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Gasol's triple-double keeps Lakers unbeaten


LOS ANGELES(AP) Pau Gasol had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists while completing his fourth career triple-double by the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers easily improved to 7-0 for the fifth time in franchise history with a 121-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Lamar Odom had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 12 points and Ron Artest played stringent defense on Portland star Brandon Roy during a smooth night of work for the Lakers, who led by 24 points in the first half and 29 down the stretch while outrebounding the Blazers 49-25.

Andre Miller scored 20 points and Nicolas Batum added 17 for the Blazers, who lost for just the second time in their last six meetings with the Lakers.

Shannon Brown hit three 3-pointers while scoring 15 points for the Lakers, who also started 7-0 two years ago and in 2001-02, when they began their roll to their first threepeat under coach Phil Jackson. Los Angeles' only better starts were in 1987-88 (8-0) and 1997-98 (11-0).

Gasol clinched his first triple-double since Feb. 17, 2009, with an assist on Artest's basket with 3:10 left in the third quarter. With a dominant performance down low and on the perimeter, Gasol nearly hit the marks during Los Angeles' dominant first half alone, racking up 14 points, 11 rebounds - the same number as Portland's entire roster - and seven assists.

The Lakers are leaning heavily on the Spaniard while starting center Andrew Bynum is recovering from knee surgery, but a summer away from basketball left Gasol energized for the task.

Two nights after struggling to hold off Toronto while getting outrebounded by 18 boards, the Lakers expected their biggest test of the young season from the Blazers, who were off to a 5-2 start. Portland has been consistently better during recent head-to-head matchups with Los Angeles, which hasn't won its season series with the Blazers since 2004-05.

But this one was no contest: The two-time defending champions improved to 5-0 at home with a comfortable lead throughout the final 3 1/2 quarters, moving the ball with veteran ease and holding the Blazers' top two scorers - Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge - to eight points apiece.

After beating Toronto at home one night earlier, the Blazers were sluggish from the opening tip. Los Angeles led 27-12 late in the first quarter, and Artest shut out Roy until the 22-points-per-game scorer hit four free throws in the final 1:42 of the half after Artest had checked out to rest.

Batum scored 11 points in the opening minutes of the third quarter to keep it close, and Roy finally managed his first field goal with less than 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.

Bryant played just 26 minutes and iced his right knee on the bench during the game. His lowest-scoring game of the season prevented Bryant and Gasol from becoming the first Lakers teammates to open a season scoring 20 points apiece in seven straight games since Jerry West and Elgin Baylor did it in 1961.

NOTES: The Lakers could match the second-best start in franchise history when they host Minnesota on Tuesday night to end a three-game homestand. ... Jackson's personal best start to an NBA season came in 1996-97, when the Chicago Bulls opened 12-0. ... Fans near courtside included Justin Timberlake, Chevy Chase, Jaleel White, former Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy, movie producer Brian Grazer and Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Brian Price. The rookie from UCLA went on injured reserve last week.

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4 Career triple-doubles for Pau Gasol after his impressive 20-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist performance against Portland. Gasol's last TD came on 2/17/09 against Atlanta (12 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists); he did not have a TD in 2009-10, failing to produce 10 assists in any game.

15 Bench points scored by Shannon Brown, keyed by his 3-for-6 long-distance shooting. Matt Barnes added 13 of his own, plus four boards and two assists on 6-of-7 shooting.

16 Total points for Portland's two best players, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. Jackson said that Roy didn't look like himself, noting that he was less aggressive than usual, but credited Ron Artest's defense as well.

21 Points for Lamar Odom, a season high, on 10-of-15 shooting. He added 12 rebounds and three assists; Portland Coach Nate McMillan said after the game that Odom was playing like an All-Star.

