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Lakers beat Warriors 9th straight time, 124-121
By JOSH DUBOW
Posted Mar 16 2010 1:23AM
OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Pau Gasol added 26 to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their ninth straight victory over the Golden State Warriors, 124-121 on Monday night.
Andrew Bynum added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 17 points and 12 boards for the Lakers, who have won three straight following their first three-game losing streak in more than two years.
The Lakers led by 11 late in the fourth quarter but barely held on for the victory. It wasn't sealed until Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis missed 3-pointers in the final seconds. Ellis' last-ditch attempt bounced on the rim three times before falling aside at the buzzer.
Curry scored 29 points for the Warriors, who have lost seven of eight. Coach Don Nelson remained six wins shy of breaking Lenny Wilkens' record mark of 1,337. The Warriors have only 16 games remaining this season, meaning Nelson's quest for the record might be pushed into next season if he is brought back as coach.
The Lakers took advantage of their decided height advantage with two 7-footers in the starting lineup against a Warriors team whose only true post player is former NBA Development League player Chris Hunter. Los Angeles outrebounded Golden State 56-25 but struggled to put the quicker Warriors away because of sloppy play with the ball.
The Lakers committed 24 turnovers, including a season-high nine by Bryant, while Golden State only turned the ball over five times.
But with the Lakers dominating the glass and Ellis missing 18 of 23 shots, the Lakers were able to extend their winning streak against their in-state rivals.
It was the fourth sellout of the season for the Warriors, but many of the season-high 20,038 fans were there to cheer on the Lakers instead of the home team. Positive plays by Los Angeles were often greeted with louder applause than those by the Warriors and some fans started an ``M-V-P!'' chant for Bryant.
The Lakers fell behind 72-63 early in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Curry. But they answered with a 16-2 run that gave them a 79-74 lead and they never gave it up the rest of the way.
Curry's 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter got the deficit back down to one, but Bynum responded with a three-point play following an offensive rebound. Bryant's three-point play extended the lead to 111-103 with just under 5 minutes left.
The Warriors got the lead back down to two on a jumper by Ellis with about 20 seconds left, but Shannon Brown hit two free throws with 13 seconds to go to build the lead back to 123-119. After another basket by Ellis, Bryant made one of two free throws with 8.6 seconds left for the final margin.
Hunter scored a career-high 22 points and Corey Maggette added 18. Ellis was held to 13 in one of the worst shooting games of his career.
Los Angeles led 39-32 after a first quarter that was filled with statistical oddities. The Lakers made six straight shots to open the game, then missed six in a row before making eight in row. The Warriors, meanwhile, got little production from their high-scoring backcourt of Curry and Ellis, who shot just 1 for 10 in the period. But the frontcourt players made all 11 shots they took, including three 3-pointers from Anthony Tolliver.
C.J. Watson and Hunter then combined for all the points in an 11-2 run to end the half for Golden State and give the Warriors a 65-59 lead at the break.
NOTES: Bryant had his most turnovers since a career-high 11 at Detroit on Jan. 31, 2008. ... Among those in attendance were NFL greats Ronnie Lott and Jim Plunkett, and Oakland Raiders players Nnamdi Asomugha, Thomas Howard and Mario Henderson.
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Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson
(On what the team’s performance in the win)
“Obviously, you’re happy with the victory, but you’re forewarned about not taking care of the ball and a couple of things happened. We played a little bit of a zone defense, we ended up taking three points shots and not going inside.”
(On what they did differently in the second half)
“We got the ball inside. [C] Pau [Gasol] was terrific in the third quarter. We got some things done on the defensive end. We got control of the game again.”
(On out rebounding the Warriors and still having the score so close)
“You’re going to have that kind of a game when you play the Warriors. They use their speed and quickness. Did you see the turnovers? That helped in their favor so that helped them get a hundred shots. [G] Kobe [Bryant] had a hard time control the ball. [C] Andrew [Bynum], every time the ball got below his waist he lost the ball tonight. It was really difficult for us.”
Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant
“A win is a win. We let them get back into the game, but at the end of the day, we still won. The only issue I am having is with my own turnovers. I turned the ball over to many times. It’s not due to my finger or anything like that, I just turned the ball over. We knew we would have to come in here and run with them (Warriors) and that’s what we put in our mind at the beginning of the game. We have to go to Sacramento and play tomorrow and I’m expecting the same atmosphere there as we had here tonight. This is one of my favorite places to play in the League. We have a little bit of a following here, so that’s always good.”
(On Stephen Curry)
“He is playing a lot better. He didn’t play too well against us in the previous games, but he is starting to get his feel of the NBA game. He is continuing to get better. He and Tyreke Evans are going to go down to the wire for rookie of the year. He had a great game tonight.”
Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson
“We did everything a small team needs to do to win a game tonight except get to the foul line. We didn’t do a good job there; it wasn’t because we didn’t have a desire to it. The free throw discrepancy was an immense. We didn’t expect to win the rebound game but when you get out rebounded by that many it’s very difficult to win no matter how well you play. Monta (Ellis) had a nightmare offensively but was he good defensively on Kobe (Bryant) all night. Too bad he couldn’t get some shots to go.”
