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Kobe's 3-pointer at buzzer gives Lakers win
Posted Jan 02 2010 1:35AM
LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant hit yet another buzzer-beating 3-pointer and finished with 39 points as the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 109-108 on Friday night.
Lamar Odom had a season-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the NBA-leading Lakers (26-6). Pau Gasol had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four assists - one of which set up Bryant's clutch basket from in front of the Sacramento bench.
Andrew Bynum added 16 points and four rebounds.
Ron Artest missed his fourth straight game because of a concussion.
Spencer Hawes had a career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Kings, Omri Casspi scored 23 points, and Beno Udrih added 19 points and 13 assists.
The Lakers came out as flat as half-empty champagne bottles left over from New Year's Eve, shooting 37 percent from the field in the first half and trailing 64-49 at intermission. Derek Fisher was the biggest offender, missing nine of 10 shots in the half while the Kings had the highest-scoring half by a Lakers opponent this season.
Fisher, who had six points, played 9 minutes in the third quarter without taking a shot, then sat out the entire fourth quarter.
The sellout crowd let the Lakers feel their pain, booing them loudly after Jon Brockman's layup gave Sacramento a 38-23 lead with 9:12 left in the second quarter. The Kings built the lead to 20 at 52-32 with a 3-pointer by Ime Udoka that capped a 26-9 run with 5:06 left in the half.
In their previous game, Tuesday night at Staples Center, the Lakers fell behind by 15 points to Golden State and gave up 60 points in the first half before pulling out a 124-118 win. The last time they won a game in which they trailed by 20 or more points was Dec. 12, 2006, when they erased a 21-point deficit in a 112-101 double-overtime win against Houston at Los Angeles.
NOTES: According to Lakers coach Phil Jackson, it looks as though Artest will be back playing by early next week, following the fall at his home on Christmas night that caused the concussion, a deep cut on his left elbow and a slight loss of memory. ``He's improved significantly in the last two days, and optimistic that he'll be able to practice soon - probably not a full-out practice with contact tomorrow, but will have non-contact activity with the team,'' Jackson said. ``There's a number of checks they go through with concussions, like speech patterns. But with Ron, that doesn't work.'' ... This was only the third time in the last 36 years that the Lakers played on New Year's Day. Their overall record on Jan. 1 is 9-6.
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Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on how Kobe stacks up with the all-time greats in making game-winning shots:
“He’s there. He’s right with Michael in that kind of a breath that you look at. These players – I don’t know how they get themselves into these positions – but they do an unbelievable job of hitting shots that are remarkable shots, marvelous shots.”
On whether the Lakers ran the play that he drew up in the final possession:
“Yeah. They ran the play. It looked like they wanted to zone it up. Pau found Kobe on the over-top pass. It was a little different than we drew it up. Kobe had enough room to shoot it.”
On whether he was surprised that Kobe was so open on the final play:
“Well, no. Not when you look at the play. Rodriguez jumped in front of Kobe to take away that and so he reversed course.”
On how the Lakers came away with this win:
“I give total credit to Kobe playing almost a whole game. Guys patching it up. Trying to figure out how to come up with some stops at the end. Trying to find personnel that could play against some of these young players that were very effective against us tonight: Casspi, Hawes, Rodriguez.”
On what changed in the second half:
“Defense. We had a few turnovers, got some runs. That changed the game, got the momentum swung in our favor there in the third quarter. It’s hard to sustain that for a whole half but we got the game back in a position where we were capable of getting back into the ballgame.”
Lakers Kobe Bryant on his own game-winning shot in tonight’s game:
“Well it looks like they went into a zone coverage on the inbounds pass and that side was wide open. It was just a matter of me getting to that spot with enough time to get a shot off.”
On if the play was designed for him to shoot a three or a two-pointer:
“Phil drew up a play for a three. I think he wanted to get out of here. We played like we were stuck in mud like we had no energy. He wanted me to get a good look at a 3 and knock it down.”
On whether the shot was more special because they were down throughout tonight’s game:
“We get down and work through it. You know, we didn’t give up. We just continued to play hard. We stuck it out to win the game.”
Lakers Pau Gasol on their performance against teams as of late :
“You know what, its tough because we had to come back a lot. Teams that might not be best in the league, they play really well. Teams that don’t have extremely good records, they just shoot the ball really well. Part of that is on us to let them play too loose. Like the Cavs, Sacramento, Phoenix. We just let them play their game and we need to get into it more from the beginning, not just the second half when we’re down.”
