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Farmar scores 24 as Lakers rout Mavericks 131-96
By BETH HARRIS
Posted Jan 04 2010 12:02AM
LOS ANGELES(AP) Jordan Farmar led seven players in double figures with 24 points and the Los Angeles Lakers trounced the Western Conference's second-best team in a 131-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.
Andrew Bynum had 19 points on 8 of 8 shooting, five rebounds and four assists, Lamar Odom had 15 points and 15 rebounds, Kobe Bryant 15 points and eight assists, Sasha Vujacic and Shannon Brown 11 points each and Derek Fisher 10 for the defending NBA champions, who improved to a league-best 27-6.
For the first time in six games, the Lakers didn't go down to the wire to win or end up losing. Instead, they asserted their dominance in the West with their largest victory of the season. They shot a season-best 63 percent from the field.
It was the biggest victory in the series between the rivals, topping the Lakers' 33-point win on Dec. 1, 1993.
Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Mavs, who never led and shot poorly the entire game. Jason Kidd was scoreless in 27 minutes.
With Bryant distributing the ball, Odom took over rebounding and Bynum did a little of everything after Pau Gasol strained his left hamstring seven minutes into the first quarter. He didn't return after scoring six points and was expected to have an ultrasound Monday.
The Spanish forward sat out the first 11 games this season with a strained right hamstring.
The Lakers romped to a 40-point lead after three quarters, letting coach Phil Jackson go deep into his bench in the fourth. All 11 available Lakers scored. They outscored Dallas 52-36 in the paint while controlling the boards 44-40 and piling up 33 assists.
Nowitzki was the only Dallas player in double figures by halftime with 16, while the rest of the starting lineup combined for 11 points. Drew Gooden also was scoreless.
The Mavs shot a measly 16 percent in the first quarter, making just four baskets and missing all six of their 3-point attempts. They made eight field goals in the second and trailed 64-39 at halftime.
NOTES: F Ron Artest could rejoin the Lakers as soon as Tuesday after missing five games following a fall at his home on Christmas night. He's been cleared to practice fully Monday and if there's no problems, Artest could play Tuesday at home against his former team Houston. ... Bryant tied Patrick Ewing for 15th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,815 points. Last season, Bryant passed seven players while moving up the list. Next up is former Lakers GM Jerry West (25,192), a mentor for Bryant. ... Mavs starting C Erick Dampier didn't play.
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Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on Pau Gasol’s injury:
“Any time Pau has an injury, we’re very concerned. Obviously we thought that the initial one in the pre-season was very slight because there was no activity and there was no significant impression that he’d have a pull. So obviously it’s something that we have to take seriously.”
On tonight’s win:
“Our defense was relatively well at the start of the game and we shot the basketball extremely well tonight, particularly the 3 point shot. The bench output, another big reason. Yes, you can expect this every night”
On what this win means for the Lakers in the Western Conference standings:
“They had a game last night. It’s hard to judge. I think it’s their fourth consecutive road game, which is kind of a different road trip for them. I know it started out in Houston, Sacramento, I don’t know where else they went on this particular four game road stand. Obviously we will see them again in 8-10 days or something like that and we’ll find out on their home court.”
On the Lakers defense tonight:
“I just thought that we reacted a little bit better to the ball. We had some turnovers, which is always a big key. We got a couple blocked shots. They missed some shots obviously. They were wide open. I was concerned about that in the game you can’t leave them with wide open shots. But we got back and held them up a little bit better.”
Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on Jordan Farmar tonight:
“He got a run out early in the game. I think it always helps when you get something easy to go, then you’re much more willing to shot the ball and be confident. This game I thought that he got a block. He got a defensive block on Terry. All those things he did well in this game.”
Lakers Kobe Bryant on the Lakers’ bench performance tonight:
“They played well tonight. Offensively, they did a good job.”
On how concerned he is about Pau’s injury:
“Not concerned at all. He’ll be fine.”
On Andrew Bynum’s improved performance tonight:
“It seemed like he had a better base, like he had his legs underneath him which helped finished on the basket a lot better.”
Lakers Andrew Bynum on the Lakers size advantage:
“They were small on the inside so we took advantage of it tonight. I was able to get some space down there and work my way towards the rim.”
On the fact that so many Lakers contributed tonight on offense:
“That was unbelievable. I think the rim was like the ocean for everybody today. Everybody was just throwing it up there and it was going in.”
Lakers Jordan Farmar on the play of the Lakers’ bench:
“We just played well. We’re playing with the right rhythm. We’re playing good basketball. Everybody is taking comfortable shots instead of forcing them. It really helps everybody be successful.”
On the strong play of the Lakers in the first quarter:
“We played well defensively and we shared the basketball. We cut. We passed. We knocked down free throws. We played good basketball.”
