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Kobe's triple-double leads Lakers past Kings


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Kobe Bryant had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers win their fifth straight game to open the season, 112-100 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Pau Gasol added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Lamar Odom scored 18 for the Lakers, who have won seven straight against their Northern California rivals.

Bryant had his 17th career triple-double and first since Jan. 21, 2009, against the Clippers. He had only two triple-doubles the past five seasons.

The Kings won three of four to begin the season for their best start in seven years. That brought hope among Sacramento fans that a rivalry that had grown stale in recent years could be rekindled to what it was a decade ago when these teams were annually among the top contenders for a title.

But the Lakers dealt the young Kings a dose of reality that beating Cleveland, Toronto and Minnesota is a little different than going up against the two-time defending NBA champions.

A 3-pointer by rookie DeMarcus Cousins and a basket by reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans helped Sacramento get within six early in the third quarter. The Lakers responded with a 13-1 run that gave them a 79-61 lead and essentially put the game away early.

Ron Artest hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 20 points. The Lakers got a scare late in the third quarter when Odom was hunched over in pain holding his left hand. He was tended to by the training staff and quickly returned to the game and made a 3-pointer, showing no ill effects.

Just when it looked as if the Lakers could rest their stars on the back end of back-to-back games, the Kings rallied to cut the lead to 99-92 on a layup by Evans with just under 4 minutes to go.

Derek Fisher answered with a 3-pointer and then got a steal for a three-point play that made it 105-92 with 3:14 to go. Bryant converted a three-point play when he pump-faked to draw a foul on Luther Head and then made a jumper that hit the rim and backboard before falling in to generate cheers from the large contingent of Lakers fans on hand.

Evans scored 21 to lead the Kings. Francisco Garcia, Carl Landry and Beno Udrih each added 17.

Bryant hit a pair of 3-pointers over Evans in the opening minutes and then turned into a distributor. He had six assists in the first quarter as the Kings struggled defensively against the Lakers.

The Kings opened a five-point lead midway through the second quarter when Bryant went to the bench for his usual rest. He returned to convert a four-point play over Evans on his first offensive trip.

That started a 15-3 run that included seven points from Bryant and an alley-oop pass to Odom. The Kings went nearly six minutes without a basket and trailed 62-53 at halftime after Bryant fed Matt Barnes with a full-court pass for a layup at the buzzer.

Notes: Bryant and Garcia had words midway through the fourth quarter after fighting for a loose ball. Garcia was called for a foul on the play. ... Bryant played 37 minutes to give him 37,528 in his regular-season career, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise record of 37,492. ... California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson watched from courtside seats.

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0 Triple-doubles from Kobe Bryant in 2009-10 despite coming within an odd rebound or assist several times. It took him only five games for his first of 2010-11, however, as he totaled 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds against Sacramento without a single turnover.

6 Points in a manner of seconds with roughly three minutes to go for Derek Fisher. Just as the Kings cut L.A.'s lead down to seven with a late run, Fisher nailed a corner three, then stripped Beno Udrih and converted an and-1 at the other end to show once again why Jackson has him on the floor.

80 Odom's three-point percentage to start the season (8-of-10).

37,493 Career minutes reached early in the first quarter for the new all-time leading Laker, Kobe Bryant, who passed former holder Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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Points Bryant 30, 9-22 FG
Rebounds Gasol 11, 9 OFF 2 DEF
Assists Bryant 12
Steals Artest 2
Blocks Gasol 2


Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson

Tonight's win…
"It was fine, I'm not happy. Our bench didn't get involved in the game the way we want them to get involved. We had some slippage of plays there, as far as the type of shots we were getting. We controlled the pace. We have six turnovers for the night. Kobe Bryant had a terrific night. He played very well on both ends of the floor I thought."

Derek Fisher finishing the game strong…
"It's just the product of being out there and playing the game the right way and things come to you at a certain time. Ron (Artest) had some of those things happen to him a little bit in the second half. Fisher's opportunity came late and he took advantage of it. He stood in there and played the game all the way through until the opportunities came."

Kobe's performance…
"His shots are on. He's got leg strength. I still want him to run freely. He played a great game."

