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0 Times Golden State led. L.A.’s biggest lead was 34.

5 Straight double-digit wins for the Lakers.

7 Lakers in double figures, led by Pau Gasol (22), Kobe Bryant (20), Ron Artest (19), Andrew Bynum (12), Derek Fisher (13), Shannon Brown (17) and Jordan Farmar (10).

75 Combined number of steals for Monta Ellis and Bryant entering Saturday’s game, Ellis second and Bryant third in the NBA on average. Bryant notched five thefts in this one, while Ellis managed just one.

109.3 Warriors scoring average heading into the contest. They finished about 12 points below that average, shooting only 39.1 percent.

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Lakers rout Warriors 130-97 for fifth straight win


Posted Nov 29 2009 1:05AM

OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) Pau Gasol scored 22 points to lead seven players in double figures and also had 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fifth straight game with a 130-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Ron Artest added 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Kobe Bryant had 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals after a slow start to help the Lakers to their highest point total of the season.

Los Angeles had plenty of offensive power to beat the Warriors for a sixth straight time, getting 13 points and five assists from Derek Fisher and 12 points and seven boards from Andrew Bynum. Reserve Shannon Brown added 17 points, including two spectacular dunks.

Monta Ellis scored 18 points and Corey Maggette had 17 points and six rebounds in Golden State's third straight game without ill coach Don Nelson, who is fighting pneumonia. Nelson is expected to miss two more games before rejoining the team for Thursday night's home game against Houston.

The Lakers won all four meetings with the Warriors last season and have swept the season series in three of the last four years.

Next up for Los Angeles on Sunday: the winless New Jersey Nets, who would have to pull off a major upset to avoid matching the worst start in NBA history at 0-17. The record for futility is held by the expansion Miami Heat (1988-89) and the Los Angeles Clippers (1999).

The Lakers shot 52.3 percent in the first half to Golden State's 34.8, and this one was all but decided in the opening minutes. Fans left in droves by midway through the fourth period.

Bryant went to the bench with two fouls at the 5:59 mark of the first quarter and the Lakers used a 19-9 run without him to build a 36-22 lead heading into the second. Bryant was hit with a technical for jawing at official James Capers after being called for a charge on the other end.

He returned to start the second quarter and missed his first four shots before finally scoring his first points of the night on a putback of his own miss 8:58 before halftime. Bryant shot 8-for-20 overall.

Ronny Turiaf returned to the Warriors' lineup after missing nearly a month and 12 straight games with a sprained left knee. He had three points and four rebounds in 17 minutes.

Ellis had scored 20 or more points in six of his last seven games and 30 or more in three straight but never found a groove in shooting 8-for-19. He was averaging 37.7 points over his previous three outings.

The Warriors fell to 0-4 against the Pacific Division, including 0-2 at home.

Notes: The Lakers have won four in a row at Oracle Arena. They are 20-3 over their last 23 games vs. Golden State. ... On staying in San Francisco, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said: ``very scary because we had to cross the Bay Bridge. The Bay Bridge is shaky.'' The Houston Rockets took a ferry to their game here in late October while the bridge was undergoing repairs after a cable snapped. ... The Lakers held their shootaround at the University of San Francisco's Memorial Gym, the place Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Bill Cartwright and other greats once played - and at the school where the late Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell got his start. ``I showed them a court that has some historic value,'' Jackson said. ... Golden State G Raja Bell will undergo left wrist surgery sometime next week. ... The Warriors drew 20,001 for their second sellout.

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Phil Jackson:
“I think we did a few things to stop the fast breaks from getting started by them and we were able to get a nice win. Kobe Bryant got in foul trouble early in the first half, so we had to find a way to grab a lead without him. We were able to do that with a full effort from our team.”

(On facing winless New Jersey) “We will talk about New Jersey tomorrow and make sure there is no complacency with the possibility of facing a winless team, because they will win eventually.’

Pau Gasol:
“I am happy about the way we played tonight. Our defensive effort was really good. We were able to hold them under 40 percent shooting, which is good on our part. I am happy the way things are going for our team and myself right now, especially since I am able to help and produce since I have gotten back. We are getting better every single game, and I feel really good about it. I am making progress, and every game I feel like I am taking a step forward.”


Kobe Bryant:
“We have another facilitator in Pau Gasol, he is somebody on the post that commands double teams. Pau is such a great passer because he gets other guys involved so easily. Pau knows that he is a bad boy. Publicly he is quiet, but he knows that nobody can stop him. When he was in Memphis he was killing everybody, and now that he is here, he is even better.”

