Lakers Gameday | 03/04/10 | Heat

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7 Three-pointers hit by Miami’s Quentin Richardson, all in the first three quarters, for 21 of his 25 points, including the dagger that put the Heat up 99-97 with 11.1 to play. Chauncey Billups’ nine threes on Feb. 5 was the most against L.A. this season.

10 Missed free throws by the Lakers (15-of-25), while Miami made 21-of-25.

14 Points for Derek Fisher in one of his better games of late, including a late three-pointer that keyed L.A.’s late comeback.

18 Of Kobe Bryant’s 39 points that came in the fourth quarter and overtime.

22 Combined points from Andrew Bynum (12) and Pau Gasol (10), a number which will rarely get it done for the Lakers.


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Wade gets 27, Heat hold off Lakers in OT, 114-111

By TIM REYNOLDS

Posted Mar 04 2010 11:22PM

MIAMI(AP) Dwyane Wade had 27 points and 14 assists, Quentin Richardson scored a season-high 25 and the Miami Heat found a way to overcome a huge effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-111 in overtime Thursday night.

Carlos Arroyo scored 17 points, Jermaine O'Neal scored 13 and Udonis Haslem had 12 for Miami, which won the NBA's most wildly back-and-forth game all season - with a season-high 31 lead changes.

Bryant scored 39 points, including the overtime-forcing jumper for the Lakers, who got 14 points from Derek Fisher and 13 points from Lamar Odom.

It still wasn't enough, as the Heat was 4 for 4 from the field and 7 for 8 from the foul line in overtime.

O'Neal had the defensive play of the night with 18.7 seconds left in overtime, drawing his team-leading 19th charge of the season - on Bryant, no less, who drove the left side of the lane looking to tie the game.

Instead, Arroyo made two free throws 0.3 seconds later, and Miami held on.

Haslem finished with 11 rebounds for the Heat. Andrew Bynum scored 12 points for the Lakers, who got 10 apiece from Ron Artest and Pau Gasol.

Miami led by nine with 9 minutes remaining in regulation, and still held a 92-84 edge when Wade hit a 3-pointer with 3:40 remaining. The defending champion Lakers weren't bothered by it.

They answered with a 9-2 run, capped by Fisher's 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:56 left in regulation, and from there turned almost exclusively to Bryant. He made two free throws in the final minute to give Los Angeles a 97-96 lead, and after Richardson put Miami up 99-97 with his seventh 3-pointer of the night with 11.1 seconds remaining, the stage was Bryant's.

Naturally, he delivered, just as he did with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Miami at Staples Center earlier this season.

He drove right on Wade, pulled up and coolly made a jumper with 3.3 seconds left. And when Wade couldn't get a good look at the buzzer, to overtime it went, knotted at 99.

It was tied five more times in the extra session, and Haslem's jumper with 37.3 seconds left put Miami up 111-109.

From there, Miami found a way.

Back at .500 now at 31-31, the Heat moved 1 1/2 games clear of Charlotte in the race for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race and within 1 1/2 games of Toronto for the No. 5 spot. Plus, they beat the Lakers at home for the sixth time in the last eight meetings in Miami.

Win or lose, Miami was going to stay in the No. 8 seed after Thursday. But clearly, this one meant a little something extra to the Heat, who hadn't won back-to-back games at home since mid-January.

Neither team had more than a four-point lead at any point in the opening half, until the Heat went on a bit of a run late in the third.

Down 63-61 after Bryant hit a long 3-pointer from the left wing with 5:16 remaining in the period, Miami peeled off the next nine points, the last three coming from an unlikely source. Richardson hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Miami a four-point lead, and Jamaal Magloire - who had a total of two points in the last four weeks - scored the final three, pushing the edge to 70-63.

NOTES: With the Lakers in town and a marquee matchup like Wade vs. Bryant, the seats were predictably filled by some star power, including Jason Taylor, Albert Pujols, Timbaland, Scottie Pippen, Bryant McKinnie and Will Allen. ... The game began a stretch where the Lakers will play 11 of 14 on the road. ... Retired Heat trainer Ron Culp was back for the game. ... Richardson's 11 points in the third quarter eclipsed his total from 36 full games this season.