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Points Odom 21, 10-15 FG
Rebounds Gasol 14, 5 OFF 9 DEF
Assists Gasol 10
Steals Gasol 3
Blocks Bryant, Fisher, Caracter, Barnes 1


Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's game:
"We got off to a good start and stayed that way for most of the game. We played a back to back last night and I think it's shown character, early in the season those are difficult games to come back and play. Pau and Lamar both had great nights tonight. And we were sustained by a pretty good defense first half I thought."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Brandon Roy's performance:
"I'm not so sure that's all our making. It looked to me like he wasn't ready to attack as much as he normally is…it looked to me like he was a little bit hesitant out there. And they had other things going on with Miller and Batum basically."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on maintaining their record and keeping the minutes down:
"We're not going to do anything like that. The season's too long, travel's too difficult in the West Conference. You just have to try and step out and ahead of people in our division, our conference and play as it comes along. We have a relatively good schedule here early in the season…Denver will be a tough game during this week, we have multiple contests coming up, we'll go on the road for three games. We'll see how we do on the road."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Pau Gasol's performance:
"I loved his passing, I always admire the fact that he can get the ball inside and he can make passes off the post and get easier shots for his teammates. And his offense was good, and so was Lamar's."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Shannon Brown's performance:
"I'm really enamored with Shannon's ability to shoot the ball, he's shooting the ball great. He's getting a good base, he has great lift. He's practiced those three point shots, he's played very well and I think he's very confident in what he can do."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on Pau Gasol's triple-double:
"He made incredible plays out of the double teams. He made all the right plays, depends on what the defense is doing. You got to pick your poison with us and you got to make a choice. We have so many weapons, we have that can complete, and guys that can make plays."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on the Lakers bench and Shannon Brown:
"It's going to be a consistent theme for us. Our bench, that's just how they play. They been playing this way all year long. Shannon's [Brown] been playing this way consistently. It's not something that's just a hot game for him; this is how he plays."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on the team's three-point shooting:
"We have a lot of shooters, and when you have that you get good looks all the time. Just continue to move the ball. We have Pau [Gasol] on the post, me on the post, so defense have to really make a choice"

Lakers' forward Ron Artest on his defensive strategy against Brandon Roy:
"My defense has been stubborn for the last couple of years…I always say, I just play everybody the same way. Because if I change my defense, it's like changing my form on my shot."

Lakers' forward Ron Artest on if he feels Brandon Roy was frustrated by his defense:
"No, the way he approaches the game is something to look up to because his facial expression never changes. You never know what's behind that expression."

Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on the Lakers performance tonight:
"We got it going defensively. We were able to take them out of the sets that they wanted to run. We got out on the break…and just had fun."

Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on effectiveness of triangle offense:
"We're comfortable with running our offense. Everybody is experienced in the triangle and our playmakers are making plays for each other."

Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on if he's surprised at how dominant the Lakers have been so far:
"For the most part, we have been…Sometimes you would expect it to be a little tougher at times. But most of the games have been at home. We've been doing a good job on the road also, we took care of business. And now the schedule is going to get a little harder. So we'll see if we can keep it up."

Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on if the Lakers talk about having the best regular season record:
"We take it one game at a time. We really don't talk about going for the best record. We try to deal with everyday situations. So far we're doing good and the team's playing well."

Portland head coach Nate McMillan on competing against the Lakers:
"Well, they're playing great basketball, leading the league in scoring and hitting on all cylinders it seems like. [They're] shooting the ball extremely well. They were coming off a game where, they played OK, they didn't play really good, so you knew they were going to come out tonight. They just came out and jumped on us."

Portland head coach Nate McMillan on what he can take away from tonight's game:
"They're the world champs. They play great basketball. We got a lot we got to work on, but our guys have played a lot of basketball in the last [few weeks]. I'm not making excuses, but they've played a lot of basketball in the last few weeks. We're shorthanded with players, and coming off a back-to-back tonight…the Lakers were sharp and dominated the game."

Portland head coach Nate McMillan on what he thinks the Lakers did specifically to defend guard Brandon Roy:
"Artest basically just tried to deny I think what you try to do with our players, and the defense rose up. They gave us a matchup with Nicolas [Batum] and we went at that, tried to take advantage of that. But you got to go to your main guy, and Artest did a good job of just making Brandon work."

Portland head coach Nate McMillan on the Lakers depth:
"I think that there is certainly some depth to their bench. They're playing great basketball right now. They're shooting the ball well. Lamar Odom right now is playing [like] he's an All-star. His numbers and what he's doing for that team, shooting the ball, rebounding, handling the ball, he's playing great basketball for them."

Blazers guard Andre Miller on the Lakers energy and teamwork:
"They're active, they're long, and they're a tough team. T hey jumped on us. They were active with their hands. They played typical Laker ball. They have got so many guys that can play defense interchangeably. They're all shooting the ball well playing through the big man and Kobe doesn't really have to shoot the ball right now. We got beat pretty bad. We have a lot of work to do. They pretty much had control of the game the entire game."

