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Lakers hold off Wizards 115-108

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 32 points, Lamar Odom added 24 points and seven rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the Washington Wizards for the eighth straight time, 115-108 Tuesday night.

Pau Gasol had 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers in their final home game before a seven-game, two-week trip that includes a rematch with Washington on Dec. 14. Los Angeles struggled to put away the lively Wizards, but never trailed for the fourth time this season.

Nick Young hit a career-best six 3-pointers while scoring 30 points in his hometown for the Wizards, who closed the third quarter on a 16-1 run to make the two-time defending champions uncomfortable. Young's final 3-pointer pulled Washington to 110-106 with 1:20 left, but it was the former USC guard's only basket in the fourth quarter.

John Wall had 22 points and 14 assists for Washington, which dropped to 0-11 on the road this season. Washington and the Los Angeles Clippers are the NBA's only remaining teams without a road victory.

Gilbert Arenas scored 23 points for the Wizards, who played without forward Andray Blatche after their leading scorer bruised his hip during Saturday's loss at Phoenix.

After snapping a four-game losing streak - their longest in more than 3 1/2 years - with a win over lowly Sacramento last Friday, the Lakers skillfully moved the ball around against Washington while taking a 15-point lead in the first half. Los Angeles outrebounded the Wizards 27-11 in the first half, grabbing 14 offensive boards.

After Washington's third-quarter run, the Lakers went back ahead by 10 points in the final minutes, but back-to-back baskets by Wizards rookie Trevor Booker cut it to 108-103 with 3:08 to play.

After Arenas' jumper with 57 seconds left trimmed the Lakers' lead to four, Gasol won a jump ball with 32 seconds remaining that would have allowed Los Angeles to nearly run out the clock - but Odom inexplicably rushed and missed a 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play.

Wall missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and Bryant hit two free throws with 10 seconds left.

Blatche's injury prompted Washington coach Flip Saunders to use his seventh starting lineup of the young season. Chinese forward Yi Jianlian got his first start with the Wizards, while Arenas replaced Kirk Hinrich and longtime Clippers forward Al Thornton took over for Alonzo Gee.

Young kept the Wizards in the game during the first half, scoring 19 points with three 3-pointers while rarely passing the ball.

NOTES: Gasol had eight assists by halftime. He wasn't able to complete his fifth career triple-double after getting his fourth last month. ... With Portland's Andre Miller sitting out due to a suspension, Los Angeles G Derek Fisher became the NBA's active leader in consecutive games played with 434. ... Young gave the Wizards a scare when he dove headfirst over the courtside row of seats in futile pursuit of a loose ball early in the fourth quarter. Young did a somersault, but was unscathed. ... Fans at courtside included Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Comedian Carlos Mencia interviewed Lakers in the locker room before the game.


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8 Games this season in which Kobe Bryant has scored at least 30 points. He's second in the league in scoring to Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (27.4 ppg) with a 26.7 per game average.

14 Offensive rebounds for the Lakers … in the first half. For some perspective, the Lakers average 12.6 offensive boards a night, good for sixth in the NBA, and finished with 22 in the contest.

30 Points off the bench for Wizards sub Nick Young, a USC product and L.A. native, for his season high. Young made 10-of-17 shots, including 6-of-10 threes, showing that his 171 field goal attempts to eight total assists coming in weren't a fluke or an accident.

30.7 Lakers shooting percentage in the second half after a 56-percent performance in the first half, allowing the Wizards to hang around.

76 Points away from 11th on the NBA's All-Time scoring list for Kobe Bryant heading into the game. Bryant posted 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting to cut that margin down to 44. John Havlicek (26,395) will be Bryant's next victim on the list, while Dominique Wilkins currently ranks 10th with 26,668 career points.




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Points Bryant 32, 12-23 FG
Rebounds Gasol 14, 9 OFF 5 DEF
Assists Gasol 8
Steals Artest 4
Blocks Gasol 5


POSTGAME QUOTES

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on what he told the team after the game:
"They really sucked the joy out of winning that one didn't they."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the pace of tonight's game:
"It was a game of runs. We put together a good run to finish the second period. We put together a good one at the end of the first, but that had a run at the end of the third and made a game out of it."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the Lakers ball movement:
"I thought we got sloppy with the ball. [We had] 22 assists in the first half and we had four in the second. That tells you something about what we were doing with the ball and how we're using it. As a result we shot poorly too."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Nick Young's performance:

"We know when Nick Young comes to town we're just going to give up 25 points; this kids going to come back to LA and have a great game."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on allowing the Wizards to stay in the game:
"We made some real critical mistakes…and you get paid back for things like that."






Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on John Wall's play:
"He was good. He's fast and he's crafty. I felt John shot the ball very well tonight from the three-point line. Made us play him a little bit more."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on his team's defense:
"I thought it was OK in spots. At the end of the game they shot 50 percent so that is unacceptable."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on Nick Young's performance:
"Every time he comes home he plays extremely well. He makes tough shots and he makes them all night long it seems like."






Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on the Wizards coming back in the third quarter:

"They hit a lot of outside shots…their guys got hot. Sometimes it's tough to defend. Teams fight, they make you work, [and] they make you beat them. They did a good job of coming back."

Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on how the Lakers can continue fostering solid ball movement:
"Just watch tape, find out what kind of play makes us the most effective, and stick to the script. But other than that, we're moving on. In the midst of battle, as far as the road's concerned, it starts with the Clippers tomorrow. [We] look forward to it."





Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on how his injured hamstring felt tonight:
"I was feeling pretty well. I was able to run and push of it normally, so I was pretty fresh after three days of no games. It was good."

Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on the Lakers' performance tonight:
"[It was] inconsistent. We let them back into the game and I don't like to see that happen. But it is what it is, it happened. Hopefully we won't make a habit out of it."

Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on in tonight's game was tougher than he expected:
"We made it tougher. Obviously, they made some shots and they had a couple players that got hot. But we made it tough on ourselves."





Lakers' point guard Derek Fisher on his consecutive game streak:
"It's just symbolic of the decision I think a lot of people are faced with on a daily basis. There are good days and bad days, but the most important thing is when you wake up the next morning, you're blessed to see the next day. You strap on the shoes and go to work."






Wizards coach Flip Saunders on coming back from a 19-point deficit:
"We put different guys in. I think it was impressive for us, you know, we've got a very young team, but we basically played the whole second half with three rookies on the floor—with Booker, and Seraphin and John Wall, and Gil played good, and Nick. We just went with guys that had energy, our main guys the last three, four games, our upfront people, have been soft, they just haven't given a presence. And they didn't give a presence early tonight; finally at the end Seraphin and Booker really competed."

Wizards coach Flip Saunders on Nick Young's performance tonight:
"Nick's been playing like that, I mean he hasn't had thirty, but he's been getting twenty on a pretty regular basis for us. When he gets it going, our guys are smart enough to find him. He made some big shots for us, single-handedly kept us in the game in the first half, and made some big shots. As far as in the second, got tired, which is why he missed a couple he probably wouldn't normally miss."

Wizards coach Flip Saunders on if he's surprised with their record so far:
"No. Because we struggle on the road because we're inconsistent, we're young, we go through bad stretches and we just haven't shown consistency. I mean, we've played some pretty tough teams on the road—we've played Atlanta twice, we've played Chicago, we've played the Lakers, we've played Miami, we've played, like I said, Orlando. So you know we've had some pretty tough road stretches. Young teams and young players, they struggle at times, that's why we play a lot better at home. So it's just a process."

Wizards coach Flip Saunders on John Wall and Gilbert Arenas' performances tonight:
"I thought they both did great. I thought that John's getting his timing back from being off for so long, so he's done a nice job getting his timing back. Gil, I thought, played pretty well as far as off the ball. Like I said, I thought they played pretty much under control."




Nick Young on him "going off" whenever he is at Staples Center:
"It's a blessing. I'm just happy I can play well in front of friends and family. We need to get a victory one-time. I haven't got a victory yet since I been in LA."

Nick Young on if there was a point in the game where he thought they would come out and win:
"Yea, we fought hard. I thought the basketball God's were going to give us a chance but Kobe [Bryant] came out in fourth quarter, played well took the team in his hands…"

Nick Young on his 360 degree lay-up in the first half:
"I've been practicing that for awhile. Just going to the gym, some 360's in the air, keep doing lay-ups. I seen the opportunity, I thought Lamar [Odom] was going to jump or take a charge, and I would try to spin off on him."


Gilbert Arenas on their fight in the third quarter after being down nineteen points:
"We put out a line-up that knows how to play and that wanted to play and we just went out there and fought back."

