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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 31 18 31 19 99
Play by Play Phoenix Suns 24 26 23 22 95


Bryant, Artest lead Lakers to 99-95 win at Phoenix

By BOB BAUM

PHOENIX (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and four other Los Angeles players reached double figures as the Lakers held off the Phoenix Suns 99-95 on Wednesday night.

Jared Dudley led the Suns with 21 points, including three of their 11 3-pointers, but the much bigger Lakers dominated the boards 47-31, including 14-5 on the offensive end.

Andrew Bynum scored 14 for Los Angeles, Shannon Brown had 13, Lamar Odom 12 and Ron Artest 11, including a wide-open 3 with 1:30 to play after Phoenix had cut the lead to one.

Pau Gasol scored only six points but grabbed nine rebounds.

Steve Nash had 11 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. Vince Carter scored 14 but his extra-long 3-point attempt was blocked by Gasol in the final minute.

The Lakers won their second game in two nights to improve to 4-4 over their last eight. The Suns have lost 10 of 13.

The Lakers shot 60 percent in the first quarter and used an 18-2 run to take a 29-17 lead on Brown's three-point play. Mickael Pietrus, Channing Frye and Dudley sank 3-pointers to start a 22-10 surge that tied it at 39 with 7:08 left in the half.

Nash's 3-pointer put the Suns up 47-46 with 2:22 to play in the half and Dudley's third and final 3 of the night made it 50-46. Bryant made one of two free throws, then hit a 12-foot turnaround jumper to cut Phoenix's lead to 50-49 at the break.

Bryant opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and scored eight of his team's first 10 points and the Lakers went back on top 59-53. The Suns cut it to two before the Lakers pulled away to an 80-73 lead entering the fourth.

Down 92-84 after Bryant's 23-footer, Phoenix scored seven straight, capped by Carter's 3-pointer from the corner, to cut the Lakers' lead to 92-91 with 2:24 to go. But Brown made two free throws and, after Carter missed a short jumper, Bryant drove to the basket and found Artest alone in the corner for a 3 that boosted the lead to 97-91 with 1:30 to go.

The Suns, losers of six of their last seven, hadn't played since an embarrassing 94-89 loss Sunday at Sacramento, where the Kings finished the game on a 19-2 run.

The Lakers' last game had been their best after their recent struggles, a 108-83 win over Detroit in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

NOTES: Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton was at the game, five nights before his Auburn team plays Oregon in nearby Glendale for the BCS championship. Ducks players also were in attendance. ... The last time the teams played, Phoenix made a franchise-record 22 3-pointers, one shy of the NBA record. ... The Lakers won at Phoenix for the second time this season. No other Pacific Division team has won even once at US Airways Center since the start of the 2008-09 season. ... Gasol averaged 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the first two meetings. ... The Suns are home Friday night against the New York Knicks in Amare Stoudemire's return to Phoenix.


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3 Three-pointers buried by Ron Artest, including the game-clinching dagger with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter. Artest had a really solid all-around game, scoring 11 points with four boards and four assists, coupled by his usual rugged defense throughout.

16 More rebounds coralled by the Lakers (47-31), led by Lamar Odom's 10, Pau Gasol's nine and seven each from Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant.

21 Points off the bench for Phoenix's Jared Dudley to lead the Suns, 19 of which came in the first half to keep the Suns in the contest.

40 Bench points for the Lakers, led by Shannon Brown's 13, Lamar Odom's 12 and Steve Blake's seven.

47.1 L.A.'s shooting percentage, just below Phoenix's 48.6 performance in a relatively efficient offensive game. Kobe started out hot, hitting 9-of-12, before missing his final five shots of the contest … not that it hurt the Lakers, thanks to Artest and Fisher's late heroics.




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Points Bryant 24 9-17 FG
Rebounds Odom 4 OFF 6 DEF 10
Assists Gasol 6
Steals Fisher, Gasol 2
Blocks Bynum, Gasol 2

POSTGAME QUOTES

LAKERS HEAD COACH PHIL JACKSON
(On Tonight's Game)
Our zone offense needs a little work. I didn't think we moved the ball the way we want to but we got a couple of baskets at the end that changed the course of that game but we lost a lead due to that. We needed some shooters out there. Our three point shooting was really tough tonight. We needed to have some shooters out there to counter act that. Oh, we're a power house now."