Pau Gasol, Lakers Center

Having a 5-0 record…
"We are playing together, playing well. We know how to play and have the players to do so."

DeMarcus Cousins' game…
"He's a strong player. He has talent. He also has a lot of room for improvement. He has a good post-up game but I don't really know him. It's only my second time playing him. I like what I see so far. He's got to try to stay out of foul trouble to stay on the floor a little longer to work on some things."

Lamar Odom, Lakers Forward

Kobe's performance…
"He's coming off of surgery. He's going to will things to go his way. This is nothing different from since I've been playing with him."

Derek Fishers' game…
Derek doesn't need to go 7-for-7 to help us win. He understands how to be ready at the right time and the right place to make the play."

Derek Fisher, Lakers Guard

Tonight's game…
"There will be nights there will just not be a lot of opportunities. We arguably have four or five guys that can easily be on an All-Star team or the best player on a team. For the rest of us the opportunities will be limited. There will be nights were you can maximize on them and some not. I wasn't sure if I would get back in because I felt that we would probably just hold on to the lead. I thought I was going to rest this evening but I went back in and I was glad that I was able to help."

Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal

"The game plan really isn't for us to get down by 18 every night and come back to win. It's pretty hard to win against a team like that. There are so many good things we did and I do want to talk about those but I don't want anybody to think we're satisfied. We can play better and we will play better."

On this being the fourth straight game where the Kings have given up 60 points or more in the first half:
"We have to tighten up our defense. We have to tighten it up right from the start of the game. We were up against a team that's done that to a lot of people – I think they've probably done it every time this year (including) tonight. We've done it too often and until we get better defensively for 48 minutes, we're not going to be the team we want to be and the team we think we can be. There's a lot that goes into it when a team scores. One thing they were hitting. It seemed like every three-point shot (went it) and they ended up shooting 11 for 21, 52 percent. Three-point shots come and go, even open ones, but that's a high percentage. So at the same time I don't want to minimize our propensity to give up big points in the first half. We have to get better at that and we will."

When asked about the defensive breakdown, particularly in the third quarter:
"I thought it was an offensive breakdown in the third quarter. I thought we had plenty of defensive breakdowns in the first half. We were out of timeouts, everybody in the world knows they're going to run a lob and we let them run a lob – those kinds of things hurt a lot more than when a team is scoring in transition after we missed. I thought we were missing a lot of shots in the third quarter and let them get out. They're too good of a team to let them get in transition and just miss, miss, miss over and over.

When asked if there is a rivalry starting between the Kings and Lakers:
"The Lakers don't even know who we are right now. We would like to build a rivalry with the best team in the world but to answer that question as if there's a rivalry, that'd be an insult to them. We've got to win some games before there's a rivalry. They're where we want to be."

Sacramento Kings Guard Tyreke Evans

On the difficulty of coming back from a deficit:
"It was tough. I was in foul trouble today so I had a tough time watching. That is one thing we gotta work on is to finish the game out strong."

On getting into foul trouble:
"It was tough for me to get into a rhythm, but that's part of the game. It is an 82-game season and there is plenty more to come. I gotta put this one behind me and get ready for Saturday."

On trying to stop the Lakers' offense:
"They did a good job of running their spread offense and catching us off guard. We just weren't talking. We gotta do a better job on defense to keep teams down to less points."

On the lack of third quarter offense:
"We just need to push the ball against a team like that. Once we get down there, they pack the paint and are really good at helping so we need to try to push the ball and try to get an easy bucket on a fastbreak."

Sacramento Kings Guard Francisco Garcia

On falling behind late:
"They were playing good. They made shots and we didn't at the end and they move the ball really well. They played better than us. We rebounded the ball a little better. They knocked down threes on us."

On Kobe's triple-double:
"That's Kobe (Bryant). He is going to do what he is going to do. We could have defended a little better, but that is Kobe Bryant."

On falling behind in games:
"We are really talented. We are playing really well right now and sometimes during the game we lay back a little bit and let the teams get fastbreaks. We are getting better everyday though."


By Mike Trudell,

How good are the 3-1 Sacramento Kings?

