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Play by Play Los Angeles Lakers 37 32 26 22 117


Lakers rout Warriors on Gasol's perfect night

By GREG BEACHAM

LOS ANGELES(AP) Pau Gasol scored 28 points without missing a shot, Kobe Bryant added 20 points and the Los Angeles Lakers took a 30-point lead in the first half of their fourth straight victory, 117-89 over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

Gasol was 10 of 10 from the field and made all eight of his free throws.

Lamar Odom had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat their upstate rivals for the 11th straight time, including twice at Staples Center in three weeks. Los Angeles' 12th win in 14 games to open the season was a laugher by halftime, when the Lakers had hit nearly 66 percent of their shots.

Gasol had nine rebounds and five assists before sitting out the fourth quarter during a historically easy night against Golden State's shoddy interior defense.

According to the Lakers, Gasol became just the third player in NBA history with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists while making at least five shots and five free throws without a miss.

Why do the Lakers know about that statistical oddity? Because Matt Barnes became the second player to do it two days earlier, scoring 24 points in a perfect performance at Minnesota. Charles Barkley is the only other NBA player to accomplish the feat, doing it during the 1988-89 season.

Dorell Wright scored 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting, and Stephen Curry added 13 in the Warriors' fourth loss in five games. Monta Ellis sat out most of the second half after landing hard on his hip.

New Golden State owner and Hollywood producer Peter Guber watched from courtside, but his franchise remained winless against his hometown team since March 2008.

The Lakers were back in top form in their return from a 3-0 Midwest road trip, improving to 7-1 at home after last week's loss to Phoenix. The Warriors couldn't come close to matching the Suns' 22 3-pointers in that game, and Golden State wasn't exactly sharp inside the arc, either struggling with 35 percent shooting.

Los Angeles pulled away in the first quarter with an efficient 19-7 run, and the lead ballooned to 69-39 in the final minute before halftime.

Ellis scored five points on 2-of-10 shooting before falling to the court early in the third quarter holding his left hip. The Warriors said he was available to return, but didn't. Golden State rookie guard Jeremy Lin capitalized for a career-high 13 points in 18 minutes.

NOTES: Los Angeles also routed the Warriors by 24 points on Halloween night. ... Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter fouled out in 17 minutes of play. ... Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the club will look into signing a big man to lend a hand in practice while centers Andrew Bynum and Theo Ratliff are out with injuries. The Lakers hope Bynum can return early next month from offseason knee surgery. ... Fans near courtside included Charlize Theron, Yankees pitcher and Bay Area native CC Sabathia, game show host Pat Sajak and slugger Derrek Lee.


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0 Shots missed by Pau Gasol in the contest. The Spaniard was perfect from the field (10-for-10) and perfect from the line (8-for-8) towards 28 points, not to mention nine rebounds and five assists. This stat line eerily mirrored the perfect line from Matt Barnes last game at Minnesota: 7-for-7, 5-for-5, 24, seven and five. "I thought he played a great game tonight," said Phil Jackson, needing only to state the obvious.

1 L.A.'s NBA rank in points, three-point field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and rebounds through 14 games. They scored 69 of 117 points in the first half, and came in averaging 112.2 per game.

5 Season-low points scored by Monta Ellis, who left the game in the third quarter with a hip injury. In related news, Ron Artest was guarding Ellis. Phil Jackson said that Artest did a really good job of keeping a body on Ellis, who made only 2-of-10 field goals.

6 Times in Lakers history that a player has had a perfect performance from the field with a minimum of 10 field goal attempts. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it twice, while Wilt Chamberlain, Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott all did it once.

