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Bryant, Lakers roll past Pistons 103-90

By NOAH TRISTER

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 33 points without playing in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers took advantage of Richard Hamilton's early ejection in a 103-90 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Bryant scored 24 in the first half, helping the Lakers open a 14-point halftime lead, and the struggling Pistons allowed the first seven points of the third quarter to fall behind 66-45. Pau Gasol added 25 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Rodney Stuckey scored 18 points for the Pistons.

Playing on the second of back-to-back nights - and with a rough landing in between at a Michigan airport - the Lakers showed few signs of rustiness. Bryant's 3-pointer from the left wing gave the Lakers an 11-2 lead, and he had 14 points by the end of the first quarter.

Hamilton didn't make it that far. He was called for his second foul with 7:01 left in the quarter when Bryant tried a turnaround jumper from the baseline after trying to back Hamilton down. Hamilton didn't appear too demonstrative, but he must have said something because official Derrick Stafford gave him two quick technical fouls before Bryant even stepped to the free-throw line.

Detroit trailed by only three in the second quarter but couldn't hold off Bryant for long. His hanging bank shot in the lane made it 49-39. Moments later, Bryant appeared frustrated when the offense bogged down, but he was able to take the ball to the baseline himself and sink a fadeaway jumper.

The Lakers shot 57 percent in the first half, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Los Angeles took a 76-50 lead in the third quarter on Gasol's three-point play when he made a layup while being fouled after a behind-the-back pass by Lamar Odom.

Odom finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pistons lost their first five games, and although they've recovered to win four of seven since then, there have been signs of discontent all season. Stuckey was temporarily benched earlier this month, and coach John Kuester got into a heated verbal exchange with Tayshaun Prince during Monday night's loss at Golden State.

Detroit trailed by 32 at one point in that game before rallying for a respectable 101-97 loss. There was no saving face this time. There were empty seats in the arena to begin with, and fans began heading for the exits with 7:57 remaining after the Pistons' Will Bynum missed a soaring one-handed dunk on a breakaway.

NOTES: Coach Phil Jackson said the Lakers "took a couple bounces" as their flight landed in the Detroit area. They played at Milwaukee on Tuesday night. ... The Lakers' Ron Artest scored three points in a quiet night in Auburn Hills, nearly six years to the day after being involved in the infamous "Malice at the Palace" while playing for Indiana. ... Detroit's Austin Daye was called for a flagrant foul with 14.8 seconds left in the first half. Daye grabbed Gasol as the big man was going up under the basket, and Gasol ended up on the ground. ... Detroit's Tracy McGrady, who has battled major knee problems the last two years, went down with a sprained right ankle in the first half, but was able to return to the game. ... Bryant's season high is 34 points against Denver last Thursday.


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2 Double-doubles amassed in three quarters of work for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. Gasol had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Odom had 13 and 10.

4 Road wins in five tries for the Lakers (Phoenix, Sacramento, Milwaukee and Detroit), with the lone loss coming in Denver last week.

24 First half points for Kobe Bryant on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting. Bryant had the whole arsenal working, including two three-pointers, a spinning fadeaway on the baseline, up-and-under drives to the hoop, pump-fake jumpers and more. He'd finish with 33 points in three quarters of work before sitting out the fourth in a blow out.

26 L.A.'s biggest lead in a game it thoroughly dominated. The Pistons led by one early in the first quarter.

31 Rebounds corralled by L.A.'s three best offensive players in three quarters, as Bryant added nine boards to the 22 total from Odom and Gasol.

38 Combined points scored by the Pistons in the second and third quarters, during which the Lakers scored 25 in each to create a 21-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.




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Points Bryant 33, 11-20 FG
Rebounds Odom 10, 4 OFF 10 DEF
Assists Fisher 7
Steals Bryant 2
Blocks Gasol 1












LAKERS VS. PISTONS GAME PREVIEW

By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN, STATS Senior Writer

The Los Angeles Lakers showcased their depth in a victory to open a three-game road trip that should pay dividends for the remainder of it.

They'll play the second half of a back-to-back set of games Wednesday night when they visit the Detroit Pistons.

Los Angeles (9-2) avoided its first three-game skid since March 4-7 with a 118-107 victory at Milwaukee on Tuesday. The highest scoring team in the league trailed by two at halftime before using a 61-point second half to dominate a Milwaukee squad that entered the contest allowing the fewest points per game in the NBA.

