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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 36 23 28 22 109
Play by Play Indiana Pacers 22 15 32 25 94

Bryant scores 31, leads Lakers past Pacers 109-94

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 25 of his 31 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 109-94 on Wednesday night.

Pau Gasol scored 28 points and Lamar Odom had 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Lakers, who never trailed.

The Lakers shot 51 percent against the Pacers, who entered with the NBA's No. 2 field-goal percentage defense. Los Angeles outrebounded Indiana 51-29 to win for the sixth time in seven games.

Darren Collison scored 17 points and Brandon Rush added 16 for Indiana. The Pacers got off to a promising start this season, but have lost three straight. Indiana was going for its first season sweep of the Lakers since 1992 after winning 95-92 on Nov. 28 in Los Angeles.

Gasol went 5 for 15 with five turnovers and five fouls in the previous meeting, but he set the tone in this one. Los Angeles made seven of its first eight shots and ran out to a 15-4 lead. The Lakers extended that advantage to 27-10 before Bryant even attempted a shot. They shot 73.7 percent in their best quarter of the season to lead 36-22 at the end of the period.

Bryant, content to play decoy, had one field goal and three assists in the quarter. Gasol scored 14 points in the first 12 minutes.

The Lakers led 59-37 at halftime. They outrebounded the Pacers 27-10 in the first half and shot 61 percent. Bryant took just four shots in the first half, but had six assists without a turnover.

Bryant got rolling early in the third quarter, when he drained a 3-pointer from the right corner while fading out of bounds with Danny Granger in his face. Bryant made another 3 a few minutes later and held his arm in the air as the ball went through the net. He scored 17 points in the quarter.

Brandon Rush hit back-to-back 3s to get Pacers fans excited late in the third, but Shannon Brown's coast-to-coast drive and layup quieted the crowd and gave the Lakers an 87-69 lead at the end of the period.

Most of the sellout crowd stayed until the end, even though the home team trailed by double digits the entire fourth quarter. Bryant, ever the crowd pleaser, drained consecutive 3s midway through the fourth, and some fans even chanted "Kobe! Kobe!"

NOTES: Lakers F Ron Artest got a mixed reaction during pregame introductions. While playing for the Pacers, Artest was suspended for 73 games and the playoffs after fighting with Detroit Pistons fans in 2004. He then requested a trade the next season. ... Indiana's first offensive rebound came with 1:36 left in the first half. ... Cincinnati Bengals receiver Terrell Owens was in the crowd.

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59 Combined points for Kobe Bryant (31) and Pau Gasol (28), who were each terrific throughout. Gasol opened the game making 8-of-9 shots, and Bryant scored 10 straight points in the third and eight straight in the fourth while Pacers fans openly screamed their approval.

25 Assists for the Lakers, who moved the ball very well for the second straight game. Ten players scored in the contest, all but one registering an assist.

17 Minutes played by Andrew Bynum, who grabbed five rebounds with three points and two assists. It was another positive step for the big center, who has clearly offered a big physical and mental boost for Gasol and Lamar Odom, who scored 13 points with 17 rebounds.

15 Defensive rebounds grabbed by Odom, who added two on offense and was terrific throughout. He also scored 13 points, tossed three assists with a block.

13 Points for Indiana's best player, Danny Granger, limited to 5-of-13 shooting by a fired up Ron Artest, who was playing against his former team.

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Points Bryant 31, 11-18 FG
Rebounds Odom 17, 2 OFF 15 DEF
Assists Bryant 6
Steals Artest 2
Blocks Gasol 2


Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson

(On the start of the game)

We've had a couple good starts. It was our defense. It was terrific. It wasn't revenge. These guys remembered the Pacers celebrating in Staples. We don't like to give up 30 point quarters. And we like Kobe to make his presence felt. He went out and made a great effort in the second half. Last time their centers scored 38 points. It makes a big difference. This game we came out with defense.

(On his history with the Pacers)

Market Square Arena - There were a lot of high moments there. Miller (Reggie) and MJ (Michael Jordan) going at it under the basket in 97-98. The Lakers had their way here in 2000. This is a franchise you want to see do well. Such a big basketball state.