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Points Gasol 28, 10-10 FG
Rebounds Odom 10, 1 OFF 9 DEF
Assists Blake 6
Steals Fisher 3
Blocks Gasol 4


POSTGAME QUOTES

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if it is good sign that his team got a big lead early:
"Yeah, during a home game, it's a symbol to come out and be ready, and attack right off the bat. I thought they carried the first half very well."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson comparing Pau Gasol's game tonight and Matt Barnes' game (11/19/10) against Minnesota:
"Well Barnes had a number of three-point shots, it takes a lot of skill. Pau had some nice run-outs and easy baskets, but he made some shots too. I thought he played a great game tonight and we had some guys off the bench [play well]. Shannon [Brown] played a great game too."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if having a large lead early presents challenges for later in the game:
"Without a doubt. We had a game that we kind of ran away with in Minnesota, the first half, and let them back in…You don't want them [the Lakers] to come back down and play lackadaisical and then have a big quarter come up against you. Tonight we did an adequate job in the third quarter. The fourth quarter they started fouling and it turned into a mess, but they played good through three quarters."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on how important it is his starters got to rest in the fourth quarter considering it's a long season:
"It's very important…[It allows the starters] to settle in and support the guys that are out there, give them some [support] in time outs…and we have that reserve to go to Tuesday night if they need it.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the challenge of keeping his team's momentum and rhythm coming home after a road trip:
"We really talked about it this morning and focused on it before shoot-around, about coming back from the road playing on Sunday evening, an early game. Those types of things are all a little bit disruptive to our normal schedule, and you take advantage of it."




Shannon Brown on his second three-pointer being just 2 feet from the line:
"It was…Steve made a great pass, the shot clock was running down, I needed to get up a good shot and the defender wasn't at best, so I just shot it."

Shannon Brown on his response to starters resting the entire fourth quarter:
"It does a lot. Like I said, we get a chance to develop, we get a chance to get into rhythm, we get a chance to get out there and just play. Not a lot of guys get a chance to play on a consistent basis out there and it's fun to always get out there and be able to show what you can do."


Matt Barnes on the starters sitting the fourth quarter and the bench playing:
"Absolutely. That's a part of having a good team, and having a good bench and knowing that that stretch run in March, April, going into the playoffs is important. Like I said, we take, that second unit takes a lot of pride to get up and go out there and handle business so we can give our starters some rest."


Pau Gasol on going perfect from the field and free-throw line:
"It was a good positive night. I wasn't thinking about it during the game. I was just trying to capitalize on the good passes of my teammates and opportunities. I'm always trying to be efficient and effective at all times."

Pau Gasol on Matt Barnes and he having scored 20+ points, 5+ rebounds, 5+ assists while going perfect from the field and FT line with a minimum of 5 attempts (FT an FG) in back to back games:
"Coincidence has something to do with it. It's kind of weird that it happened that way, happening once before in the history of the league then in back to back nights and it happens for two of our players. Obviously it's a good sign."

Pau Gasol on the Lakers current chemistry:
"The focus, the mindset, the way we come out at games recently has been really good, really positive. We're all on the same page; we're progressing, so that's a really positive thing."




Kobe Bryant on Pau Gasol's performance:
"Pau was outstanding. He had great looks and knocked them down."

Kobe Bryant on the Lakers team goals:
"It's just about winning every night. You're here, you show up, your job is to play, and your job is to win."

Kobe Bryant on playing less than 27 minutes:

"It's great. You conserve a great deal of energy and [lower] the risk of opportunity for injury."


Warriors coach Keith Smart on where the Warriors go after another big loss to the Lakers:
"You have to move on again because you cannot hold onto it. We got another game tomorrow night. We didn't come out with the competitive edge that we needed to match them. Understand…the Lakers are playing for a bigger prize. This is a game on their schedule for a better seed…We got to get ourselves to that point."

Warriors coach Keith Smart on how much the Lakers size affected them, especially Pau Gasol:
"He didn't miss a shot because he does a great thing. He's a solid pro and he understands if he brings [the ball] down, he's going to put it in an area where the small guys can get to the ball. He keeps it up nice and high…So it was a great teaching for our big guys to understand that he doesn't try to go and dunk everything."

