Lakers Gameday | 04/14/09 | Lakers 125, Jazz 112


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(65-17)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 2

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(48-34)
Western Conference Standing : 8
Streak: Lost 1

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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Utah Jazz 27 28 28 29 112
    Los Angeles Lakers 25 31 35 34 125
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    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 56 - The Lakers played a great offensive game, breaking down the Jazz defense inside and out, to shoot 56% from the field and 61% from three point land.
  • 53 - The "Bench Mob" was able to produce 53 points against the Utah Jazz, giving the starters rest before going into the playoffs. The Bench Mob was sparked by Lamar Odom's 16 points and Luke Walton's five assists.
  • 39 - Great ball movement from the Lakers as they capped off their last regular season game with a season high 39 assists on the win over the Jazz. Five Laker players had at least four assists or more in the game.
  • 31- With 31 personal fouls called against the Lakers, the Jazz visited the stripe 47 times and converted on 35 of their attempts, toward almost a third of their total score. The Lakers took half of those attempts, going 21of 24 from the charity stripe. Pau, Trevor, Shannon and Lamar all went perfect from the line.
  • +6 - It was a physical game, but the Lakers were able to triumph on the paint battle by six points, 58 to 52. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined for 44 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
  • LAKERS BEST
    Points
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    22
    Rebounds
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    9
    Assists
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    6
    Plus/Minus
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    +28

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    A. Bynum
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    Lakers earn 65th victory, beat Utah 125-112

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Andrew Bynum scored 22 points in his best effort since returning from injury and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz 125-112 Tuesday night to close the regular season with their sixth consecutive home victory.

    The Lakers tied the 1986-87 team with their 65th victory, making them the third-winningest team in franchise history, trailing only the 1971-72 team (69) and 1999-00 team (67).

    Pau Gasol added 20 points and nine rebounds, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom had 16 points each, and Sasha Vujacic 16 points for the Lakers.

    Deron Williams had 25 points and 13 assists for the Jazz, and reserve Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points to go with 16 points by Carlos Boozer and 14 by Ronnie Brewer.

    Bynum added four rebounds and three assists in his fourth game back after missing 32 games because of a torn right knee ligament.

    The Lakers will open the playoffs this weekend against the Jazz, who ended their schedule in the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

    The Lakers improved to 16-3 all-time against Utah at Staples Center, winning the last six in a row against the Jazz at home.

    The Lakers have clinched the top seed in the West to secure home-court advantage throughout the conference finals. But Cleveland edged them for the league's best record, guaranteeing LeBron and Co. home court through the NBA finals if they get there.

    Los Angeles took the game's first double-digit lead, 94-83, on Jordan Farmar's 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter. It was part of a 13-2 run that included treys by Bryant and Vujacic and pushed the Lakers' lead to 104-85.

    They never looked back, with Bryant going to the bench to rest up for what he hopes is a repeat trip to the NBA finals.

    The Lakers started the third quarter on a 12-4 run, with Bryant assisting on 3-pointers by Trevor Ariza and Derek Fisher, to go up 68-59.

    But the Jazz answered with a 15-7 spurt, including nine in a row, and closed to 75-74. Williams scored six and Brewer added five.

    The Lakers responded over the final 2:42, outscoring the Jazz 16-9 to take a 91-83 lead into the fourth period. Bryant scored six points and assisted on another 3-pointer, this one by Shannon Brown.

    Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first half, when the Lakers were whistled for 17 fouls that led to Utah shooting 21-of-29 from the free throw line.

    Los Angeles trailed by eight points twice in the second quarter before recovering to lead 56-55 at halftime. The Lakers closed the first half on a 20-11 run, including nine by Vujacic and five by Odom while Bryant watched from the bench after playing just 10 minutes in the half.

