Lakers Gameday | 01/18/10 | Magic
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0 Games the Lakers have lost this season when leading at any point during the fourth quarter, out of 32 wins. By comparison, no other team has lost fewer than four games when leading at any point of the final period.
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Lakers rally in 4th for 98-92 win over Magic
By GREG BEACHAM
Posted Jan 19 2010 1:30AM
LOS ANGELES(AP) Shannon Brown scored a career-high 22 points, Pau Gasol had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter Monday night for a 98-92 victory over the Orlando Magic in the first rematch of last season's NBA finals.
Kobe Bryant scored just 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting, but his teammates carried the Lakers to their 18th win in 19 home games in a remarkable fourth-quarter rally led almost entirely by reserves.
Brown scored nine points in the fourth, while Lamar Odom and Jordan Farmar combined for 13 straight points while Los Angeles roared away in the opening minutes of the final period.
Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who wrapped up a four-game road trip with their third straight loss and seventh in nine games. The way Orlando lost was even more disconcerting, with a wildly up-and-down performance that bottomed out in the fourth, when the Magic didn't manage a field goal for nearly six minutes.
Farmar scored 11 points and Odom had nine points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers, who reached the halfway point of their regular-season schedule with another win over the Magic, who fell to Los Angeles in five games in the finals last summer.
Momentum reversed abruptly throughout the night, with the Lakers dominating much of the first half before Orlando overwhelmed them in the third quarter with a 20-2 run, turning a nine-point deficit into a nine-point lead in less than 7 minutes.
Odom and Farmar then took charge entering the fourth quarter, erasing the Magic's 68-64 lead. Gasol's jumper put the Lakers up 79-68 with 7:42 left, and the Magic never got closer than four points on Vince Carter's 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Orlando got little from Carter, who seems to be struggling with his sprained left shoulder. He has played sparingly in January with the injury, sitting out three games before returning at Portland last Friday. Although he went to the bench late in the second quarter grimacing and holding his shoulder, he returned in the second half to finish his nine-point, 3-of-11 performance.
Los Angeles reached the halfway point of the regular season with the NBA's best record, but the Lakers also have played 26 of their first 41 games at home, an advantage that will even up during an eight-game trip that begins Thursday at Cleveland in a meeting of the NBA's two conference leaders.
The Lakers haven't lost at home since the Cavaliers' visit on Christmas, winning seven straight.
Bryant again appeared to be feeling the effects of his sore back and broken finger, managing just four points in the first half before a 1-for-8 effort in the third quarter. He fell well short of the 30 points he needed to become the youngest player in NBA history to score 25,000 points in front of the home fans before the Lakers' lengthy trip.
Los Angeles jumped to a 21-8 lead just 7 minutes in with inspired play by Derek Fisher, who hit two 3-pointers and a one-on-four fast-break layup while also playing energetic defense. While Bryant struggled for open shots, Brown carried the Lakers through the second quarter with 11 points before the Magic capitalized on Los Angeles' 5-of-22 slump to open the second half.
Notes: Orlando swept the regular-season series from Los Angeles last season, winning 109-103 at Staples Center exactly one year and two days earlier. ... Unless Bryant goes nearly scoreless for the next month, he'll be the youngest player to score 25,000 points. He also was the youngest player to score 23,000 and 24,000, although he had a big head start over Wilt Chamberlain by skipping college. ... Courtside fans included Adam Sandler, Leonardo DiCaprio and model Bar Refaeli, and California first lady Maria Shriver.
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Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on tonight’s game:
“Well, we suffered a tremendous letdown in that third quarter. I let them muddle around out there a little bit too long, probably. But that’s always good for them. And to come back and play an inspired fourth.”
On how Shannon Brown is now making such a big impact:
“I think it’s maturity. I think it’s opportunity – some of the things that happened. And responsibility – he’s a young man who’s very diligent about his work. He puts in the effort and it’s paying off for him.”
On the performance of the bench tonight:
“I told them they’re the reason why we got this game. From the position we did, to be able to come back, take a lead and turn a game back around.”
On the impact of Jordan Farmar in helping the Lakers turn the game around:
“Jordan had a real inspired 6-8 minutes there.”
On Kobe Bryant:
“I thought he was out of rhythm. He didn’t have work, a couple days off. Tried to get some ‘R and R’ on his back, and so forth. As a consequence, he didn’t get a lot of shooting in.”
On the Magic’s defense in the third quarter:
“They really bottled us up in the third quarter. We were doing things on one side of the floor instead of changing sides of the floor and everyone was trying to do things individually.”
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on gaining back the lead in the 4th quarter:
“You know I think in the 3rd quarter they made some adjustments offensively, kind of what we were doing defensively. It just took us a minute to collect ourselves a little bit and then got back to it.”