On whether tonight was evidence of the Lakers playing well or the Mavericks playing poorly:
“I think it had to be a little bit of both. We played pretty well. You could tell that they were tired from the night before. It was over early. We just had to make sure we keep it up. We’ve gotten leads before and let down and played lackadaisical so it was good to see us play, for the most part, the whole night like that.”
Mavericks’ Coach Rick Carlisle on tonight’s game:
“Just an embarrassing effort. We all own it so I don’t know how else to put it. They played great and we played terrible. You know, it was atypical of the year we’ve had so far but it’s very disappointing.”
On how much of tonight’s loss was due to the Maverick’s poor shooting versus the Lakers’ good defense:
“I’m sure it’s a mixture. Just very disappointing. Not much else to say.
On whether this is the type of game that they try to forget and move on:
“I hope not. I hope we don’t forget about it.”
On whether the Lakers were trying to make a statement due to their matchup against the Mavericks earlier in the season:
“Well I’m sure that they wanted to come out and play and win the game. It’s just not an excuse for how we played.”
On whether the back-to-back games the Mavericks faced factored into tonight’s loss:
“No, no excuses. No one played defense.”
On whether this was just one of those losses that happens every season:
“Oh I don’t know. It’s the first time all year we really didn’t put up the kind of fight we really needed to. That’s disappointing. Again, it’s on all of us, coaches, players, everybody. It’s on all of us. It’s very disappointing.”
Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki on tonight’s game:
“Offensively we just could not get anything going tonight, combined with not getting the stops, that’s a rough combination. Some nights you don’t have it offensively, but you at least have to get some stops to stay in the game. They had whatever they wanted. Bynum was on the inside, the shooters were on, Kobe was making shots everywhere. On offense we just couldn’t do anything right. Instead of playing the game better we started forcing shots and everyone started to try and do it single-handedly instead of playing together and playing the way we always do. So we got ourselves in an even deeper hole and it was just a tough outing for us. Lose by one, lose by forty, either way it counts as one loss so I guess that is the only positive thing we can take away from tonight.”
Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd on tonight’s game:
“They are the champs, they came out and played from the beginning and we just didn’t. It is something that we can learn from, we just have to make shots and we tend not to make shots we are used to on defense, and that is what happened, we reverted to that tonight. But it was one game and now we go back home and get ourselves going in the right direction.”
Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd on Lakers defense:
“It was us not making shots. I do not know if it was so much their defense. We had great looks early on and we just didn’t make our shots and if we had this might have been a different game, but the name of the game is to put the ball in the basket and we just didn’t do that this evening.”
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 probable.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is out.
SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers currently trail their season series with Dallas 0-1 after sweeping last season’s series with the Mavericks 3-0 and taking the 2007-08 series 3-1. The Lakers last lost a season series to Dallas in 2006-07 (1-3), their first series loss to the Mavericks since the 1986-87 season and only the third time ever (1983-84). This will be the 123rd overall meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers holding a 93-29 series advantage. In their most recent meeting (10/30/09), the Lakers lost for just the 11th time in 62 home games against the Mavericks, ending their 6-game win streak against Dallas as well as their four game home win streak against the Mavs. Overall, the Lakers are 6-4 against the Mavericks in their last 10 games. The Lakers are 16-4 all-time against the Mavericks at STAPLES Center and 7-3 in their last 10 home games overall. In Dallas, the Lakers have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games but have won two straight at American Airlines Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 24-11 against the Mavericks. In their first meeting of last season, Jason Kidd posted his 101st career triple-double and his fourth ever against the Lakers. In December of 2005, Kobe Bryant established a new series record with 62 points against the Mavericks in a 112-90 victory at STAPLES Center. In that contest, Bryant single-handedly outscored the Mavericks 62-61 through three quarters. In 2007-08, Bryant again went over the 50-point mark against the Mavericks, scoring 52 points in the Lakers 108-104 overtime victory March 2 at STAPLES Center. In 44 games (38 starts), Bryant is averaging 25.4 points for his career against Dallas.
BRYANT 15 POINTS SHY OF PATRICK EWING FOR 15th ON NBA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 39 points 1/1 vs. Sacramento, Kobe Bryant (24,800) moved within 15 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 (24,800) 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 (24,800), at his current scoring average (30.6 ppg), Bryant would surpass West approximately 13 games from now 1/26/10 at Washington.
LAKERS POST LARGEST COMEBACK VICTORY SINCE 2006
Despite giving up a season-high 64 points in the first half and falling behind by as many as 20 points in the second quarter, the Lakers came back to defeat the Sacramento Kings 109-108 on a buzzer beating three-pointer by Kobe Bryant on January 1, 2010. The 20-point comeback marks the Lakers largest come from behind victory since 12/15/06, when they defeated the Houston Rockets 112-101 in double-overtime after trailing by as many as 21 points.
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.
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.
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)
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.