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Lakers blast Warriors 107-83 to stay unbeaten

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Pau Gasol had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 20 points and the Los Angeles Lakers kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a 107-83 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

Lamar Odom had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who easily improved to 3-0 with their 10th consecutive win over their upstate rivals.

Los Angeles outrebounded Golden State 55-42 and held a comfortable double-digit lead throughout the second half, with the Lakers' starters continually outrunning the Warriors at their own uptempo game.

Monta Ellis scored 20 points for the Warriors, whose first loss ended their first 2-0 start in 16 years. Golden State played without guard Stephen Curry, who aggravated his sprained right ankle Friday.

Dorell Wright added 18 points for Golden State, which won five straight back in 1994. All-Star forward David Lee went scoreless with just three rebounds in 19 minutes, dominated by Gasol and Odom.

While the Lakers opened defense of their back-to-back titles last week with wins over Houston and Phoenix, the Warriors raised a few eyebrows by knocking off the Rockets and Clippers at home in Oakland. But Golden State's degree of difficulty got considerably tougher against the Lakers, who pushed their lead to 32 points during the fourth quarter.

Several Warriors wore fluorescent-orange shoes better suited to deer hunting than hoops, but they didn't help Golden State keep pace with the Lakers' starters. Derek Fisher added 14 points, and only Ron Artest struggled among Los Angeles' top five, missing eight of his first nine shots.

The Lakers started smoothly, taking a 14-2 lead before Odom's 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer put them ahead 34-14. After Los Angeles' bench gave away much of the lead, Bryant and Gasol restored it to 21 points shortly before halftime.

In Curry's absence, Warriors rookie Jeremy Lin got into the game in the third quarter, prompting a round of applause from the Los Angeles crowd for the Harvard guard who's already a celebrity among his native Bay Area's sizable Asian population. Lin then scored his first NBA points on a layup midway through the third quarter.

Lin committed five fouls in his first 11 minutes, but also played a role in Golden State's 12-1 run in the third. Los Angeles still took a 17-point lead into the fourth.

NOTES: Stephon Marbury watched the first half with Lakers executive Jeanie Buss. The 33-year-old two-time All-Star hasn't played in the NBA since early 2009. … Lakers rookie Devin Ebanks made his NBA debut in the second quarter and scored his first career point on a free throw with 4:58 to play. Fellow rookie second-round pick Derrick Caracter scored his first points on the previous possession. … Warriors rookie Jeff Adrien scored his first NBA points on a tip-in with 4.2 seconds to play. … Fans near courtside included Ryan Seacrest, Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, former Lakers forward Rick Fox and girlfriend Eliza Dushku.


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4 Undefeated teams in the NBA after nearly a week of play, including the Lakers, Trail Blazers, Hornets and Hawks (all 3-0). Golden State was 2-0 heading into Sunday's loss.

10 Consecutive victories by the Lakers over the Warriors. The last loss came back on March 23, 2008. "We've been successful against them the last couple of years," said an understated Gasol.

27 Minutes played by Bryant, in which he scored 20 points with seven rebounds. It's always a luxury for Phil Jackson to be able to leave Bryant on the bench in the fourth quarter, thus saving his legs for the long stretch, though Bryant did look good physically. After the game, Bryant said he was "100 percent," suggesting in a somewhat facetious manner that he didn't want to hear further questions about his health. Phil Jackson, however, said that while he thought Bryant looked close to being fully healthy offensively, there was still progress to be made on defense.

33 Gasol's team-high plus/minus number after an individually dominant performance: 26 points on 10-of-19 field goals, 12 rebounds and four assists.

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Points Gasol 26, 10-19 FG
Rebounds Odom 14, 8 OFF 6 DEF
Assists Artest, Odom, Gasol, Barnes 9
Steals Artest, Brown, Ratliff 2
Blocks Gasol 2


POSTGAME QUOTES

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on things to improve on:
"Not purposeful out there at times. Lack of focus. I usually make a little litany about being able to play 30 to 35 good minutes of basketball at this time of year while you are building up that stamina, you know, and that team identity."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Pau Gasol's performance:
"I did not like that first run out there on the floor. He was rushing things a little bit. He just didn't have his timing but when he came back in the second time in the second quarter he got things rolling and was really effective tonight."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Lakers' overall performance through 3 games:
"We're still trying to incorporate our new players in to what we do and get some of our other guys up to speed. The team defensively, we're still working on some things but I thought that our hands were active and we got loose balls that led to some easy baskets."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant's health and progress:
"I'm pleased with the progress of Kobe, it looks like his offense is coming along. Defensively he still is working on some things that he has to get done with his strength and base.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant stating he is 100% healthy in on court post-game interview:
"He's not 100% but that's good of him to say it. Offensively [Kobe Bryant] looks fine."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the play of Lamar Odom and his 31 rebounds in the last two games:
"Lamar was very effective against [David Lee] on both ends of the floor. He moved the ball well and did some really nice things out there. He's a guy that we rely on to rebound the ball and has a nose for being around the basketball."




