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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 30 22 17 30 99
Play by Play New Jersey Nets 24 18 25 25 92


Bryant scores 32 as Lakers beat Nets 99-92

By TOM CANAVAN

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and had two big assists in a late eight-point run that led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday.

Lamar Odom had five of his 22 points in the late spurt and Pau Gasol had the other three in capping a 15-point, 11-rebound effort that led the Lakers to their sixth straight win over New Jersey.

Brook Lopez had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who have lost seven straight and 9 of 11. Devin Harris added 16 points and 10 assists.

Gasol broke an 87-all tie, hitting the second of two free throws with 2:28 to play.

After Harris missed a drive, Bryant took advantage of the Nets' double-teaming him and made them pay with his playmaking. He hit Gasol coming down the middle of the lane for a layup and a 90-87 lead with 1:48 to play.

Harris again failed to capitalize inside on the other end of the court and Bryant made a short cross-court pass to Odom for another layup and a 92-87 lead with 1:02 left.

Odom closed out the run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key off a nice pass by Derek Fisher.

New Jersey never got close again.

The Lakers led most of the game but the Nets closed the gap to two points at the end of the third quarter. They eventually took the lead at 78-77 on two free throws by Lopez with 4:45 to play.

Neither team led by more than three points until the very end with Harris forging the last tie at 87 with a floater in the lane with 2:56 to go.

NOTES: Nets rookie forward Damion James is going to be sidelined with a broken right foot. He will have surgery on Monday. ... The NBA champion Lakers will meet with President Obama in Washington on Monday, a day before they play the Wizards. ... The crowd included former Lakers great Magic Johnson and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.


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2 Clutch assists from Kobe Bryant, who drove into the paint and attracted multiple defenders on back-to-back possessions late in the fourth quarter before finding Pau Gasol for a layup and Lamar Odom for a dunk that buried the Nets. Bryant finished with six dimes in the contest to lead the Lakers.

3 Late free throws missed by Bryant, Gasol and Odom (one each) that made those two buckets from Bryant more than necessary. Odom also added the game's dagger from three-point distance, his second and L.A.'s seventh of the game.

9 Rebounds collected by guards Shannon Brown (four) and Steve Blake (five) off the bench despite limited playing time. The Nets finished the game +3 on the glass at 45-42.

16 Shots missed by Gasol in a 6-for-19 day from the field. While that rarity showed his tired legs, Gasol still managed 15 points and 11 rebounds with five blocks.

32 Points scored by Bryant to lead all scorers on 9-of-19 shooting. He scored 14 of those 32 in the fourth quarter, making 3-of-6 shots and hitting 7-of-8 free throws. He added four steals and four boards to his aforementioned six dimes.




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Points Bryant 32, 9-19 FG
Rebounds Gasol 11, 3 OFF 8 DEF
Assists Bryant 6
Steals Bryant 4
Blocks Gasol 5


POSTGAME QUOTES

Phil Jackson, Lakers head coach:

(On the Game)
"We have been setting up a formula for losing and some of it is around the third quarter. This looked like another one of those nights. The Nets played us physical, it wasn't a very good game. We shot 41% and the Nets shot 40%. We didn't shoot the ball that well. Pau (Gasol) struggled the whole night but we were able to pull out a win. We have both offense and defense to work on in practice tomorrow."



Lamar Odom, Lakers forward:

(Having the lead and getting it back)
"We weren't playing up to our potential, not taking anything from the Nets they played great, they made us work but we can play a lot better than we did today. We have to get through this lackadaisical spell."

(On his game tonight)
"I was kind of disappointed in myself. I wanted to rebound a little bit more this game. I think I played a little bit too much on the outside. I didn't find my way to the offensive glass and kind of let Humphries rack up rebounds and get easy rebounds."

(On Farmar)
"He wanted to get into our offense. He tried to make plays on the ball. As long as he's happy, I'm happy. He's a great kid and a good teammate and I'm happy to see him have success. I think he played well. I thought he was assertive, he looks to shoot the ball, he ran the pick and roll. I think it's important to not get caught up. I think he did a great job of letting the game come to him."