"We talked about it at halftime, doing a better job defensively, we were really poor in the first half, just giving layup after layup," superstar guardKobe Bryant said. "It was good. It was not what we're used to doing, but it's a step in that direction."

Bryant led the way with 31 points, but the second-leading scorer was an unlikely source. Shannon Brown scored a season-high 21 points as he took advantage of fewer minutes for Ron Artest.

"I'm going to keep working and we're going to keep winning," Brown said. "It's more about doing what I've got to do to help my team win."

Brown averaged 8.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting last season - his first with Los Angeles. He's averaging 11.3 on 52.3 percent shooting this season.

"He's even a better shooter than he was last year," Bryant said. "You see him now making plays off the dribble, making plays for others, passing off the dribble. He continues to get better. This is just the beginning for him."

Artest only played 17 1/2 minutes and asked to come out of the game, but insisted nothing was wrong afterward. Coach Phil Jackson said Artest would play Wednesday - the forward's fifth game at the Palace of Auburn Hills since the infamous brawl in 2004 with Indiana.

While Detroit (4-7) will be the underdog, the Pistons do have a strong bench like Los Angeles. Two of the Pistons' three top scorers - Ben Gordonand Charlie Villanueva - play primarily as reserves.

The bench keyed a huge comeback that fell short Monday in a 101-97 loss at Golden State that completed a 2-2 road trip. The Pistons cut a 32-point deficit down to two before losing.

"The passing we showed in the second half is the way we kept this thing within striking distance," coach John Kuester said. "The guys worked hard and showed a lot of grit. It was a heck of a comeback."

Gordon and Villanueva combined for 32 points to help fuel the rally.

"We came back down 32, and when you're doing it in that short of a period (of time) there really isn't any margin for error," Gordon said. "I had some bad turnovers. We didn't execute a couple times on what we wanted to do."

The Lakers have won three straight in this series since losing 12 of 16, including four of five in the 2004 NBA finals.


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Lakers Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is out.
Lamar Odom (sore right foot) is probable.
Theo Ratliff (sore left knee) is out.

Mavs Jonas Jerebko (partially ruptured right Achilles tendon) is out.
Terrico White
(broken right foot) are out.


11/17 - LAL @ DET
01/04 - DET @ LAL


After opening the season with five straight losses the Pistons looked as if the wheels were going to fall off this bus early this season. There were reports of Coach Kuester having run-ins with some players. The team fought its way out of the early hole by going 4-2 since that time. We know that a victory over the back-to- back defending champions is the perfect medicine to (at least temporarily) make everyone feel better in Motown. This game is our first back to back road game this season and with the kind of minutes Pau has been playing we will need to prove the fact that we are in the kind of mental and physical shape necessary to win in this context. Tracey McGrady is the key addition to this roster and he is still capable of showing flashes of his former self. Coach Kuester has been using a ten man rotation and has shuffled Austin Daye (who is shooting the ball extremely well from 3 point range this season) and Jason Maxiell (undersized rebounder) in and out of the starting lineup. Tonight's game is Detroit's first since coming home off a four game west coast swing. In their last game they spotted Golden State a 32 point lead before rallying to cut it to 2 late in the game. They couldn't get over the hump and eventually lost 101-97.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers swept last season's series with Detroit 2-0 after splitting the 2008-09 series with the Pistons 1-1 for the second consecutive year. This will be the 201st meeting between the Pistons and Lakers in the Los Angeles era (131-69) and the 323rd game overall (195-127) between the two teams dating back to their first meeting in December of 1948. The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 overall contests with Detroit. At home, the Lakers are 8-3 all-time against the Pistons at STAPLES Center. In Detroit, the Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 overall games, 2-6 in their last eight but 2-0 in their last two visits to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Prior to their six-game losing streak in Detroit from 2003- 08, the Lakers had won nine straight regular season games in Detroit from 1993-2002. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 13-7 against Detroit (1-4 in the postseason). In 25 career games including 21 starts against the Pistons, Kobe Bryant is averaging 23.7 points. In the Lakers 11/17/09 game vs. Detroit, Bryant matched a personal high of 40 points against the Pistons, marking the 100th 40-point game of his career. Furthermore, in that contest, Phil Jackson passed Larry Brown for 5th on the NBA's all-time coaching win list. On 2/8/07, the Lakers were held to a series low 78 points in Detroit, breaking the old mark of 81 points established 2/10/05 at Detroit. The Lakers and Pistons have met five times in the postseason since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles, six including their time in Minneapolis, with the Lakers going 4-2 in those meetings but just 1-2 in NBA Finals. Piston's center Chris Wilcox and Lakers guard Steve Blake were teammates at the University of Maryland from 2000-02 and were both members of the Terrapins 2002 NCAA Championship team. Wilcox was also a teammate of Lamar Odom the 2002-03 season with the Clippers. Piston's forward Tayshaun Prince (Dominguez HS) played high school basketball locally in the Los Angeles area while forward Tracey McGrady and Ron Artest played together for the Houston Rockets during the 2008-09 season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Wednesday's game in Detroit is the second of a back-to-back set with the Bucks and Pistons. This season, the Lakers are 2-0 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.