Lakers' forward Ron Artest on his defensive assignments once Kobe's knee gets healthy:
"We just go with the flow. I'm sure it depends on the matchup and it depends on what team it is. If I have to guard the best player, I will unless it's not going to benefit us. Sometimes I want to guard the best player but it just doesn't help our lineup."

Lakers' forward Ron Artest on his approach to guarding Monta Ellis:
"Just team defense. It wasn't anything I did…it was more about what we're going to do as a team, and just sticking to the script, team-wise."




Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on if there are things the team can improve on:
"Absolutely. We're going to be challenged every night and we understand that. I think we can improve defensively…There's still a lot of room for improvement. Obviously, there are a lot of games to go. But we're excited. I think we're pretty happy about how things are going right now."

Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on presenting matchup problems for Golden State:
"We've been successful against them the last couple of years. If you want to continue to be successful, that's a team that you can't really relax on because they have a lot of players that are talented and up-tempo guys. If you fall asleep, they can put a lot of runs together."

Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on facing the Grizzlies and if he looks forward to playing brother Marc:
"It's a special game…to go against a former team and also play against my brother, two things that I look forward to. But first thing first, I want to beat him. I hate losing and obviously, against him, it hurts a lot more. But I still want my brother to do well and play well and contribute, but not enough for us to lose the game."



Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on being active on the glass (rebounding):
"I feel good. I'm in shape…I'm following and getting rebounds, and I'm trying to make plays, especially on the offensive rebound. I'm just being active. I'm confident. I'm playing with a team that has a lot of chemistry so I kind of know what to expect."

Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on getting aggressive early:
"I want to get myself involved in the game and get going pretty early so I can find that rhythm, and find that spot and always be comfortable at taking shots whenever I'm on the court. I'm just looking to attack first."


Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on what he feels the best about regarding the Lakers:
"We're 3-and-0. The games go by this early in the season, and you just continue to play.
Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on if the strong bench play will make the back-to-back games coming up easier:
"For sure. Our bench is very solid, very solid. They rarely make mistakes. They stay within the structure and they play well together."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on a 24-point win helping the starters cut back some minutes:
"Yeah that is going to definitely help out a lot. And when we get Drew [Andrew Bynum] back, that should help out a lot. Even tonight, in a game like tonight, Pau is playing a great deal of minutes. I would like to see him rest a little more."




Warriors Coach Keith Smart on tonight's game:
"You always look at some positives. Some of our bench guys came in and played, our starters just did not perform the way you need to play against a team that's on their home court. But you got some positives out of some guys—we got a chance to get some good information on Jeremy Lin, he came in and did a good job, gave us a good tempo, and we had some other guys play well. So you look at some of the positive things that you had in this game. You have to be firing on all cylinders to have a chance to beat this team."

Warriors Coach Keith Smart on the Lakers' starting line-up:
"They're difficult because when those guys are playing at a high level they take you out of where you want to get the ball from. You have a point guard who basically makes you work to get the ball into the scoring area. You have Kobe who will make an awful lot of work to get the ball into his area, you have Artest who's going to do the same thing, and then you have the rhythm of Odom. So they have a group on the perimeter that can take you out of the comfort zone that you want your offense to be in."

Warriors Coach Keith Smart on David Lee's performance:
"I just think it was one of those nights. He's been great all year long, preseason all through. With 82 games scheduled you're going to have some nights like that. So I took him out, he didn't have the pop that he normally would have, and I think he understood that. I look forward to him getting back and next game having a good, productive game like he's been having."



David Lee on his performance tonight:
"Unfortunately there are days like this, and it happens to every player. I work hard, stay consistent…games where you just can't find a rhythm, but unfortunately it happens, but overall today they beat us up on the board's at all five positions. They got to the free throw line a lot more than we did and that was a difference in the game, and that's where we lost it. But we got to get better in playing on the road, especially against big time teams like this. Most importantly we need to bounce back and play well on Wednesday."

David Lee's opinion on throwing this game out and getting ready for Memphis:
"Well, no you don't throw it out, there's something to be learned from every game. For me I got to find a way to just get in the rhythm early and from the jump tonight they're beating us on the boards and offensively they did a good job making sure we didn't get any easy buckets to get in any kind of rhythm. Even Monta [Ellis] and Dorell [Wright] who played well for us offensively, every shot they shot was a tough contestant shot; they were just able to hit some. We didn't get any easy buckets, on the other hand, they got a bunch of easy ones in the paint and that's why they're defending world champions and that's why we need to get a lot better."



