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Lakers beat Spurs 101-89 without Bryant, Bynum
By BETH HARRIS
Posted Feb 09 2010 1:23AM
LOS ANGELES(AP) Pau Gasol had 21 points and 19 rebounds to lead five players in double figures, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs 101-89 Monday night without injured Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum.
Bryant missed his second consecutive game with a sore left ankle, while Bynum sat out with a bruised right hip.
In their absences, the Lakers used a collective effort to win in their final home game before this weekend's All-Star break. Ron Artest added 18 points, Lamar Odom 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Farmar and Derek Fisher had 13 each.
Manu Ginobili scored 21 points, Tony Parker 20, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Antonio McDyess 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have lost four in a row to the Lakers at Staples Center.
Los Angeles again showed it could win without Bryant. The Lakers snapped a five-year losing streak at Portland with a victory Saturday, when Bryant ended his streak of 235 consecutive games played and Bynum missed the second half.
The Lakers extended their lead to 81-70 early in the fourth, equaling their largest lead to that point, capped by Shannon Brown's 3-pointer.
Mostly though, the final period was a messy affair, with the Spurs throwing the ball away on three occasions and the Lakers stumbling through a cold stretch after their strong start.
But they regrouped and ended the game on a 17-11 run after going 4 1/2 minutes without a field goal.
Los Angeles led 68-57 on a 14-4 run in the third. Gasol scored seven in a row and Odom had three. But the Spurs closed the quarter with an 11-5 spurt, capped by Ginobili's 3-pointer, to trail 73-68 going into the fourth.
Luke Walton, Sasha Vujacic, Farmar and Josh Powell started the second quarter for the Lakers along with Gasol. The youngsters' energy paid off as the Lakers scored the first seven points to take their first lead since early in the game.
The Lakers made 5 of 6 free throws to end the half ahead 50-47.
The Spurs raced to a 9-0 lead to open the game before Artest sparked the Lakers' offense with consecutive 3-pointers. Parker scored 12 of his 15 first-half points in the opening quarter when he wasn't dishing off in traffic.
Notes: Lakers coach Phil Jackson said before the game that Bryant wants to return at Utah on Wednesday. ... The Lakers tied the season series 1-1, having lost 105-85 at San Antonio on Jan. 12. ... The oft-injured Spurs were completely healthy. ... They fell to 10-11 on the road.
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Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on tonight’s game:
“Well we finished I though relatively well for a game that seemed to be a struggle for much of the second period and third period too. I give credit to some of the guys out there that played extra special tonight like Pau and Lamar, Ron, Derek and Jordan.”
On winning tonight:
“It is a good win for us. I didn’t like the way we started, down 9-0. We had to fuss our way back into the game but we were able to come back and get the lead in the end.”
On Lakers’ defense:
“I don’t think we are playing that well but we are winning the games. It’s about our defense, they are playing better. We settle in and play good defense.”
On Lakers’ offense:
“I think offensively we are doing the right thing. Pau is a much better scorer than he has proven in the last couple games, he has not been shooting the ball well and I think we can shoot the ball better than we are doing. I think our rebounding is terrific and I think that is one of the best things we are doing. Our turnover ratio is down a bit and those are just some of the things. Our screen roll defense and those little things are things we will have to fix.”
On the bench’s performance tonight:
“It is always good for a ball club to feel like they rally. We stepped into the game with two starters that were out and we have to put two or three guys from the bench on the court that probably do not have too many minutes. They have to contribute. Sasha contributed the most tonight and then. Luke did a good job out there and we had some efforts from other people that came out and relieved our guys. They maybe didn’t show up in the box scores but that had some minutes out there that were important for us.”
On Kobe Bryant:
“Kobe can score with much ease. He has the gift of scoring and it is easier to drop the ball to him because of his great ability to get to the basket. It makes it a lot easier on everybody when you don’t have to work as hard to score.
On Pau Gasol’s performance:
“Pau is a good director out there with the ball. He is unselfish, he reads the defenses well. He made some really good passes tonight and I told him his defense was good.”
Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant on the Lakers’ win tonight despite having Bynum and himself:
“Absolutely, that’s something we talked about, is that we need to step up and perform. And it doesn’t put any pressure on me to come back early. I can take my time and make sure it’s healthy.”
On taking some time off instead of playing through the injury like he’s done in the past:
“I’m not an idiot. I’m not going to run through walls just to run through walls. If it’s an injury where I feel like I can play through it and have it healed while I play, then I’ll play. If it’s the type of injury where it’ll get worse while I play, then I won’t.”
