Lakers Gameday | 04/10/09 | Blazers 106, Lakers 98


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  • Andrew Bynum (torn MCL, right knee) is day to day.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Los Angeles Lakers 23 30 24 21 98
    Portland Trail Blazers 24 25 32 25 106
    • Raef LaFrentz (right shoulder) - will not play.
    • Martell Webster (left foot) - will not play.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 35 - The reinstatement of Lamar Odom into the "Bench Mob" continues to result in better production. Tonight they had 35 points, 17 rebounds and 14 of the Lakers had 19 assists in the game.
  • 31 - It was a frustrating night for the Lakers as they got 31 personal fouls called against them. Luke Walton fouled out, and there were seven other Lakers with at least three fouls a piece. The Blazers finished the game with 19 fouls called against them.
  • +17 - Free advantage in favor of the Blazers who made 25 of their 37 attempts. The Lakers took only 20 shots from the stripe converting on 15, with Kobe taking 12 of those shots.
  • 10 - Points for Shannon Brown who played his most efficient game as a Laker, going four for four from the field, with two of those coming from downtown.
  • 8 - The streak continues for the Blazers who have now won eight home games in a row against the Lakers.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
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    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    32
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    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    10
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    Luke Walton
    L. Walton
    8
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    Sasha Vujacic
    S. Vujacic
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    Roy has 24 and Blazers beat Lakers 106-98

    PORTLAND, Ore.(AP) Brandon Roy had 24 points and eight assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Los Angeles Lakers 106-98 on Friday night.

    Kobe Bryant scored 32 points for the Lakers, but missed a key 3-pointer, had a crucial turnover and was off on a jumper in the final minute. It was Portland's eighth straight victory over the Lakers at the Rose Garden.

    The Lakers played without coach Phil Jackson, who didn't travel with the team because of pain in his lower right leg, and fell 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage throughout the postseason.

    Assistant Kurt Rambis replaced the 63-year-old Jackson. The Hall of Famer will rejoin the team for practice on Saturday and isn't expected to miss any more games. The pain and swelling in his leg is caused by plantar fasciitis.

    Portland remained tied with San Antonio as it tries for home court in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

    The Blazers held a narrow lead throughout most of the fourth quarter. Bryant pulled the Lakers into a 91-all tie with 5:15 to go, but Steve Blake answered with his own jumper for the Blazers.

    Roy's pull-up jumper with 3:18 left put Portland ahead 99-96. After Bryant made a pair of free throws to narrow it again, Blake hit another long jumper to give the Blazers a 101-98 lead with 1:57 left.

    Blake made one of two free throw attempts with 42 seconds left to make it 102-98 before Bryant missed a 3-pointer on the other end.

    Rudy Fernandez also managed just one of two free throws but Travis Outlaw pulled down a key rebound off Bryant's miss and made a pair of foul shots to make it 105-98. He made one more in the final seconds for the final margin.

    Portland was coming off a 95-83 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday during which the Blazers erased a 19-point deficit. Because the Blazers won the series with San Antonio, they'll hold the tiebreaker should both finish with identical records.

    The Lakers beat the Blazers twice this season at Staples Center, but Portland took the first game at the Rose Garden, 111-94. The victory was memorable because of a scary injury to Fernandez.

    Fernandez was fouled hard by Trevor Ariza on a fast break and was carried from the arena on a stretcher, his neck in a brace. He was hospitalized overnight.

    Ariza was booed by the sellout crowd at the Rose Garden, but he still didn't have quite the negative reaction reserved for Bryant.

    Fernandez and Roy hit consecutive 3-pointers, and Outlaw added a reverse layup to give the Blazers a 32-25 lead early in the second quarter.

    Bryant sparked a turnaround with a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 42-38 lead. His two free throws extended the lead to 50-40 late in the half.

    But Portland went on a 9-0 run late that closed the Blazers to 50-49. Sasha Vujacic hit a 3-pointer to make it 53-49 for the Lakers at the half.


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    LAKERS - BLAZERS PREVIEW

    Getting to 50 wins was an important first step for the young Portland Trail Blazers ahead of the postseason.

    They can take another one with consecutive victories against elite opponents Friday night when they host the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Trail Blazers (50-28) are tied with San Antonio for fourth in the West, and are one-half game behind Houston as the teams vie for home-court advantage for at least the first round. Portland wrapped up a four-game road trip with three victories after a 95-83 win over the Spurs on Wednesday, erasing an early 19-point deficit for its first win in San Antonio since 2002.

    "We won at one of the toughest teams in the league, in April, and they needed a win,'' said Blazers guard Brandon Roy, who scored 26 points. "So we got to use it if we want it to be something special.''

    Roy is the linchpin of coach Nate McMillan's nine-man rotation as Portland prepares for its first playoff appearance since 2003. No one in that rotation is older than Joel Przybilla and Steve Blake - both 29 - and 24-year-old forward LaMarcus Aldridge has emerged as a go-to player in the low post, averaging 23.6 points on 57.8 percent shooting in his last seven games, helping the Blazers win six.

