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Bryant out but Lakers beat the Blazers 99-82
By ANNE M. PETERSON
Posted Feb 07 2010 12:39AM
PORTLAND, Ore.(AP) Lamar Odom replaced an injured Kobe Bryant and matched his career high with 22 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers broke their nine-game losing streak at the Rose Garden with a 99-82 victory Saturday night over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Bryant sat out with a sore left ankle. The 12-time All-Star and last year's NBA finals MVP had played in 235 straight games.
Odom also scored 10 points as the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 19 points.
Portland was again without All-Star guard Brandon Roy, who announced earlier in the evening that he would miss the next three games and the All-Star game to heal his sore right hamstring.
The Lakers had not won at the Rose Garden since Feb. 23, 2005. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak overall against the Blazers.
Ron Artest had 21 points for the Lakers. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 16 points.
Bryant originally sprained his ankle in Philadelphia last week. He aggravated it during Wednesday night's victory over Charlotte when Odom stepped on his foot.
Bryant had last missed a game on March 7, 2007, because of a suspension. He had not missed a game because of injury since Dec. 8, 2006.
The Lakers said he would be evaluated on Sunday.
Bryant, who is averaging 28 points, played the night before in the Lakers' 126-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He had 33 points and nine rebounds.
Roy has missed 12 of the last 13 games. He was originally hurt in a Jan. 13 game against Milwaukee, then aggravated the injury on Jan. 20 at Philadelphia.
Roy, who leads the Blazers with 23.1 points per game, said at a news conference before the game that there was no formal timetable for his return.
The Blazers went up 39-30 in the second quarter, but the Lakers wouldn't allow the margin to get any bigger.
Derek Fisher's fast-break layup pulled Los Angeles to within 41-39 before Pau Gasol's bank shot tied it.
Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer prevented the Lakers from going ahead until Artest's 3-pointer made it 48-46 with 1:07 left before the half.
Artest added a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 54-48 lead going into the break.
Artest's layup put the Lakers up 65-55 midway through the third quarter, and Gasol's dunk made it 73-64 to start the fourth.
The Lakers got a scare early in the game when Andrew Bynum left with a hip injury. He returned, but then sat out the second half. His condition was unclear.
NOTES: The Blazers celebrated their 40th anniversary. Portland was awarded an NBA franchise on Feb. 6, 1970. ... Sunday is Blazers forward Juwan Howard's birthday. He will be 37.
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LAKERS HEAD COACH PHIL JACKSON
“I thought that Andrew couldn’t run, he was struggling to run out there and this is a team that pushes the ball pretty quick so we needed a quick team out there on the floor…We had to rely on our young guys to come through for us…The third quarter we just got no traction, we had some turnovers. I was getting after it a little bit for not taking advantage of some things. I thought the Trail Blazers were giving us out there opportunities that we could take advantage of and we finally got that little spurt to get us back up to nine points and gave us some room for the second unit to come out and do the things they do, which is really aggressively try and attack the basket. The real reason they had no second-chance points and the rebound differential was big effort for us on the boards.”
“Kobe followed me in the coaches room and said ‘I’m thinking about not playing’ and I said ‘it’s OK if you don’t.’” I went back in and saw him 10 minutes later because it was almost six o’clock and time to put in the roster, and he said ‘yeah I think I should take it off’ and so we did and went from there…I would say it (Kobe’s injury status) is day-to-day, we have an opportunity here with two games before the All-Star break and there is some time there if he does need to take a longer time, we’re trying to give him the liberty to do that.”
LAKERS FORWARD PAU GASOL
“It was a great win, there’s no other way to put it. It was a great effort, great teamwork and great outcome. Obviously we don’t like to see Kobe sitting out and he’s been banged up, and then Andrew going down, we’ll see what happens with them, but we reacted well, we just played hard and played together and the result was good, we won in a place that we haven’t been able to play at all, or be successful at all.”
