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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 18 26 14 35 93
Play by Play Philadelphia 76ers 21 18 23 19 81


Odom helps Lakers top 76ers 93-81

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Lamar Odom scored 28 points, Pau Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 93-81 on Friday night.

Matt Barnes had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who rallied and broke the game open in the fourth quarter to win their fourth straight game. The Lakers trailed by four when Barnes and Odom sparked them during a 27-8 run.

Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Andre Iguodala scored 18 points for the Sixers.

The season's second sellout crowd of 20,366 included some of Philadelphia's top sports stars. Kobe Bryant scored only nine points a night after his high school dedicated the gym in his honor.

Philadelphia Phillies Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard were at the game. So was Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

When Eagles quarterback Michael Vick walked in late in the third quarter, fans began standing, section by section, as Vick walked around the court and took his seat.

The crowd chanted "MVP! MVP!" and Vick basked in the adulation, slapping hands with fans and waving to the crowd.

As the "MVP!" chants grew louder, Iguodala nailed a 23-footer for a 57-56 lead and the place went wild.

Iguodala hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to send the Sixers into the fourth ahead 62-58.

The fun didn't last long.

Odum opened the fourth with consecutive three-point plays and Barnes' 3 gave the Lakers a 71-64 lead.

It wasn't all feel-good Philly: Jackson tweeted he was "watchn my lake show play the 2nd home town Sixers!!"

Jackson had to feel happy when Odom and Steve Blake hit consecutive 3s for an 81-68 lead and many of the same fans standing and cheering minutes earlier started to head for the exit.

Bryant was booed during pregame introductions, though not as voraciously as recently as two or three years ago. Sixers fans have softened their stance toward the star dubbed a "Hometown Zero" on the front page of the Philadelphia Daily News in 2007.

He donated more than $400,000 to his high school in Lower Merion and had the gym dedicated in his honor on Thursday.

He made just two baskets in the first quarter and didn't play at all in the second until there was 4:50 left.

Bryant wasn't needed early when the Sixers missed their first 11 shots. The Sixers turned a 44-39 halftime deficit into a third quarter lead once Iguodala got hot and the Lakers missed 17 of 23 shots.

Odom scored 11 points during the 27-8 spurt and that was enough for the Lakers to roll.

The Lakers went 24 of 28 from the free-throw line while the Sixers were 12 of 14. That was the only line each team mastered: Los Angles missed 12 of 15 3s and the Sixers missed 18 of 21.

Notes: Lakers coach Phil Jackson says his hometown school also named a gym after him, but "I didn't pay $400,000 for them to do it." Jackson also says Bryant can still shoot even as the years start to take a toll. "His offensive game is always going to be there. He can play in a wheelchair." ... The Sixers don't play at home again until Jan. 5.


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28 Season-high in points scored by Lamar Odom, who was terrific throughout the contest. Odom added eight boards and three assists, continuing to play the really good hoop he’d been offering all season.

18 Total points scored by Odom and Matt Barnes … in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter … to put the game away for the Lakers.

9 Points totaled by Kobe Bryant, who appeared to have hurt his pinky in the first half trying to catch a Pau Gasol pass. He took 11 shots for the game, instead setting teammates up while drawing Philly’s attention, which Odom in particular took advantage of.

3 Three-pointers made by the Lakers in the fourth quarter after missing all 12 attempts in the first three periods.

2 Lakers double-doubles, from Barnes and Gasol, the Spaniard going for 19 and 13 plus two blocks and three assists.




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Points Odom 28, 11-18 FG
Rebounds Gasol 13, 6 OFF 7 DEF
Assists Bryant 4
Steals Artest, Bryant, Barnes 2
Blocks Gasol 2


POSTGAME QUOTES

Head Coach Phil Jackson

Q: Are you concerned about the injury to Kobe Bryant's finger?


A: He said it'll be alright.

Q: What changed in the fourth quarter?

A: I think it was the substitutions that came in and helped us out a lot. Our bench got some things going, changed the tempo of the ballgame. Matt [Barnes] and Steve [Blake] came in and hit a couple threes.

Q: Did your defense keep you in the game until the team started making shots?

A: We talked about it. There's always a point in the ballgame where you feel like you can get control. We just couldn't seem to find it in the first three quarters. I think it was when they played the Eagles fight song. I think that's the thing that did it.

Q: Did you notice when Michael Vick walked into the building?

A: Yeah, I mean how can't you understand that something unusual is happening in the arena? They were on a little bit of a run, and I think that slowed them down a little, actually.




Lakers' Kobe Bryant

Q: How's the finger, and when did it happen?

A: First quarter. It's sore. It was hard to hold the basketball.

Q: What's your relationship like with Coach Collins and his family?

A: It's great. I had a great time with Chris [Collins] over in Beijing with the U.S. Olympic team. It's funny. We were both a bunch of kids running around the Sixers' locker room. But Doug [Collins] and I have a great relationship.






