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Gasol, Bynum help Lakers beat 76ers 99-90
Posted Feb 27 2010 1:02AM
LOS ANGELES(AP) Pau Gasol had 23 points and 11 assists, Kobe Bryant added 19 points and eight assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers held the Philadelphia 76ers to one field goal over the final 3:40 of a 99-90 victory Friday night.
Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for publicly criticizing the officiating following Wednesday's 101-96 loss at Dallas, finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Samuel Dalembert had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, and Andre Iguodala chipped in with 13 points and 10 assists. The only other time this season that a 76ers player had double digits in assists was on Nov. 13, when Iguodala had 10 against Utah in a 112-90 home loss.
The 76ers were trying for consecutive road victories over the Lakers for the first time since 1983-84 after Iguodala's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave them a 94-93 victory on March 17, 2009.
Bryant, who made just nine of 23 shots against Dallas after hitting a game-winning 3-pointer at Memphis the previous night in his return to the lineup from a sprained left ankle, attempted only two shots over the first 20 minutes against the 76ers and finished 7 for 16 from the field.
In a game that had 23 lead changes, seven ties and just 13 fouls called through the first three quarters, neither club led by more than six points until Jordan Farmar hit a 19-footer with 6:52 remaining to give the Lakers an 85-78 lead. The 76ers got as close as two points twice.
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Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on tonight’s game:
“I thought we would get ourselves locked up in a game that we played similar to the Sixers last year when we just kept trading baskets. They were able to get a last-second shot and win the game. Tonight we were able to get a couple shots, and to make a couple plays, and put some distance between ourselves. But we weren’t proud of our defense. We weren’t exactly happy with our offense. I would like to play inspired basketball. It was more like a cursory job getting that out there.”
On what didn’t go well for the Lakers tonight:
“(Lakers) Didn’t get real motivated and centered, what they had to do with this team to slow them down. Dalembert gets 24 points, which is most likely his season-high, so forth and so on.”
On the defense tonight:
“It’s a 5 men defensive work. Andrew tried to help, but Dalembert is getting rebounds, easy passes or missed shots. It wasn’t any particular person involved there.”
On the difference between the first and the second halves:
“I really don’t think that much changed. We shot the ball a little bit better in the first half. Then we shot in the second half and ended up winning. This game was not won on any particular action. I think Lamar finally got it going. We got some baskets that we thought were miss-match opportunities. Kobe played a rather lack-luster game. He made some plays down the stretch that are typical.”
On Kobe Bryant:
“I think he’s still searching to find the rhythm in his shot and the rhythm in the game.”
On Gasol and Bynum:
“They were alright. Just Dalembert getting 24 points. Defensively, alertness, quickness. But offensively, I think they played well. Both players contributed tonight”
Lakers’ Guard Kobe Bryant on what the Lakers did better in the second half:
“We just started protecting the basket a lot better, I think. The times that they turned us over, they converted them into easy scores. In the second half, I think we did a much better job.”
On whether he was being bothered by his injury, or if he simply didn’t need to carry the team tonight:
“I was good. I felt fine. If they needed me to go off, I could have. My ankle feels 100%. I feel strong. I feel solid. We had so many mismatches inside with Pau, Andrew and Lamar in the fourth.”
On the keys to Sunday’s game against the Nuggets:
“Rebounding. Defending. Not turning the ball over. That’s a big key for us. We can keep them in a half court game, stop them from getting those transition threes. Keep Carmelo off the free throw line. We should be okay.”
Lakers’ Center Andrew Bynum on finding ways to focus on individual games at this point of the season when many people are looking ahead to the playoffs:
“We need to go out and try to hold teams under 90. Something we can look forward to doing on a night-to-night basis.”
On the importance of Sunday’s game vs. Denver:
“That’s a game we have to win because obviously they’re trying to show dominance over us. Last year’s series we won on a couple tips, a couple this, a couple that. I think they know that. They’re really trying to come out and be aggressive with us at the beginning of the game.”
Lakers’ Forward Pau Gasol on the importance of each game:
“They do matter. I think we should focus on what we can do better as a team, as a unit, to be in a better position when we get to the playoffs and not as far as standings only, but as far as the level of playing and how we feel about what we are doing here.”
On what the Lakers have to do to improve their play:
“Everybody is more willing to do the little things. We are all great quality players and we are talented but we have to do the little things.”
76er’s Coach Eddie Jordan on tonight’s game:
“Well I thought we fought a valiant battle and our guys did a great job with their effort and enthusiasm. I love that leadership from Andre (Iguodala) and we just couldn’t make a shot when we had to. We had open looks and we gotta make a couple of those shots. It’s a different ball game.”