On Shannon Brown finding a “home” with the Lakers:
“We allow you to be who you are. We don’t come in there and try to change you as a player or make you into something that you’re not. We try to play to your strengths and will allow you to do what you do best. I think as a result players become better players.”
On adjusting to contain Dwight Howard:
“We wanted to limit those obviously and make it a lot tougher for him to catch in the paint and complete. Pau and Andrew both did a great job, and our weak side helpers were very solid wrapping him up and his chances and making him run at the line.”
Lakers forward Pau Gasol on whether tonight’s win was a good win:
“We played hard. They had a big run and we had to work extra hard to take control of the game again.”
On Dwight Howard getting too many easy shots in tonight’s game:
“Too many, way too many. Even though we were ahead. He was getting too comfortable. He was getting too many deep positions, too many good looks. We just had to make it tougher on him”
Lakers Shannon Brown on whether the team did anything specifically to bring energy:
“No, I mean definitely once you bring energy. Jordan did a great job running the team. We executed a little bit better when he was out there. We got the ball moving. We got good looks at the basket. I got some steals, caused a little bit of havoc. You know, spinned them up a little bit. We got some rebounds. You know, we played our game.”
On playing the Orlando Magic for the first time this season:
“They were great. We knew they were going to come out and be ready to basically get some revenge from the series. You know, they still got a lot of the same players from the team last year. They came out and they fought and got down. They came back in the second half and were up by 9 and we just had to fight back.”
Lakers Jordan Farmar on the importance of the bench playing well when Kobe is “off”:
“It’s definitely very important. I don’t think he (Kobe Bryant) was off. He was playing well. He was getting everybody else involved. We have such a deep and talented team and when everyone is playing well, we’re really tough to beat.”
Magic’s Coach Stan Van Gundy on tonight’s game:
“I thought we did a good job in the first half fighting back. We got off to a bad start and I thought our guys did a good job fighting back and staying in the game. That was the most resolve we had shown in a long time. I thought we played a great third quarter and then the team did nothing to start the fourth. We made too many mistakes. If you look at the stat sheet there are not an overwhelming number of turnovers but there is a five turnover difference in the second half. The two things were the five turnover difference and our careless plays. We threw away four in-bound passes not looking at the defense and then their bench really outplayed our bench. Our bench has been very good, but just didn’t play well today.”
Magic’s Coach Stan Van Gundy on their improvements this season:
“We showed a little bit of improvement for us, we showed spots but that’s the problem. We are too streaky and we are not solid enough over the course of the game, right now. But we did play better than we have in a while, which I guess is good. But when you have played better and you have a loss, it’s not a very good feeling.”
Magic’s Coach Stan Van Gundy on Dwight Howard:
“They (Lakers) did a good job in the second half and made sure they double-teamed him. I thought he made some good passes out, we got a couple of good shots and they made it until right at the end when they didn’t want to come off and give up threes. They came very hard at him in the second half. He got tired into the third quarter because I didn’t give him any rest in the first half. But I thought he played very well we just couldn’t get him shots in the second half. We got him the ball but we just couldn’t give him shots.”
Magic’s Coach Stan Van Gundy on Shannon Brown:
“Shannon Brown just played really really well. We had some defensive breakdowns, but I mean he was hitting pull-up jumpers. I didn’t like the shots we gave him going to the basket, but again that was not the difference in the game. Both teams end up with the same number of points in the paint. To me the difference was the fourth quarter run, the turnover difference, unforced errors, and their bench play was outstanding.”
Magic Center Dwight Howard on Shannon Brown and his chances in the dunk contest:
“I think he’s a great, unbelievable dunker. He’s awesome above the rim. He’s in the category of Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins.”
On the Magic going through this current stretch:
“We just got to continue to play. We came out great. We just got to do a better job of figuring out other team’s game plans and try to go forward from there. We’ve been in a tough stretch but we’ve just got to continue to work. We’re going to get over this.”
On the Lakers stepping up despite the struggles of Kobe Bryant:
“Any team is capable of doing that. Other guys just stepped up and played with a lot of energy. That’s the reason they won.”
Orlando Magic’s Vince Carter on how the game got away:
“We had a great third (quarter). And our intensity was on an all time high. It’s just that 15-0 run was unacceptable. We have to take care of the ball and push the ball more.”
On the Magic’s performance as of late:
“It’s just a tough situation. I think we are a very good team and we understand that. We just have to play our way out of it. We’ve made an improvement as far as our intent and our approach and we are going to have to sustain it.”
Orlando Magic’s Rashard Lewis on the end of tonight’s game:
“We didn’t score hardly any points at all, so that really did hurt us.”
On Rashard Lewis on taking the positives from tonight:
“Most definitely we can build off of it, but it’s not good enough because we didn’t get the win.”