Lakers vs. Warriors Game Preview


Posted Nov 27 2009 8:13PM

With their two star 7-footers healthy, the Los Angeles Lakers are coming off an outstanding rebounding game. They haven't had much trouble on the boards against the Golden State Warriors in recent years.

The Lakers travel to Oracle Arena on Saturday night, looking to continue their dominance over a Warriors team that may again be without coach Don Nelson.

Los Angeles (11-3) won its fourth straight Tuesday night, 100-90 over New York. It was center Pau Gasol's third game back from a hamstring injury, and the Lakers outrebounded the Knicks 60-36.

Gasol had 11 points and 16 rebounds, and fellow 7-footer Andrew Bynum had 17 points and eight boards. Lamar Odom, 6-10, added 11 points and 16 rebounds.

"We like to use our height to our advantage," said Bynum, averaging 19.7 points and 10.9 rebounds.

Los Angeles has outrebounded Golden State (5-9) by an average of 8.1 in wining 14 of the last 16 meetings. The Lakers have also been dominant offensively, averaging 121.8 points in sweeping four games last season.

Though Los Angeles has been winning, it hasn't been really challenged in since Gasol's return. The Lakers committed 25 turnovers versus the Knicks after averaging 12.0 in their previous nine.

"We have to do a better job and put in the effort," Gasol said. "The intensity level just winds down, and we've got to continue to play hard for 48 minutes."

The Warriors have shown signs of improvement, beating Portland and Dallas before losing 118-104 to San Antonio on Wednesday night.

Golden State has played well despite having a banged-up roster. The Warriors have also played the last two without Nelson, who has been diagnosed with pneumonia.

The team announced Friday that the 69-year-old Nelson would miss three more games.

Top assistant Keith Smart will continue to lead the team in place of Nelson, the second-winningest coach in NBA history.

Nelson has taken some criticism for the Warriors' struggles. He has had trouble dealing with a young roster, getting into an argument with guard Monta Ellis earlier this month.

Ellis has played hard with the bench limited due to injuries. He tied a career high with 42 points against the Spurs, one night after scoring 37 in a 111-103 victory at Dallas.

Ellis played all 48 minutes in two straight before finally getting a break against San Antonio, leaving midway through the fourth quarter but coming back in with a little more than 3 minutes left.

"He can get to the basket whenever he wants, that will be there for him," Smart said. "We have to make sure he's ready to play every night. If your best player is ready to play every night, that's when you move to the next guy."

Ellis got some much-needed help against the Spurs, as reserve forward Corey Maggette had 14 points after missing the Mavericks game due to a strained hamstring.

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Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is out.

Corey Maggette (left hamstring) is a game-time decision.
Kelenna Azubuike
(left patellar tendon injury) is out.
Raja Bell
(left wrist) is out.
Andris Biedrins
(osteitis pubis) is out.
Ronny Turiaf
(left knee sprain) is out.
Brandan Wright
(shoulder surgery) is out.

The Lakers took the season series with Golden State 4-0 last season and have now swept 3-of-the-last-4 season series with the Warriors. The Lakers and Warriors have met 291 times in the regular season during the Los Angeles Era with the Lakers leading the all- time series 182-107. Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers and Warriors have met a total of 380 times with the Lakers holding a 233-147 all-time series advantage. The Lakers have not lost a season series to the Warriors since they were defeated 2-3 over five games during the 1994-95 season. The Lakers are 19-3 in their last 22 games against Golden State. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 18-2 all-time against the Warriors. On the road, the Lakers have gone 8-2 against the Warriors in their last 10, winning 7-of-their-last 8 at ORACLE Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 29-7 against the Warriors. In 48 career games including 39 starts against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.6 points with a high-game of 51 points. Additionally, Lamar Odom posted his first triple-double as a Laker with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Warriors back on 4/11/06. In 2007-08, Odom pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds on 3/23/08 vs. Golden State and just one day later, posted 23 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 rebounds at Golden State, becoming the first Laker in 13 years to record consecutive 20-rebound games and just the fifth player of the decade in the NBA to post at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots in a single game. Lakers guard Derek Fisher played two seasons for Golden State, where he averaged a career-best 13.3 points during the 2005-06 season. Warriors forward Ronny Turiaf played 3 seasons with the Lakers from 2005-08, averaging 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.13 blocks in 15.6 minutes.

