Lakers Gameday | 05/08/09 | Lakers 108, Rockets 94

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Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Los Angeles Lakers 30 20 24 34 108
Houston Rockets 28 20 14 32 94
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Lakers Game Leaders
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Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant
33 Points
Field Goals: 11 of 28
FG: 40%
Lamar OdomLamar Odom
13 Rebounds
Defensive: 11
Offensive: 2
Jordan Farmar Jordan Farmar
7 Assists
12 Points
2 Steals
Jordan Farmar Jordan Farmar
+18
5 Rebounds
1 Turnover

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  • 50 - Points in the paint for Houston, where as L.A. converted only 32.
  • 17 - Rockets turnovers forced by the Lakers, resulting in 20 points for the road team. Trevor Ariza led the way with four steals, all of which came in the first half.
  • 14 - Rockets points in the decisive third quarter, while L.A. put up 24 to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.
  • 6 - Turnovers for the Lakers, thanks in part to a great floor game by Jordan Farmar, who turned the ball over just once in 33 minutes while dishing out seven assists.
  • 0 - Fastbreak points for the Rockets.
    --Mike Trudell, Lakers.com

  • STARTERS
    Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets
    Guard
    Jordan Farmar
    J. Famar
    Guard
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Forward
    Trevor Ariza
    T. Ariza
    Forward
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    Center
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    Guard
    Aaron Brooks
    A. Brooks
    Guard
    Ron Artest
    R. Artest
    Forward
    Shane Battier
    S. Battier
    Forward
    Luis Scola
    L. Scola
    Center
    Yao Ming
    Y. Ming

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    • POST-GAME
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    Lakers beat Rockets 108-94 to take 2-1 series lead

    HOUSTON(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and the Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series with a 108-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

    Lamar Odom had 16 points and 13 rebounds and reserve point guard Jordan Farmar had 12 points and seven assists in place of the suspended Derek Fisher, who was ejected from Game 2 for a hard hit on Luis Scola when he set a pick.

    Game 3 had no signs of the rough play that turned testy in Game 2 until the final minute, when Houston's Ron Artest was ejected for a hard foul on Pau Gasol. Artest was ejected from Game 2 for a verbal altercation with Bryant following Bryant's elbow to Artest's upper chest.

    "I don't think that was a flagrant, maybe a flagrant one,'' Bryant said of Artest's ejection. "That rule is so all over the place, it's hard to judge. I'm an '80s baby, so that's just two shots and let's go.''

    Artest had 25 points and Yao Ming added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets but he was bothered by a lower left leg injury in the final minutes and was limping as he left the court.

    The Lakers snapped the Rockets' nine-game home winning streak.

    Game 4 is Sunday in Houston.

    The Rockets trailed 50-48 at halftime, then missed 15 of their first 19 shots in the third quarter.

    "We had to get stops,'' Bryant said. "When they started desperation plays we were not able to get stops. In the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, we started to get stops and it sustained us.''

    Bryant had a quiet third quarter until the final 3 seconds, when he took an inbounds pass, dribbled away from Artest and swished a straight-on 33-footer at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 74-62 lead. He struck a frozen pose at midcourt after another signature shot, silencing the capacity crowd that booed him every time he touched the ball.

    "I missed some easy shots at the rim, they just didn't go down for me,'' Bryant said. "I had to pull the string on that 3-pointer.''

    Early in the fourth quarter, Houston's Von Wafer jumped into Sasha Vujacic on a 3-point try and hit the floor. Players from both teams rushed over, but Wafer defused a potential confrontation by walking away. Wafer made three free throws to cut Houston's deficit to 81-71.

    Artest muscled inside for a layup and Yao dunked to pull the Rockets within 90-84 by the 4-minute mark. Farmar sank a baseline jumper with 3:54 to boost the lead back to eight.

    Yao missed a baseline shot with 3 minutes left and Bryant beat the shot clock with another 3 with 2:21 left for a 95-84 that virtually put it away.

    Los Angeles pushed the tempo from the start.

    Odom dunked an alley-oop pass from Trevor Ariza 9 seconds into the game and Bryant hit a 3-pointer a minute later to pass Larry Bird and move into sixth place on the all-time postseason scoring list.

    Los Angeles led 30-28 heading to the second quarter, notable because the team leading after the first period had won all of Houston's eight previous playoff games.

    The first sign of the chippy play that marred Game 2 came midway through the second quarter, when Luke Walton was called for a technical foul for nonchalantly kicking the ball after knocking down Kyle Lowry.

    Bryant went 5 for 6 from the field and had 11 points in the first quarter, then missed six of seven shots in the second. The Rockets slowed the pace, got to the free-throw line more and took a 46-43 lead.

    But Houston had 11 turnovers in the first half - two in the final 90 seconds - and the Lakers were up two at the half.