On Pau Gasol’s performance tonight:
“He put it together tonight… And we’ve seen glimpses of that this season. Hopefully he can keep it on.”
On when he’ll be ready to play again:
“If I can move and get to the basket, I’m good.”
Lakers’ Pau Gasol on tonight’s game:
“It was fun. I think it was a good challenge for us; the way we played tonight was beautiful to be out there. We played hard and got a nice win.”
On what this win means for the team:
“I think it’s got to be reassuring for the rest of the team and for the guys that don’t play that much that are now stepping up. We have to play out a different role without Kobe and Bynum out there.”
Lakers’ Lamar Odom on how the Lakers won tonight:
“We’re aware of how we need to play, especially being short handed. We did that tonight. Almost hurt ourselves in the first quarter turning the ball over and after that just limit their second shot opportunities, took advantage when we had one-on-one opportunities, ran the triangle and played good team defense.”
Lakers’ Ron Artest on if he’s satisfied with tonight’s win even without Kobe:
“No, that’s not satisfaction. I’d rather have him play… I’d still rather see Kobe take 45 shots.”
Lakers’ Shannon Brown on winning tonight despite not having Kobe or Bynum:
“We can go deep into our bench and everybody on our bench can produce, from 1 to 13 so that’s really not a problem. We insist in going out there to do what we need to do to win.”
On how the Lakers won tonight:
“We went out there and we played Laker basketball. We got the ball moving, side-to-side, played some defense, tried to limit their second chance points, tried to go out there and play tough.”
On the rumor that Kobe will be included in his dunk contest performance:
“Yes that’s accurate… It’s going to be a great time.”
Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich on tonight’s game:
“A disappointing loss. The Lakers were obviously a little short-handed and played mentally tougher than we did and physically tougher than we did and got a win. Don’t ask me why. ”
On the change of the game-plan since the Lakers were without Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum:
“That’s the game I despise to play. No coach likes to play against that.”
On if he has personally made a straight-forward stance to his team about their play this season:
“5 or 6 times. For some reason I’m not getting through to this group.”
On if he likes to see the offense go through Tim Duncan more:
“That has nothing to do with it. It’s about mental toughness and physical toughness and passion and the group jelling together and playing for each other and we’re not doing it.”
On if he likes to see Richard Jefferson contributing more:
“That would be a great thing.”
Spurs Tony Parker on tonight’s game:
“Tough game. They just outplayed us. They played more physical than us. We’re just not playing well right now.”
On the Lakers rallying together despite the absence of Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum:
“Every game is tough. When you have guys out, other guys are going to step up. It’s still the NBA players and it’s still going to be pretty good. Last year we won a lot of games and we had Tim and Manu out. We knew that. We knew they were going to come hard and going to play hard. Especially with Kobe out, you have other guys who are going to step up and that’s what they did tonight.”
On Gregg Popovich trying to get the most out of his team:
“He’s going to keep pushing us and either we’re going to do it, or we’re not. Simple as that.”
Spurs Richard Jefferson on his team not getting it done even when facing opponents that are depleted by injuries:
“On this trip already we played Portland without Brandon Roy and didn’t get it done. Coach said it best: ‘we’re playing soft.’ And that’s starting with me. I haven’t shot the ball well the last ten or so games.”
On where to place the blame for the Spurs’ struggles:
“When I’m shooting the ball like this, it makes it tough on everybody to get their job done. I’m not putting all the blame on me but you have to look at yourself first to make things better for the team.”
Lakers vs. Spurs Game Preview
By JEFF MEZYDLO
Posted Feb 07 2010 8:54PM
Back spasms forced Kobe Bryant to miss the fourth quarter of a loss at San Antonio last month. It's uncertain if his latest injury will keep him out entirely against the Spurs this time.
Bryant could miss his second straight game as the Los Angeles Lakers face the Spurs on Monday night at Staples Center.
Bothered by a sore left ankle he originally suffered at Philadelphia on Jan. 29, Bryant sat out Los Angeles' 99-82 win at Portland on Saturday. It was the first game the 12-time All-Star missed since March 7, 2007, because of a suspension.
Averaging 28.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists, Bryant was to be evaluated Sunday. It will likely be up to Bryant to determine if he's healthy enough to return as the Western Conference-leading Lakers (39-13) try for a fourth consecutive home victory over the Spurs.