Saturday’s game against the Warriors is the first of a back-to-back set with the Golden State and New Jersey. This season, the Lakers are 2-0 in the first game and 1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. On the year, the Lakers will play 20 sets of back-to-back games, the most the team has played in a single season since playing 22 sets of back-to-backs during the 1999-00 campaign. Last year, the Lakers played 19 sets of back-to-backs, going 14-5 in the first game and 14-5 in the second as well. Charlotte, Detroit and Milwaukee lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2009-10 while New Orleans (15) and San Antonio (17) will play the fewest sets this season.

With 44 double-doubles and 13 20+ point games entering 2009-10, Andrew Bynum has already posted EIGHT double-doubles and SIX 20+ point games in 12 games this season. Among the top 10 leaders in double-doubles, Bynum, who currently ranks 5th league-wide behind Chris Bosh (13), Dwight Howard (10), Carlos Boozer (9) and Steve Nash (9), has played the fewest games. Additionally, with his current averages of 19.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.67 blocks over 36.6 minutes, Bynum falls just shy of joining Bosh (25.4 pts, 11.9 reb) and Antawn Jamison (25.0 pts, 10.8 reb) as the only players in the league to average better than 20 points and 10 rebounds per contest.

After three Western Conference Player of the Week awards in each of the past two seasons, Kobe Bryant earned his FIRST WC Player of the week award this season for games played Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 22. The award is the 25th of Bryant’s career (23 Western Conference POW, 2 NBA POW), tying Michael Jordan (23 NBA POW, 2 Eastern Conference POW) for the most Player of the Week Awards all-time while further surpassing Magic Johnson’s 18 NBA POW awards as the franchise’s all-time leader. Jordan and Johnson, however, earned the majority/all of their Player of the Week nods before the award was separated by Conference prior to the 2001-02 season. Since the Player of the Week was separated by Conference, Bryant’s 23 awards ranks first among all players, two ahead of LeBron James (21).

Bryant led the Lakers to a 3-0 week, which included wins over the Pistons, Bulls and Thunder, averaging 29.0 points on 48 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists, 1.67 steals. During the week, Bryant recorded his 4th 40-point game of the season with 40 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals 11/17 vs. Detroit, nearly missed a triple-double with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists 11/19 vs. Chicago and totaled 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists including a HORSE-like, Larry Bird-esque shot from behind the backboard 11/22 vs. Oklahoma City.

This is the 23rd time Bryant has earned Player of the Week honors (11/4/01, 1/20/02, 11/3/02, 12/8/02, 1/12/03, 2/2/03, 2/23/03, 2/17/04, 3/22/04, 11/13/05, 12/18/05, 12/25/05, 1/22/06, 4/16/06, 3/18/07, 3/25/07, 1/13/08, 3/2/08, 4/6/08, 12/28/08, 1/11/09, 3/15/09, 11/22/09) since the award was separated by Conference. He has twice earned NBA Player of the Week honors (4/16/00 and 12/24/00), giving him 25 total career POW awards. The NBA began the Player of the Week award in 1979-80.

With his free throw at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter November 19th vs. Chicago, Kobe Bryant moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) for 2nd on the Lakers all-time franchise scoring list. While only Jerry West (25,192) has scored more points with the Lakers than Bryant (24,242), at his current scoring average (30.1 ppg), Bryant would surpass West approximately 32 games from now 1/27/10 at Indiana. Earlier this month, with 41 points November 6th against Memphis, Bryant moved past Allen Iverson (24,020) for 16th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Bryant has been steadily moving up the list the last few years and last season alone, moved past Charles Barkley (23,757) for 17th, Robert Parish (23,334) for 18th, Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 19th, Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 20th, Clyde Drexler (22,195) for 21st, Gary Payton (21,813) for 22nd and Larry Bird (21,791) for 23rd. Next on the NBA’s all-time list ahead of Bryant (24,242) are Patrick Ewing (24,815) and Jerry West (25,192).

Kobe Bryant scored 40 points 11/17/09 vs. Detroit, marking the 100th time in his career that he has scored 40+ points in a game and the 4th time this season, matching his total for all of last season (4). Bryant’s 46 points February 1, 2008 at Toronto moved him past Elgin Baylor (88 40+ games) for 3rd all-time and into 1st in Lakers franchise history. In the history of the NBA, only two players have more career 40-point games: Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan (173). The Lakers are now 69-31 all- time in games that Bryant scores 40+ points and are 4-0 in such games this season. Bryant holds the Lakers franchise record for 40-point games in a single season, recording 27 during the 2005-06 campaign. Bryant also holds the franchise record for most consecutive 40-point games (9), established during the 2002-03 season, which is tied for the fourth longest such streak in NBA history (Michael Jordan) behind Wilt Chamberlain, who twice posted streaks of 14 and once had a 10-game streak.