Gilbert Arenas on being guarded by Ron Artest and Matt Barnes:
"Since I'm at the two now, I am always going to have the big, slow, two's on me. So I just got to use my speed and get separation from their length. Ron [Artest] had me frustrated with his strength, but I had him frustrated with my speed a little bit."


John Wall on their third quarter come-back being down nineteen points:
"I think my team did a great job. There was a time I got stepped out…Trevor did a great job off the bench… They did a great job in coming back and at beginning of fourth quarter, they understand that they kept…Lakers put back their starters and got it back up. But we showed heart tonight and we competed. Just a little few mistakes and we were right back in the game; we could've won the game."

John Wall on how he is feeling right now with his speed back:
"I was feeling good, just sprained my ankle like twice out there again. But everything is okay, just trying to get back healthy and keep doing the treatment that my trainer has been giving me and get back to full shape."

John Wall on what Kobe Bryant said when he came up to him after the game:
"Just good game and stay healthy. That's somebody that's the greatest player in the game right now, that's their dominant player and you see down the stretch they give him the ball; you see why he makes shots…It's great to hear from Kobe [Bryant] and that's going to motivate me more to keep working hard and keep trying to get better."









LAKERS VS. WIZARDS GAME PREVIEW

By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Writer

The Los Angeles Lakers' losing streak is over, but coach Phil Jackson is not sure if the two-time defending NBA champions have truly turned things around. Continued dominance of the Washington Wizards might not make things any clearer.

Coming off their first win in more than a week, the Lakers look to keep the Wizards winless on the road with an eighth straight victory in their series Tuesday night.

Los Angeles (14-6) had little trouble ending its four-game skid with a 113-80 home win over Sacramento on Friday.

"It feels good to get back on a winning track," swingman Shannon Brown said. "We're not letting ourselves sink down into anything."

Though the Lakers shot a season-high 56.6 percent to end their longest losing streak since April 2007, it came against one of the NBA's lowest-scoring teams that also ranks near the bottom of the league in field-goal percentage defense.

That was enough to keep Jackson wondering if his team turned the corner or caught a break in the schedule after losing in the final minutes to Utah, Indiana, Memphis and Houston following a 13-2 start.

"It's hard to judge," Jackson said. "Have we broken free from the bonds that held us back, or did we just get a weak sister at this time of year?"

Those same questions could again face the Lakers if they run Washington's road record to 0-11.

Los Angeles has averaged 112.0 points on 53.1-percent shooting while winning its last seven games against the Wizards since Gilbert Arenas scored 60 in Washington's 147-141 overtime win at Staples Center on Dec. 17, 2006.

Kobe Bryant had 45 points in that contest but has averaged 20.3 in three home games versus Washington since then.

Bryant scored 22 points against the Kings and felt the Lakers' dominance could lead to a run in the positive direction.

"All I'm going to say is that we played the right way," Bryant said. "It felt good to win, but it's more about doing the right things to be successful."

Dealing with a strained hamstring, Pau Gasol added 16 points to help the Lakers outscore the Kings 68-30 in the paint.

Los Angeles should get stronger inside as Andrew Bynum, who averaged a career-high 15.0 points in 2009-10, nears his season debut. Though the 7-footer went through his first full practice since offseason knee surgery Monday, he is unlikely to play in this contest.

Washington (6-13) couldn't snap its road skid in the opener of a three-game trip Sunday, losing 125-108 at Phoenix.

The Wizards, who join the Los Angeles Clippers as the only teams without a victory away from home, are giving up 112.8 points per game on the road. Washington allowed its second straight road opponent to shoot 58.0 percent from the field Sunday.

Andray Blatche scored 24 points, Nick Young added 20 and No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall had 12 with 12 assists as the Wizards shot 50.6 percent but continued to struggle on the defensive end.

Arenas, the subject of trade rumors, had 14 points and six assists off the bench. He's averaged 29.1 points in 12 career games against the Lakers but has not faced them since February 2007.


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Lakers Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is out.
Lamar Odom
(sore right foot) is probable.
Pau Gasol
(strained left hamstring) is day-to-day .
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.

Mavs Josh Howard (torn ACL) is out.