Warriors Guard Monta Ellis
“It just wasn’t my night tonight. Nothing was going down, nothing at all. I liked the game, I like how we played, shared the ball gave ourselves a chance to win the game, tie the game. We left it all out on the court tonight. I thought we played well.”
There were three seconds left and I didn’t see anyone else so I just launched the ball. At first I thought it was short, but when it hit the rim it and the hit the backboard I was like ‘okay it’s going to go’ but then it went to the left and I was like ‘son of a gun’. But hey it was a great game to me. I liked everything about it, and we played excellent. I think that was our best game this season.”
Warriors Center Chris Hunter
On A Career High 22 Points:
“Just wanted to come and give a good effort and I got a couple of pick and rolls and got a couple of dunks early and got me in the flow and I shot it pretty good tonight.”
On the Rebounding:
“It’s a tough situation; we got 6’7, 6’8 guys going up against 7’1 guys so it’s going to be tough. We give them situations where I go up and help on a shot and leave the big guy and he’s on the glass getting offensive rebounds. It’s something we got to work at, and try and dig those 50/50 balls out and we should be better since we’re little we have to be quicker to those balls.”
On Monta Ellis’ Shot
“I knew it was going in, when it took that second bounce and bounced up it looked like the invisible man tipped it out of the way at the last second but it was a good effort and we got two good looks down the stretch to tie it up but it didn’t fall.”
Lakers vs. Warriors Game Preview
By MATT BECKER
Posted Mar 14 2010 4:35PM
After enduring a rare losing streak, the Los Angeles Lakers believe a road win over a Pacific Division rival is just what they needed to regain their confidence.
The Western Conference-leading Lakers look to build on that victory and continue their dominance over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night at Oracle Arena.
Los Angeles (48-18) has looked poised to repeat as the NBA champion for much of the season before a three-game skid earlier this month - its first in more than two years - seemed to knock the team off course. The Lakers snapped the losing streak with an uninspiring two-point win over slumping Toronto on Tuesday, but were still in need of a more impressive victory to reclaim their swagger.
Los Angeles got just that with Friday's 102-96 win at Phoenix, which entered with one of the league's best home records at 24-8. All five Lakers starters scored at least 15 and the team withstood a late rally to end a four-game road slide.
"At some point we have to step it up," Pau Gasol said. "I think it was a perfect opportunity for us to step it up and play a good game and have a nice win and get ourselves going, because we have been kind of struggling for the most part, especially on the road."
Kobe Bryant was slowed by an injured hand but still finished with team highs of 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. The 12-time All-Star was encouraged by the team's physical presence on defense and ability to hold the league's highest-scoring team more than 13 points below its average.
"We don't like giving up layups or giving up easy opportunities," Bryant said. "We're just playing hard."
The Lakers, three games ahead of Denver atop the West, will face another defensive test with a game against the high-flying Warriors (18-47), who average 107.4 points.
Los Angeles hasn't had much trouble matching Golden State's up-tempo offense, averaging 121.0 points in winning the last eight meetings. The only time the Lakers, who have won 17 of 19 over the Warriors, have failed to reach 114 points during the win streak was Feb. 16, when Bryant sat out with a sore left ankle in a 104-94 victory.
The last time he faced Golden State, Bryant had a season-high 44 points with 11 assists in a 124-118 home win Dec. 29.
The Warriors, who haven't defeated Los Angeles since a 115-111 victory March 23, 2008, beat Toronto 124-112 Saturday to snap a six-game skid. Stephen Curry had 35 points and 10 assists, while Monta Ellis scored 31 for Golden State, which set a season high with 16 3-pointers.
Ellis was playing for only the second time after sitting out six contests with a back injury, recording his first 30-point game since scoring a career-best 46 against Dallas on Feb. 3. Curry came within one point of his career high, and coach Don Nelson was pleased with the performance of his top two playmakers.
"It's great to see when they share the ball and take care of each other when they're open," Nelson said.
Curry and Ellis, though, haven't had much success against the Lakers this season.
Curry has averaged 13.0 points on 34.8 percent shooting - including 2 of 16 from 3-point range - in the three games, while Ellis averaged 20.0 points in two games - 5.6 less than his team-leading average.
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Ron Artest (sprained left thumb) is probable.
Kobe Bryant (avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Sasha Vujacic (sprained right shoulder) is probable.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is out indefinitely.
Ronny Turiaf (sore left knee) is questionable.
Vladimir Radmanovic (sore right achilles) is day-to-day.
Andris Biedrins (athletic pubalgia) is out.
Anthony Randolph (sprained left ankle) is out.
Kelenna Azubuike (left patellar tendon injury) is out.
Raja Bell (left wrist) is out.
Brandan Wright (shoulder surgery) is out.