Warriors coach Keith Smart on how the Lakers have been dominant so far this season:
"They're playing. All the movement that happened throughout the league this year, I think people kind of played it by ear and said the Lakers are not the team. Well, they're still the team."

Warriors coach Keith Smart on how the Lakers defended the Warriors' guards:
"Those guys have length. [Ron] Artest does a good job of staying down and using his length, and getting up into your body. Then when you try to beat him, they have guys that are closing out and we got to make some shots. When you don't make the shots, it compounds a guy like Monta [Ellis] and like Steph [Curry] trying to make plays against that length."






Warriors' Vladimir Radmanovic on their loss tonight:
"It's hard if you're down by almost 30 points in the half time, and then to come back from that. Especially if you're not playing so great, it should be 10 maybe 15 points behind in the half, than 25 or 30. It's almost impossible to come back from 30 points in L.A. against World Champions. It's just too bad."

Warriors' Vladimir Radmanovic on the Lakers:
"They're playing well. It was just a lot of the stuff we did, a lot of mistakes, and they just took advantage of it. They're a great team right now and that's what great teams do."






Warriors' Monta Ellis on bouncing back for tomorrow's game:
"We've just got to go out and do it. The positive thing is that we'll be back at home, with our home fans and we know they'll have that extra energy that we need for tomorrow. I think everybody's gonna be pumped up since we lost tonight and we're gonna try and get back on the winning side."

Warriors' Monta Ellis on his injury in tonight's game:
"I'm good. It was just my hip, just a bruise. Yes, [I will play tomorrow]."






Warriors' Stephen Curry on the Lakers:
"They're playing really well right now. The team chemistry's really great, especially when they're playing at home. You've gotta be on your game and play a little outside yourself a little bit, and try and be in the game and we didn't have that at the beginning. The first quarter they stepped on us hard and we couldn't deal with it."

Warriors' Stephen Curry on the Lakers starting line-up:
"They've got two seven-footers, and Kobe and Artest, so they really make it tough on you. It's hard to tell in practice what kind of a look you're going to see. I feel like we can play with them, we've just got to start out a little better."







LAKERS VS. WARRIORS GAME PREVIEW

By JUSTIN EINHORN

The Los Angeles Lakers are discovering more and more sources of offense.

The Golden State Warriors can't say the same.

Though no team is closer to the Lakers' perch atop the Pacific Division than the Warriors, these teams are very far apart balance-wise - on offense and in this series - going into their matchup Sunday night at Staples Center.

While Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol remain Los Angeles' most productive players offensively, the team is finding other capable scoring options.

The latest was newcomer Matt Barnes, who went 7 for 7 from the field with five 3-pointers and scored 24 points in a 112-95 win at Minnesota on Friday night.

Shannon Brown added 11 points off the Lakers' bench - referred to as the 'Renegades' by coach Phil Jackson. Los Angeles (11-2) is coming off a perfect three-game road trip which began with Brown's 21 points keying a win in Milwaukee.

"That's the depth of our team," Bryant said. "Any given night guys can hurt you."

The Lakers are 5-0 this season when Bryant is held under 25 points. Friday marked the third time in four games they've had at least five players score in double figures, and the reserves accounted for 45 points.

"There are nights when those guys have carried us," point guard Derek Fisher said. "They've had good scoring, played great defense and to accomplish the goal that we want to accomplish this year, we know it's going to take an entire team."

The Warriors (7-5) have been unable to find the same balance lately.

Golden State has followed its surprising 6-2 start by dropping three of four, a stretch during which only four Warriors players have scored in double figures.

Monta Ellis scored 40 points Friday, but Golden State lost 125-119 to the visiting New York Knicks.

"Monta is playing like our superstar," first-year coach Keith Smart said. "Is he a superstar in the minds of everyone else? We've got to get somebody else on our team - two, three, one guy - to get to his level or halfway to his level."

Ellis, though, has averaged only 19.0 points during the Warriors' 10-game losing streak against the Lakers - he missed three of those games due to injury. Bryant has scored more than 30 only twice during that win streak.