12/07 - WAS @ LAL
12/14 - LAL @ WAS


KYP
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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers swept last season's series with Washington 2-0 for the third consecutive year. This will be the 177th meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers leading the all-time series 113-63. Over the past 30 years, the Lakers have lost just two season series to Washington (1975-76; 1-3 and 2004-05; 0-2). The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 overall meetings with the Wizards but have taken their last seven straight from Washington. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 9-2 all-time against the Wizards. In Washington, the Lakers have won four straight and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at Verizon Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, Los Angeles is 16-4 against Washington. On December 17, 2006 at STAPLES Center, Gilbert Arenas and Kobe Bryant became only the seventh pair of opponents to put up 60- plus points and 45-plus points in the same game. In that game, Arenas became just the 8th player to score 60+ points against the Lakers while establishing a series record for points. Bryant's Los Angeles series record 55 points against Washington came against the Michael Jordan-led Wizards in March of 2003 at STAPLES Center. In 24 career games including 20 starts, Bryant is averaging 25.1 points against Washington. Additionally, Luke Walton and Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas played collegiately together at the University of Arizona. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak was a member of the 1977-78 Washington Bullets NBA Championship team. Wizards guard Nick Young played collegiately at USC (2004-07) and in high school locally at Cleveland HS in Reseda, CA. Wizards assistant coach Mike Wells was an assistant coach on the Lakers bench for the 2004-05 season.

BACK-TO-BACK
This season, the Lakers are 2-1 in the first game and 2-1 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.

40-POINT GAMES
With 41 points November 28th versus Indiana, Kobe Bryant scored 40+ points for the 105th time (regular season) in his NBA career. Bryant last topped the 40-point mark in the regular season back on February 1, 2010 at Memphis when he scored 44 points while passing Jerry West to become the Lakers all-time leading scorer. Last season, Bryant eclipsed the 40-point mark eight times, with the Lakers going 7-1 in those games. In the history of the NBA, only two players have more career 40-point games: Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan (173). The Lakers are now 72-33 all-time in games that Bryant scores 40+ points. Bryant holds the Lakers franchise record for 40- point games in a single season, recording 27 during the 2005-06 campaign. Bryant also holds the franchise record for most consecutive 40-point games (9), established during the 2002-03 season. Only Wilt Chamberlain (14 twice, 10 once) has had longer consecutive 40-point game streaks in league history than Bryant.

BRYANT 5th ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST
With his 29th point February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. Additionally, having scored all his points with the Lakers, Bryant moved to sixth on the NBA's franchise career points list. On February 24, 2010 at Dallas, Bryant moved past Reggie Miller (25,279) for 5th on this list. To date, only four players in league history have scored more points for a single franchise than Bryant.

GASOL'S PERFECT SHOOTING NIGHT
With 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists while shooting 10-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line, Pau Gasol became just the third player in the NBA's shot clock era to record a perfect shooting night from the field and the line with at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. The only other players to accomplish this rare feat are Gary Payton in January of 1995 (32 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists (14-14 FG, 3-3 FT)) and Charles Barkley in March of 1989 (31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists (10-10 FG, 9-9 FT)). Additionally, Gasol became the fifth Laker in franchise history to convert at least 10 field goals without a miss in a single game and the first to do so since Byron Scott went 10-for-10 2/26/86 at Dallas. Wilt Chamberlain converted a franchise record 14-of-14 field goals without a miss 3/11/69 vs. Detroit with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (11-11 FG twice) and Mitch Kupchak (11-11 FG) rounding out the list.

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game vs. Washington Derek Fisher has played in 433 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 631 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 311 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.

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.

PERFECT NIGHT FOR BARNES
In the Lakers 112-95 victory 11/19 at Minnesota, 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.

BARNES JOINS BARKLEY FOR UNIQUE DISTINCTION
With 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists 11/19 at Minnesota on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line, Matt Barnes joined Charles Barkley as the only other player in NBA history to post a minimum 20-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist night while not missing a single shot, with a minimum of 5 field goal attempts AND 5 free throw attempts. Barkley posted 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists on a perfect 10-of-10 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line in a 135-122 victory over the Spurs back on March 24, 1989 with the 76ers. Ironically, just one game later, Pau Gasol became the third player in NBA history to do so, posting 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists on 10-of-10 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the foul line in the Lakers victory 11/21 vs. Golden State.

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 117-89 victory over Golden State on November 21st, the Lakers recorded their THIRD wire-to-wire win of the season as well as their second against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS) this year. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victory came in a 124-105 win 11/2 vs. Memphis. 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).

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.

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.

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.






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