Jeremy Lin on how he felt he did tonight:
"I'm not going to really talk about what I did personally when we lost by twenty-four. That's just a tough game to play defending champs in their hometown and without Stephen Curry. But we're going to learn a lot at different games and we're just going to get ready for our next game."

Jeremy Lin on the progress of his team from last game to this game and what he learned most:
"I'm just learning slowly the NBA game and how different coverage's and different plays in defense. There's not one specific thing that I might have learned in between one game and the next but just this experience to be able to get out on the floor and stay comfortable; that was really helpful."



Monta Ellis on whether he feels there is a difference between Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant guarding him:
"No, it doesn't matter. It was just one of those nights. I had a lot of open shots that just didn't go down. We started the game off a little sluggish, they got a big run in the beginning of the game we never could get back in the game."

Monta Ellis on whether or not it was harder for him to score without Stephen Curry there:
"His presence was missed, but like I said we were getting open shots we just, they just wouldn't fall. It was just one of those nights, where they out rebounded us, out hustled us. The turnovers in the beginning of the game got us in a deep hole, and like I said, we never could climb out.













LAKERS VS. WARRIORS GAME PREVIEW

By KATE HEDLIN, STATS Writer

The Los Angeles Lakers getting off to a quick start was not unexpected. The Golden State Warriors doing so is more surprising, but keeping it going will be tough without Stephen Curry and against the reigning champions.

Both clubs will be trying to improve to 3-0 on Sunday when the Lakers look to resume their domination of the Warriors by winning their 10th straight in the series.

After rallying from a 15-point deficit to defeat Houston in its season opener, Los Angeles held off Phoenix's attempt to come back Friday and won 114-106 in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.

It was another strong game by Lakers big men Pau Gasol andLamar Odom. Gasol had 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while Odom added 18 points, 17 boards and five assists. Both had double-doubles in the opener.

"You know down low we have an advantage against teams," Odom said. "If not, we use our quickness and our shooting. We've got guys that like to score, pass, make plays; we just like playing ball. A lot of our guys are experienced and they're ready to help us right away."

Odom averaged 12.8 rebounds in last season's four-game sweep of the Warriors. Kobe Bryant played three of those matchups, averaging 31.0 points, and the Lakers scored 120.5 per game in the season series.

Los Angeles has scored at least 114 points eight times during its nine-game winning streak over Golden State, dating back to March 23, 2008.

If that run reaches 10, the Lakers will be 3-0 for the third time in five years.

The Warriors haven't won their first three since 1994-95, but they'll have a hard time achieving that feat with Curry unavailable. Last season's Rookie of the Year runner-up re-injured his right ankle in Friday's 109-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Curry rolled his right foot while trying to get around a pick, injuring the same ankle he hurt in the preseason and aggravated in the season opener.

"It's more rehab, that's all that means," said Curry, who had 16 points. "Just got to be smart about it now and try to get it back to 100 percent and get it stronger so that even if I do step on somebody's foot I can recover."

With Curry out, more scoring pressure will be on Monta Ellis, who finished with 15 points and 11 assists against the Clippers after tying a career high with 46 points in a season-opening win over Houston. Ellis averaged 17.7 points in three games against the Lakers last season - almost eight fewer than his 2009-10 average.

The Warriors gave up a league-worst 112.4 points per game last season en route to their lowest win total (26) in eight years, but they're coming off an encouraging defensive performance. They held the Clippers to 38.6 percent from the field and 13 points in the third quarter.

"We keep wanting to preach (the defensive) side of the ball," first-year coach Keith Smart said. "But we're not so much looking at holding a team under 100 points, some nights you just can't do it. But can we make them shoot a different percentage."

Golden State let teams shoot a conference-worst 48.5 percent last season.


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Lakers Kobe Bryant (right knee surgery) is probable.
Andrew Bynum
(right knee surgery) is out.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is probable.
Luke Walton (strained right hamstring) is doubtful.