    Notes: The Rockets had a 56-43 edge in rebounding. ... Yao recorded his sixth straight double-double. ... Bryant has 3,928 career points in the postseason. Former Laker Jerry West is ahead of him on the list with 4,457. ... Rockets G Tracy McGrady, who had season-ending surgery on his left knee on Feb. 24, sat on the bench.


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    LAKERS - ROCKETS PREVIEW

    HOUSTON (AP) Round 3 might be a more fitting label than Game 3 when the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets meet Friday night in the Western Conference semifinal series.

    Ron Artest of the Rockets and Derek Fisher of the Lakers were ejected in separate incidents and a total of five technical fouls were called in Los Angeles' testy 111-98 victory on Wednesday night that evened the series at 1-1.

    On Thursday, the NBA suspended Fisher for Game 3 after he decked Luis Scola with a shoulder block as the Rockets forward set a pick. Houston coach Rick Adelman called the shot "malicious'' and said the suspension was justified.

    "There was just no excuse for anybody doing that,'' Adelman said Thursday.

    Later in Game 2, Kobe Bryant of the Lakers hit Artest with an elbow that wasn't called. Artest pleaded to the referees, then ran across the court and got right in Bryant's face, earning a technical and the ejection.

    The league gave Bryant a flagrant foul one penalty on Thursday, meaning he will be suspended for one game if he gets three more flagrant foul ones during the postseason.

    Artest was disappointed with the ruling on Bryant, saying NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson should look at the replay again.

    Artest said Bryant landed his elbow above his shoulders, but Jackson said it hit Artest in the chest.

    "If that was me throwing the elbow at Kobe, first of all, I would've hurt Kobe way more than he hurt me,'' said Artest, who scored 25 points in Game 2. "I probably would've knocked him out with the same force he used against me. That's why I'm not going to throw an elbow at somebody's head. It's dangerous. That goes to show me, that if Kobe hits me with an elbow, I can just get hit.''

    So what's in store for Game 3?

    Shane Battier, who has guarded Bryant for most of the series, expects both teams to tone down the unnecessary roughness, because the referees will try to take immediate control.

    "They'll call a tight game, a lot tighter game than we've seen to this point,'' Battier said.

    Lakers coach Phil Jackson isn't so sure the shoving will stop.

    "They're going to be physical, we're going to have to meet that,'' Jackson said. "I don't think we have to retaliate, but we certainly have to be able to contest.''

    Bryant, who scored 40 points in Game 2, said the Lakers are benefiting from the series' ruggedness so far.

    "I think it's good for us,'' Bryant said. "It elevates our play, it makes the game extremely emotional and kind of raises it to a fever pitch, which brings out the best in a lot of players.''

    Artest said the Lakers want to prove they can handle physical play after losing to Boston in last year's finals.

    "They don't want that to happen again,'' Artest said. "Last year, that was the word on the street, that they got punked by the Celtics. This year, they came out tough, so I kind of respect them.''

    Amid the confrontations in Game 2, Pau Gasol had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Lamar Odom added 11 rebounds, starting in place of struggling Andrew Bynum. The two helped hold Yao Ming to 12 points after Houston's leading scorer had 28 in the series opener.

    Houston committed 19 turnovers which Los Angeles turned into 23 points, one of Adelman's main concerns heading into Game 3.

    "We were really stagnant (Wednesday), we stood a lot,'' Adelman said. "We're turning the ball over because they're very aggressive. They're one of the best teams at guarding isolations, guarding post-ups. We have to get them out of their comfort level defensively.''

    The Rockets, who took home-court advantage in the series with their Game 1 victory, went 33-8 at home during the regular season. But the Lakers compiled the league's best road record (29-12), including two wins in Houston, so the Lakers are downplaying any edge the Rockets may have stolen.

    "It's 1-to-1,'' Odom said. "If you consider home court an advantage, then I guess you could say so. But we can play on the road and I think that we have proved that the whole year.''

    Adelman said Thursday that Von Wafer will play in Game 3 after the two argued and the guard was sent to the locker room during Game 2. Adelman said Wafer was just upset about being taking out of the game.

    "He doesn't have to like coming out,'' Adelman said, "but it's his job to accept that.''


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    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

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    LAKERS vs. HOUSTON IN THE POSTSEASON
    The Lakers and Rockets have met 7 times in the postseason (1981, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2004) with Los Angeles advancing on 4 occasions (1990, 1991, 1999, 2004). The Lakers have won the last two series, defeating Houston in the First Round of both the 1999 (3-1) and 2004 (4-1) Playoffs. The Lakers swept the Rockets (3-0) in the First Round of both the 1990 and 1991 Playoffs. The Lakers losses to Houston came in the 1981 Western Conf. First Round (1-2), 1986 Western Conf. Finals (1-4) and 1996 Western Conf. First Round (1-3). Overall, the Lakers are now 17-13 against the Rockets in the playoffs, going 12-6 at home but just 5-7 on the road in Houston.