Kobe Bryant, Lakers guard:

(On the Nets recent play)
"Yeah, I mean they have played some pretty stiff competition as of late. They've had the Heat, Boston, us, so it has been a tough stretch for them."

(On the Lakers' ball movement and spacing towards the end of the game)
"Tonight we did a much better job of spacing out, particularly when I had the ball in isolation. Guys weren't standing around and watching. They were cutting without the basketball. We did a much better job of that and as of late we have been losing games like that. It was a good win for us."

(More on the ball movement and spacing)
"That's something we talked about in practice. You can't stand and watch. If teams are going to zone up you have to move. We were able to take advantage of their defense"

(On whether or not the Lakers are pacing themselves)
"We're not trying to. We have to muster up the energy and muster up the motivation, and go out and play night in and night out. We're not doing a good job about that."

(On reacting to the Nets' double teams)
"We were just reading the defense and making the right play. We do that pretty well."

(On the Nets having three different homes in three years)
"That's tough, especially for the people. My driver didn't even know where the hell he was going. He took us to the other arena. If it was tough for him, I'm sure it is tough for the players."

(On the Nets team and the formation of their team)
"I think they have a lot of players that do the same thing. In rebuilding you have to put pieces of the puzzle together and find pieces that mix and match and fit. You need versatility. We have players that do different things so the pieces fit extremely well together."

(On Jordan guarding him at some points during the game)
"I love Jordan. I've always had great respect for what he has done for us. It's no different for me in practice than it is in the game. He's too little."


Nets Coach Avery Johnson:

(On the difference in the game)
"Kobe Bryant, that's the difference. They threw him the ball and he made some plays. He beat some of our coverages and he made the right passes at the right time. We forced him into a few turnovers, but he's a great closer. Again, this is the kind of effort that I'm used to by our team. Don't get me wrong, I don't like consolation prizes. I do not like coming in second. But, I like maximum effort. We're not ready to close these types of games out. Hopefully, we'll get there one day. Our guys battled, we held them to 41% from the field. We have 58 points in the paint; when have you seen our team with 58 points in the paint? But, we didn't make our wide open shots, so instead of scoring 102 or 105 points, we get 92 points."



Brook Lopez

(On their effort)
"I think there was some minor, minor slip-ups in the second quarter. We were right there, I think there were a few miscues offensively. Devin made a great pass to me and i missed it. Defensively, I think there was a possession where both Hump and I went to help on the penetration and that led to an easy lay-up. Other than that I think we played very well and if you just keep cutting down mistakes like we are, I think we'll be alright."

(On it being a close game)
"It was back and forth, one point game either way. Then like I said a few mistakes and it just got away from us. We had three great looks at the end there between Jordan and Ant that just didn't go down."

(On Pau Gasol)
"I had a lot of help in digs and stuff like that. He plays very slowly and methodically and he did a great job hitting his cutters tonight; getting other guys open because obviously you have to respect him."




Kris Humphries

(On the game)
"I'm happy with our team's effort. The last two games, Dallas and here, we've been able to put ourselves in a position to have a chance to win against two of the elite teams in the west. We need to figure out a way to carry that over against teams that aren't on that level and start securing some wins."

(On the open lay-ups in the end)
"That's a breakdown defensively. I came over to contest a shot; we have to have a guy dropping back to take away that easy drop off to Lamar Odom. Kobe's in the air making a decision, it's easy to drop it there. If he had to swing it up to the top or find another guy it'd be a tougher play."

(On the stat sheet being positive but still losing)
"You look at this game and it comes down to a few defensive plays, breakdowns in our system. We had a few times we went to double and we didn't get enough guys in the paint to stop on their double flood action with Odom and Gasol. Just some plays down the stretch where if we execute there we put them in a tougher position."








LAKERS VS. NETS GAME PREVIEW

By MATT BECKER

Kobe Bryant struggled to find his shot last time out and the Los Angeles Lakers' winning streak was snapped.

He typically doesn't need to be at his best offensively against the New Jersey Nets for the Lakers to win.

Bryant looks to bounce back from a rough outing as Los Angeles goes for its sixth straight victory Sunday over a Nets team trying to avoid losing its seventh in a row.