On whether it’s safe to rely on Kobe Bryant to make the game-winning shots :
“Well he’s shooting the ball at a very high percentage and he’s not always going to shoot like that. We understand that. I think he understands that too. But when he’s feeling it and the shots are going down. He’s going to keep shooting. I have no problem with that.”
Lakers Lamar Odom on Kobe Bryant’s buzzer-beater :
“I think sometimes we’ll get your guy. His greatness is the plays leading up to it. Shannon had a chance to put us up. Kobe is so good.”
Lakers Andrew Bynum on his performance in tonight’s game :
“I just played another game really. I tried a little bit harder to be more aggressive and go toward the basket and it paid off.”
On Kobe Bryant’s game-winning three pointer :
“It’s crazy. That was unbelievable, man. d then they keep letting him get that wide open. He just knows the ball and he understands the game. So he knows the open spots. If he’s open, its definitely going in.”
Kings Coach Paul Westphal on tonight’s game:
“I am so proud of our team but at the same time it’s disappointing. We have played well enough to beat these guys twice and we have now gone home with two loses. We have seen it before from the Lakers and I am sure the league will see it again. They have a knack at the end of games that we are hoping to acquire.”
On playing Dallas tomorrow night:
“We are going to have to bounce back tomorrow against Dallas and we will. That’s the way this league is. We are improving but we have to learn how to win these game.”
On the Kings having a young team:
“It was not even our young players that were involved in those key plays. We got everything we needed performance wise from everybody that played to win this game and we couldn’t close it out. That is one of the things that make the Lakers so special.”
On Kobe Bryant:
“He is an unbelievable player there is no question about it.”
Sacramento Kings player Beno Udrih on the second half of tonight’s game:
“They’re the NBA champions. So, you know, we expected them, in the second half, to come back. And make a run but we were just trying to contain them and Kobe’s Kobe; everybody knows who he is. He just played really great.”
On Kobe’s buzzer-beater:
“He made the shot; I think he was in that position a lot of times so he knows how it is and how to take a shot like that. It was a great shot. They deserve to win.”
On losing close games:
“It hurts a lot. We’ve had a couple of games like this, this year especially on the road, we basically were right there and just couldn’t finish.”
Sacramento Kings player Spencer Hawes on the last play of the game:
“I thought we played them pretty well. It looks like it was just a collision between Sergio, I mean, that’s how this league goes sometimes. It’s a game of one or two bounces. Unfortunately the bounce was our player. That’s why he’s Kobe, he makes big shots at big times.”
On the Lakers’ comeback:
“I think we kind of took the pedal off. We knew they were going to make a run, it was inevitable, we knew that we couldn’t sit up by 20 [points] all game. And they chipped away, chipped away to put themselves in a position to win it at the end.”
Sacramento Kings player Omri Casspi on the positives the Kings can take from tonight:
“We played well. Spencer showed me again that he can be one of the best centers in the league. Team chemistry was well. Everything will work out.”
On playing the Lakers again:
“We’re going to see them again. We’re going to be ready to compete again, you know. The Lakers are an amazing team.”
Lakers vs. Kings Game Preview
By ALAN FERGUSON
Posted Dec 31 2009 4:56PM
The loss of Ron Artest has added to the Los Angeles Lakers' recent defensive struggles. Tyreke Evans' absence hasn't helped the Sacramento Kings' quest for consistency.
With both players questionable for Friday night's game at the Staples Center, the Lakers will try to win their fourth straight over the Kings after outlasting them six days ago.
Artest - a four-time NBA all-defensive team honoree, has been a key contributor in helping Los Angeles (25-6) hold opponents to 94.5 points per game during a 22-4 start.
The Lakers, however, have given up an average of 109.8 points during a 3-2 stretch since Dec. 22, and Artest has missed three of those contests after falling down the steps of his house Christmas night. They've also allowed a season-high 118 in back-to-back games this weekend with the forward still recovering from a concussion and a deep cut on his left elbow.
To help Los Angeles avoid consecutive defeats, Kobe Bryant delivered in the clutch despite his broken right index finger, exhaustion and the lingering pain of other ailments.
Bryant had a season-high 44 points and 11 assists in 43 minutes in a 124-118 victory Tuesday over visiting Golden State to open a four-game homestand. He was also 16-of-16 from the free-throw line, converting four in the final minute to seal the win.
Bryant has averaged 34.5 points since breaking his finger on Dec. 11, scored at least 35 in six consecutive games and had three of his 103 career 40-point performances - third-most in NBA history. In that same span, he's also survived an elbow to the jaw and a near-injury to his left knee.