Head Coach Doug Collins

Opening Remarks:

I told our guys I was incredibly proud of them tonight. I thought that we played a terrific defensive game against one of the best offensive teams in the league. We were up at the end of three. What you saw was they cranked it up a little bit on us. We just could not make a shot. I think we missed our first 11 shots tonight and still found a way.

I took the first timeout and just told our guys to relax and that we were going to be okay. 24 points off of turnovers and 24 fast break points, which are good numbers for us. We outrebounded them, only had 13 assists and very costly ones. It is interesting that both times they made big pushes, they had taken Kobe [Bryant] out for rest.

Matt Barnes really hurt us tonight – 15 and 10. Steve Blake is a terrific defensive player. He only made one shot and one three, but he is a very good defensive player. We could not make a shot. We knew that we were going to have to make shots tonight because the Lakers pack the paint. That is why I put [Andres] Nocioni in tonight. I thought he could give us another shooter on the floor. Got some great looks but could not knock them down. We were three for 21 from three. Our starting guards were four of 22. Lou [Williams] was three of 10. It is going to be tough to beat the Lakers when you cannot make those kind of shots.

Other than that, we are disappointed. We would have loved to win the game. We are not discouraged because, once again, we competed at the highest of levels. We played very good defense. The Lakers shot under 42 percent and they shot 20 percent from three. I think they made five three-point plays or shots in that fourth quarter. That really was the difference, that five baskets, they had 15 points. They were either a conventional three or a three-point shot. I think [Lamar] Odom hit one. Steve Blake hit one. I think Matt Barnes hit one in the corner. Then two three-point plays. That really broke it open for them.

Q: They had no threes until that stretch and then three in a row…

A: That is what they do. Before the game, I said that they have a very potent bench. What they do is that they can go to their bench. Tonight Phil [Jackson] left [Lamar] Odom out there and [Pau] Gasol. He put [Matt] Barnes out there. I think you saw what they are trying to do now. Any time that Thaddeus [Young] comes into the game, they are going to try to put their best defensive player on him. They put Matt Barnes on him tonight. They had [Ron] Artest for a while, and I do not think Phil liked that matchup, so then he came with Matt Barnes. Matt did a good job.






Center Spencer Hawes

Q: Your intensity all the way up until just about the fourth quarter – what happened?

A: I wish we knew. We struggled making shots all night. I think we let them get two three-point plays in a row. That was big. Somehow, momentum like that is hard to break.

Q: What's the difference between this team now from when they were 3-and-13 to a team that won 7 out of 9 and went toe to toe with the Celtics and Lakers the way you did.

A: I think defense is where it starts. We really picked it up there. The way were built really allows us to play to our potential because we can get out with our athleticism and take advantage of guys running the floor. I think we're continuing to develop that chemistry. We've got a lot of new parts that we're trying to fit in, and guys are getting on the same page on both ends. It's not just offense because that's what they want to talk about. You know, where to trust, how to play, help each other out on defense.





Forward Elton Brand

Q: You shut down a guy like Kobe tonight, but they keep coming in different waves. How tough is that?

A: It's tough. They have a lot of talent on their team. The end of the third quarter really hurt us and into the beginning of the fourth. We had a little lead, and Lamar Odom had back-to-back and-ones. Matt Barnes hit a three, and that kind of separated them.

Q: How do you keep this going on the road?

A: We haven't lost in this building in a while, it feels a little weird. Now we need to go on the road eight games and get some road wins. It's imperative. We have to win. Teams in the East are playing a little better, and we're right there, really close to that eighth spot. So we could make some headway on this road trip.

Q: The game starts, and you guys are zero-for-four. Then it is a three-point game at the end of that quarter. Were you a little surprised that in six minutes you were able to make it a game?

A: Yes, it was a little surprising. They weren't hitting on an efficient clip either. We missed our first 11, and they started zero-for-four and a few free throws for them. So they were a little surprised it was a three point game at the end of the first quarter after missing the first eleven shots.

 






LAKERS VS. 76ERS GAME PREVIEW

By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN, STATS Senior Writer

The Los Angeles Lakers are slowly becoming more offensively efficient as they progress through their road trip. That should be tested against an improving Philadelphia 76ers' club that has held its last three opponents below 40 percent shooting.

These teams are on three-game win streaks entering Friday night's matchup in Philadelphia, where the Lakers have won their last three visits.

Los Angeles (19-7) began this seven-game road stretch with its two worst offensive efforts, averaging 85.5 points in splitting games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago. The Lakers have increased their output in the three games since, winning 109-94 at Indiana on Wednesday.

They shot 51.2 percent from the field and had 25 assists, both their best totals during the trip.

"We played with more energy, and a more focused game, and with more of a sense of urgency," said Kobe Bryant about avenging an earlier loss to the Pacers.