The Lakers (16-7) entered Friday's game against Chicago averaging 105.0 points during a three-game winning streak, but the offense struggled to get in gear, finishing with a season low in points in an 88-84 loss. Things fell apart for Los Angeles in the second quarter, when it shot 4 for 15 from the floor, committed eight turnovers and was outscored 24-10.

"We shot poorly," coach Phil Jackson said. "Guys were long, inconsistent. We made one outside shot in the first half. That's not a professional response to this game."

Bryant was never able to get in rhythm, finishing with 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting.

The Lakers are 4-5 when Bryant shoots below 42.5 percent - compared to 12-2 when he's above that mark - but the team might still have a good chance at winning even if the 12-time All-Star's shooting touch is off again.

Bryant is averaging 18.2 points in Los Angeles' five victories over the Nets since a 102-100 loss on Nov. 25, 2007, shooting below 30 percent in three of those games. The Lakers have still managed to outscore New Jersey by an average of 17.6 points during that win streak.

Bryant's struggles against New Jersey are nothing new. In 21 career games versus the Nets, the four-time scoring champion has a 21.8 scoring average, his lowest against any team. Los Angeles is 14-7 in those games.

While Bryant has had some trouble against New Jersey, Pau Gasol has done a good job of picking up the slack.

In five games against the Nets since he joined the Lakers, Gasol has averaged 24.0 points on 64.8 percent shooting along with 10.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

New Jersey (6-17) is hoping to have one of its top scorers back for this contest after Devin Harris sat out the final three quarters of Thursday's 102-89 loss to Dallas because of a sprained left shoulder.

Harris, second on the Nets in scoring with an average of 16.3 points, was injured when he tried to deflect an alley-oop pass and fell to the floor. He was scoreless in 9:22, the first time since Jan. 21, 2007, he failed to get a point.

"It doesn't feel good," Harris said after the game. "It's the one part of the body I wish I didn't hit was the left shoulder."

New Jersey also could be without Derrick Favors, the third overall pick in this year's draft, for a second straight game due to a bruised thigh.

The Nets have lost a season-worst six straight, and the last three haven't been close, getting outscored by an average of 17.7 points. New Jersey has allowed at least 100 points in those three, falling to 2-10 when letting opponents reach the century mark.

Los Angeles, one of the league's top-scoring teams at 106.7 points per game, is 13-2 when reaching 100.

However, the Lakers have been held under 100 in five consecutive road games and lost four of them, with the only win coming at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. This will be the third stop on their seven-game road trip.


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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 probable.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.
Derrick Caracter
(sprained left ankle) is day-to-day.

Mavs Derrick Favors (right thigh contusion) is questionable.
Devin Harris
(sprained left shoulder) is questionable.


12/12 - LAL @ NJN
01/14 - NJN @ LAL


The Nets are a young team and they have shown the typical tendency of a young team to play in spurts at both ends of the floor. So far this season they have not shown the ability to put together the kind of mental toughness to play both ends for 48 minutes every night. Harris and Lopez are their leading scorers and Jordan Farmar has been playing well lately. Another sign of a team that is in the process of maturing is that they play to the level of their competition and they play better at home. With that in mind, we better be ready to compete bright and early (10 am pacific time tip off) or we will be embarrassed. New Jersey brings a six game losing streak into this game and Coach Avery Johnson will have his team ready to get back on track.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers lead their season series with the Bulls 1-0 after sweeping last season's series with Chicago 2-0 for the third consecutive year. This will be the 139th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 84-54. The Lakers have won seven straight against the Bulls and are 9-1 against Chicago in their last 10 overall games. In Chicago, the Lakers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at the United Center against the Bulls but have won their last three straight. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 10-2 all-time against the Bulls and have won 8-of-their-last-9. Under head coach Phil Jackson, who coached in Chicago for nine seasons, the Lakers are 16-5 all-time against his former team, 9-2 in Los Angeles, 7-3 in Chicago. Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen spent three years as an assistant in Chicago and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 Bulls Championship teams. Assistant coach Jim Cleamons spent seven seasons as an assistant in Chicago and was a member of the 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996 Bulls Championship teams. Lakers Special Assistant Coach Craig Hodges played four seasons with the Bulls and was a member of their 1991 and 1992 Championship teams. On November 18, 2007, the Lakers defeated the Bulls by 28 points, surpassing the old series record of 27 established back on February 18, 1968. One year earlier, the Lakers held the Bulls to a series-low 72 points November 19, 2006 at STAPLES Center. In 25 career games (21 starts) against Chicago, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.7 points with high games of 43 in Los Angeles (11/20/05) and 42 in Chicago (12/15/09). Additionally, forward Ron Artest was drafted by the Bulls with the 16th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, playing 2 1⁄2 seasons with Chicago and earning All-Rookie Second Team honors his rookie year. Guard Shannon Brown grew up just a few miles outside of Chicago, earning First Team Parade All-American, McDonald's All-American, Illinois Mr. Basketball and co-MVP of the Jordan Capital Classic (with LeBron James) as a senior at Provisio East HS in Maywood, IL. He played six games with the Bulls in 2008 after being acquired from Cleveland.