"I would say he is day-to-day," coach Phil Jackson told the Lakers' official Web site. "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."
Bryant, who hasn't missed back-to-back contests since the sitting out the first two games of the 2006-07 season with a knee injury, is averaging 28.8 points in his last nine home games against San Antonio.
He scored 16 before leaving for good with back spasms in the third quarter of the Lakers' 105-85 loss at San Antonio on Jan. 12. The Spurs shot 57.3 percent overall and outscored Los Angeles' 30-22 in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers, though, proved it can win without Bryant. Ron Artest had 21 points and Lamar Odom matched a career high with 22 rebounds against Portland. Los Angeles held the Trail Blazers to 43.7 percent shooting and outrebounded them 47-30
"We reacted well,'' said forward Pau Gasol, who missed the January loss to San Antonio with a hamstring injury. "We played hard, we played well.''
The Lakers will try to avoid a second straight loss at Staples Center after having their eight-game home winning streak snapped in a 126-113 loss to Denver on Friday. Los Angeles, though, has held San Antonio to 92.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting while winning four of five at home over the Spurs.
The Spurs (29-20) won't have to travel for this contest after beating the Los Angeles Clippers 98-81 on Saturday at Staples to improve to 2-1 in a season-high eight-game road trip. George Hill had 22 points and Tony Parker added 14 with 14 assists in his second game back from missing three with a sprained left ankle.
In his second season, Hill has emerged of late, averaging 17.1 points on 50.8 percent shooting while starting the last 10 games.
"George Hill's just a fantastic basketball player,'' coach Gregg Popovich said of the club's 2008 first-round pick who averaged 5.7 points during his rookie season. "We're really thrilled with his progress in his shooting and his approach to the game.''
Tim Duncan had 25 points with 13 rebounds, Parker added 22 and Hill 13 last month against the Lakers. Duncan, though, has a combined 31 points in his last two road games versus Los Angeles.
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Kobe Bryant (sprained left ankle / avulsion fracture, right index finger) is questionable.
Andrew Bynum (bruised right hip) is doubtful.
SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers trail their season series with San Antonio 0-1 after taking last season’s series with the Spurs 2-1. The Lakers are 5-5 against the Spurs in their last 10 overall games. The Lakers, however, have won their last three straight home games against the Spurs, are 9-10 all-time against San Antonio at STAPLES Center and have gone 4-6 in their last 10 home games overall. In San Antonio, the Lakers are 3-7 in their last 10 meetings with the Spurs. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 16-19 against San Antonio in the regular season. In the postseason, Jackson is 15-7 against the Spurs, advancing to the next round in four of five series meetings. Jackson (10) and Popovich (4) are the only two active coaches to have won multiple NBA Championships In 46 career games including 41 starts against San Antonio, Bryant is averaging 24.6 points per game. Manu Ginobili played for Argentina in the 2008 Beijing Olympics but suffered a foot injury in their August 22 meeting with Kobe Bryant’s United States team that forced him to miss the first 12 games of the 2008-09 regular season with San Antonio. Bryant scored 12 points as the U.S. defeated defending champion Argentina 101-81 to advance to the gold medal game while Ginobili played just six minutes due to injury. Additionally, Luke Walton and Spurs forward Richard Jefferson were roommates at the University of Arizon while playing three years together for the Wildcats.
ODOM RECORDS 3,000th ASSIST; BECOMES 8th FASTEST PLAYER IN NBA HISTORY TO REACH 6,000 REBOUNDS & 3,000 ASSISTS
In the Lakers 99-82 victory over the Trail Blazers on February 6, Lamar Odom recorded his 3,000th career assist. With 3,001 assists and 6,372 rebounds after 717 career games, Lamar Odom became 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 joins 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 (535) 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 (1,080) 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.
On February 6th at Portland, Kobe Bryant missed his first game since March 7, 2007, snapping a streak of 235 consecutive games played. Bryant’s streak ranked 5th among active players prior to his absence. In that contest, however, both Derek Fisher and Portland’s Andre Miller extended their consecutive games played streaks. Fisher’s 383 consecutive games played ranks second among all active NBA players to Miller’s 583. Philadelphia’s Samuel Dalembert ranks third among active players with 322 consecutive games played. 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 was the second of a back-to-back set with Denver and Portland. This season, the Lakers are 9-5 in the first game and 10-4 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 (3,009-1,854) recorded 457 wins over twelve seasons as the Minneapolis Lakers and have now posted 2,552 wins since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season.