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Head Coach Phil Jackson On the Game:

“Penetration cost us the game.  A lot of things happened from it.  They got three-point shots and alley-oops.”

“Kobe [Bryant] carried us for a couple of minutes.  There was a time when we went away from him when he was hot, but that was the guard’s decision.”

On the Miami Heat’s zone defense:

“You get shots out of a zone.  It is who is getting them and how.  We just weren’t thinking our way through it.  Then we got settled in and did okay after that.  But there was a period of about four minutes where I was upset with the way we were executing.”

On the comeback attempt:

“In the overtime we had our chances.  Jordan [Farmar] missed an easy shot and Pau [Gasol] had that rebound that he couldn’t put back up.  They were able to capitalize in the end result.”

“The bench unit got themselves settled in.  We called an early timeout and went through some things that they weren’t doing.  They made some shots that got us into the game.”

On Kobe Bryant’s minutes:

“We just have to forfeit a shooter on tomorrow.  We’ll give it an effort and do the best we can.”








Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant On the game:

“We weren’t able to get stops on them.  We just traded baskets with them.  We did not execute well enough defensively.  They (HEAT) made big plays. 

On Dwyane Wade’s Performance:

“He is a fantastic player.  He got in the paint and made plays for others.  He (Dwyane Wade) literally had to make every play.” 

On Quentin Richardson’s Performance:

“He played phenomenal.  Some of the three’s he hit, I was literally in his face and he just knocked them down.”










Lakers Guard Jordan Farmar On the game:

“They (HEAT) were the aggressors all night.”







Lakers Center Andrew Bynum On the game:

“Defensively we gave up 30 points (in one quarter) and we cannot allow that.  Turnovers killed us down the stretch.”






Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra On the game:

“Obviously that was a solid win.  There were two things that I talked about with the team.  One, it doesn’t matter who or how, it’s just about staying in this fight right now.  Second, is to attack these games with a fearlessness and not to worry or concern ourselves with consequences or any of the other storylines.  Just to go after this.  This is a great opportunity for this group in that locker room in a playoff hunt.  There’s no better time for a professional athlete.  It’s compelling and it will be a dogfight all the way down to the end.  I thought our aggressiveness and attack mode was clearly better tonight.”

On whether this win can elevate the team:

“We’ll see. … Maybe we’re due for a change.”

“What separates us and makes us dangerous with the record that we have is that we have big moments, big player type guys that love to step up to a big challenge like this and aren’t afraid of the moment.”

On Jermaine O’Neal’s defense:

“He backed it up.  He said he was going to be there to take the hit and he took a big defensive charge there.”

On the ball movement in the second half:

“The ball movement is something that we’ve been stressing and that’s part of working together.  We’re better when the ball moves and finds the open shooter.”

“That is in our formula for success.  If we see an open guy, the karma, the basketball Gods, you have to throw it to him.”

On Carlos Arroyo’s performance:

“It was obviously a tough performance on his part.  He is another one of the guys that loves the big moment and the big shots.”

“He did a good job of balancing what we’ve been talking about all year.  Getting us into our offense and making our other players better, but also knowing when to keep the defense honest and take his opportunities.”

On Michael Beasley’s play

“I think Michael’s mindset tonight, going into the game, was to come out with great energy and let everything else come into play.”







Heat Guard Dwyane Wade On the game:

“There were a lot of times where we could have quit, where it looked like they were going to run away with the game, but we kept fighting.  We found a way, especially in overtime, to get a win.  This is one of our best team efforts of the year.”

“Everyone did their job tonight.  Kobe [Bryant] was hitting some unbelievable shots but none of us got down.  We kept playing and came out with the win.”

“Sitting at halftime I knew that they were going to come at me a little harder in the second half.  I wanted to find my teammates and guys hit some unbelievable shots.  Q-Rich [Quentin Richardson] was huge tonight.  U.D. [Udonis Haslem] was big for us as always.  They just made me look good.  I appreciate those guys for making me look better.”

