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Davis scores 25, Clippers beat Lakers 102-91
By BETH HARRIS
Posted Jan 07 2010 1:19AM
LOS ANGELES(AP) Baron Davis scored 25 points and the resurgent Clippers rallied to hold off the Lakers 102-91 Wednesday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak in the so-called battle of Los Angeles.
Chris Kaman added 21 points and 14 rebounds, Eric Gordon 18, Rasual Butler 14 and Marcus Camby 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who beat the defending NBA champions for the first time since April 12, 2007.
The Clippers have won five straight at home for the first time since a six-game winning streak from Nov. 2-18, 2006.
Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, Andrew Bynum added 15 points and 14 rebounds and Shannon Brown 15 as the Lakers' four-game winning streak ended.
The Lakers defeated the Clippers 99-92 on opening night, but the Clippers have improved considerably since then despite still not having No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin, who is injured.
The Clippers twice led by 15 points in the third, maintaining a perilous lead after Bryant's 13-point barrage highlighted a 23-11 scoring spurt that drew the Lakers within two.
The Lakers scored six straight to open the fourth and tie the game at 79 on Ron Artest's stepback jumper. The teams traded leads for the next few possessions until the Clippers ran off nine straight for a 92-83 lead. Gordon had four in a row and Butler capped the spurt with a 3-pointer.
It was part of a 19-8 game-ending run for the Clippers, who had their long-suffering fans on their feet and cheering wildly in the closing minutes.
The Clippers used a 14-3 run, including nine straight, to end the first half ahead 52-43. Six different players contributed, with Davis scoring four in a row.
The Lakers shot 34 percent in the half, got outrebounded and had nine fewer assists than the Clippers' 17.
The Clippers extended their lead to 64-49 before Bryant put on a show in his purple road jersey. He displayed all of his MVP moves, opening with an alley-oop dunk, hitting a 3-pointer that bounced once on the rim and went in, making a fadeaway jumper and a fastbreak driving dunk that got the Lakers to 73-63. Bynum's basket finally got them into single digits even though they didn't tie the game until the fourth.
NOTES: F Pau Gasol missed another game with a strained left hamstring, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he went through his first pain-free rehab session Tuesday. ... The Lakers dropped to 16-8 overall without Gasol in the lineup since he joined the team three years ago. ... The Lakers fell to 6-3 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... The Clippers recorded their second sellout with 19,388. ... They haven't won the season series since 1992-93.
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Head Coach Phil Jackson
On Lakers Offensive Play
“We made really poor shot selections tonight. Guys who were open weren’t shooting the high percentage shots we needed them to. We forced a bunch of stuff down the stretch. We stalled out at 81, they got a couple of baskets and we had opportunities but we just couldn’t convert.”
Lakers Center Andrew Bynum
On Lakers Missed Opportunities
“We came out flat and we tried to bring it back, but we just couldn’t. We played like boneheads, we didn’t play like we should have. I was out there missing buckets, it was a tough shooting night for everyone, but we can’t let that stop us from winning.”
Lakers Guard Jordan Farmar
On Play of Clippers
“They did a great job, you have to give them a lot of credit. They came out with a lot of intensity and ready to play. They played hard on both ends of the floor.”
On Lakers Loss
“I don’t think that we should have lost tonight. If we had come out and played good basketball and lost, that happens. But to play the way we played tonight, below our level and not up to our capabilities that is just hard.”
Clippers' Head Coach Mike Dunleavy
On playing the Lakers
“People who are Lakers hangers-on were touting all the streaks, that we lost the last nine straight. We’ve had guys in the medical ward. In a fair fight, we’re a good team. They were missing [Pau] Gasol tonight and we were missing Blake Griffin, but it was a good game. They’re a great team, but when you look at streaks, you have to look a little deeper into it to see what it entails.”
On play of Baron Davis
“Baron [Davis] was unbelievable tonight from the get-go as far as controlling the tempo of the game, making great decisions, attacking the pick-and-rolls, making their bigs step up and finding open guys to make good plays.”
On motivation for the team
“I love it when they say, ‘Don’t worry, they’re playing the Clippers tonight.’ That’s the best thing we can tell our guys, that no one respects you. You got to go out there and get it.”
On the Clippers-Lakers rivalry
“I’m not against the Lakers. I coached the Lakers, and I have a lot of great friends in the organization. I don’t root against them except when we play them. Every other night they play, I want them to win. But when people take cheap shots at us, that I don’t like.”
Clippers’ point guard Baron Davis
On the Clippers’ intensity throughout the game
“The best thing about it was the fact the Lakers carved into that 16-point lead quick and put the pressure back on us. But we responded, held our composure, made some big shots, and got great play from Craig Smith off the bench. That’s what we need – tough games. We need the challenge. I didn’t think we had one quarter where we lacked the intensity that we needed to win.”