On making stops in this game:
“Yea we got some crucial stops. We had to double team Lamar Odom. They actually had him against Thad (Thaddeus Young) and Thad did a good job. But they kept going and they got a couple things loose in the paint. So we started double teaming and got some stops. Again, we got some open looks, some jump shots, just what we wanted. Sammy (Samuel Dalembert) was great all night. We just couldn’t make a shot and you got to make a shot, or two.”
On making shots:
“You know, you just got to knock them down, that’s all. You got to put ice water through your veins and you just got to knock them down. That’s what the good ones do.”
On whether they could’ve beat the Lakers tonight :
“We played well enough and if we had made a couple [more] shots, yes. It wouldn’t have been a surprise to us. It would’ve been a great effort by us and we fought well enough to put ourselves in the position to win.”
76er’s Jrue Holiday on what the Sixers could have done differently tonight:
“We probably shot too many outside jump shots; we should have been tackling like they were.”
76er’s Andre Iguodala on tonight’s game:
“We did a good job defensively talking. We played a pretty good game, it just wasn’t enough.”
On their chances of winning:
“We feel like we can win against everybody. They’re [Lakers] team is known for being a great team and we are going to have to take a chance and sneak up on them and we almost did that tonight. They just found a way to get a win.”
On what the Sixers could have done differently tonight:
“We needed to all get on the same page and keep the pace of the game in our favor. We needed to take control over a lot of situations. We could have talked to the guys and kept them right where they should be. But we just didn’t get a win.”
76er’s Lou Williams on preparing for tonight’s game:
“We just watched a lot of film and practiced the triangle so we were prepared and knew what we were coming up against. They are a very capable team at winning basketball games so we just put our hard hats on and tried to play as hard as we could.”
On Lakers’ toughest competitor:
“Pau Gasol had a great game on us and Andrew Bynum. They both did great jobs at keeping the ball alive and getting offensive rebounds.”
On Lakers’ defense:
“They did a good job of getting back on defense and not letting us get the fast break. Any time you want to be successful against us, you have to do that.”
Lakers vs. 76ers Game Preview
By MATT BEARDMORE
Posted Feb 25 2010 1:38PM
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson felt Kobe Bryant might have been tired after playing in back-to-back games this week. A day off and a return home could help rejuvenate the superstar guard.
Playing his first game at Staples Center in three weeks, Bryant will try to help the Lakers avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time in two seasons Friday night when they face the Philadelphia 76ers, who beat them in Los Angeles last season.
After missing the previous five games with a sprained left ankle, Bryant returned Tuesday and hit the winning 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left in a 99-98 victory at Memphis. He finished with 32 points.
On Wednesday, though, Bryant missed 14 of 23 shots and scored 20 points in a 101-96 defeat at Dallas. He missed a potential tying 3 with 25 seconds remaining and shot 2 of 6 in the final period.
"I thought he got other guys involved,'' said Jackson, whose team owns a Western Conference-best 26-5 home record. "He was probably a little fatigued and tried to help the other guys get going.''
Bryant has not played at home since a 126-113 victory over Denver on Feb. 5. Los Angeles (43-15) lost its most recent contest at Staples 87-86 to Boston last Thursday in falling to 4-1 without Bryant.
The Lakers have not dropped two in a row at home since a three-game slide from March 23-28, 2008.
After winning its previous three home matchups with Philadelphia (22-35) by an average of 22.3 points, Los Angeles fell 94-93 to the 76ers on March 17. Andre Iguodala hit the winning 3-pointer as time expired to cap a comeback from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and snap the Lakers' seven-game home win streak.
Iguodala leads the 76ers with 17.3 points per game and averaged 21.3 in his last four. He had eight points in a 99-91 loss to the Lakers on Jan. 29.
Allen Iverson led Philadelphia with a season-high 23 points in that matchup to counter Bryant's 24, but the 76ers guard will miss his third straight game Friday to be with his ailing 4-year-old daughter.
While the Lakers won't have to worry about slowing down Iverson, they may have to do a better job on the boards. Los Angeles is among the league leaders with 44.7 rebounds per game, but had five fewer rebounds than its opponent in each of the last two games.
The Lakers outrebounded teams by an average of 9.5 in six games from Feb. 5-18.
"We definitely just got to get better," forward Ron Artest said Wednesday after grabbing four rebounds. "There's no pointing a finger at any calls or anything like that - (rebounding is) where you could have control."
Forward Pau Gasol had 19 points and 10 boards Jan. 29, and led Los Angeles with 25 points in the 76ers' last road game against the Lakers. He has averaged 25.6 points and 11.4 rebounds in his last five games versus the 76ers.
Los Angeles has taken six of the last eight meetings.
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Kobe Bryant (strained tendon, left ankle / avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Andrew Bynum (bruised right hip) is probable .