"By his effort alone, I think we owe this game to him in the win column," coach Phil Jackson said.
Pau Gasol added a season-high 27 points as the Lakers improved to 17-3 at home and bounced back from a disappointing 15-point loss to Cleveland on Christmas Day.
"You're going to have stretches when you're not playing well," Bryant said. "It's about how you deal with it and how you play through it."
Bryant played through numbness in his right arm in Sacramento while leading the Lakers to a 112-103 double-overtime victory. He made consecutive 3-pointers in the final period to put his team ahead for good and finished with 38 points.
Evans, who leads all rookies with 20.3 points per game, scored 18 in his first meeting with Los Angeles, but has missed the past two games with a sprained right ankle.
The Kings (14-17) knocked off Northwest Division-leading Denver 106-101 on Monday night without him but fell 116-106 to lowly Philadelphia on Wednesday night to conclude a four-game homestand.
"Tyreke is a big piece of our team and he's been showing that the whole year," guard Beno Udrih said. "But we can't feel sorry for ourselves. Injuries are a part of the game and you deal with it."
Sacramento will try to bounce back with its first three-game road win streak since Dec. 18, 2007-Jan. 2, 2008, but will need to break a three-game road skid to the Lakers.
Los Angeles has won six of eight meetings at the Staples Center since the 2005-06 season and 12 of 16 overall since Feb. 23, 2006. The Lakers haven't won four in a row over the Kings since a six-game run from March 12, 2000-March 25, 2001.
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Ron Artest (laceration to head and left elbow) is doubtful.
Kobe Bryant (avulsion fracture, right index finger / strained right elbow) will play.
Josh Powell (upper respiratory infection) is doubtful.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is out.
Tyreke Evans (sprained right ankle) is out.
Kevin Martin (left wrist, navicular fracture) is out.
Francisco Garcia (surgery - right forearm, wrist) is out.
SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers currently lead the season series with Sacramento 1-0, after taking last season’s series with Sacramento 3-1 for the third straight season. The two franchises have met 270 times overall and 106 times since the Kings moved to Sacramento. The Lakers lead the all-time series with the Kings 184-86 (76-30 vs. Sacramento). In their last 10 meetings, the Lakers are 8-2 against Sacramento. The Lakers are 13-7 all-time against the Kings at STAPLES Center and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 home contests. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 games at ARCO Arena including a 6-1 mark in their past six trips to the state capitol. In their first meeting this season on 12/26/09, the Lakers defeated the Kings 112-103 in double-overtime at ARCO Arena. Two seasons ago, on April 6, 2008, the Lakers defeated the Kings by 22 points, their largest victory in Sacramento since a 23-point win 3/23/89. In 2006-07, the Lakers were whistled for 42 personal fouls in their 132-128 overtime victory January 4, 2007 at ARCO Arena, establishing a new Los Angeles era franchise record. The Lakers last committed 42 personal fouls back on 2/17/57 versus St. Louis when the team was still in Minneapolis. Additionally, the Lakers and Kings combined for 80 personal fouls and 102 free throws on the night, which was, at the time, the most fouls committed by two teams in more than seven years. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 24- 13 against the Kings. In 48 career games against the Kings including 40 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.9 points. Pau Gasol has also averaged 20+ points for his career against the Kings, posting 21.2 points per game in 30 meetings (all starts). The Lakers and Kings haven’t met in the postseason since the 2002 Western Conference Finals. While Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher both played in that series, no Kings remain on the current roster from that playoff series.
Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 44 points while handing out 11 assists in his final game of the decade 12/29/09 vs. Golden State, marking the 103rd time in his career that he has scored 40+ points in a game and the 7th time this season alone, further surpassing his total for all of last season (4). Bryant’s 46 points 2/1/08 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 72-31 all-time in games that Bryant scores 40+ points and are 7-0 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.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR EVERYONE
In the Lakers 124-118 victory December 29 vs. Golden State, Kobe Bryant (44 points, 11 assists), Pau Gasol (27 points, 12 rebounds) and Lamar Odom (11 points, 11 rebounds) all posted double-doubles, marking the second time in less than two weeks that three Lakers have recorded double-doubles in the same game. (12/19 at New Jersey: Bryant (29 points, 10 rebounds), Gasol (14 points, 14 rebounds), Odom (14 points, 12 rebounds)). Prior to this season, three Lakers had last posted double- doubles in the same game back on March 4, 2008 at Sacramento. In the 2007-08 campaign, three Lakers posted double-doubles in the same game three times: 3/4/08 at SAC, 1/29/08 vs. NY and 11/9/07 vs. MIN. Prior to the 2007-08 season, three Lakers had not posted double-doubles in the same game since 3/27/05 vs. Philadelphia: Bryant (34 points, 10 rebounds), Chris Mihm (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Caron Butler (13 points, 10 rebounds).