On Clippers’ chemistry
“Our chemistry is coming together. Chris [Kaman] and myself were working the pick-and-roll well together. Eric [Gordon] has been a tremendous force. He stretches the defense, which creates a lot more offensive space and freedom.”
Clippers’ small forward Rasual Butler
On Clippers’ fastbreak points
“We were able to get some stops early. We want to push the ball every night when we get stops. Baron did a great job of knowing when to push the ball and when to outlet to other guys.”
On the Clippers’ defensive effort against Kobe Bryant
“It was a team effort, for sure. He’s the best player in our league, so we got to pay a lot of attention to him. We were pretty good in our defensive rotations. Guys were in the right spots, and we tried to make him shoot over the top and hope he was having an off night.”
Lakers vs. Clippers Game Preview
By MATT BECKER
Posted Jan 06 2010 2:28AM
The Los Angeles Clippers are finally enjoying some success at home. The problem is their next opponent is also pretty comfortable playing at Staples Center.
The Clippers try to win five straight home games for the first time in more than three years Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, who look to continue their dominance at Staples Center and win their 10th straight in this series.
After being tied for the NBA's worst home record last season at 11-30, the Clippers (15-18) already have notched 10 victories in 18 home games in 2009-10. The Clippers defeated Portland 105-95 on Monday at Staples Center behind another impressive offensive performance.
The Clippers shot 57.7 percent from the floor against the Trail Blazers and are averaging 99.5 points on 51.2 percent shooting during their four-game winning streak in Los Angeles. The Clippers, who haven't won five straight home games since opening the 2006-07 season with six consecutive victories at Staples Center, averaged 87.3 points on 41.0 percent shooting in their previous four home games, winning just once.
Center Chris Kaman has played a major role in the Clippers' home resurgence. The 7-footer scored a team-high 20 points Monday and is averaging 24.0 points and 10.3 rebounds during the winning streak.
"We did a nice job of getting the ball into Kaman and letting him anchor us,'' Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.
While the Clippers are playing better, their recent home success pales in comparison to what Staples Center's other tenant has accomplished there.
The Lakers (28-6) have won 15 of 16 at Staples Center and are 20-3 there this season, including a season-opening 99-92 win over the Clippers. The Lakers were the host for that game, but it hasn't made much difference which team's logo is on the court for this series.
The defending champions have won nine straight over the Clippers since a 118-110 loss on April 12, 2007, and have outscored their hallway rivals by an average of 23.7 points in winning the last four as the visitors.
The Lakers have been winning with such ease, they haven't needed to rely on Kobe Bryant to carry them. The 11-time All-Star is averaging a mere 21.4 points in the nine games against the Clippers since the start of the 2007-08 season, his lowest scoring average against any Western Conference opponent in that span.
Bryant had 33 points, eight rebounds and four steals in the Oct. 27 meeting with the Clippers, while Kaman had 18 points and a season-best 16 rebounds.
Bryant finished with 22 points in Tuesday's 88-79 home win over Houston despite playing with an aching finger on his shooting hand.
"My finger was horrible, horrible,'' he said. "I had to make a lot of left-handed moves. I just got to play through it.''
With Bryant not at full strength and Pau Gasol nursing a left hamstring injury, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom helped the Lakers rally past the Rockets.
Bynum scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, while Odom had 17 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists. Ron Artest added seven points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes in his return to action after missing five games because of a concussion.
Gasol's injury isn't considered serious, but the Lakers are exercising extra precaution after the 7-foot Spaniard missed the first 11 games of the season with a strained right hamstring. His status for this game is uncertain.
"I guess it's just bad luck and hopefully it'll go away soon enough,'' Gasol said.
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Kobe Bryant (avulsion fracture, right index finger) will play.
Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) is doubtful.
Lamar Odom (gastroenteritis) is probable.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is out.
Blake Griffin (Stress fracture of left patella) is out.
Kareem Rush (Torn right ACL) is out.
SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The lead the current season series with the Clippers 1-0 after sweeping last season’s series with the Clippers 4-0 for the second consecutive year. The two teams have met 182 times overall and on 116 occasions since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles with the Lakers leading the all- time series 137-45 (91-25 vs. LAC). Overall, the Lakers have lost just two series in franchise history (1992-93 & 1974-75) to the Clippers. The Lakers are 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Clippers and have won their last nine straight overall. At home against the Clippers, the Lakers are 17-4 all-time at STAPLES Center and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 home contests. On the road against the Clippers, the Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games as a visitor at STAPLES Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 30-7 versus the Clippers. In their first meeting of 2008-09, the Lakers defeated the Clippers 117-79 with their 38-point margin of victory marking the Lakers largest margin of victory over the Clippers since they moved from San Diego to Los Angeles prior to the 1984-85 season. The previous mark of 37 was established just a year earlier in a 119-82 victory 3/7/08. In their meeting on January 21, 2009, Andrew Bynum recorded a career-high 42 points while becoming the first Lakers player other than Kobe Bryant to record 40-plus points since 2003. In addition, Bryant posted his 16th career triple- double in that game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. In 51 career games versus the Clippers including 43 starts, Bryant is averaging 24.8 points. Additionally, Bryant has posted two 50-point games against the Clippers, most recently 4/12/07 vs. LAC (other: 50 points 1/7/06 @ LAC). With the departures of Elton Brand and Corey Maggette prior to the 2008-09 campaign, no Clippers remain from Lamar Odom’s time with the team (1999-03). Current Clippers Head Coach and General Manager Mike Dunleavy led the Lakers to a 101-63 record in two seasons with the team (1990-92) including a Western Conference title in 1990-91. Lakers forward Josh Powell played 64 games (25 starts) with the Clippers (2007-08), averaging 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 19.2 minutes.
WITH OR WITHOUT PAU
After missing the Lakers first 11 games of 2009-10 with a strained right hamstring, Pau Gasol made his season debut 11/19 vs. Chicago, playing 22 games before missing the Lakers last game 1/5 vs. Houston with a strained left hamstring. In 22 games with Pau in the lineup this season, the Lakers are 19-3 while defeating teams by an average of 9.9 points per game (218). Additionally, in games which Gasol has played, all five starters have scored in double-figures five times and five or more Lakers have posted double-figures 13 times. In the 12 games this season without him in the lineup, not once has either occured. In games played without Gasol since he joined the Lakers, Los Angeles is 16-7 overall (6-4 in 2007-08, 1-0 in 2008-09 and 9-3 in 2009-10). With Gasol in the lineup, the Lakers are 105-25 (.808) in the regular season since he joined the team in February of 2008 (22-5 in 2007-08, 64-17 in 2008-09 and 19-3 in 2009-10) and 30-14 (.682) in the playoffs.
Wednesday’s game against the Clippers is the second of a back-to-back set with Houston and Los Angeles. This season, the Lakers are 7-2 in the first game and 6-2 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 their 88-79 victory over Houston January 5th, the Lakers posted their 4th wire-to-wire victory of the season. The Lakers recorded their first wire-to-wire victory of the year with a 104-88 win 11/8 vs. NO, their second with a 130-97 win 11/28 @ GS and their third with a 108-88 win 12/6 vs. PHX. Last season, the Lakers claimed nine wire- to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed) during the regular season, tied for 3rd most in the league (Phoenix) behind Cleveland (14) and Orlando (13). The Lakers also won in wire-to-wire fashion twice during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston). Additionally, the Lakers were one of only two teams last season (Cleveland) to never lose in wire-to-wire fashion during the regular season. In the playoffs, however, the Lakers played two games in which they never led, falling twice to Houston in the Conference Semifinals (5/10/09 at HOU and 5/14/09 at HOU). In the regular season, the Lakers have not lost in wire-to-wire fashion since 1/17/08 vs. PHX.
BRYANT PASSES PATRICK EWING FOR 15th ON NBA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 22 points 1/5 vs. Houston, Kobe Bryant moved past Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Earlier this season, with 41 points 11/6 vs. Memphis, Bryant moved past Allen Iverson for 16th on the all-time list. Bryant has been steadily moving up the list the last few years and last season alone, passed 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 all-time list ahead of Bryant (24,837) are Jerry West (14th/25,192) and Reggie Miller (13th/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 (24,837), at his current scoring average (29.9 ppg), Bryant would surpass West approximately 12 games from now 1/27/10 at Indiana.
BYNUM PERFECT FROM THE FIELD
In the Lakers 131-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks January 3, Andrew Bynum (19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) converted each of his eight field goal attempts, becoming the first Laker to enjoy a perfect night from the field with a minimum of eight attempts since Nick Van Exel went 9-for-9 from the field 11/16/97 against the Vancouver Grizzlies. In the history of the franchise, only four Lakers (Abdul-Jabbar twice) have made 10 or more field goals without a miss. Wilt Chamberlain holds the franchise record with a 14-for-14 effort 3/11/69 vs. Detroit. Bynum’s previous best night without a miss was a 7-for-7 shooting night 4/1/07 vs. Sacramento.
BRYANT NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR 27th TIME, EXTENDS LEAD OVER 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.