Blazers guard Andre Miller on the loss:
"It's not discouraging, it's a long season, so we don't want to make no excuses we just try to move on from this loss and move on two the next one."

Blazers guard Brandon Roy on his offensive struggles:
"I don't know the answer right now. I'm still trying to figure out how to get involved offensively."

Blazers guard Brandon Roy on Lakers defense, specifically Artest:
"Ron Artest, he didn't change his defense he just plays good defense every night. Coming of screens and stuff they did a good job of showing and they're just big. When you kick it, they try and force you to take shots from the perimeter."

Blazers guard Brandon Roy on the Blazers loss and Lakers depth:
"I wouldn't say it's discouraging but they're good. You can look at the paper and see that they have got a lot of players, a lot of depth, and they're a team that you can't go out there and play with low energy or they're going to kill you. It's no secret they're stacked. I think they'll tell you that. They've got a good team.

Blazers guard Brandon Roy on moving forward:
"We got our butt kicked but it's nothing that we're going to harp on. The biggest thing is we have to try and rest up and get ready for this game Tuesday. This one's over with I don't think we'll talk about it too much."

Blazers guard Brandon Roy on Pau Gasol and Lakers ball movement:
"Because they get the lead and they just play big. Pau is a monster. I think he almost had a triple double at halftime. He's catching that ball, he's passing it, and they basically gel and hit the open man. They're hitting the open man every time. Kobe does not have to spend much energy and they don't even have Bynum, so they're loaded.

Blazers guard Brandon Roy on Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol:
"They're a veteran ball club that's been playing together for a while. They pretty much know how to play. They have pretty much two of the best players in the league in Kobe [Bryant] and [Pau] Gasol and everybody else pretty much plays their position and follow suit.

Blazers center Marcus Camby on the Lakers size:
"It was terrible from the jump. You can't give a team like that a double digit lead especially in the first quarter because they play with their size, they play with their strength. It's hard to play catch up against a team like that."



The Los Angeles Lakers are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the NBA, but face a tough test in their next game.

Los Angeles looks to open 7-0 for the second time in three seasons when it hosts the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

The Lakers (6-0) have recorded an NBA-best 227 regular-season wins since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, but are just 6-8 against Portland over that span.

While they have had some recent trouble with the Trail Blazers, things seem to go a lot smoother at the Staples Center, where the two-time reigning champions have won 13 of 16 over the previous nine seasons.

Los Angeles stayed perfect with a 108-103 win over Toronto on Friday as Pau Gasol continued his torrid start with 30 points. He has scored at least 21 in each of the six victories and is averaging a team-high 24.8 points.

Kobe Bryant added 23, but knows there's still room for improvement.

"We always have to work on stuff," he said. "You can't go through a year playing perfect basketball. You still got to work on things. "It's just about getting a win and just moving on, and continuing to get better."

One of the Lakers' biggest surprises has been the play of Steve Blake ,who was signed in the offseason to back up point guard Derek Fisher .

Blake went 4 of 6 from 3-point range against the Raptors en route to a season-high 14 points, and is looking to forward to facing his former team.

"We'll watch some film and go over some plays that they're running," said Blake, who spent three-plus seasons with the Trail Blazers. "We have to use our momentum and take care of home court."

The Lakers know that containing three-time All Star Brandon Roy is pivotal in trying to stay unbeaten.

I think he's already (an elite player), he's just up in Portland so nobody gets a chance to see him," Bryant said of Roy. "He's a fantastic player."

Roy led the Trail Blazers (5-2) with 26 points in Saturday night's 97-84 win over Toronto, the fifth time in seven games that Portland has held an opponent to 95 points or less.

Marcus Camby , who was uncertain to play due to migraine headaches, finished with eight points and a season-high 16 rebounds despite missing part of the game because of further symptoms. He is expected to play in this game.

"We're in a situation where we need everyone to play big," Roy said. "Whether you are 100 percent or not, we need you. I am playing more minutes than I have ever played. Everybody needs a little help and that was what made Marcus' effort tonight so big."

Roy leads the team, which is 3-1 on the road and off to its best start since going 10-2 to begin the 1999-2000 season, with 22.0 points per game.

