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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 28 29 29 34 120
Play by Play Toronto Raptors 34 15 30 31 110

Bryant has 20 points, Lakers beat Raptors 120-110

TORONTO (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, Pau Gasol had 19 and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fifth straight game Sunday, beating the Toronto Raptors 120-110.

Andrew Bynum had 16 points and Shannon Brown 14 for the Lakers, who finished a seven-game road trip at 6-1 and have won eight of nine overall.

Matt Barnes had 12 and Lamar Odom 11 for the Lakers, who have won seven of eight against the Raptors.

Los Angeles is 11-5 away from home, the most road wins in the NBA.

Bryant started despite a sprained right pinky that he hurt in the opening quarter of Friday's win at Philadelphia.

Toronto's Linas Kleiza matched his season-high with 26 points and had 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points while Jose Calderon had 20 points and 12 assists.

Amir Johnson scored 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter but was hampered by a sore back for the rest of the game. Leandro Barbosa scored 11 for the Raptors, who have lost seven of nine.

Up 86-79 to start the fourth, the Lakers pushed their lead to 13, 99-86, on a jumper by Brown with 8:16 remaining. Toronto answered with a 9-2 run, cutting it to 101-95 on a 3-pointer by Kleiza with 6:28 left. But Bynum made a jumper in the lane and Steve Blake hit a 3 as Los Angeles restored its double-digit advantage.

Toronto's Andrea Bargnani, who scored 32 points in Friday's win over New Jersey, was held out of the lineup for the second time in three games, this time with a sore right ankle. Bargnani missed last Wednesday's loss to Chicago with a sore left knee.

Johnson made all six shots he took in the first as the Raptors led 34-28 after one quarter.

Toronto struggled with its shooting in the second, hitting just 3 of 18. Odom and Luke Walton each scored six points as the Lakers outscored the Raptors 29-15 to take a 57-49 lead at the half.

DeRozan scored 19 points in the third and Barbosa stole Walton's pass, then made a halfcourt 3-pointer at the buzzer, but Toronto could only shave one point off its deficit as Los Angeles took an 86-79 lead into the fourth.

NOTES: DeRozan went 11 for 11 at the free throw line. ... The Lakers outrebounded the Raptors 46-35. ... Toronto's Sonny Weems (sore back) sat out for the second straight game. ... Raptors center Solomon Alabi made his season debut. ... The previous three games between the teams were all decided by five points or fewer.

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26,514 Points for Kobe Bryant in his career thanks to his 20 against Toronto, pushing him past Hakeem Olajuwon for third on the NBA’s all-time franchise scoring list. Only Michael Jordan and Karl Malone had scored more points for their franchises in league history.

57 Bench points for the Lakers in a fantastic second unit effort.

56 Points in the paint for the Lakers, who took advantage of their superior length with the Pau Gasol (19 points, eight boards), Lamar Odom (11 points, seven boards) and Andrew Bynum (16 and seven) combination.

16 Points for Bynum in his best game of the season. Even without being fully comfortable jumping and landing, Bynum made 4-of-6 field goals, and hit 8-of-10 free throws as Toronto simply couldn’t handle his size. He added seven boards and a block.

5 Consecutive wins for the Lakers on their 6-game road trip after an opening loss to the Chicago Bulls to improve the team’s mark to 21-7 on the season.

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Points Bryant 20, 6-12 FG
Rebounds Barnes 9, 2 OFF 7 DEF
Assists Bryant, Gasol 4
Steals Fisher 4
Blocks Barnes, Brown, Bynum, Walton 1



Were you happy with this win or were you disappointed in some of the things you saw?
I was very pleased with the bench and how they performed in both the second and third quarters.  They bailed out the starters with significant amount of minutes. 

They (bench) scored 57 points collectively, is that as good of a game that you’ve gotten from your bench?
We relied on, played them a little bit longer.  Drew (Andrew Bynum) was active, his size made a difference.  Obviously, Toronto had some injuries, Bargnani (Andrea) is out and that made a difference, they just didn’t have the size to contest with us.

On Pau Gasol…
I thought Pau had an advantage today and did okay.  It wasn’t a great game for him. Collectively, I think he did some things that were okay.