SEASON & SERIES
The Lakers currently lead their season series with Golden State 3-0 after sweeping last season’s series with the Warriors 4-0 for the third time in the last four seasons. The Lakers and Warriors have met 292 times in the regular season during the Los Angeles Era with the Lakers leading the all-time series 185-107. Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers and Warriors have met a total of 383 times with the Lakers holding a 236-147 all-time series advantage. The Lakers have not lost a season series to the Warriors since they were defeated 2-3 over five games during the 1994-95 season. The Lakers are 22-3 in their last 25 games against Golden State. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 20-2 all-time against the Warriors. On the road, the Lakers have gone 8-2 against the Warriors in their last 10, winning 8-of-their-last 9 at ORACLE Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 32-7 against the Warriors. In 51 career games including 42 starts against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.9 points (1343) with a high-game of 51 points. Additionally, Lamar Odom posted his first triple-double as a Laker with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Warriors back on 4/11/06. In 2007-08, Odom pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds on 3/23/08 vs. Golden State and just one day later, posted 23 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 rebounds at Golden State, becoming the first Laker in 13 years to record consecutive 20-rebound games and just the fifth player of the decade in the NBA to post at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots in a single game. Lakers guard Derek Fisher played two seasons for Golden State, where he averaged a career-best 13.3 points during the 2005-06 season. Warriors forward Ronny Turiaf played 3 seasons with the Lakers from 2005-08, averaging 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.13 blocks in 15.6 minutes while forward Devean George won three championships with the Lakers (2000-02), averaging 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 429 games.
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER
For the 6th time this season, Kobe Bryant helped secure a victory for the Lakers in the final seconds on a 17-foot fade-away jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining 3/9 vs. Toronto (109-107). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the stat began being tracked prior to the 2000-01 season, Bryant now has the most game winning field goals of any player in a single season over the last 10 years (FGM in last 10 seconds of the 4th quarter or overtime). Carmelo Anthony ranks second on this list with five game-winning field goals made during the 2005-06 season. Bryant’s game winning shots this season include three shots at the buzzer with no time remaining (3-point FG 12/4 vs. Miami (108-107), FG in overtime 12/16 at Milwaukee (107-106), FG 1/1 vs. Sacramento (109-108)) and three shots in the final seconds (7.3 seconds left 1/31 at Boston (90-89), 4.3 seconds left 2/23 at Memphis (99-98), 1.9 seconds left 3/9 vs. Toronto (109-107)). In all, Bryant has 20 field goals that have given his team the lead within the last 10 seconds of a fourth quarter or overtime since the start of the 2000-01 season, the most in the league over that span (second most is 13 by Vince Carter).
Monday’s game at Golden State is the first of a back-to-back set against the Warriors and Kings. This season, the Lakers are 10-6 in the first game and 10-6 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.
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM...USUALLY
With consecutive losses 3/4 at Miami, 3/5 at Charlotte and 3/7 at Orlando, the Lakers suffered their FIRST three-game losing streak since January of 2008. Since the acquisition of Pau Gasol on February 1, 2008, the Lakers had yet to lose three consecutive games until dropping their March 7th contest at Orlando. With Gasol, the Lakers have only lost two-straight games 11 times overall (9 regular season, 2 playoff streaks) including their current 3-game skid. Of the 11 two-game losing streaks, the Lakers 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. Prior to their early March 3-game skid, 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.
Additionally, the Lakers loss at Orlando marked the first time that Los Angeles has been swept on a three-game road trip since April of 2005 when they lost 4/2 at San Antonio (94-95), 4/3 at Memphis (82-102) and 4/5 at Phoenix (99-125). They did, however, go 0-4 on a four-game road trip in March of 2007, falling 3/4 at Phoenix (94-99), 3/6 at Minnesota (107-117 2OT), 3/7 at Milwaukee (90-110) and 3/9 at Philadelphia (92-108).
The last team to lose three straight regular season games and win a NBA Championship was the 2007-08 Boston Celtics, who suffered one 3-game losing streak in February of ‘08. The last Lakers team to lose three straight games and win a NBA Championship was the 2001-02 Lakers, who dropped three in a row in February of ‘02.
ARTEST POSTS FIVE OR MORE STEALS IN THREE CONSECUTIVE GAMES
With six steals 2/28 vs. Denver, five steals 3/2 vs. Indiana and five steals 3/4 at Miami, Ron Artest grabbed at least five steals in three consecutive games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the longest such streak for any NBA player since Chris Paul had a three-game streak for New Orleans in March 2009. The last NBA player to have five or more steals in four consecutive games was Baron Davis in 2003. Furthermore, the last Laker to post three consecutive games with five or more steals was Magic Johnson in March 1981. Johnson also holds the Lakers franchise record with four straight games with five or more steals in October 1980.
The Lakers 111-114 overtime loss 3/4 at Miami was the team’s 5th overtime contest of the season. The Lakers are now 4-1 in overtime games this year after going 2-1 in three overtime games last season and 4-0 in four overtime games during the 2007-08 campaign. During the 2006-07 season, the Lakers’ 10 overtime contests established a new Los Angeles era record for overtime games in a single season. With their overtime loss at Miami, the Lakers all-time overtime record is now 131-90 (.593).
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 (25,507) 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.