    "It was a grind and that's what the playoffs are going to be about," McMillan told the Blazers' official Web site. "You have to play hard, smart and together and we got that from our guys."

    Roy has totaled 22.7 points and 5.6 assists per game in Portland's recent surge, making 50.4 percent of his shots. He also has played well at home versus the Lakers, averaging 23.3 points while helping the Blazers win all three games he's played against them at the Rose Garden.

    The Lakers (63-16) won't be lacking any confidence either after dispatching the West's No. 2 team - a Denver squad that entered Staples Center on an eight-game winning streak - with ease Thursday in a 116-102 romp for their fifth straight victory. Los Angeles moved within one-half game of Cleveland, and the Lakers hold the tiebreaker over the Cavaliers for the NBA's best overall record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

    Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, but the bigger news was the return of center Andrew Bynum, who had 16 on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in 21 minutes in his first action since tearing an MCL in his knee on Jan. 31 after a collision with Bryant.

    "It feels great to be back and be playing man, seriously. My teammates have been waiting," said Bynum, who rated himself a B to B-plus for his first game back. "They fed me the ball a little bit and got me really comfortable out there.''

    The biggest beneficiary of Bynum's return may be fellow 7-footer Pau Gasol, who had 27 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end - also a career-best. As Bynum found his rhythm offensively, scoring 13 second-half points, the pair created matchup problems as the Lakers outscored the Nuggets 60-46.

    "We have two 7-footers out there that can rebound," Gasol said. "I was able to take advantage that he was a little off on his rhythm and I was able to go after the ball because he attracted two defenders. It was positive for me because it opened up my lane and allowed me to go after rebounds.''

    Gasol has averaged 21.0 points and 11.2 rebounds during the Lakers' five-game win streak.

    The home team has won all three games this season, with Roy scoring 27 in Portland's 111-94 rout on March 9 in the most recent contest. Bryant, who has 23,756 points and is one shy of passing Charles Barkley for 17th on the all-time list, scored 26 in that loss but shot 11 of 29.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers lead their season series with Portland 2-1 which includes holding the Blazers to their lowest scoring total in series history in a 96-76 opening night victory in their first meeting this year. Los Angeles split last season’s series with Portland 2-2 and have taken just two season series from the Trail Blazers in the 1990’s and 2000’s combined (2004-05: 2-1 and 1992-93: 3-2) combined. This will be the 192nd meeting between the Trail Blazers and Lakers with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 108-83. The Lakers are 5-5 against the Trail Blazers in their last 10 overall games. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 15-4 against the Trail Blazers all-time and have won 14 of their last 16 including five straight. In Portland, the Lakers have dropped seven straight to the Trail Blazers and are 2-13 in their last 15 games at the Rose Garden. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 17-17 against the Trail Blazers during the regular season. In 2006-07, Kobe Bryant scored 65 points March 16 at STAPLES Center, surpassing his own series record of 50 points established at home back on April 14, 2006 (on the same day Bryant surpassed Elgin Baylor’s single-season franchise scoring record of 2,719 points). In 45 career games against Portland including 39 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 27.6 points against the Trail Blazers. In his last 14 regular season games against the Blazers, Bryant is averaging 34.5 points (483). Lakers forward Luke Walton and Blazers center Channing Frye were teammates at Arizona for two seasons (2001-02, 2002-03). Portland guards Sergio Rodriguez and Rudy Fernandez have both played for Spain internationally along with Pau Gasol. Fernandez was on the 2008 Olympic silver medal team with Gasol while all three played together on the gold medal winning Spanish 2006 FIBA World Championships team.

    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

    On March 9th, the Blazers beat us 111-94 in a game that wasn’t that close.  They held a nine point lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched it out to 23 at the half.  We had a couple mild runs in the second half but never made a real threat.  It was an absolute beat down as we did not come into the game with a full appreciation of how good and hungry the TrailBlazers are this season.  Needless to say we should be well aware of what type of game we are entering tonight.  To the Blazer-Mania fans who have returned to support this club the arena will be rocking like game 7 of the finals.  We must do the things necessary to keep the crowd out of the game.  We cannot allow turnovers to lead to easy fastbreak points/dunks.  When Fernandez comes into the game we cannot allow him to be the spark off the bench like he was in the March game.

    The Blazers have three players – Roy, Aldridge, Outlaw – who are capable of having big nights.  In the March 9th game Roy had 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.  Aldridge had 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.  Outlaw had 22 points and shot 3-5 from 3 point range.  So clearly we did not do the job on any of the three.  We must take at least one of them out of their game tonight.  The wild card that really hurt us in the March game was Joel Przybilla.  Joel had 12 points and 18 rebounds (7 on the offensive end).  This helped the Blazers to a 46-38 lead on the boards.  We must simply do a better defensive job and a better job on the boards. 