Lakers vs. Magic Game Preview
By MATT BECKER
Posted Jan 17 2010 9:28PM
Although the Los Angeles Lakers aren't totally healthy, they look poised to defend their NBA title.
The reigning Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic, meanwhile, aren't playing like they're capable of creating a finals rematch.
In their first meeting since last season's playoffs, the Lakers try to continue their home dominance Monday night when they face a Magic team trying to avoid its seventh loss in nine games.
Los Angeles (31-9) won its 15th championship by beating the Magic in five games in last June's NBA finals. It was the fourth title for Kobe Bryant, who averaged 32.4 points and 6.2 assists to earn finals MVP.
Bryant has been playing with a broken right index finger for more than a month and a sore back for the past week, but has still managed to lead the Lakers to the best record in the NBA approaching the season's midpoint.
The 11-time All-Star had 30 points in Friday's easy 126-86 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, and is now 30 shy of becoming the 15th player to reach 25,000 in his career. If he hits the mark anytime in the next month, he'll be the youngest player to reach the milestone.
The Lakers had no trouble putting away the Clippers, erupting for a season-best 73-point second half in a game they led by as many as 45 points.
Pau Gasol returned from a six-game absence because of a hamstring injury and showed a little rust. The two-time All-Star, who missed the season's first 11 games with another hamstring injury, finished with 20 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes, but shot just 4 of 10 from the field.
"When we play together and we move the ball and we play defense the way we did, especially in that second half, we're a tough team to beat," said Gasol, who averaged 18.6 points on 60.0 percent shooting and 9.2 boards in last season's finals. "Things are working out."
Not much has been working out lately for Orlando.
The Magic (26-14) fell one-half game behind Atlanta for the Southeast Division lead following Friday's 102-87 loss to Portland, their sixth defeat in eight games.
"It's not pretty right now,'' three-time All-Star Dwight Howard said. "But I'm not going to give up on this team, and we're not going to give up on each other.''
Howard hasn't been his normal imposing self recently.
The 6-foot-11 center made just 4 of 7 attempts from the field and finished with 11 points Friday, the seventh time in 11 games he has been held to 12 or fewer. He had seven such games in Orlando's first 29 contests.
"One thing we can't do is point the finger at each other,'' said Howard, who averaged 15.4 points and 15.2 rebounds in last year's finals. "We've got to play through these situations.''
Leading scorer Vince Carter (17.1 ppg) is also struggling, averaging 6.8 points on 19.6 percent shooting in his last five games. He returned to the court Friday after missing three games with a sprained left shoulder, but again wasn't a factor. Carter had five points and shot 1 of 7 against the Trail Blazers.
The Magic have lost eight of 10 away from Orlando entering the finale of their current four-game trip. Ending those road woes at Staples Center won't be easy.
The Lakers have won 17 of their last 18 home games overall, improving to a league-best 22-3 at home. They defeated the Magic in both meetings at Staples in the finals.
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Ron Artest (sprained right index finger) is probable.
Kobe Bryant (back spasms/avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) is probable.
Sasha Vujacic (strained right hamstring) is probable.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is probable.
SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers dropped last season’s series with the Magic 0-2 for the first time in series history after splitting the 2007-08 season series with Orlando 1-1. The Magic and Lakers have met 41 times in the regular season with Los Angeles holding a 30-11 advantage in the all-time series. Prior to last season, the Lakers had never lost a season series to the Magic but had split on nine occasions. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 overall meetings but are just 1-3 in their last four regular season contests. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 8-2 all-time against the Magic in regular season contests. In Orlando, the Lakers are 7-3 against the Magic in their last 10 regular season meetings. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 14-4 against Orlando in the regular season. In 22 games against Orlando including 18 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.0 points. In the Magic and Lakers first meeting of last season December 20 in Orlando, Bryant scored 41 points to equal his own Lakers-Magic series record established during the 2004-05 season when he scored 41 points on November 12, 2004. Former Laker Shaquille O’Neal holds the Magic high mark against the Lakers with 46 points back in March of 1995. In their most recent regular season contest with Orlando, Bryant recorded his first triple-double since 2005 with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. The Lakers defeated the Magic in five games during the 2009 NBA Finals, marking the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs. Prior to last season’s NBA Finals, head coach Phil Jackson had faced Orlando twice in the playoffs as head coach of the Chicago Bulls, dropping the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Magic in six games but then sweeping the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals the following year.