Lakers' Pau Gasol

(On avenging the loss in L.A.)
We wanted to come in here and make sure that we played a good game and were able to get a win. We knew that it would be a tough game, but we were more accustomed to their playing style. So we wanted to play more aggressive and be more assertive and fortunately it paid off. We're not too happy with losing the third and fourth quarters. But overall it was a positive game for us. It's not easy to win at Staples.

(On Pacers reaction to winning in L.A.)
I don't blame them for celebrating. That game was more our fault. So we wanted to come in here and get a W.

Lakers' Kobe Bryant

(On the difference between this game and the game in L.A.)
We came out with more energy, more focus, and a sense of urgency. From the beginning at both ends we were very involved. We wanted to put some pressure on Hibbert (Roy) by getting Pau in some isolation situations and if you noticed tonight we were moving him around a lot more, making the defense move.

(On his approach to the game)
The defense was collapsing on me in the first half, so I was a facilitator. In the second half, things started to open up a little bit and I was able to get some shots. It just depends on the flow of the game. In certain games, you can do both at the same time.

(On the Pacers)
I like them. I like them a lot. They play well together. They play hard. They're well coached. And I'll be very surprised if they are not in the playoffs at the end of the year.

Quoting Pacers Head Coach Jim O'Brien

They were clearly a superior group to our players tonight. They jumped on us and never really gave us a chance to get back in the game. They were obviously going to bring it and we didn't match their intensity in the first half. We'll have to evaluate and tweak some things to make sure we're not getting shot in the foot early in the game. Gasol (Pau) is a great player and he certainly wasn't happy about what happened in L.A. He had 14 points in the blink of an eye.

(On the last three losses)

I'm not very happy with the way we competed, in all candor. You've got to bring a certain ethic to the games and frankly we haven't. You compete against 29 teams and if you don't bring it, you can lose the game.

Pacers' Darren Collison

"I think we could have played a little better. The Lakers are a heck of a team. They play well with one another. I still feel like our effort wasn't there all the way. Coach had a good game plan. It's nobody's fault but the players.

(On the Lakers coming out hot)
You have to give them credit. They were hitting some nice shots. We stuck to the game plan and they were just hitting some shots. If we can play a little bit harder, we should be fine. We have to watch the film, see what we did wrong and go from there."

Pacers' Mike Dunleavy

(On the Pacers recent stretch)
We just have to stick with it. We move on. Friday night we play Cleveland. We need to get a win then and go from there. It's a long season. You go through some ups and downs. You can't get too high when you win five straight and you can't get too low when you lose a few in a row. That's the kind of mentality we're taking.

(On the Lakers hot start)

They just knocked us on our heels. I don't know if it was us not being ready to play. Obviously they remember what happened out in L.A. and they hit us first. It just seemed like we didn't recover from that all night long.

(On the play of Pau Gasol)
He's a load down there. He's a world champion and he's a great player. He came out really aggressive and did a nice job for them. He was tough to handle.



The Los Angeles Lakers have won five of six since a four-game slide, beating four opponents that have lost a combined 51 games more than they've won.

There's little chance they'll be overlooking their next sub-.500 opponent.

The Indiana Pacers stunned the Lakers at Staples Center during that surprising skid, a loss Los Angeles looks to avenge Wednesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Road defeats in Utah, Memphis and Houston weren't completely surprising when the Lakers (18-7) dropped four straight for the first time since April 2007, but the lone home loss in that stretch was.

Indiana (11-12) had never won in 14 games at Staples Center, but snapped that drought Nov. 28 thanks to Roy Hibbert. The third-year center had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Pacers held off Los Angeles 95-92 despite a season-high 41 points from Kobe Bryant.

"We know this is a big win for us, but we can play with anybody," Hibbert told the Pacers' official website. "In the future, we don't want this to be a surprise."

Indiana's plan was to go right at All-Star Pau Gasol, and the strategy worked perfectly. Gasol was 5 of 15 with five turnovers and five fouls, playing 45 minutes during a stretch in which he complained of being overworked while battling a minor hamstring injury.

Gasol's minutes were high largely because of Los Angeles' lack of interior depth, but it got deeper Tuesday. Andrew Bynum made his season debut in Washington after undergoing knee surgery over the summer, scoring seven points in 17 minutes off the bench in the Lakers' 103-89 win.

