Lakers Gameday | 02/17/09 | Lakers vs Hawks


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(43-10)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 1

Lakers Game Day

Atlanta LogoAtlanta Hawks
(31-22)
Eastern Conference Standing : 4
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
    Atlanta Hawks 24 12 24 23 83
    Los Angeles Lakers 23 22 40 11 96
    • Thomas Gardner(flu-like symptoms) is day to day.
    • Speedy Claxton (left knee injury) is out.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 20 - Lamar Odom continued his string of great efforts, particularly on the boards, getting 20 tonight. Odom had gotten 17,18 and 19 boards in his previous 3 games.
  • 10 - Pau Gasol's assists. To go with his normal double-double in points and rebounds, Pau got his first triple-double as a Laker with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
  • 12 - Hawks second quarter points. Sparked by the second unit, the Lakers took control of the game from the defensive end, limiting the Hawks to 83 for the night.
  • 40 - Lakers third quarter points. With the Hawks reeling from the defensive effort in the second quarter, the Lakers closed the game out early with offensive execution.
  • 12:53 - The newest Lakers Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown got a combined 12:53 in 4th quarter minutes, marking their debuts with the team.
  • 28 - Highlighted by Lamar's effort, the Lakers were particularly strong on the boards tonight, getting a season-high 28 on the offensive end winning the rebound battle 67-39.
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    LAKERS BEST
    Points
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    15
    Rebounds
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    20
    Assists
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    10
    Plus/Minus
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    +24

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    L. Walton
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    L. Odom
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    P. Gasol
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    M. Williams
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    J. Smith
    Center

    A. Horford

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    Gasol's triple-double leads Lakers past Hawks

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Pau Gasol had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists and the Los Angeles Lakers emerged from the All-Star break with a 96-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

    Lamar Odom had 15 points and 20 rebounds, Derek Fisher scored 14 points, and Trevor Ariza and Jordan Farmar added 10 points each to go with Gasol's third career triple-double on a night when Kobe Bryant scored a season-low 10 points.

    All-Star Joe Johnson scored 14 points and Josh Smith added 13 for the Hawks, who had their three-game road winning streak end on the first night of their five-game West Coast trip. Atlanta, fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, had won four of five heading into the break.

    Coming off a weekend in which he shared the All-Star MVP trophy with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant shot 4-of-12 and never got to the free throw line in his lowest offensive performance since he had 11 against Washington on Jan. 22.

    Not that the Lakers needed their resident superstar.

    They improved to 25-4 at Staples Center by blowing out the Hawks in the second half after Atlanta led by nine in the opening quarter.

    Sparked by Ariza and Farmar, the Lakers' reserves outscored Atlanta's bench 37-31.

    Bryant hit two 3-pointers in the third quarter, but his teammates did everything else as Los Angeles outscored the Hawks 40-24. Atlanta's Mike Bibby virtually disappeared after the first quarter, when he had nine, and never scored again.

    That gave the Lakers an 85-60 lead going into the fourth, when the starters watched from the bench.

    The Lakers recovered from a slow start to outscore Atlanta 22-12 in the second quarter. They did it with just one basket from Bryant, which was all he had in the first period.

    Ariza picked up where Farmar left off, scoring six points, while Fisher hit a 3-pointer to send the Lakers into halftime ahead 45-36.

    Helped by five steals, the Hawks opened the game on a 24-15 run for their largest lead. Bryant was 0-for-4 before his bank shot went in for his only basket of the first quarter.

    Farmar came in with 2:53 left and ran off six straight points, including a fastbreak finger roll and a driving reverse layup, that sent the Lakers into the second quarter trailing 24-23.

    Notes: Gasol's triple-double was the first by a Laker since Bryant had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists on Jan. 21 against the Clippers. ... Adam Morrison, traded from Charlotte, made his Lakers debut with 7 minutes left in the game and scored 1 point. ... Lakers C Andrew Bynum, out since Jan. 31 with a torn MCL, has done some shooting while rehabbing his right knee. "He's doing pretty well,'' coach Phil Jackson said, declining to speculate on a return date for Bynum. ... The Hawks fell to 12-16 on the road. ... A University of Southern California student who hit a half-court shot in between periods to win $165,000 had the Lakers clapping for him and the Hawks staring in awe at the replay.

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    Lakers - Hawks Preview

    The reunion of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in the All-Star game Sunday night was one of the highlights of the All-Star break. Now that the weekend's over, however, Bryant's focus is back on leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a title without his former teammate.