LAKERS FORWARD RON ARTEST
“We have a great player like Kobe, and he doesn’t know what the opponent is going to bring, every night they’re gunning for Lakers and want to play well against him, it was only right. The young guys are coming up, we’re on our way out, the young guys are coming up. On this team there are a lot of young hungry guys.
ON LAMAR ODOM
“He’s unbelievable on the boards. As soft as we are right now, we still have pretty good rebounders: LO, Pau, and ‘Drew, they rebound the ball really well, they are all averaging a bunch of rebounds. As soft as we are in the interior we are getting tougher, that’s the scary thing: we’re getting tougher.”
BLAZERS HEAD COACH NATE MCMILLAN
“I thought they just had matchups and they came in with a plan to slow this tempo and pound the ball inside. With Odom and Gasol and Artest, they did that, just pounded it inside and forced us to double team. If we didn’t do that, they were able to score. Their defense was good. They limited us to only one shot. They totally controlled the boards. They’re world champs for a reason – it’s a good team. Tonight they executed in the half court, sharing the ball and if we don’t get fastbreak points or second opportunities, it’s going to be hard to beat this team.”
On offensive struggles in second half:
“They’re a good defense. You’ve got length with Odom and Gasol and Artest. We couldn’t get to the paint and our shots didn’t fall. If you’re shots aren’t falling and you’re not getting anything easy, no second opportunities, it’s going to be a tough night.”
“This is a loss… this is a big loss in the sense that… it’s a good team and you have to give them credit. Every loss hurts but the Lakers played great basketball tonight. We couldn’t get anything easy and when we did get open looks, we didn’t knock down our shots.
Worried about a letdown with Kobe out:
“I talked to our guys about that before the game and as I told them, we’re not playing Kobe. We’re playing the Lakers. I felt that that could have been done on purpose , you know, I think Phil challenged them last night and thought that they had a letdown without Carmelo playing. Sometimes coaches do things like that where you challenge your team to see if you can play without a star. We’ve been in that situation all season long playing without guys and guys have stepped up and played. Odom – 22 rebounds and 10 points… they were solid.”
On Artest’s 3’s late in first half:
“They were big. They were big where we didn’t get close – we didn’t guard him on that last one but I think the three right before that, we had a misread. We were on Artest and rotated to Lamar and that should have been a bluff. You make Lamar shoot the ball and we gave Artest an open look.”
BLAZERS FORWARD LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE
“I thought we did a good job of getting good looks. We just didn’t make them and then they capitalized on our misses and ran out and got easy baskets.”
Was there a letdown with Kobe out?
“No, we came to play. The first quarter, we were right there. Second quarter, down 8 or so, but we had good looks. They just didn’t fall for us tonight. It was just one of those nights where we couldn’t find it.”
“We’re kind of used to it. Guys are used to it. We’re used to losing guys, we’re used to facing adversity. We lost both centers, Brandon’s been out for a while so I think we’re kind of used to it. Guys just have to step up.”
On finishing strong going into all star break:
“That’s our goal – to try and get these next two. Just try to carry some momentum into the all star break strong and try to fight for position. The west is pretty close right now.”
BLAZERS FORWARD MARTELL WEBSTER
“Gasol was all over the place tonight. He played a great game, just making his presence felt down there in the low post. Tonight we just didn’t have an answer for him but we’ll make up for it.”
“They played great defense. We had open looks, just didn’t knock them down…. As far as our gameplan was attacking inside and going outside, we did that. We just couldn’t get the ball in the hoop. They played great defense, but like I said we had opportunities at the basket, we just didn’t convert. They played great defense tonight.”
Lakers vs. Blazers Game Preview
By MATT BECKER
Posted Feb 06 2010 2:36AM
Nothing has come easy for the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers at the Rose Garden.
Brandon Roy has had a lot to do with this, and the Portland Trail Blazers are hopeful the three-time All-Star will be back on the court Saturday night as they go for their 10th straight home victory over the Lakers.
Roy averages a team-best 23.1 points for the Trail Blazers (30-22), but has missed nine straight and 11 of the last 12 games with a strained right hamstring. He was originally hurt during the Blazers' 120-108 home win over Milwaukee on Jan. 13 and re-aggravated the injury in Philadelphia one week later.