“When I had the ball and gave it up to Q [Quentin Richardson] to hit that three, that shows my teammates that I’m about winning and I’m not about ‘I need to hit this shot because Kobe just hit a shot.’  To me it’s not about that.  It’s about making sure that we all are confident and we all are good.”






Heat Forward Quentin Richardson On the game:

“It’s just good that we won because we’ve been struggling a bit at home this season so for us to beat the Lakers at home is good.”

“Hopefully this could be momentum for us to build on.  This is definitely a good win for us in front of our fans to get them behind us a little bit.”

“Carlos (Arroyo) played well. He made some big free throws down at the end.  He just handled the pressure really well especially with the officials all over him and he just held his own.”

“Right now it’s just one game that we’ve won but I think for our confidence and everything we need going ahead, it just lets us know we can pretty much beat anyone.  That’s the best team in the league right now.  We just need to protect our home court like that.”

On Wade’s assisting:

“He’s out there making everyone better.  Each time he drives to the basket he knows he is going to create a crowd around him and that’s when he’s getting his team better because he’s getting them open shots.  That’s just what superstars do, they make their team better and he’s doing a great job of it.”



Lakers vs. Heat Game Preview

By BRETT HUSTON, STATS Writer

The Los Angeles Lakers are the reigning NBA champions and are a prime contender to repeat, while the Miami Heat are on their way to a second straight season hovering around .500.

Together on the court, though, they’ve been evenly matched.

A Kobe Bryant buzzer-beater lifted Los Angeles past the Heat in the series’ latest tight game, and the Lakers would love to see the reigning finals MVP shake out of his recent shooting slump Thursday night to open a three-game road trip in Miami.

Dwyane Wade and the Heat (30-31) didn’t make it past the first round of the 2009 playoffs, and with a one-game cushion for the Eastern Conference’s eighth spot, they’re again fighting to make the postseason.

They’ve held up well against the Lakers (46-15) since the beginning of last season, however. Miami beat visiting Los Angeles 89-87 on Dec. 19, 2008, behind 35 from Wade, then stayed close throughout in a 108-105 loss at Staples Center on Jan. 11, 2009.

The Heat seemed to have a win within reach in L.A. this season, leading 107-105 on Dec. 4 with 3.2 seconds left. But Bryant banked in a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, the last of his 33 points, to lift the Lakers to a 108-107 victory.

“It was the luckiest shot I’ve ever taken, by far,” said Bryant, who has since hit four more game-winning shots with five seconds or fewer on the clock. “It felt good, (but) I just couldn’t believe this ball might go in on this shot.”

Bryant made 12 of 25 shots that night, but he’s been struggling with his shooting touch since coming back from a sore left ankle. Still playing through an injured right index finger, Bryant has shot 34.3 percent over Los Angeles’ last three contests.

That hasn’t stopped him from helping his team win. Bryant had eight assists in a victory over Philadelphia on Friday, contributed 12 more to offset a 3-for-17 shooting effort in a Sunday win against Denver, and made 14 of 15 free throws Tuesday in a 122-99 win over Indiana.

“I have not seen this before,” coach Phil Jackson said of Bryant’s recent struggles. “I think the combination of his finger and now coming back after being out and finding a release a point is just one of those things shooters do go through.”

Bryant’s recent shooting woes have paled in comparison to the season-long troubles of Derek Fisher, who’s shooting just 37.8 percent from the field.

That’s opened up more time recently for Jordan Farmar, who had 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting Tuesday. The Lakers are 17-1 when Farmar scores in double figures.

Farmar has averaged 14.7 points and shot 65.4 percent in his last three games against the Heat.

Miami had lost four straight heading into Tuesday’s meeting with Golden State, but Wade delivered one of his finest performances of the season. He scored 35 points on 15-of-23 shooting to go along with 12 assists and four steals in a 110-106 win.

Though the Heat are just a game up on Charlotte for the No. 8 seed, they’re only two behind Toronto for No. 5.