Heading into Wednesday night's Lakers - Kings matchup in the state capital, here's a look at the Kings' first four results:

Oct. 27: 117-116 W @ Minnesota
Oct. 29: 100-106 L @ New Jersey
Oct. 30: 107-104 W @ Cleveland
Nov. 1: 111-108 W vs. Toronto

Sacramento's games have been decided by a total of only 13 points, which happens to be just .25 under the average number of points by which the Lakers (4-0) have defeated their four opponents. Oddly, the Kings have fallen behind by double digits early in each of their three wins before second half rallies for victories. In fact, they trailed by as many as 16 against Cleveland, and 17 against Toronto before clamping down defensively in the second half.

But with Beno Udrih and Tyreke Evans running offense on the perimeter, Omri Casspi or Francisco Garcia hitting shots on the wing and some combination of big men DeMarcus Cousins, Samuel Dalembert and Carl Landry getting it done in the paint, the Kings have opened with their best early record since the start of the 2003-04 season.

Evans, the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year, is averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds in his three games after missing the opener (suspension), while 2010-11 R.O.Y. candidate Cousins is averaging 14 points and 6.5 boards in limited minutes primarily due to foul trouble.

Yet it's been a balanced attack, as four other players - Landry, Udrih, Caspi and Garcia - are all averaging double figure points as well for a team scoring the third most points in the NBA at 108.8 per game. The latter two players have drained a collective 15 of 30 three-pointers to effectively spread the floor.

But the difference between the Kings and Lakers, despite Sacramento's three wins, has been on defense. The Kings are allowing 108.5 points per game, while the Lakers are holding opponents to 101.0 while scoring a league-best 114.3.

Of course, there's nothing the Kings would rather do than end L.A.'s perfect early record on the team's first back-to-back of the season. Directly after their stirring comeback win over Toronto in which they outscored the Raptors 60-46 in the second half, Kings fans were reportedly chanting "Beat L.A." at ARCO Arena.

Despite how difficult it can be to play in ARCO, however, the Lakers have won seven of the last eight games played in the state capital, and are looking for another behind what's been a deadly combination of Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant on offense and a very-much-improved bench led by newcomers Steve Blake and Matt Barnes.

Tip off is at 7:30 P.M. on KCAL/9, 710 ESPN radio and ESPN.

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

Mavs None

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04/13 - LAL @ SAC

More Cowbell. With the young talent that Sacramento has on its roster the Kings fans should be excited about the chance to ring their cowbells once again. Sacramento is a young talented team that is playing hard so far this season. They are improved from last year mainly due to the fact that they have added size. DeMarcus Cousins is a big, agile, aggressive rookie who wants to score every time he touches the ball on the low post. He prefers using his big body to get deep position so he can shoot his jump hook with either hand. With Tyreke Evans in the backcourt, Omri Casspi at the wing, and Cousins down low the Kings have put together a young talented trio who can develop into a force in the league down the road. Casspi is an athletic cutter/slasher who can also shoot the 3 ball. We must be ready to combat the youthful energy that Sacramento will bring tonight.

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The Lakers swept last season's series with Sacramento 4-0, after taking the 2008-09 season series with Sacramento 3-1 for the third straight season. The two franchises have met 273 times overall and 109 times since the Kings moved to Sacramento. The Lakers lead the all-time series with the Kings 187-86 (79-30 vs. Sacramento). In their last 10 meetings, the Lakers are 9-1 against Sacramento. The Lakers are 15-7 all-time against the Kings at STAPLES Center and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 home contests. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games at ARCO Arena including a 7-1 mark in their past eight trips to the state capitol. On 12/26/09, the Lakers defeated the Kings 112-103 in double-overtime at ARCO Arena, while using a Kobe Bryant three- point buzzer-beater to win their second meeting of the season 109-108 at STAPLES Center on 1/1/10. Two seasons ago, on April 6, 2008, the Lakers defeated the Kings by 22 points, their largest victory in Sacramento since a 23-point win 3/23/89. In 2006- 07, the Lakers were whistled for 42 personal fouls in their 132-128 overtime victory January 4, 2007 at ARCO Arena, establishing a new Los Angeles era franchise record. The Lakers last committed 42 personal fouls back on 2/17/57 versus St. Louis when the team was still in Minneapolis. Additionally, the Lakers and Kings combined for 80 personal fouls and 102 free throws on the night, which was, at the time, the most fouls committed by two teams in more than seven years. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 27-13 against the Kings. In 50 career games against the Kings including 42 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.3 points. Pau Gasol has also averaged 20+ points for his career against the Kings, posting 21.5 points per game in 33 meetings (all starts). The Lakers and Kings haven't met in the postseason since the 2002 Western Conference Finals. While Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher both played in that series, no Kings remain on the current roster from that playoff series.

