Lakers Gameday | 02/20/09 | Lakers 115, Hornets 111


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(45-10)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 3

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Memphis LogoNew Orleans Hornets
(32-21)
Western Conference Standing : 6
Streak: Lost 1

Injury Report Injury Report
  • 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 OT F
    New Orleans Hornets 20 21 25 32 13 111
    Los Angeles Lakers 28 17 34 19 17 115
    • Morris Peterson (sprained left foot) is questionable.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 51 - The Lakers were extremely active on the boards tonight and out-rebound the New Orleans Hornets 53 to 49. Lamar Odom continues to have strong games and led the Lakers with 17 rebounds.
  • 32 - The Lakers had a great night from the charity stripe converting on 32 of their 38 attempts. Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher all went perfect from the line.
  • 27 - The Lakers shared the ball evenly to dish out 26 assists during tonight's game. The Hornets also had a great night in the assists department with 28 assist on the night. Chris Paul had 16 of the Hornets 28 assists.
  • +25 - Luke Walton had an extremely productive night and had a plus 25 on the night. In 33 minutes of playing time Walton had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • 12 - The starters for the Lakers all had great games and all of them scored 12+ points in their victory over the Hornets. Kobe Bryant led all scores with 39 points while managing to dish out five assists and collect five rebounds.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
  • LAKERS BEST
    Points
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    39
    Rebounds
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    17
    Assists
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    6
    Plus/Minus
    Luke Walton
    L. Walton
    +25

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    Kobe goes wild in OT, Lakers beat Hornets 115-111

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 39 points in overtime and the Los Angeles Lakers beat New Orleans 115-111 on Friday night, snapping the Hornets' NBA-record streak of 13 consecutive overtime victories.

    Pau Gasol had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the defending Western Conference champions, who won for the 14th time in 16 games.

    Derek Fisher, whose 3-pointer with 14.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter forced overtime, made four free throws in the final 14.3 seconds of the extra period to ice it. Lamar Odom grabbed 12 points and 17 rebounds, the fifth time in six games that he had 17 or more boards.

    The Lakers improved the NBA's best record to 45-10 and avenged a 116-105 loss to the Hornets on Jan. 6 that ended a 15-game home winning streak. Chris Paul and David West, who combined for 72 points in that one, had 21 and 16 respectively in the rematch while Rasual Butler led the team with 31.

    Paul played 45 minutes before picking up his sixth foul with 1:32 left in OT, the first time he fouled out in a regular-season game in his four-year NBA career. West had a season-high 16 rebounds for the Hornets, who were the only team in the league that hadn't played an overtime game this season.

    Hornets center Tyson Chandler watched from the bench in street clothes with his current and "former'' teammates.

    Lakers coach Phil Jackson rested Bryant for the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter, and New Orleans reduced a 13-point deficit to 85-82 with 8:46 remaining on Butler's 3-pointer - one of five by the Hornets in the quarter.

    Paul's two free throws gave the Hornets a 95-93 edge with 3:21 to play after the Lakers turned the ball over on a traveling violation. James Posey, who helped Boston beat the Lakers in last year's finals, drained his third 3-pointer of the quarter to give the Hornets a 98-95 lead with 1:15 to play after Los Angeles tied it on a tip-in by Gasol.

    Paul was called for an offensive foul with 20.1 seconds left, and Fisher made him pay by with his tying 3-pointer. The Hornets had one more chance to win it in regulation, but Paul missed a 22-footer over Fisher in the final second.

    Fisher's interception of a pass by West led to a fastbreak dunk by Bryant that capped a 12-3 run and gave Los Angeles their biggest lead, 77-61, with 1:48 left in the third quarter.

    Chandler, who was traded by New Orleans to Oklahoma City on Tuesday and flunked his physical with the Thunder on Wednesday, rejoined the Hornets in Los Angeles for the start of a three-game road trip after the deal for Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin was rescinded.

    Chandler has been sidelined since Jan. 19, when he injured his left ankle in a game against Boston. But the reason for his failed physical had more to do with the big toe on his left foot, than his ankle. Oklahoma City's team doctor, Carlan Yates, was the Hornets' team physician when he operated on Chandler's toe three years ago.