Were you impressed by the Raptors performance today?
Yes, Jay (Triano) had a lot of things, trying to cook up a zone, trying to keep us at bay.  We’d get going and he’d throw zone out there and slow us down.  They did some things that created conflict for us.


KOBE BRYANT (20 points, 4 assists)

The Raptors played you tough, even missing some of their key players?
They always do, they always play us really well.

Is this the type of game you expect at the end of a six game roadtrip?
Just trying to get through the game, we played well. The important thing is to finish off this trip the right way.

Thoughts on the play of the bench…
They have been solid this entire trip pretty much. They came in and gave us a big boost.

Nice bounces off of the backboard…
How about that. I called it.

You showed DeMar (DeRozan) a few moves in the first and gave him a little look….
We were just playing. I love Demar (DeRozan), I have known him for a long time, obviously with him coming to my camps and things like that. It was nothing personal.

What did you think of DeMar DeRozan’’s play in the third quarter…
I think he did a great job. He has continued to work on his game, continued to work on his jump shot and I think he will be fine.


PAU GASOL (19 points, 8 rebounds)

Did you have to change your approach with Andrea Bargnani out of the lineup?
It was a game that regardless who was playing or who was out there we wanted to win and finish off the road trip on the right note and I think we did that for most of the game.  Unfortunately, Bargnani wasn’t playing for them and he is a good player for them, their top scorer, so we couldn’t worry about that.    

A lot of people say that the season doesn’t begin until after Christmas…
I don’t think so.  I think that Christmas is a point where you probably played 30 games and it is close to the midway, but the 30 games you have played you have got to win them.  You have got to do what you’ve got to do, they count.  You have to start tightening up, you want to see some progress at that point of the year.

So a record of 21-7 is good but not…
There are better records, so it would be great to have the best.  It’s good but as long as we continue to progress and move forward, and continue to win games and play a little better each time I will be happy.


Did they kind of overmatch you in size?
We knew that inside was going to be tough for us and we tried to play them early and be physical and keep them off the glass, but second chance points really killed us with 23 second chance points.  I mean, it’s not effort or anything else, I thought our guys played really hard and I think for the most part they played really well.  I think we could have beat a lot of teams today but not these guys.

You could see Amir (Johnson) in discomfort out there but you still got 36 minutes out of him and he played hard…
He and Jose (Calderon), it’s questionable if they should have even played.  I mean, his (Amir Johnson) back is in spasms and Jose’s foot is bad but I thought they were two of our better players.  They found a way to have very good games and played a lot minutes, both of them.

How encouraging was it to see DeMar DeRozan doing what he was doing in the third quarter?
I think for three quarters, first, third and fourth, we played pretty good basketball.  We scored over 30 points in each of those against a pretty good defensive team and DeMar was a big part of it.  DeMar was aggressive getting to the free-throw line 11 times which is something that we would like him to do on a consistent basis and I thought he played very well.  There was three or four times in this game that we had open three’s and we didn’t make them, and I like those looks, I will take them any time and we didn’t make them.  And they had about three or four that they made with about a second on the shot clock.  That’s basketball and sometimes they hold the ball and make the right shot.


DeMAR DeROZAN (23 points, three steals)

Thoughts on the third quarter…
I just tried to be aggressive. I knew they were going to come out hard. I wanted to win this game. It would have been big for us and everybody was playing hard. We just tried to get this win.

How much sweeter was that third quarter having it be against Kobe (Bryant)?
I didn’t really pay attention to it until now. I was just trying to be aggressive and get to the free throw line and create for someone.


 JOSE CALDERON (20 points, 12 assists)

Thoughts on the ability of the team to keep it close without Andrea Bargnani…
I think everybody was ready to step up. I think everybody contributed towards doing good things today. Ed Davis, Joey Dorsey, Solo (Solomon Alabi) were there for minutes, and Amir (Johnson) was hurt and still played. So everyone is always ready to play. That’s what we have to do every night. We have to focus now on Wednesday, but it was a good game. I think we competed against those guys. We hit some shots, it’s tough because they have too many guys that can hit shots, but we competed. That’s the good thing about it. The fans were great. I think they felt like we were out there and competed.