Just five days before getting hurt, Roy led Portland to a 107-98 home win over the Lakers. He scored 32 points on 9 of 11 shooting as the Blazers extended the NBA's longest home winning streak against the Lakers.
"I just mark Ls on the season right away when we come up," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said following that loss on Jan. 8.
Roy's play is a big reason the Lakers haven't won in Portland since an 86-83 victory on Feb. 23, 2005. The 6-foot-6 guard is averaging 25.2 points and 8.6 assists in five career home games against Los Angeles with the Blazers winning all of them by an average of 10.2 points.
Roy practiced for the first time in two weeks Friday, and coach Nate McMillan is hopeful he'll return for this game.
"He's been sitting out for a couple weeks now and you don't want again to waste the time that you've already allowed him to recover," McMillan told the Trail Blazers' official Web site. "He has to, in his mind, feel confident that he can go out there and play and explode the way he plays out on the court."
Portland has lost six of the 11 games Roy has missed since Jan. 15, but the team is showing some improvement, having won three of four including victories over Dallas and San Antonio.
In Thursday's 96-93 win over the Spurs, the Blazers rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit. Martell Webster provided a big offensive lift throughout, hitting all five of his 3-pointers - two in the final 3:38 - and finishing with 21 points.
Roy not only wants to play, but also wants to make significant contributions.
"I want to go out there and feel like I can help the team," he said. "I don't want to go out there and feel like the guys have to carry me. They're playing well right now and I don't want to come in and make them play at my level."
Kobe Bryant didn't hurt his team by rushing back from a sprained left ankle Friday, but the Lakers still lost to Denver 126-113, their second defeat in three games.
Bryant aggravated his already-sore foot in the first half of Wednesday's 99-97 win over Charlotte and finished with a season-low five points on 2 of 12 shooting. Bryant's status against the Nuggets was in question, but the 12-time All-Star started and had 33 points on 11 of 22 shooting with nine rebounds.
"I could still be effective and play,'' a terse Bryant said. "Obviously, I'm not as explosive as I was but I can still command double teams, things like that.''
Bryant has played well in Oregon, but that hasn't translated into many wins.
Bryant had 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in Portland last month, and has scored at least 30 in 12 of his last 13 games there. Still, the Lakers (34-16) have just two wins in that span and are 4-21 at the Rose Garden since Bryant's rookie season in 1996-97.
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Kobe Bryant (sprained left ankle / avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is probable.
Brandon Roy (right hamstring) is questionable.
Jerryd Bayless (left quadriceps) is questionable.
Greg Oden (left knee) is out.
Travis Outlaw (left foot) is out.
Joel Przybilla (right knee) is out.
SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers trail their season series with Portland 0-1 after splitting last season’s series with the Trail Blazers 2-2 for the second consecutive year. The Lakers last won a series against Portland in 2004-05 and overall, have taken just two season series from the Trail Blazers in the 1990’s and 2000’s combined (2004-05: 2-1 and 1992-93: 3-2). This will be the 194th meeting between the Trail Blazers and Lakers with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 108-85. The Lakers are 5-5 against the Trail Blazers in their last 10 overall games. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 15-4 against the Trail Blazers all-time and have won 14 of their last 16 including five straight. In Portland, the Lakers have dropped nine straight to the Trail Blazers and are 2-15 in their last 17 games at the Rose Garden. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 17-19 against the Trail Blazers during the regular season. In their first meeting last season, the Lakers held the Blazers to their lowest scoring total in series history in a 96-76 opening night victory 10/28/08. In 2006-07, Kobe Bryant scored 65 points March 16 at STAPLES Center, surpassing his own series record of 50 points established at home back on April 14, 2006 (on the same day Bryant surpassed Elgin Baylor’s single-season franchise scoring record of 2,719 points). In 47 career games against Portland including 41 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 27.8 points against the Trail Blazers. In his last 16 regular season games against the Blazers, Bryant is averaging 34.2 points (547). Portland guard Rudy Fernandez played for Spain internationally along with Pau Gasol. Fernandez was on the 2008 Olympic silver medal team with Gasol while both also played together on the gold medal winning Spanish 2006 FIBA World Championships team.