Los Angeles has won 24 of 27 overall versus Golden State, which has beaten the Lakers at Staples Center once in its last 15 tries. The teams' lone meeting this season came in Los Angeles on Oct. 31, and the Lakers rolled to a 107-83 victory behind Gasol's 26 points and 13 rebounds.

"We've been pretty successful against them the last couple of years, but the thing you can't do is relax," Gasol said. "If you fall asleep, they can score a lot of points."

Golden State has finished first or second in the league in scoring each of the past four seasons but doesn't currently rank among the top 10. The Lakers are first with 112.2 points per game, nearly 10 more than the Warriors.

"You have to be firing on all cylinders to have a chance to beat that team," Smart said after last month's loss. "That's why they've got that (championship) banner out there."

Smart didn't have Stephen Curry, who has scored 50 points over the last two games, available for the first game against the Lakers and won't have another key player in uniform for this one. David Lee is out due to an infection on his left elbow.


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

Mavs Brandan Wright (lower back strain) is questionable.
Lou Amundson
(surgery- fractured right index finger) is out.
David Lee
(left elbow injury) is out.
Ekpe Udoh
(left wrist surgery) is out.


10/31 - GSW @ LAL W 107-83
11/21 - GSW @ LAL
01/12 - LAL @ GSW
04/06 - LAL @ GSW


Golden State has gone 5-5 since we saw them on Halloween. They are missing David Lee with an elbow injury so they are even thinner in the middle. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are always in attack mode so we must be ready to get back and wall them off. The danger with paying too much attention to those high scoring guards is that it can open offensive rebound lanes for the other Warriors. It will be important to 'help the helper' as the popular coaching cliché states. Against the free-wheeling offensive flow of this Golden State team it is usually necessary to take it a step further and 'help the helper who helped' since the Ellis/Curry combo can get the defense chasing and rotating multiple times.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers currently lead their season series with Golden State 1-0, after winning last season's series with Golden State 4-0. The Lakers have swept four of the last five season series with the Warriors. The Lakers and Warriors have met 294 times in the regular season during the Los Angeles Era with the Lakers leading the all-time series 187-107. Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers and Warriors have met a total of 385 times with the Lakers holding a 238-147 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 24-3 in their last 27 games against Golden State and have won their last 10 straight. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 21-2 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 34-7 against the Warriors. In 52 career games including 43 starts against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.8 points (1392) 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.

PERFECT NIGHT FOR BARNES*
In the Lakers 112-95 victory at Minnesota 11/19, Matt Barnes came off the bench to score 24 points on a perfect night from the field and free-throw line (7-7 FG, 5-5 3FG, 5-5 FT). Since the NBA instituted the three-point shot prior to the 1979-80 season, only two other bench players have been perfect from the free-throw line and from three- point range with at least five attempts in each category in the same game. New Jersey's Bostjan Nachbar shot 6-for-6 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the free- throw line on 4/15/07 and Craig Ehlo shot 5-for-5 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for Atlanta on 1/30/96. Furthermore, Barnes is the first Lakers player to be perfect from the field with a minimum of 7 attempts since Andrew Bynum shot 8-for-8 from the field in a 131-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on 1/3/10.

SHUTTING IT DOWN EARLY*
In the Lakers victory 11/17 at Detroit, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. The 33 points are the most Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play in the fourth quarter or overtime since Feb. 23, 2007 against the Celtics. In that contest, Bryant scored 38 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter. The most points Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play the fourth quarter came on Dec. 20, 2005 when he posted 62 points in 33 minutes vs. Dallas (18-31 FG, 22-25 FT). Bryant established a franchise record for points in a quarter with 30 in the third of that contest, single-handedly outscoring the entire Mavericks team 62-61 through three quarters.

BACK-TO-BACK
This season, the Lakers are 2-0 in the first game and 2-0 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 vs. Golden State, Derek Fisher has played in 426 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 625 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 304 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 (1,109-462), 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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