"It was great getting to play again," Bynum said. "It was a big moment for me because I've been wanting to get back. Now that I am back I just want to help my teammates out and get back in the rotation."

Bynum has certainly thrived against the Pacers. He's averaged 20.0 points in six meetings versus Indiana the past three seasons, his highest average against any team he's faced at least four times.

Los Angeles' five wins this month have come against Sacramento, New Jersey, the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington twice.

While the Pacers represent a definite step up in competition, they've looked bad offensively in their last two losses, averaging 78.0 points and shooting 36.4 percent at Atlanta and Chicago.

Leading scorer Danny Granger sat out Monday's 92-73 defeat against the Bulls with a sprained left ankle, but coach Jim O'Brien wasn't using that as an excuse.

"We got dominated in both games. There's no way of sugar-coating that," he told the Pacers' official website. "It's a learning experience for our guys."

Granger is expected to return Wednesday, but it's Hibbert who needs to bounce back from a pair of ugly performances. He had 12 total points as Indiana was outrebounded by 19, and wants to get back to the way he played against the Lakers last month.

"I haven't been as aggressive as I wanted to be after the west coast trip so it's going to be a good test," Hibbert said. "… I know they're looking for blood and we're just going to have to go out there and battle. This is a big one for us."

His coach agrees, particularly considering the Pacers haven't swept the Lakers since the 1991-92 season.

"We're not going to sneak up on them again after beating them in L.A.," O'Brien said.

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

Mavs Danny Granger (sprained left ankle) is day-to-day

11/28 - IND @ LAL L 92-95
12/15 - LAL @ IND

The Pacers have gone 3-5 since beating us at Staples Center on 11/28. They will try to get the rare sweep over us tonight at Conseco fieldhouse. This team is still playing hard-nosed defense but lately have struggled to score points. They played their last game without Granger (ankle) but he is expected to play tonight. The Pacers are heavily reliant on 3 point shooting but in the loss at Staples we over-extended our defense and consequently were beat on backdoor cuts repeatedly throughout that game. They execute their high post oriented offense very well and their spacing is excellent. We need to play a smarter defensive game tonight in order to build on the momentum from last night's win.

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The Lakers trail their season series with Indiana 0-1, after sweeping last season's series with Indiana 2-0. While both meetings in 2008-09 involved buzzer beaters, with the Lakers losing in Indiana on a Troy Murphy tip-in at the buzzer 12/2/08 but winning in Los Angeles on a Kobe Bryant game winning shot 1/9/09, the 2009-10 matchups were more one-sided with the Lakers winning by 20+ points in both contests. This will be the 75th meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers leading the all-time series 54-20. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 games against the Pacers. During the 2007-08 season, the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak at Indiana with a 134-114 victory 11/2007, but are still just 4-7 at Conseco Fieldhouse since it opened in 1999. At STAPLES Center, however, the Lakers are 11-1 all-time against Indiana in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs, with their one loss coming in their previous meeting this season (92-95 Pacers victory on 11/28/10). Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 14-7 against Indiana in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs. In 26 career games (23 starts), Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.5 points against the Pacers and owns the series scoring record with 45 points 1/9/06 vs. Indiana at STAPLES Center. Only Bryant, Derek Fisher and current Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw were on the court for Los Angeles in the 2000 NBA Finals versus Indiana while only Jeff Foster remains from the Pacer's 2000 Eastern Conference Champion roster. Additionally, Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is the son of former Lakers head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. as well as a former Lakers ball boy. Pacers' guard Darren Collison played locally in college at UCLA while Indiana guard Brandon Rush's brother, Kareem, played for the Lakers from 2002-05.

Wednesday's game at Indiana is the second of a back-to-back set with the Wizards and Pacers. This season, the Lakers are 4-1 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.

With 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), Kobe Bryant (26,454) passed 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 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).


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 December 10, 2010 at Chicago, Bryant moved past John Havlicek (26,395) for 4th on this list. To date, only three players in league history have scored more points for a single franchise than Bryant.

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.

Entering the Lakers game in Indiana, Derek Fisher has played in 438 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 316 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.

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).

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).*

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.

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.

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.*

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.*

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.*

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.

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.

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.


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.

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