BRYANT APPROACHING 11th ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 22 points against the Kings (12/3/10), Kobe Bryant (26,375) moved within 20 points of John Havlicek (26,395) for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Should he continue to score anywhere near his current pace (26.6 ppg), Bryant would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant and Havlicek are Dominique Wilkins (10th/26,668), Oscar Robertson (9th/26,710), Hakeem Olajuwon (8th/26,946), Elvin Hayes (7th/27,313) and Moses Malone (6th/27,409).

Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years and last season alone, passed Alex English (25,613), Reggie Miller (25,279), Jerry West (25,192), Patrick Ewing (24,815) and Allen Iverson (24,368). In passing West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1, 2010 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West's retired number), Bryant became the leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. In 2008-09, Bryant passed Hall-of-Famers Charles Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195), Gary Payton (21,813) and Larry Bird (21,791).

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.

GAME WINNERS
Known for his clutch shooting, Derek Fisher delivered once again for the Lakers in their 87-86 victory over the Clippers on December 8th, this time in game-winning fashion with a running three-foot layup high off the glass as the buzzer sounded. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the stat began being tracked prior to the 2000-01 season, Fisher now has five game winning field goals, four in the regular season and one in the playoffs (FGM in last 10 seconds of the 4th quarter or overtime). Only two, however, have actually come with the Lakers; the other being his famous 0.4 second buzzer beater 5/13/04 at San Antonio (74-73 win). Fisher's other game winners came with Utah (2/10/07 vs. NY (104-102 win) and Golden State (3/25/05 vs. MIL (118-117 win), 12/28/05 vs. BOS (111-109 win)).
Last season, teammate Kobe Bryant connected on six game-winners; the most game winning field goals of any player in a single season over the last 10 years (Carmelo Anthony ranks second on this list with five game-winning field goals in 2005-06). Since the start of the 2000-01 season, Bryant has 20 field goals that have given his team the lead within the last 10 seconds of a fourth quarter or overtime, the most in the league over that span.

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game in Chicago, Derek Fisher has played in 435 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, the longest consecutive games streak among all active NBA players. Fisher moved into the top position after Portland's Andre Miller (632) missed the Blazers game against Phoenix (12/7/10) due to NBA suspension. Additionally, Fisher has started 313 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than a season's worth of games (2nd – Luis Scola). 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.

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 115-108 victory over Washington on December 7th, the Lakers recorded their FOURTH wire-to-wire win of the season. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victories came against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS, 11/21 vs. GS) and Grizzlies (11/2 vs. MEM). 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).

BACK-TO-BACK
This season, the Lakers are 3-1 in the first game and 3-1 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-backs 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.

EMPHATIC END TO LOSING STREAK
The Lakers ended their first 4-game losing streak since April of '07 with a 113-80 victory over Sacramento (12/3/10). It's the second-largest margin of victory to end a losing streak of at least four games the Lakers have ever had. The Lakers ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Hawks by 46 points on January 9, 2004 (113-67).*

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.

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.

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 the fourth quarter or overtime since 2/23/07 against the Celtics. In that contest, Bryant scored 38 points before sitting out the entire fourth. The most points Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play the fourth came 12/20/05 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.*

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.

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.

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).

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 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 (1,114-466), 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 (.705), 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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