    Notes: Fisher played only one season for Utah, but left with a deep and abiding affection for owner Larry Miller, who died Friday night at age 64. "He was an extremely passionate and compassionate individual,'' said Fisher, who was allowed to get out of his multiyear contract by Miller and return to the Lakers because of his daughter's rehabilitation from eye surgery that forced him to miss a portion of the playoffs. "I didn't know him well enough to be able to predict how he would respond, but I think the one thing that I had gathered throughout that year was how important family was to him and that he could relate to family issues.'' ... The Lakers observed a moment of silence for Miller. ... The Lakers, who came in averaging a league-best 108.8 points, missed 15 of 16 shots over the first 7:22 of the second quarter.


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    Mike TrudellLAKERS - HORNETS PREVIEW

    by Mike Trudell, Lakers.com

    With the Hornets set to face L.A. for the fourth and final time this regular season, we dialed up New Orleans Radio Studio Host Joe Block to explain the Tyson Chandler situation, tell us something we didn’t know about Chris Paul and give us a quick update on Mardi Gras.

    Lakers - Hornets Preview

    A little more than a year after a blockbuster trade helped vault them to the top of the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers were mostly content to stick with their talented roster as Thursday's trade deadline passed.

    The New Orleans Hornets were among the teams that agreed to a big trade, but it didn't go through - and they may be better off for it.

    Tyson Chandler probably won't be in the lineup for the Hornets on Friday night, but his eventual return could give his teammates a boost as they look to become the first opponent to beat the NBA-leading Lakers twice at Staples Center this season.

    The deadline was still a few weeks away last season when Los Angeles acquired Pau Gasol from Memphis for two players and two draft picks on Feb. 1, 2008, and the Spanish center did not disappoint, helping the team advance to the NBA finals.

    With Gasol's 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game complementing another stellar season from Kobe Bryant, the Lakers (44-10) have surged back to the top of the standings. Even though center Andrew Bynum is out for an extensive time with a knee injury for the second straight season, Los Angeles made only minor deals before the deadline as it prepares to chase the franchise's 15th NBA title.

    The Lakers haven't needed any help lately, winning nine of their last 10. They opened the second half with victories on back-to-back nights over Atlanta and Golden State, using a late 17-3 run to beat the Warriors 129-121 on Wednesday.

    Playing at Golden State's typical fast pace, Los Angeles had 33 assists - two off its season high.

    "We just shared the ball, and every time you play that way, it's rewarding," Lakers center Josh Powell said.

    New Orleans point guard Chris Paul is among the league's best at sharing the ball, but Chandler has been the one in the spotlight this week without even playing. The Hornets (32-20) initially traded their center to Oklahoma City for financial reasons, but the Thunder voided the deal when Chandler did not pass his physical due to a toe issue.

    Chandler, who has 11 double-doubles in 32 games this season, hasn't played since Jan. 19 because of an ankle injury. Still, New Orleans' players were happy to hear that the trade fell through, hoping he will solidify the team's front line down the stretch.

    "I'm excited to have T.C. back," Paul said. "I think it will give us a huge lift. Hopefully it will bring us closer together. You know, T.C. is family to us, so there won't be any animosity when he comes in here and he understands what's been the goal all along."

    With Paul also missing some time due to a groin injury, the Hornets had dropped six of eight going into last weekend's All-Star break. But they won back-to-back games over Oklahoma City and Orlando this week, getting 36 points and 10 assists from Paul in Wednesday night's impressive 117-85 win over the Magic.

    "Me and (David West) talked about it before the game last night - if we go down, we've got to go down fighting," Paul said. "Any time you see the rim you've got to shoot it. You can't pass up shots and stuff like that. We just have to be aggressive and see where it takes us."

    After losing twice at home to the Lakers earlier this season, the Hornets beat them 116-105 on Jan. 6 at Staples Center. West tied a career-high with 40 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Paul had 32 points and 15 assists.