Mavs Stephen Curry (right ankle sprain) is out
Lou Amundson (surgery - fractured right index finger) is out
Ekpe Udoh (left wrist surgery) is out


10/31 - GSW @ LAL
11/21 - GSW @ LAL
01/12 - LAL @ GSW
04/06 - LAL @ GSW


Golden State has a new coach, Keith Smart but they have a similar approach in that they want to force turnovers and get out in transition where they can get easy, early scoring opportunities. If they have to set up in the half court they still want to take advantage of mismatches at any position. They will be without Stephen Curry tonight after he sprained his ankle against the Clippers on the 29th. Without his explosiveness on the offensive end the Warriors will rely heavily on Monta Ellis. They also will need to have big games from their key off-season additions.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers won their season series with Golden State 4-0 last season and have now swept four of the last five season series with the Warriors. The Lakers and Warriors have met 293 times in the regular season during the Los Angeles Era with the Lakers leading the all-time series 186-107. Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers and Warriors have met a total of 384 times with the Lakers holding a 237-147 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 23-3 in their last 26 games against Golden State and 9-1 in their last 10 meetings overall. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 20-2 all-time against the Warriors. On the road, the Lakers have gone 9-1 against the Warriors in their last 10 games at ORACLE Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 33-7 against the Warriors. In 51 career games including 42 starts against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.9 points (1372) 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 5th 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 Vladimir Radmanovic played for the Lakers from 2006-09. Radmanovic owns the franchise record for three-point field goal percentage in a season (min. 100 attempts), shooting .441 from behind the arc over 46 games during the 2008-09 season.

GASOL FILLING THE MIDDLE
With 21 points, eight rebounds and nine assists October 29 at Phoenix, Pau Gasol became the first Lakers starting center to reach those levels in those three categories in a game since Shaquille O'Neal posted 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists against Philadelphia on February 20, 2000.*

JACKSON BECOMES FASTEST COACH TO 1,100 CAREER VICTORIES
With the Lakers victory at Phoenix November 29, Phil Jackson became the fastest coach in NBA history to the 1,100 victory plateau, doing so in 1,560 regular season NBA games. Of the four other coaches who have amassed at least 1,100 career victories, Pat Riley was previously the fastest to do so, needing 1,639 games. Of the remaining three, Jerry Sloan needed 1,823 games, Don Nelson took 1,931 games and Lenny Wilkens earned career win 1,100 in his 1,996th game on the sidelines.

Jackson (1,100-460), already the fastest coach to 1,000 career victories, established the Lakers franchise record for coaching wins in February of 2010 (534th victory 2/3/10 vs. Charlotte). The only coach in league history to win better than 70 percent of his games (.705), Jackson currently ranks 5th all-time in regular season victories, 12th in regular season games coached, 1st in playoff games coached (323), 1st in playoff games won (225) and 1st in playoff win percentage (.697). Earning induction in his first year of consideration, on September 7, 2007, Jackson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Owning a record 11 NBA Championships as a head coach, only Jerry Sloan (4th), Pat Riley (3rd), Lenny Wilkens (2nd) and Don Nelson (1st) have more career victories than Jackson. Of the top five, Jackson has coached 900+ fewer games than Wilkens, 800+ fewer games than Nelson, 400+ fewer games than Sloan and 300+ fewer games than Riley.

GASOL JOINS KAREEM, SHAQ & ODOM WITH OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE
In the Lakers opening night victory over Houston, Pau Gasol posted the 276th double-double of his career with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Since 1970-71 (the post-Wilt era in Los Angeles), only three other Lakers have had that many points and rebounds on opening night: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1976), Shaquille O'Neal (1999, 2000, 2001) and Lamar Odom (2006).

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game vs. Golden State, Derek Fisher has played in 415 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 614 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 293 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than 40 games (2nd - Andre Iguodala). 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.

ROAD OPENERS
Since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season, the Lakers are now 35-16 in ROAD OPENERS (first road game of the year) after their October 29 victory in Phoenix. In their last 15 road openers, the Lakers are 13-2 and have won their last six straight overall. While the Lakers have opened their home schedule against the Suns six times (three meetings on opening night) and gone 3-3 in those games, they have now only opened their road schedule three times against Phoenix. On those three occasions, the Lakers defeated the Suns: 103-99 11/1/03 at America West Arena, 119-98 11/2/07 at US Airways Center and 114-106 10/29/10 at US Airways Center.

OPENING NIGHT
For the 18th time since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season, the Lakers opened the regular season at home. In those games, the Lakers now have a record of 14-4. Overall, Los Angeles has a mark of 36-15 in their 51 REGULAR SEASON openers. Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers are now 41-22 in season openers for an NBA-best .651 win percentage. The Lakers have now won three straight opening night games, 7-of-their-last-8 opening night games overall and are now 17-2 in their last 19 opening night games overall dating back to 1992.

OPENING A TITLE DEFENSE
The 2010-11 season marks the 11th title defense for the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season. In SEASON OPENERS coming off of an NBA Championship, the Lakers are now 9-2 overall; 4-2 when the season opener is at home. In HOME OPENERS following an NBA Championship, the Lakers are now 7-4.






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