    It will be interesting to see how Andrew responds after playing very well last night in his return.  The Blazers have their big man – Greg Oden – back also so it could make for an interesting night as the two premier young big men get the chance to battle.  Portland was clearly the aggressors last time we played and regardless of the “X’s and O’s” that we talk about, if we do not play with a sense of urgency then it will be the same result.  We must take the fight to the Blazers.
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    BRYANT 35 POINTS SHY OF PASSING CHARLES BARKLEY FOR 17th ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
    With 22 points April 7 in Sacramento, Kobe Bryant (23,723) has moved within 35 points of passing Charles Barkley (23,757) for 17th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Barkley reached his scoring total in 1,073 games over 16 seasons in contrast to Bryant, who has now played 944 games entering the Lakers April 9 contest with Denver. Just last month, with 23 points March 6 vs. Minnesota, Bryant surpassed Robert Parish (23,334) for 18th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. While Parish reached his scoring total in 1,611 games over 21 seasons, Bryant passed Parish in only his 928th career game. In February, Bryant surpassed Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 19th on the all-time list 2/24 at Oklahoma City and Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 20th on the all-time list 2/22 at Minnesota. Additionally, in passing Baylor, now only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) and Jerry West (25,192 points) have scored more points with the Lakers than Bryant. Next on the NBA’s all-time list are Allen Iverson (23,983) and Patrick Ewing (24,815). Bryant, currently in his 13th NBA season, passed Dantley (955 career games) in his 923rd career game while reaching Baylor’s mark in his 922nd game; Baylor reached 23,149 points in just 846 games. 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 passed Drexler (1,086 games) in his 890th career game while passing Bird (897 games) and Payton (1,335 games) in his 874th career game.

    LAKERS CLINCH #1 SEED IN THE WEST
    With their March 27 victory over the Nets, the Lakers clinched the #1 seed in the West to secure home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. Since the NBA went to the Conference format prior to the 1970-71 season, the Lakers have held the #1 seed 14 times prior to this season (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982-90, 2000, 2008), winning the West 11 times and the NBA Championship on seven occasions. The Lakers now own the #1 seed for the 10th time since the current format featuring 16 teams was instituted prior to the 1984 NBA Playoffs. Additionally, with their March 12 victory over San Antonio, the Lakers clinched the Pacific Division title. In meeting their magic number, the Lakers marked their 56th postseason appearance in 61 NBA seasons, their 20th Pacific Division title in their 39th season in the division and their 28th playoff berth in 30 seasons since Dr. Jerry Buss purchased the team prior to the 1979-80 season.

    60 WIN SEASONS
    With 62 victories this season, the Lakers have now reached the 60-win mark for the 11th time in franchise history, having previously done so in 1971-72, 1972-73, 1979-80, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1997-98 and 1999-2000. Since Dr. Jerry Buss took over the team prior to the 1979-80 season, the Lakers have now posted 9 60+ win seasons, while marking Phil Jackson’s 7th 60-win season in 18 seasons as an NBA head coach.

    POINTS ABOUT POINTS
    The Lakers are currently ranked 3rd in the NBA in points scored (106.9) and 13th in the NBA in points allowed (99.3) through 78 games this season. Through their first seven games of the season (7-0), the Lakers allowed just 86.7 points and held their opponents under 90 five times including two sub-80 games. Yet for the majority of the season, over their last 71 games (55-16), the Lakers have surrendered an average of 100.6 points per game (7144). In 8 of their last 9 games, however, the Lakers have held their opponent under 100 points in each game, with opponents averaging 89.9 points per game (809) over the current stretch. Only FOUR times this season, including their opening 7-game stretch, have the Lakers held three consecutive opponents under 100 points: (12/22 @ MEM, 12/23 @ NO, 12/25 vs. BOS), (1/19 vs. CLE, 1/21 @ LAC, 1/22 vs. WAS, 1/25 vs. SA) and (3/24 @ OKC, 3/26 @ DET, 3/27 @ NJ, 3/29 @ ATL, 3/31 @ CHA, 4/1 @ MIL, 4/3 vs. HOU, 4/5 vs. LAC), going 20-2 in those games. When holding opponents under 100 points this season, the Lakers are 36-5 overall. Since moving to LA, the Lakers have led the NBA in scoring four times (1965-66, 1971-72, 1985-86, 1997-98) but have never led the NBA in fewest points allowed. Additionally, the Lakers are ranked 3rd in the NBA in point differential, winning by an average of 7.6 points per game through 78 games this season. The franchise record for point differential in a season is +12.3 established by the 1971-72 Lakers. The next highest mark in franchise history was +9.3 by the 1986-87 Lakers, making the ‘71-72 season the only year in which a Lakers team has ever averaged victory by double-figures. Phil Jackson’s 1999-00 Lakers rank 3rd on this list with a +8.5 margin of victory.