RAINING THREES
In their 116-121 loss to Phoenix on November 14th, the Lakers and Suns combined for 31 three-point field goals on the night, one shy of the NBA record of 32 established by Phoenix (18) at Seattle (14) in double overtime on January 22, 2006. The combined total marks the 8th time in NBA history that two teams have combined for 31 three- point field goals and just the 6th that two teams did so in a non-overtime game. It is the 3rd time the Lakers have been involved in combining for 31 three-point field goals, also doing so 3/30/08 (Lakers (14), Washington (17) – overtime) and 12/17/06 (Lakers (19), Washington (12) – overtime).
Additionally, the Suns total of 22 three-point field goals made was one shy of the NBA record of 23 established by the Orlando Magic 1/13/09 at Sacramento. In addition to breaking their own franchise record of 20 three-point field goals made, Phoenix eclipsed the Lakers opponent franchise record of 19 three-point field goals made, also established by the Suns in April of 2005.

BRYANT YOUNGEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 26,000 POINTS; 12th EVER TO REACH MILESTONE*
With his 17th point November 11th at Denver, Kobe Bryant reached 26,000 for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to do so in NBA history (32 years, 80 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 114 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 331 days). Additionally, Bryant became the 12th player in NBA history to score 26,000 points and the 8th fastest to do so (1,030) in terms of games, behind Shaquille O'Neal (1,022). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 26,000, doing so in 734 games. Among the remaining top five scorers in NBA history (Chamberlain and O'Neal already mentioned), Michael Jordan reached 26,000 points in 815 games, Abdul-Jabbar in 925 games and Karl Malone in 997 games.

Last season, with a free throw at the three minute mark of the 2nd quarter January 21st at Cleveland, Kobe Bryant scored his 25,000th career point, becoming the 15th NBA player in league history to do so as well as the youngest ever to reach the milestone at 31 years and 151 days of age. Bryant surpassed Wilt Chamberlain (31 years, 186 days) in terms of youngest to 25,000, with Karl Malone (33 years, 228 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 249 days) 3rd and 4th respectively. In terms of games, Bryant (989 games) became the 9th fastest to 25,000 career points, behind Dominique Wilkins (960). Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 25,000 (691 games).

The youngest player in league history to accumulate 16,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 25,000 points, Bryant was the 22nd fastest to 16,000, 20th fastest to 17,000, 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000, 12th fastest to 21,000, 12th fastest to 22,000, 11th fastest to 23,000, 9th fastest to 24,000 and 9th fastest to 25,000 points in terms of games.

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game at Detroit, Derek Fisher has played in 424 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 624 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 302 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.

BRYANT'S FRANCHISE MILESTONES
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 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).

ODOM 10TH FASTEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 11,000 POINTS, 6,000 REBOUNDS AND 3,000 ASSISTS; 29th EVER TO DO SO*
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.

ODOM KICKS OFF THE SEASON ON A HOT STREAK*
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.

A ONE-TWO PUNCH TO START THE 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+ points each in their first six games of the 1970-71 season.

WIRE-TO-WIRE
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).

GASOL IN GOOD COMPANY*
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.

GASOL NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK; 7th CAREER HONOR
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.

JACKSON FASTEST COACH TO 1,100 VICTORIES
With the Lakers victory at Phoenix October 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 (1,107-462), 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.






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