LINAS KLEIZA (26 points, 10 rebounds)

General thoughts on the game…
Yeah, we were short tonight with having players hurt, but I thought we played good. We fought the whole time, we just played against a very good team. They just executed well and we just have to learn from this game and get a win on Wednesday.

Thoughts about the team stepping up without Andrea (Bargnani)?
Yeah guys stepped up and played great. It tough to fill those shoes of Andrea. He’s big for our team and he scores a lot of points. He demands a lot of attention and today Amir (Johnson) did a great job along with Joey (Dorsey) coming off the bench to somehow fill that hole.



Despite Kobe Bryant being slowed by a sprained pinky finger and finishing with his fewest points of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers still managed to rally and win their last time out.

The Lakers might not be as lucky if Bryant’s pinky is still bothering him against a Toronto Raptors team that has regularly frustrated them.

Los Angeles looks to extend its winning streak to five when it wraps up a seven-game road trip Sunday against the Raptors.

Bryant sprained the pinky finger on his right hand in the first quarter in Friday’s 93-81 win over Philadelphia but still played 36 minutes. He finished with nine points on 3 of 11 shooting, but said after the game he was fine and X-rays were negative.

With Bryant struggling to find his shot, the Lakers (20-7) stumbled into the fourth quarter trailing 62-58, before opening the final period on a 27-8 run to break open the game. It was the fourth straight win for Los Angeles since last Friday’s 88-84 loss to Chicago, the second stop of the trip.

“There’s got to be a point in the game where we assert ourselves,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

Lamar Odom stepped up for an ineffective Bryant, scoring 13 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter.

“On an off night for Kobe, we have complete confidence that Lamar can carry this team,” Los Angeles guard Matt Barnes said.

The Lakers can also turn to Pau Gasol, as they did in a 108-103 win over the Raptors on Nov. 5. Gasol scored a season-high 30 points in that game, while Bryant added 23 and six assists.

Although Los Angeles beat Toronto for the sixth time in seven games, it again wasn’t easy. It was a back-and-forth game through three quarters and the Lakers struggled to put away the Raptors, who had a Los Angeles opponent season-high 58 points in the paint and a 49-31 rebounding advantage.

“They’re a very unorthodox team,” Bryant said of Toronto after the first meeting. “You’ve got rebounders coming in from all over the place. You’ve got the floor spread, and very athletic guys that are crashing and jumping, so it’s just their style of play.”

The Lakers should be used to receiving tough tests from Toronto, with the three games since the start of last season decided by a total of eight points. This includes the Raptors’ 106-105 victory Jan. 24, the last meeting at Air Canada Centre.

Toronto (10-17) enters this matchup looking to build on Friday’s 98-92 win over New Jersey, as it received strong performances from Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon.

After sitting out Wednesday’s loss to Chicago with a sore left knee, Bargnani looked a little sluggish early against the Nets, missing 7 of his 11 first-half shots. He found his rhythm after halftime, however, connecting on 10 of 15 attempts to score 24 of his 32 points in the second half.

Calderon also returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games with a sore left foot, and finished with 15 points and 14 assists.

The Raptors are 7-3 when Bargnani has at least 20 points and Calderon has at least seven assists in the same game.

“You can see that we are a little bit of a different team with them (Bargnani, Calderon) on the floor and when Jose is controlling the game,” Raptors coach Jay Triano said.

Toronto won for just the second time in eight games Friday, and now tries to win two in a row for the first time since Dec. 1 and 3.

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Lakers Kobe Bryant (sprained pinkie finger, right hand) will play.
Andrew Bynum
(right knee surgery) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.

Mavs Peja Stojakovic (swollen left knee) is day-to-day.
Reggie Evans (fractured right foot) is out.
Andrea Bargnani (sore knee) is out.

11/05 - TOR @ LAL W 108-103
12/19 - LAL @ TOR

Toronto is coming off a victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.  That game featured the return of two key Raptors from injuries.  Jose Calderon was back after missing four games (ankle) and Andrea Bargnani (knee) had missed his first game of the season.  Obviously it made a huge difference for Toronto as Calderon scored 15 points and dished out 14 assists and Bargnani scored 32 points (24 in the second half).  The Raptors are getting more out of Bargnani this season.  In previous years he was simply a catch and shoot threat from three point territory.  This year they are still featuring him in pick and pop situations but they are also giving him opportunities in the low post.  He has the size and touch to be effective in that area.