BRYANT 54 POINTS SHY OF PATRICK EWING FOR 15th ON NBA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 44 points 12/29 vs. Golden State, Kobe Bryant (24,761) moved within 54 points of Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Earlier this season, with 41 points November 6th against Memphis, Bryant moved past Allen Iverson 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 (24,761) and Ewing (24,815) are Jerry West (25,192) and Reggie Miller (25,279).
Additionally, with his free throw at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter November 19th vs. Chicago, 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 (24,761), at his current scoring average (30.4 ppg), Bryant would surpass West approximately 16 games from now 1/27/10 at Indiana.
BRYANT NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR 27th TIME, FURTHER PASSES JORDAN FOR MOST POW AWARDS ALL-TIME
After three Western Conference Player of the Week awards in each of the past two seasons, Kobe Bryant earned his THIRD WC Player of the week award this season (2nd consecutive) for games played Monday, December 21 through Sunday, December 27. The award is the 27th of Bryant’s career (25 Western Conference POW, 2 NBA POW), further passing 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 25 awards rank first among all players, three ahead of LeBron James (22).
Bryant paced the league in scoring, averaging 37.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.7 steals, leading the Lakers to a 2-1 week. Leading the Lakers in scoring in all three contests, on December 22, Bryant posted his 102nd career 40-point game (40) to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 111-108 win over Oklahoma City. The award marks Bryant’s third Player of the Week nod this season and his second consecutive week earning the honor.
This is the 25th time Bryant has earned POW 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, 12/20/09, 12/27/09) since the award was separated by Conference. He has twice earned NBA Player of the Week honors (4/16/00, 12/24/00), giving him 27 total career POW awards. The NBA began the Player of the Week award in 1979-80.
3-TIME ALL STAR GAME MVP KOBE BRYANT LEADS ALL PLAYERS AFTER 3rd ROUND OF ALL-STAR BALLOTING
On December 31st, the NBA announced its THIRD returns of 2010 NBA All-Star balloting with Kobe Bryant (1,606,032) LEADING all players in All-Star voting, ahead of Cleveland’s LeBron James (1,579,530) and Miami’s Dwyane Wade (1,539,968). In the West, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony (1,410,356) and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki (753,971) are the top two vote-getters at forward, Bryant and Houston’s Tracy McGrady (649,563) lead the guard voting and the Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire (1,143,849) leads the center voting. In the East, James and Boston’s Kevin Garnett (1,317,739) lead the forward voting, Wade and Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson (806,749) are the top two vote- getters at guard and Dwight Howard (1,479,625) least all Eastern Conference centers in balloting.
Pau Gasol (667,767), who made his second All-Star team last season as a reserve and became the 27th Laker in franchise history to be name an All-Star, ranks 4th in balloting among West forwards behind Anthony, Nowitzki and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (685,390) but ahead of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (474,506) while Andrew Bynum (676,634) ranks 2nd among West centers behind Stoudemire but ahead of Denver’s Nene (235,276).
In each of the last two seasons, Bryant has led the Western Conference in all-star balloting. Last season, he accumulated 2,805,397 votes, finishing third in overall balloting behind Dwight Howard (3,150,181) and LeBron James (2,940,823). In 2007-08, Bryant garnered 2,004,940 votes to finish fourth in overall voting behind Kevin Garnett (2,399,148), James (2,108,831) and Howard (2,066,991). In 2006-07, when he earned his second All-Star MVP, Bryant finished third overall in balloting behind James and Yao Ming. A three-time All-Star MVP (2002 Philadelphia, 2007 Las Vegas, 2009 Phoenix), Bryant is an 11-time All-Star and has started 11 consecutive All-Star games. Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, led all players in NBA All-Star balloting in 2003.
The Lakers 112-103 double-overtime win at Sacramento December 26th was the team’s 4th overtime contest of the season, and first double-overtime game since 1/27/09 vs. Charlotte. The Lakers are now 4-0 in overtime games this season, after going 2-1 in three overtime games last season and 4-0 in four overtime games during the 2007- 08 season. During the 2006-07 season, the Lakers’ 10 overtime contests established a new Los Angeles era record for overtime games in a single season. With their overtime win against Sacramento, the Lakers all-time overtime record is now 131-89 (.595)