“We’re going to take wins any way we can,” Wade said. “We only have 21 games left. Any win right now is a very big win, especially in this race.”

To win Thursday, Miami will likely need Michael Beasley to neutralize Lamar Odom, who’s averaged 13.5 points and 10.8 rebounds in his last 10 games.

Beasley hasn’t been playing nearly that well. The Heat’s second-leading scorer (15.4 ppg), Beasley has averaged 10.4 points on 31.1 percent shooting in his last five contests.







 

Lakers
Shannon Brown
(sprained right thumb) is probable.
Kobe Bryant
(avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Sasha Vujacic
(sprained right shoulder) is out.
Luke Walton
(pinched nerve, back) is out indefinitely.

Mavs

None













SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers lead their season series with Miami 1-0 after defeating the Heat earlier this season (12/4/09) on a Kobe Bryant one-foot, running, bank-shot three from the top, left side of the arc as the buzzer sounded by Kobe Bryant. The Lakers will be looking for their second sweep of the Heat in the last three years, having taken the 2007-08 series 2-0 and splitting last season’s series 1-1. This will be the 44th meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers holding a 29-14 all-time lead. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 meetings with the Heat but have won 5-of-their-last-6 overall. In Miami, the Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 games against the Heat after Kobe Bryant’s jumper to tie the game rattled in and out at the buzzer in their last trip to AmericaAirlines Arena (12/19/08). In Los Angeles, the Lakers have gone 7-1 in their last eight home games against Miami and are 8-3 all-time against the Heat at STAPLES Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, Los Angeles is 13-6 versus Miami. Lakers forward Lamar Odom played one season for the Heat, averaging 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 80 games. Following that season, Odom was acquired from the Heat by the Lakers along with Caron Butler, Brian Grant and a future first round draft pick in exchange for Shaquille O’Neal. In 24 games including 20 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.3 points against Miami and holds the high individual game for the series with 42 points on Christmas Day against the Heat in 2004. Heat guard Dwyane Wade played alongside Kobe Bryant on the gold medal winning US Men’s Olympic Basketball Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Heat guard/forward Quentin Richardson played three seasons alongside Lakers forward Lamar Odom with the Los Angeles Clippers from 2000-03 while Lakers forward Ron Artest played from 2002-06 with Heat center Jermaine O’Neal in Indiana. Heat guard/forward Yakhouba Diawara, a native of Paris, France, played locally at Pepperdine University from 2003-05.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR EVERYONE
In the Lakers 95-89 victory February 28th vs. Denver, Lamar Odom (20 points, 12 rebounds), Pau Gasol (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Kobe Bryant (14 points, 12 assists) all posted double-doubles, marking the 5th time this season that three Lakers have recorded double-doubles in the same game (12/19 at NJ: Bryant, Gasol, Odom; 12/29 vs. GS: Bryant, Gasol, Odom; 1/13 at DAL: Bynum, Odom, Artest; 1/27 at IND: Bynum, 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).

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 (25,355) 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 (25,355) 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 6,251 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).

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 (823 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 (1,004), 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).

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 six games (1/5/10 - 1/13/10) with a strained left hamstring. In 44 games with Pau in the lineup this season, the Lakers are 35-9 while defeating teams by an average of 8.7 points per game (384). Additionally, in games which Gasol has played, all five starters have scored in double-figures eight times and five-plus Lakers have posted double- figures 25 times. In the 17 games this season without him in the lineup, only three times have five players scored in double-figures. In games played without Gasol since he joined the Lakers, Los Angeles is 18-10 overall (6-4 in 2007-08, 1-0 in 2008-09 and 11-6 in 2009-10). With Gasol in the lineup, the Lakers are 121-31 (.796) in the regular season since he joined the team in February of 2008 (22-5 in 2007-08, 64-17 in 2008-09 and 35-9 in 2009-10) and 30-14 (.682) in the playoffs.

IRON MEN
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 current total of 392 consecutive games played ranks second among all active NBA players to Miller’s 590. 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.