    Notes: Utah starting F C.J. Miles (dislocated left index finger) and C Mehmet Okur (mild right hamstring strain) didn't play. ... The Lakers beat the Jazz in six games in last year's playoffs. ... The Lakers won the season series, 2-1. ... The Jazz used their 20th different starting lineup of the season. ... Dodgers teammates Matt Kemp and James Loney watched the game together, while Jack Nicholson and Denzel Washington were in their usual courtside seats.


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    LAKERS - JAZZ PREVIEW

    It's not yet guaranteed that the Los Angeles Lakers will face the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

    But if the Lakers' make their intended statement Tuesday night, it will be.

    Both teams will finish their regular seasons at Staples Center, and if the Jazz want any chance of avoiding the No. 8 seed and a return trip to Los Angeles, they'll have to avoid a sixth straight road loss to the Lakers.

    While the Lakers (64-17) have long since locked up the top seed in the West as they gear up for another run at the franchise's 15th NBA title, eighth-place Utah is one game behind New Orleans and Dallas with one game to play.

    The Jazz (48-33) hold the tiebreaker over both teams, so a win over Los Angeles would give them a chance to move up if either the Hornets or Mavericks lose their finale Wednesday. But a loss would setup a rematch with the Lakers, who eliminated Utah in six games in a conference semifinal series last year.

    "We put ourselves in that position," Jazz point guard Deron Williams said. "We had some ballgames where we should have won."

    While Tuesday's game has no meaning for the Lakers in the standings, they'd like to earn a mental edge in the potential playoff series after losing 113-109 in Salt Lake City on Feb. 11 despite 37 points from Kobe Bryant.

    "We're going into (Tuesday's game) trying to send them a message," Lakers center Andrew Bynum said.

    Bynum was inactive for Los Angeles' loss to the Jazz during his two-month absence due to a knee injury, and Lakers coach Phil Jackson is trying to work him back into shape for the postseason. In Bynum's third game back, he scored 18 points in a 92-75 win over Memphis on Sunday night.

    "I'm feeling a little better, my timing's getting better," Bynum said. "I'm getting back into the flow, getting back into the rhythm."

    Utah would also like to find a groove after its late-season stumble sent them tumbling down the standings.

    Even after beating the Los Angeles Clippers 106-85 at home on Monday night, the Jazz have lost six of eight, and they're just 7-10 since a 12-game winning streak that carried into early March.

    A good portion of those struggles have come on the road, where the Jazz have lost eight of their last 10 and are 15-25.

    They've dropped their last five road games against the Lakers, including a 113-100 loss on Jan. 2 in which Bryant scored 40 points, and their lone road victory this season over a team currently with a winning record was a 108-94 victory at New Orleans on April 5.

    The Jazz will hope to build on Monday's win, which ended a three-game losing streak. Carlos Boozer and Paul Millsap each notched double-doubles to combine for 39 points and 24 rebounds, leading the team to a 50-36 edge on the boards. Utah also forced 15 turnovers that led to 24 points.

    "For us to have a chance to win, we've got to play defense like we did tonight," Boozer said. "We hustled out there. We dove for loose balls. We were scrappy."

    Utah hopes to have center Mehmet Okur available Tuesday after he missed the second half of the game with a strained right hamstring.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers have split the first two games of their 3-game season series with Utah 1-1 after winning each of the previous two season series with the Jazz. The Jazz and Lakers have now met 145 times in the regular season (92-53) and 127 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (79-48). The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 overall games with the Jazz. In Utah, the Lakers have gone 3-7 in their last 10 regular season games at EnergySolutions Arena. However, the Lakers are 15-3 all-time against the Jazz at STAPLES Center and have won their last five straight. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 22-11 against Utah. In 2006, the Lakers scored a series record 132 points in a 132-102 victory over the Jazz 11/30/06 at STAPLES Center, improving upon the old mark of 131 points achieved at Utah on December 4, 1986. Additionally, in that game, Kobe Bryant established a new series-high with 52 points against the Jazz, surpassing his own record of 43 points (3/22/05) while also bettering Adrian Dantley’s Jazz mark of 50 established in November of 1979. Bryant’s 30-point 3rd quarter tied his own franchise record and is tied for the 4th-highest scoring quarter in NBA history. In 42 games against the Jazz (34 starts), Bryant is averaging 26.6 points. In their meeting on 12/28/07 Bryant scored his 1,000th career point against the Jazz and is averaging 34.4 points (310) against Utah over the last three seasons (9 games including ‘08-09). Additionally, Lakers guard Derek Fisher played the 2006-07 season for Utah, appearing in all 82 games, starting 61 and averaging 10.1 points and 3.3 assists in 27.9 minutes. The Lakers and Jazz met in last year’s Western Conference Semifinals with Los Angeles defeating Utah in six games (4-2).