Sasha Vujacic (sprained right shoulder) is out.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is out indefinitely.
Willie Green (Left Shoulder Injury) is a game-time decision.
Francisco Elson (Hernia Surgery) is out.
Allen Iverson (Personal Reasons) is out.
Jason Smith (Right Ankle Sprain) is out.
SEASON & SERIES
The Lakers lead their season series with Philadelphia 1-0 after splitting last season’s series with 76ers 1-1. This will be the 264th meeting between the two franchises dating back to 1950 (182nd in the Los Angeles era) and the 156th since the Sixers moved to Philadelphia prior to the 1963-64 season. The Lakers are 8-2 all-time against the 76ers at STAPLES Center. In the 76ers last visit to Los Angeles 3/17/09, Andre Iguodala connected on a three pointer at the buzzer to give Philadelphia a 94- 93 victory over the Lakers. In Philadelphia, the Lakers have won three straight but are just 3-7 in their last 10 games in the city of brotherly love. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 11-7 versus Philadelphia (8-1 at home, 3-6 on the road). Kobe Bryant has played 25 games (21 starts) against his hometown Sixers, averaging 22.9 points per game. In January of 2006 against Philadelphia, Bryant established a new franchise record for three-point field goals without a miss, connecting on all seven of his attempts (10th time in NBA history with a minimum of seven attempts). He finished the game with 48 points, one shy of Jerry West’s Lakers series record of 49 points established in February of 1968. Additionally, Bryant earned the first of his two MVP honors at the 2002 All-Star Game held in Philadelphia. Pau Gasol is the only other Laker averaging 20-plus points against the Sixers for his career, posting a 22.0 average over 15 games with a high of 34 points. Also, Sixers guard Andre Iguodala played two seasons at the University of Arizona and was a freshman during Luke Walton’s final season as a Wildcat in 2002-03. Lamar Odom, Ron Artest and Elton Brand all played together as teenagers in the famed AAU program at Riverside Church in New York.
BRYANT MOVES TO 13th ON NBA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Kobe Bryant, who earlier this season 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, passed Reggie Miller (25,279) for 13th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with his first field goal of the night 2/24 at Dallas. Next on the all-time list ahead Bryant (25,298) are Alex English (12th/25,613), John Havlicek (11th/26,395) and Dominique Wilkins (10th/26,668).
Bryant passed West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West’s retired number). 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.
BRYANT NOW 5th 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. On February 24 at Dallas, Bryant (25,298) moved past Reggie Miller (25,279) for 5th on this list. To date, only four players in league history have scored more points for a single franchise than Bryant.
FISHER REACHES 9,000-POINT CAREER MILESTONE
After a pair of free throws in the opening quarter, Derek Fisher’s first field goal of the game with 1:31 remaining in the first half pushed him past 9,000 points for his career 2/23 at Memphis. With the Lakers, Fisher has scored 6,227 career points, moving past Wilt Chamberlain (5,985) and Happy Hairston (5,993) this season and into 17th place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. Next on the Lakers all-time scoring list are Elden Campbell (16th/6,408) and Vlade Divac (15th/6,531).
FISHER / BRYANT BOTH PLAY IN 1,000th CAREER GAME
In the Lakers 96-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on February 10, Derek Fisher played in his 1,000th career regular season game. Of his first 1,000 career games, 816 came in a Lakers uniform. Fisher currently ranks 9th (820 games) in franchise history for games played behind Byron Scott (8th/846). Bryant, who played 999 career games before having to miss the next five due to a sprained left ankle, played in his 1,000th career regular season contest 2/23 @ Memphis, posting 32 points (13-19 FG), seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks while connecting on the game-winning three-pointer with 4.3 seconds remaining. Bryant (1,001), who entered the season ranked 2nd on the Lakers all-time games played list, is just the 2nd Laker in franchise history to reach the 1,000-game milestone, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,093) in that exclusive club. In terms of playoff games, Bryant (175 games) currently ranks 3rd in franchise history behind Abdul Jabbar (180) and Earvin “Magic” Johnson (190) while Fisher (160) ranks 5th in franchise history behind Michael Cooper (168).
This season, the Lakers are 10-5 in the first game and 10-5 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.
GASOL’S HISTORIC LINE
In the Lakers 101-89 victory over the Spurs on February 8, Pau Gasol recorded game-highs in points (21), rebounds (19), assists (8) and blocks (5). Since the NBA began tracking blocked shots prior to the 1973-74 season, only six other times in NBA history has a player recorded 21+ points, 19+ rebounds, 8+ assists and 5+ blocks in a single game. Gasol, who accomplished that feat for the 7th time in league history, became 6th player ever to do so and the first since Shaquille O’Neal in January of 2000.