Following the victory over Memphis on November 2nd, Kobe Bryant has now logged 37,491 regular season minutes with the Lakers, just one minute shy of Kareem Abdul- Jabbar's franchise record 37,492 minutes. Additionally, Bryant has now converted 9004 regular season field goals with the Lakers, 12 shy of Jerry West (9,016 FGM) for 2nd in franchise history. Abdul-Jabbar ranks 1st in franchise history with 9,935 field goals made. In all, Bryant ranks 1st or 2nd on the Lakers all-time list in points (1st), games (2nd), minutes (2nd), steals (2nd), field goal attempts (2nd), free throws made and attempted (2nd), 3-point field goals made and attempted (1st) and free throw % (2nd).

With 17 points 11/2 vs. Memphis, Lamar Odom recorded his 11,000th career point, becoming just the 29th player in NBA history to reach 11,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists and the 10th fastest to do so in terms of games. Only Larry Bird (527 games), Chris Webber (667 games), Kevin Garnett (681 games), Oscar Robertson (688 games), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (691 games), Wilt Chamberlain (691 games), Elgin Baylor (716 games) Alvan Adams (718 games) and Bill Russell (746 games) reached those totals faster than Odom, who did so in 751 career games.

Through the first four games of the season, Pau Gasol has amassed 97 points and 44 rebounds while shooting .533 from the field. Since the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960, only four other Lakers had at least 90 points and 40 rebounds while shooting over .500 from the floor over the Lakers' first four games of a season. Gasol joins Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal, who last did it in 2001.

With their 124-105 victory over Memphis on November 2, the Lakers won in wire-to-wire fashion for the second straight game, after claiming their first wire-to wire victory of the season in a 107-83 victory over Golden State on October 31st. Last year, the Lakers claimed NINE wire-to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed); seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City). During their previous championship run in 2008-09, the Lakers claimed 11 wire-to-wire victories; nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston). Last season, the Lakers also lost twice in wire- to-wire fashion (98-107 1/8/10 @ POR and 75-91 3/26/10 @ OKC).

Wednesday's game against the Kings is the second of a back-to-back set with Memphis and Sacramento. This year, the Lakers will play 15 sets of back-to-back games as opposed to the 20 they faced a season ago. The only other time the Lakers have played 15 or fewer sets of back-to-back games came in the team's first ever NBA season (1948-49) when they also played 15 sets of back-to-backs. Chicago, Milwaukee and Atlanta lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2010-11 while Oklahoma City (17), Phoenix (16) and the Lakers (15) will play the fewest sets this season.

On November 1, the NBA announced that Pau Gasol had earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for games played Tuesday, October 26 through Sunday, October 31. The award is the 7th of his career (previous awards came for weeks ending 3/21/10, 2/22/09, 2/8/09, 3/26/06, 3/2/06 and 1/2/05) and 4th as a Laker. One of four Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Shaquille O'Neal) to win the award since it became separated by Conference and one of nine to win the weekly honor overall since its inception, Gasol averaged 25.3 points (.525 FG%), 10.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.00 blocks in helping lead Los Angeles to a 3-0 week: 10/26 vs. HOU: 29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks; 10/29 @ PHX: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks; 10/31 vs. GS: 26 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks.

With the Lakers victory at Phoenix November 29, Phil Jackson became the fastest coach in NBA history to the 1,100 career victories, doing so in his 1,560th regular season NBA game. 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 (1,102-460), 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 (.706), 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.

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.

Entering the Lakers game at Sacramento, Derek Fisher has played in 417 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 617 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 295 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.

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