    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

    Utah is 4-6 over their last ten games including 1-4 on the road which is not how teams like to enter the playoffs. They have allowed 100+ points in all six losses. However, that point can become irrelevant if they can get a road win tonight against us. As we prepare for game number 82 of the 82 game regular season schedule we still don’t know whether we will see Utah, New Orleans, or Dallas in the first round. For that reason we do not want to give Utah any reason to believe they can beat us. What would normally be a game in which the only goal is to get out of it healthy, we now have an interesting subplot. Utah is a little banged up but their main guys are all playing which is a change from the last time we saw them (February 11th loss at Utah). In that game neither Boozer nor Kirilenko played and both are back now.

    Priority number one tonight is to keep Boozer, Okur, Kirilenko, and Milsap off the offensive boards. In their last two games they are averaging 21.5 second chance points on 14 offensive rebounds. With our length it will be a challenge for them to score a lot of points in the paint if we keep them off the glass. Priority number one – A is to defend them all – but Deron Williams in particular – without fouling. In their last two games they are averaging 38 free throw attempts per game with Williams averaging 13 attempts per game by himself.

    We should be familiar with the offensive approach of the Jazz. If the previous 20 years of head coach (and hall of fame inductee) Jerry Sloan didn’t give us a clue, playing them in last season’s playoffs brought it to our attention. One key is to eliminate Okur’s transition 3 point baskets. Usually Boozer will run hard to the basket and Okur loves to trail into his shot. We must be aware of him. Williams is a potent threat in any action but is their screen and roll game he excels. His ability to penetrate as well as stop behind the screen present challenges to the defense.

    Defensively, they love to pack the paint and collapse on any penetration. In the game on February 11th, they made a dedicated effort to get the ball out of Gasol’s hands. They double teamed him early and often and we will need to maintain our offensive spacing in order to do a better job against this tactic tonight.

    In the loss at Utah we allowed them to shoot 58.6% from the field. It is almost impossible to win a game if you allow that kind of percentage so we must improve our defense tonight. If we do tighten up on that end we can let the Jazz know that they are in for a rough time in the first round.
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    LAKERS UPDATES

    BRYANT PASSES CHARLES BARKLEY FOR 17th ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
    With his first two free throws of the Lakers April 10 game at Portland, Kobe Bryant moved past 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 (23,804), who did so in his 946th career game. 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 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 Larry Bird and Gary Payton 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.

    60 WIN SEASONS
    With 64 victories this season, the Lakers are now the 4th winningest team in franchise history and have now reached the 60-win mark for the 11th time ever (1971-72, 1972-73, 1979-80, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1997-98 and 1999-2000). Only the 1971-72 team (69 wins), 1999-00 team (67 wins) and 1986-87 team (65 wins) have won more games than the 2008-09 Lakers. 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.

    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.

    POINTS ABOUT POINTS
    The Lakers are currently ranked 3rd in the NBA in points scored (106.7) and 13th in the NBA in points allowed (99.1) through 81 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 74 games (57-17), the Lakers have surrendered an average of 100.4 points per game (7427). In 9 of their last 12 games, however, the Lakers have held their opponent under 100 points with opponents averaging 91.0 points per game (1092) over that span. 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 37-5 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 2nd in the NBA in point differential, winning by an average of 7.6 points per game through 81 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.