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The Lakers lead their season series with Toronto 1-0, after splitting last season's series with the Raptors 1-1. The two teams have split six season series while the Lakers have swept the other eight (2-0). This will be the 30th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 23-6. In the team's 20th meeting back on January 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant made NBA history, scoring 81 points including 55 points in the second half to bring the Lakers back from 18 down to defeat the Raptors 122-104 at STAPLES Center. Only Wilt Chamberlain in March of 1962 scored more points in a game (100) and points in a half (59) than Bryant. In addition, Bryant eclipsed Elgin Baylor's franchise record 71 points in a game and his own franchise record for points in a half (42) in what was ultimately the Lakers largest come-from-behind victory of the season. The 122 points scored by the Lakers in the contest were the most ever scored by Los Angeles against Toronto, eclipsing the old mark of 120 points established in the teams' first ever game back on December 8, 1995. Two seasons ago on February 1, 2008, the Lakers matched their largest margin of victory against Toronto with a 121-101 victory at Air Canada Centre. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 overall games against the Raptors. The Lakers are 10-2 all-time against the Raptors at STAPLES Center and are winners of their last nine straight at home. When visiting Toronto, the Lakers are 10-4 all-time against the Raptors and 7-3 in their last 10 visits to Air Canada Centre. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers have gone 17-4 when facing Toronto. In 25 career games (21 starts) against Toronto, Kobe Bryant is averaging 28.2 points. Lakers center Pau Gasol and Raptors guard Jose Calderon have both played for Spain internationally as members of both the 2008 Olympic silver medal team and the gold medal winning Spanish 2006 FIBA World Championship team.

On December 16th, the NBA announced its FIRST returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting with Kobe Bryant (722,682) LEADING all players in All-Star voting, ahead of Orlando's Dwight Howard (611,561) and Miami's LeBron James (607,994). Pau Gasol (390,808), who made his third All-Star team last season as a reserve, ranks 2nd among forwards in the West behind Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (470,881). Andrew Bynum (198,044) ranks 2nd among West centers behind Houston's Yao Ming (430,984), while New Orleans' Chris Paul (386,649) ranks 2nd among West guards behind Bryant. In the East, James and Boston's Kevin Garnett (456,111) lead the forward voting, Miami's Dwyane Wade (570,489) and Boston's Rajon Rondo (497,141) are the top two vote-getters at guard and Howard leads all Eastern Conference centers in balloting.

In each of the last three seasons, Bryant has led the Western Conference in all-star balloting. Last season, Bryant received 2,456,224 votes, finishing second overall to Cleveland's LeBron James (2,549,693). In 2008-09, he accumulated 2,805,397 votes, finishing third in overall balloting behind Dwight Howard (3,150,181) and James (2,940,823). In 2007-08, Bryant garnered 2,004,940 votes to finish fourth in overall voting behind Kevin Garnett (2,399,148), James (2,108,831) and Howard (2,066,991). In 2006-07, when he earned his second All-Star MVP, Bryant finished third overall in balloting behind James and Yao Ming. A three-time All-Star MVP (2002 Philadelphia, 2007 Las Vegas, 2009 Phoenix), Bryant is a 12-time All-Star and had started 11 consecutive All-Star games before missing last year's contest due to a sprained left ankle. Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, led all players in NBA All-Star balloting in 2003. Gasol has made three All-Star appearances (2006, 2009, 2010) and in 2009 became the 27th Laker in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team.

With his 29th point February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. In the history of the NBA, only three players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (26,494). With nine points at Philadelphia on December 17th, Bryant is now 17 points shy of equaling Hakeem Olajuwon's total with the Rockets (26,511). Earlier this month on December 10th at Chicago, Bryant moved past John Havlicek (26,395) for 4th on this list. Should Bryant pass Olajuwon, he will trail only Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277) for most points with a single franchise in league history.

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).

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).*

With 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), Kobe Bryant (26,494) 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 (26.1 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).

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.

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.

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).*

Entering the Lakers game in Toronto, Derek Fisher has played in 440 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 318 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 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.

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 on 11/21 vs. Golden State, 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.

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.*

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