Philadelphia (10-15) is eager for the opportunity to test itself against Los Angeles after three straight efforts that pleased new coach Doug Collins. The 76ers had held an opponent below 40 percent twice in their first 22 games before this run.

Collins knows that a similar effort won't come easy Friday.

"Two-time defending champions, Kobe coming home," Collins said. "They're going to be a handful, to say the least. Pau Gasol, the most skilled big man in the NBA now in my estimation in terms of just skill in the post."

Gasol had 28 points Wednesday for his highest point total in his last 12 games. He combined for 31 points in his previous two games.

"Just played more aggressive, more assertive," said Gasol, who has double-doubles in six of his last seven games against the 76ers. "Just tried to attack more and it made a difference."

Bryant, born in Philadelphia, made 11 of 18 shots (61.1) for his best shooting performance of the season. He is bidding to shoot over 60 percent in consecutive regular-season games for the first time since Feb. 22-24, 2009.

Philadelphia led by as many as 20 in Wednesday's 105-91 win over the Clippers. Jrue Holiday led five players in double figures with 24 points while Andre Iguodala added 20 as the 76ers finished with 21 fast-break points.

The Lakers have won seven of their last nine against the Sixers, who are looking forward to the challenge.

"They have been playing a little better as of late, but before that, it hadn't been that great for them," forward Elton Brand said. "We just have to have one of our best efforts."

The Lakers acquired veteran forward Joe Smith on Wednesday in a three-team trade. The front court already has been bolstered by the return of Andrew Bynum, who has logged 17 minutes the last two games after missing the first 24 with a partially torn ligament in his right knee.

Collins will reunite with Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who replaced him as Bulls coach before the 1989-90 season.

"I think in our hearts we have to come in here and believe we can beat the Lakers," Collins said. "Now whether or not we can, I don't know but I know our guys are gonna compete."


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

Mavs None


12/17 - LAL @ PHI
12/31 - PHI @ LAL


The Philadelphia 76ers have been playing very well lately having won seven of their last nine (and one of those losses was a last second game against Boston).  They have some players who can put some points on the board (Holliday, Brand, Iguodala) and they are much better off playing an open court type game.  Brand can be a threat on the low post and Spencer Hawes has been contributing lately also.  They are 3rd in the NBA in transition points and it will be our job to keep them in the half court as much as possible.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers swept last season's series with Philadelphia 2-0 after splitting the 2008- 09 series with the 76ers 1-1. This will be the 265th meeting between the two franchises dating back to 1950 (183rd in the Los Angeles era) and the 157th since the Sixers moved to Philadelphia prior to the 1963-64 season. The Lakers are 9-2 all-time against the 76ers at STAPLES Center. In Philadelphia, the Lakers have won three straight but are just 3-7 in their last 10 games in the city of brotherly love. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 13-8 versus Philadelphia (9-1 at home, 4-7 on the road). Kobe Bryant has played 26 games (22 starts) against his hometown Sixers, averaging 22.8 points per game. In January of 2006 against Philadelphia, Bryant established a new franchise record for three-point field goals without a miss, connecting on all seven of his attempts (10th time in NBA history with a minimum of seven attempts). He finished the game with 48 points, one shy of Jerry West's Lakers series record of 49 points established in February of 1968. Additionally, Bryant earned the first of his two MVP honors at the 2002 All-Star Game held in Philadelphia. Pau Gasol is the only other Laker averaging 20-plus points against the Sixers for his career, posting a 22.1 average over 16 games with a high of 34 points. Also, Sixers guard Andre Iguodala played two seasons at the University of Arizona and was a freshman during Luke Walton's final season as a Wildcat in 2002-03. Lamar Odom, Ron Artest and Elton Brand all played together as teenagers in the famed AAU program at Riverside Church in New York.

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 109-94 victory in Indiana on December 15th, the Lakers recorded their FIFTH 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), Grizzlies (11/2 vs. MEM) and Wizards (12/7 vs. WAS). 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).

NO REST, NO PROBLEM
In their second game of a back-to-back set with the Wizards and Pacers, Kobe Bryant scored 31 points in a 109-94 victory at Indiana. Bryant's average of 29.0 points per game in the second of back-to-back games is the highest in the NBA this season. The Lakers have played five sets of back-to-back sets on the year, with Bryant scoring 30 points 11/3 @ Sacramento, 33 points 11/17 @ Detroit, 27 points 12/1 @ Houston, 24 points 12/8 @ LA Clippers and 31 points 12/15 @ Indiana (all second of back-to- back games).*

BRYANT 26 POINTS SHY OF OLAJUWON FOR 3rd 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 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.

BRYANT PASSES JOHN HAVLICEK FOR 11th ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), Kobe Bryant (26,485) 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 (26.7 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).

BACK-TO-BACK
This season, the Lakers are 4-1 in the first game and 4-1 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.

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.

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).*

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game in Philadelphia, Derek Fisher has played in 439 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 317 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.

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.*






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