BRYANT NEARS 25,000 CAREER POINTS
With 24,970 career points, Kobe Bryant is now 30 points shy of 25,000 for his career. Should Bryant reach the 25,000-point milestone, he will become the 15th NBA player in the league’s history to do so. Currently 31 years and 147 days of age as of January 17th, should Bryant reach 25,000 points in the next month-plus, he would become the youngest player in NBA history to do so, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (31 years, 186 days). Karl Malone (33 years, 228 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 249 days) are the second and third youngest respectively to reach the 25,000 points milestone. In terms of games, Bryant (988 games) should become the 9th fastest to 25,000 career points, behind Dominique Wilkins (960) but ahead of Hakeem Olajuwon (1,057). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest in terms of games to reach 25,000 points, doing so in 691 games. Michael Jordan (782) and Abdul-Jabbar (889) rank second and third behind Chamberlain.
Earlier this season, with a second-quarter basket November 6th against the Grizzlies, Kobe Bryant (31 years, 75 days) became the youngest player in NBA history to score 24,000 points, reaching the milestone ahead of Wilt Chamberlain (31 years, 113 days). In terms of games, of the 17 players to now have scored 24,000 points, Bryant is the 9th fastest to do so in terms of games (954). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest in league history to score 24,000 points, doing so in just 653 games.
Last season, with 34 points February 10 vs. Oklahoma City, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score 23,000 points (30 years, 171 days), reaching the milestone FIVE days younger than Wilt Chamberlain (30 years, 176 days). In terms of games, of the 21 players to score 23,000 points, Bryant was the 11th fastest to do so, reaching the mark in 917 games. Earlier in the year, with 28 points December 2 at Indiana, Bryant became the 22nd player in NBA history to score 22,000 points and in doing so, became the 2nd youngest player ever to 22,000 points (30 years, 101 days), one day older than Wilt Chamberlain (30 years, 100 days) who scored his 22,000th point on 11/26/66. The youngest player in league history to accumulate 15,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 24,000 points, Bryant became the 12th fastest to 22,000 points in terms of games, reaching the mark in 881 career games. Through his career, Bryant has been 29th fastest to 15,000, 22nd fastest to 16,000, 20th fastest to 17,000, 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000, 12th fastest to 21,000, 12th fastest to 22,000 and 11th fastest to 23,000 points in terms of games.
LAKERS POST LARGEST WIN SINCE 2004
With their 126-86 victory over the Clippers, the Lakers posted their largest margin of victory since defeating the Atlanta Hawks 113-67 on 1/9/2004. Overall, the Lakers have now won by 40-plus points 21 times in franchise history (18 in Los Angeles, 3 in Minneapolis).
FOURTH QUARTER ADVANTAGE
The Lakers victory over the Clippers on January 15th marked the 31st time this season that they have held a lead in the fourth quarter and gone on to win the game. With 31 wins on the season, the Lakers are the only team in the NBA to not lose a single game when leading at any point of the fourth quarter or in an overtime period thereafter. By comparison, no other team has fewer than four losses after holding a lead at some point during the fourth quarter this season (games through January 16th).
LAKERS FIRST NBA FRANCHISE TO 3,000 WINS
With their 100-95 victory at Dallas January 13th, the Los Angeles Lakers became the first NBA franchise to 3,000 wins. The Lakers (3,001-1,850) recorded 457 wins over twelve seasons as the Minneapolis Lakers and have now posted 2,544 wins since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR EVERYONE
In the Lakers 100-95 victory January 13th at Dallas, Andrew Bynum (22 points, 11 rebounds), Lamar Odom (18 points, 14 rebounds) and Ron Artest (16 points, 11 rebounds) all posted double-doubles, marking the third time in less than a month that three Lakers have recorded double-doubles in the same game (12/19 at New Jersey: Bryant, Gasol, Odom and 12/29 vs. Golden State: Bryant, Gasol, Odom). 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).
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM
With a victory over Milwaukee on January 10, the Lakers snapped their SECOND two-game losing streak of the season. Last season, the Lakers suffered just FOUR two- game losing streaks all season, a mark which was historically good. According to Philadelphia 76ers stats guru Harvey Pollack, no team has gone through a season without a single two-game losing streak; six teams have had just one two-game skid, 13 teams (including the 1949-50 and 1986-87 Lakers) have had two two-game losing streaks, 11 (including the 1971-72, 1989-90 and 1999-00 Lakers) have had three two-game streaks and five teams, including last season’s 2008-09 Lakers championship squad, went through a season with four two-game losing streaks total.
Since the acquisition of Pau Gasol on February 1, 2008, the Lakers have yet to lose three consecutive games. Los Angeles has now lost two-straight games 10 times overall since acquiring Gasol (8 regular season, 2 playoff streaks). Of those 10 two-game losing skids, the Lakers have played the third game of the streak without Gasol four times, snapping two-game losing streaks with victories 3/18/08 at Dallas, 3/30/08 vs. Washington in overtime, 11/17/09 vs. Detroit and 1/10/10 vs. Milwaukee. The Lakers last three-game losing streak came just a week before the trade, with consecutive losses at San Antonio, at Dallas and vs. Cleveland from 1/23/08 through 1/27/08.
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.