    BRYANT 2 POINTS SHY OF LARRY BIRD FOR 6th ON NBA’S ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SCORING LIST
    With 40 points 5/6 vs. Houston, Kobe Bryant (3,895) moved within two points of tying and three points of passing Larry Bird (3,897) for 6th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list. In the Lakers First Round series, Kobe Bryant scored 38 points 4/25 at Utah to move past Hakeem Olajuwon (3,755) and John Havlicek (3,776) for 7th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list. On April 19, Bryant passed Magic Johnson (3,701) for 9th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list and 3rd on the Lakers franchise playoff scoring list. In moving past Johnson, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4,070) and Jerry West (4,457) have scored more points in a Lakers uniform during the playoffs than Bryant (3,895). Next up on the all-time NBA list is Jerry West (5th/4,457). Among all players with 2,500+ postseason points, only Michael Jordan (33.4), Jerry West (29.1), Elgin Baylor (27.0), Hakeem Olajuwon (25.9), Shaquille O’Neal (25.2) and Karl Malone (24.7) have a higher postseason scoring average than Bryant (24.5).

    40-POINT GAMES IN THE POSTSEASON
    In the Lakers victory over the Rockets May 6, Kobe Bryant scored 40 points on 16-of-27 shooting including 2-3 3FG and 6-7 FT. The 40 points marked the 7th time in his career that Bryant has scored 40+ points in a playoff game, with the Lakers going 6-1 in those contests. Bryant’s seven 40+ point games rank third among active players Shaquille O’Neal (12) and Allen Iverson (10) and now rank 4th in team history behind Jerry West (20), Elgin Baylor (14) and Shaquille O’Neal (11). Bryant’s 40+ point playoff games in chronological order are as follows: 48 points 5/13/01 @ SAC (W), 45 points 5/19/01 @ SA (W), 42 points 5/11/04 vs. SA (W), 50 points 5/4/06 vs. PHO (L), 45 points 4/26/07 vs. PHO (W), 49 points 4/23/08 vs. DEN (W) and 40 points 5/6/09 vs. HOU (W). Additionally, this is the fourth consecutive postseason in which Bryant has had at least one game with 40+ points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only four other players in NBA history have had 40+ points games in each of four straight playoff years: Michael Jordan had an eight-year streak (1985-1992) and a four year streak (1994-1997) while George Mikan (1948-1951, Elgin Baylor (1959-1962) and Allen Iverson (1999-2002) also had four year streaks. During the regular season, Bryant has scored 40+ points 96 times in his career. Last season, Bryant’s 46 points February 1 at Toronto moved him past Elgin Baylor (88 40- plus games) for third all-time. In the history of the NBA, only two players have more career regular season 40-point games: Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan (173). The Lakers are 65-31 in games that Bryant has scored 40-plus points. This season, the Lakers were 2-2 when Bryant scored 40-plus.

    LAKERS IN BEST-OF-SEVEN SERIES

  • The Lakers are 65-29 in best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (59-28 Los Angeles, 6-1 Minneapolis)
  • The Lakers are now 61-34 in Game 1 of best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (57-31 Los Angeles, 4-3 Minneapolis)
  • When losing Game 1 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 11-22 all-time. (9-21 Los Angeles, 2-1 Minneapolis)
  • When losing Game 1 at home of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 7-3 all-time. (6-3 Los Angeles, 1-0 Minneapolis) 2004 NBA Finals (lost in 5), 2001 NBA Finals (won in 5), 1990 Conference Semifinals (lost in 5), 1988 NBA Finals (won in 7), 1980 Conference Finals (won in 5), 1977 Conference Finals (lost in 4), 1972 NBA Finals (won in 5), 1972 Conference Finals (won in 6), 1969 Division Semifinals (won in 6), 1953 NBA Finals (won in 5)
  • The Lakers are 55-40 in Game 2 of best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (52-36 Los Angles, 3-4 Minneapolis)
  • When splitting Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 25-12 all-time. (20-12 Los Angeles, 5-0 Minneapolis)
  • When tied 1-1 and winning Game 3 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 16-4 all-time. The Lakers three series losses came in 1961 vs. St. Louis, 1962 vs. Boston, 1984 vs. Boston and 2006 vs. Phoenix.
  • When tied 1-1 and losing Game 3 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 4-8 all-time. The Lakers four series victories when came in 1970 vs. Phoenix, 1988 vs. Utah, 2002 vs. Sacramento and 2003 vs. Minnesota.
  • The Lakers are 56-38 in Game 3 of a best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (51-36 Los Angeles, 5-2 Minneapolis)
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