    Bryant and the league-best Lakers resume their quest for a championship Tuesday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

    Bryant and O'Neal took the floor as teammates Sunday for the first time since Los Angeles lost to Detroit in the 2004 NBA finals. O'Neal was traded that summer, breaking apart a duo that led the Lakers to three straight titles but was perhaps better known for the frequent feuding that made the breakup inevitable.

    In their reunion, Bryant and O'Neal were selected as co-MVPs after leading the Western Conference to a 146-119 win over the East. Bryant said he enjoyed himself but has more important things to worry about now.

    "It was a fun weekend," Bryant said. "As soon as I leave this podium, it is time to get back down to business. Looking forward to it."

    Los Angeles (42-10) lost a key player when center Andrew Bynum went down with a knee injury Jan. 31. Though the Lakers closed the first half with a 113-109 loss at Utah, they won in Boston and Cleveland without Bynum and went 11-2 in their last 13 games before the break.

    Bynum could be out until the playoffs, but Bryant isn't tempering his expectations.

    "We want to win another championship," he said over the weekend. "We have a good team, have the team to do it. That's our goal."

    The Hawks (31-21) aren't talking about championships yet, but they're in the mix for homecourt advantage in the East after winning five of their last seven before the break.

    Atlanta is six wins shy of its total from last season, when it took eventual champion Boston to seven games in a first-round playoff series.

    "That just shows the maturity and hard work in the offseason to get us where we are right now," forward Josh Smith said.

    Hawks coach Mike Woodson thinks his team's strong play against the Celtics last spring has been a significant motivator for its success this season.

    "We've got a lot of guys that are hungry (from) last year after getting a taste of success in the first round against the world champs," Woodson said after Atlanta closed the first half with a 99-95 win at Detroit on Wednesday night.

    "We've learned a lot from playing in that series against Boston. They have kind of made us who we are. I say to these guys all the time: If you can take Boston to seven games, there's no team in this league you can't beat."

    If there is, though, it could be the Lakers - the one team in the NBA with a winning percentage (.808) better than the Celtics' (.800).

    The Lakers have shot 50.0 percent or better in each of their last five home games against the Hawks, going 4-1 in that stretch. Bryant and Pau Gasol scored 23 points apiece in Los Angeles' 122-93 rout of Atlanta last Feb. 19 at Staples Center.

    Johnson led the Hawks with 18 points in that game, while the rest of the starting lineup combined for only 21 points and 9-for-30 (30.0 percent) shooting.

    Despite that flat performance on the West Coast, the Hawks managed to split their series with the Lakers last season, riding Johnson's 28 points to a 98-95 home victory Feb. 6.

    Johnson's averaging 25.0 points and shooting 48.9 percent in his last seven games against Los Angeles.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers split last season’s series with Atlanta after sweeping their previous season series with the Hawks 2-0 in 2006-07. The Lakers have not lost a season series to the Hawks since 1978-79 (1-3) but have split the season series with Atlanta 7-of-the-last-8 years. This will be the 310th meeting between the two franchises dating back to their days in Minneapolis and Tri-Cities/Milwaukee/St. Louis respectively. Since the Hawks moved to Atlanta, the two teams have met 109 times with the Lakers leading the all-time series 67-41. The Lakers are 6-4 against the Hawks in their last 10 overall meetings. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 6-3 against the Hawks all-time and have gone 15-3 in their last 18 home games overall. On the road, the Lakers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 trips to Atlanta. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 10-6 against Atlanta. In 17 games (13 starts) against the Hawks, Kobe Bryant is averaging 22.3 points. On November 20 last season, the Lakers acquired Trevor Ariza from Orlando in exchange for veterans Brian Cook and Maurice Evans. Evans, now with Atlanta, averaged 8.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 76 games with the Lakers in 2006-07 and played seven games with Los Angeles at the start of the 2007-08 campaign before joining the Magic. Hawks assistant coach Larry Drew played two seasons with the Lakers (1989-91), averaging 4.4 points and 2.6 assists in 128 games.

    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

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    BRYANT BECOMES YOUNGEST PLAYER IN NBA HISTORY TO 23,000 POINTS
    (21st EVER, 11th FASTEST IN TERMS OF GAMES)
    With 34 points February 10 vs. Oklahoma City, Kobe Bryant became the 21st player in NBA history to score 23,000 points and in doing so, became the youngest player ever to 23,000 points (30 years, 171 days). Bryant (23,057) reached the milestone 5 days younger than Wilt Chamberlain (30 years, 176 days). In terms of games, of the 21 players to score 23,000 points, Bryant is the 11th fastest to do so, reaching the mark in 917 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 youngest player in league history to accumulate 13,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 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, 12th fastest to 21,000 and 12th fastest to 22,000 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).

    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.