ODOM FIVE ASSISTS AWAY FROM 3,000; LOOKS TO BECOME 8th FASTEST PLAYER IN NBA HISTORY TO REACH 6,000 REBOUNDS & 3,000 ASSISTS
With 2,995 assists and 6,350 rebounds in 716 career games, Lamar Odom is five assists shy of becoming the 8th fastest player in NBA history (in terms of games) to total 3,000 assists AND 6,000 rebounds. Already a member of the 10,000 point club, Odom would join Larry Bird (574 games), Chris Webber (667 games), Kevin Garnett (681 games), Oscar Robertson (688 games), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (691 games), Wilt Chamberlain (691 games) and Elgin Baylor (716) as the only players to amass 3,000 assists and 6,000 rebounds in as few as 717 games.
BRYANT MOVES PAST JERRY WEST FOR FIRST ON LAKERS ALL-TIME SCORING LIST (14th ON NBA LIST); REGGIE MILLER 33 POINTS AWAY
With a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant moved past Jerry West (25,192) for first on the Lakers all-time scoring list and 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, finishing the game with 44 points (West’s retired number). Bryant (25,246) is now 33 points shy of Reggie Miller (25,279) for 13th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Next on the all-time list are Alex English (12th/25,613), John Havlicek (11th/26,395) and Dominique Wilkins (10th/26,668).
Less than a month earlier, with 22 points 1/5 vs. Houston, Bryant moved past Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. In November, with his free throw at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter 11/19 vs. Chicago, Bryant moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) for 2nd on the Lakers all-time franchise scoring list while 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.
JACKSON PASSES PAT RILEY FOR MOST REGULAR SEASON VICTORIES IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
In defeating Charlotte on February 3rd, Phil Jackson established a new franchise record with 534 career victories as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, surpassing Pat Riley’s old mark of 533 regular season victories. The only coach in league history to win better than 70 percent of his games (.707), Jackson ranks 12th all-time in regular season games coached and 1st in playoff games coached (300), won (209) and playoff winning percentage (.697). Last season, Jackson became the fastest coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories, needing 1,423 games to do so, arriving at the mark 11 games earlier than Riley (1,434 career games). Earlier this season, Jackson (1,079) moved past Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown for 5th on the NBA’s all-time coaching win list with a victory over Detroit (11/17/09). Earning induction in his 1st year of consideration, on September 7, 2007, Jackson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Owning a record 10 NBA Championships as a head coach, only Jerry Sloan (4th), Pat Riley (3rd), Don Nelson (2nd) and Lenny Wilkens (1st) have more career victories than Jackson while of the top five, Jackson has coached 1,000+ fewer games than Wilkens, 800+ fewer games than Nelson, nearly 500 fewer games than Riley and roughly 400 fewer games than Sloan.
Among all current NBA players, Lakers boast two of the top five active streaks in consecutive NBA games played. Lakers guard Derek Fisher owns the second longest active consecutive games played streak at 382, trailing only Portland’s Andre Miller (582). Lakers guard Kobe Bryant ranks 5th on the list with 235 consecutive games played behind Philadelphia’s Samuel Dalembert (321) and Toronto’s Jared Jack (256). Former Laker A.C. Green holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played with 1,192 dating from 11/19/86 – 4/18/01 while a member of the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
BRYANT MOVES TO 6TH ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST
With his 29th point February 1 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. Additionally, having scored all his points with the Lakers, Bryant moved to sixth on the NBA’s franchise career points list. Only five players in league history have scored more points for a single franchise than Bryant.
Saturday’s game against the Trail Blazers is the second of a back-to-back set with Denver and Portland. This season, the Lakers are 9-5 in the first game and 9-4 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.
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 (3,008-1,854) recorded 457 wins over twelve seasons as the Minneapolis Lakers and have now posted 2,551 wins since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season.