. With point/rebound double-doubles in all four games, Gasol scored 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting in victories over both New York (2/2) and Toronto (2/4) while converting 10-of- 14 fields goals for 26 points and 14 rebounds in the Lakers February 5 victory at Boston. This is the 4th time Gasol has earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors but the first such occasion since the 2005-06 season. Gasol’s previous honors game for weeks ending 3/26/06, 3/2/06 and 1/2/05.

    BRYANT CLOSES
    IN ON 23,000 POINTS Entering the Lakers February 10th game against Oklahoma City, Kobe Bryant (22,986) is 14 points shy of 23,000 for his career. Bryant, who will be 30 years, 171 days old on Tuesday, 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 916 games) will become the 11th fastest to 23,000 points should he reach the milestone in the next 21 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).