Portland is 7-2 against the Lakers with Roy in the lineup, including a 2-2 mark in Los Angeles.

LaMarcus Aldridge put up 22 points and grabbed 10 boards against Toronto for his third double-double of the season. Aldridge has six double-doubles in 12 career starts versus the Lakers.

Rudy Fernandez missed his second straight game with a back injury and is questionable for this game.

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

Mavs Greg Oden (left knee) is out.
Joel Przybilla
(right knee) is out.
Elliot Williams
(right knee) is out.

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The Lakers dropped last season's series with the Trail Blazers 1-2 after having split the previous two season series 2-2 with Portland. The Lakers last won a series against Portland in 2004-05 and overall, have taken just two season series from the Trail Blazers in the 1990's and 2000's combined (2004-05: 2-1 and 1992-93: 3-2). This will be the 196th meeting between the Trail Blazers and Lakers with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 109-86. The Lakers are 4-6 against the Trail Blazers in their last 10 overall games. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 15-5 against the Trail Blazers all-time and have won 14 of their last 17. With a victory 2/6/10 at Portland, the Lakers snapped a nine-game losing streak at the Rose Garden (their first win there since 2/23/05) and are now 3-15 in their last 18 games at Portland. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 18-20 against the Trail Blazers during the regular season. In their first meeting of the 2008 season, the Lakers held the Blazers to their lowest scoring total in series history in a 96-76 opening night victory 10/28/08. In 2006-07, Kobe Bryant scored 65 points March 16 at STAPLES Center, surpassing his own series record of 50 points established at home back on April 14, 2006 (on the same day Bryant surpassed Elgin Baylor's single-season franchise scoring record of 2,719 points). In 48 career games against Portland including 42 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 27.6 points against the Trail Blazers. In his last 17 regular season games against the Blazers, Bryant is averaging 33.4 points (567). Portland guard Rudy Fernandez played for Spain internationally along with Pau Gasol. Fernandez was on the 2008 Olympic silver medal team with Gasol while both also played together on the gold medal winning Spanish 2006 FIBA World Championships team.

With their victory over Toronto on November 5th, the Lakers improved to 6-0 for the 5th time in franchise history dating back to their days in Minneapolis. The Lakers most recent 6-0 start came in 2008-09 when they won seven straight to open the season before suffering their first loss. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers have now started the season 6-0 or better three times (2010-11, 2008-09, 2001-02). With the Bulls, Jackson opened the season 6-0 once, going 12-0 to open the 1996-97 season.

With 30 points from Pau Gasol and 23 points from Kobe Bryant in the Lakers November 5th victory over Toronto, the two became the first pair of teammates to both score at least 20 points in each of their team's first six games of a season since Larry Kenon and George Gervin did so over the first SEVEN games for the 1979-80 San Antonio Spurs. Bryant and Gasol are the first pair of Lakers to do so since Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West scored 20 or more points each in their first six games of the season in October 1970. The last Lakers duo to do so in their first SEVEN games of a season was Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, at the start of the 1961-62 season.


In first quarter of the Lakers November 3rd victory at Sacramento, Kobe Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (37,492) for first on the Lakers all-time minutes played list (regular season). Additionally, in the first quarter of the Lakers November 5th victory over Toronto, Bryant (9,019 FGM) passed Jerry West (9,016 FGM) for 2nd on the franchise's all-time field goals made list (regular season). Abdul-Jabbar ranks 1st in franchise history with 9,935 field goals made. In all, Bryant now ranks 1st or 2nd on the Lakers all-time list in points (1st), games (2nd), minutes (1st), steals (2nd), field goals made & attempted (2nd), free throws made & attempted (2nd), 3-point field goals made & attempted (1st) and free throw % (2nd).


Over the first five games of the season, Lamar Odom shot 35-for-50 (.700) from the field, ranking first in the NBA . The last player to shoot 70% from the field through the first five games of a season (min. 50 FGA) was Charles Barkley, who shot 43-for-60 (.716) over the first five games of the 1991-92 season. The only other time a Lakers player did so was Wilt Chamberlain, who shot 49-of-70 (.700) over the first five games of the 1968-69 season.


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 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).

This season, the Lakers are 1-0 in the first game and 1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs. On the 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 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.


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 (1,104-460), 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.


Entering the Lakers game vs. Portland, Derek Fisher has played in 419 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 618 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 297 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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