    The Lakers' 25-4 home record is the West's best.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers currently lead their season series with the Hornets 2-1, winning both games in New Orleans after building 19+ point halftime leads in both contests before dropping their most recent meeting 105-116 at STAPLES Center on January 6. In that contest, David West scored a series-high 40 points for the Hornets, surpassing Baron Davis’ old mark of 37 established when the team was in Charlotte back in 2002. Last season, the Lakers split with the Hornets 2-2, going 1-1 both at home and on the road versus New Orleans. The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 games overall against New Orleans but have won three of their last four. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 homes games against the Hornets and 9-4 all-time against the Hornets at STAPLES Center. Since the Hornets move to New Orleans from Charlotte prior to the 2002-03 season, the Lakers have gone 7-2 at New Orleans Arena while going 0-2 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City during their temporary relocation from 2005-07. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 16-8 against the Hornets. In 2006, the Lakers and Hornets took part in the city of New Orleans first professional sports game following Hurricane Katrina when they met at the New Orleans Arena March 8, 2006. The Lakers won that contest 113-107 behind 40 points from Kobe Bryant. In 2006-07, Bryant scored a series record 50 points 3/23/07, becoming just the second player in NBA history to score 50-plus points in four consecutive games. In their first meeting of last season 11/6/07, Peja Stojakovic made a Lakers opponent record 10 three-point field goals while Chris Paul became only the 7th Lakers opponent to record at least 21 assists in a game and the 1st since John Stockton did so in April of 1990. Additionally, Hornets head coach Byron Scott played 11 seasons for the Lakers including his final NBA campaign in 1996-97 with then rookie Kobe Bryant. Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons spent the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons as an assistant coach on Scott’s staff in New Orleans.

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    ODOM CRASHING THE BOARDS
    With seven rebounds 2/18 at Golden State, Lamar Odom fell three rebounds off the career pace he had set for himself over the previous four games. With 74 rebounds from 2/8 – 2/17, Odom surpassed his previous four-game rebounding high of 67 established last season from 3/20/08 – 3/24/08 when he grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds 3/23/08 vs. Golden State and 21 rebounds 3/24 at Golden State in becoming the first Laker to record 20+ rebounds in consecutive games since Vlade Divac did so in February of 1995. In Odom’s last five games, he has pulled down 81 rebounds beginning 2/8 at CLE (17), 2/10 vs. OKC (18), 2/11 at Utah (19), 2/17 vs. ATL (20) and 2/18 at GS (7), setting season-highs in the first four games of the streak. Odom’s best five-game rebound stretch, however, came last season from 3/18/08 – 3/24/08 when he pulled down 84 total rebounds, three more than his current total. Odom’s best six-game rebound stretch (95 rebounds) came from 3/16/08 – 3/24/08.

    BRYANT 82 POINTS SHY OF ELGIN BAYLOR FOR 20th ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST / THIRD IN LAKERS HISTORY
    Entering the Lakers February 20 contest with the Hornets, Kobe Bryant is now 52 points shy of equaling Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 20th on the all-time scoring list as well as 3rd on the Lakers all-time scoring list. With 23,097 points, only Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) and Jerry West (25,192 points) have scored more points with the Lakers than Bryant. Should Bryant surpass Baylor, he would trail Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 19th on the all-time list. Earlier this season on December 16 vs. New York, Bryant moved past Clyde Drexler (22,195) for 21st on the all-time list while moving past both Larry Bird and Gary Payton on November 14 versus Detroit. Bryant, currently in his 13th NBA season, passed Drexler in his 890th career game. Drexler reached 21,195 points in 1,086 career games over 15 seasons. Bryant passed Bird and Payton in his 874th career game. Bird reached 21,791 points in 897 career games over 13 seasons while Payton reached 21,813 points in 1,335 games over 17 NBA seasons.

    LAKERS SET HIGHEST SINGLE GAME REBOUND MARK SINCE 1993-94 SEASON
    In the Lakers 96-83 victory over Atlanta February 17, the Lakers grabbed a season-high 67 rebounds, their highest rebound total since recording 70 rebounds 11/16/93 in a double-overtime victory over the Clippers. The last time the Lakers notched 67-plus rebounds in a regulation game came back on 11/9/89 at Golden State when the Lakers grabbed 69 rebounds in a 106-95 victory over the Warriors.

    GASOL RECORDS THIRD CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLE
    With 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists February 17 vs. Atlanta, Pau Gasol recorded his third career triple-double, becoming just the eighth Lakers player to record a triple-double since the statistic began being tracked prior to the 1979-80 season. Gasol’s two previous triple-doubles came on 1/24/07 at Utah (17 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) and 3/8/06 at Seattle (21 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists). The only other Lakers player to record a triple-double this season is Kobe Bryant, who posted his two triple-doubles this season over a three game span in January.