LAKERS GUARD KOBE BRYANT 24 POINTS | 7 ASSISTS
(On Tonight's Game)
"They did a good job. They got some threes in transition. It feels good. It always feels good to come here and win. It depends on how they play defensively. We try to take advantage of Ron starting the game in the post and his match up with Vince. He was able to kind of get into a rhythm from there. We made shots too and that keeps things going."



LAKERS FORWARD LAMAR ODOM 12 POINTS | 10 REBOUNDS
(On Tonight's Game)
"We were just able to get stops. We made shots but I think it was most important that we were able to get stops when we needed them. We just want to play D. Win or lose we of course try to take the good things out of a win and carry them over to the next game. We're trying to not get too high on ourselves right now and stay on an even keel and take it game by game."




PHOENIX HEAD COACH ALVIN GENTRY
(Opening statement)
"I thought we played well. They did a good job defensively. One of the areas that we still have to get a little better in is the rebounding. But I thought we battled. They're a huge team."

(On fighting back)
I thought we did a good job fighting back. We're going to continue to work hard and get better. I think we are doing a much better job of feeling each other out, knowing where guys like the ball.

(On continuing to work this season)
Once again, I thought we played well. We have nothing tangible to show for it, but I think over the long haul, it's going to help us. I'm disappointed about the loss, but encouraged about what I see for our team, and what is going on. We will just continue to work. Last time I checked, they are World Champs. You can talk about them struggling if you want to, but until June rolls around, they're World Champs.


PHOENIX FORWARD GRANT HILL 10 POINTS | 4 REBOUNDS
(On coming up short)
"It was a tough one. We fought hard, and we played hard. We did some good things, came up a little short. Down the stretch I think they made some plays we didn't. We've gone through a lot in the last week, and we're staying together, we're going to commit to get through this and getting better, so tonight was certainly a great effort, but we'll just keep working."

(On what the team talked about at halftime)
"It was good. It was good to be up. We talked about we knew they were going to come out, and obviously Kobe came out and was super aggressive, hit a bunch of jump shots and had a big quarter for them. We just made a few adjustments here and there, just talked about what we needed to continue to do and we just didn't do a great job there in the third, but credit them. They played well, just well enough to win."




PHOENIX GUARD STEVE NASH 11 POINTS | 10 ASSISTS
(On the loss)
"It was a disappointing loss. We didn't break down, we just didn't make enough plays or play well enough to win the game, so it's disappointing, but we got to stay positive and keep moving. "

(On how the team is coming together)
"Well we're getting better, I think, we just haven't gotten the results. We just got to keep after it and try to get some results. "






LAKERS VS. SUNS GAME PREVIEW

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO, STATS Writer

Kobe Bryant knows how to motivate the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers, but coach Phil Jackson still wants to see further improvement.

A visit to the struggling Phoenix Suns could help.

The Lakers look to build on one of their best performances in nearly three weeks when they face the Suns on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles (24-11) is trying to turn around a sluggish 3-4 stretch that has seen its losses come by an average of 17.3 points, including a stunning 104-85 home loss to Memphis on Sunday.

The Lakers bounced back in impressive fashion Tuesday, beating Detroit 108-83 after Bryant gave his teammates some advice in dealing with the growing criticisms of the two-time reigning NBA champions.

"I told the guys, 'Listen to how everyone is talking about you. You have to use it as fuel for motivation,'" Bryant said. "It's early, we just continue to play, take our time. The playoffs aren't tomorrow."

Jackson feels there's still more work to do for Los Angeles to turn things around. However, the Lakers' struggles haven't done much damage to their lead atop the Pacific Division - 8 1/2 games ahead of second-place Phoenix (14-18).

"We have to really turn it around," Jackson said. "One game is not the end of this situation."

Continued success in the defensive end could go a long way in spurring Los Angeles. The team held the Pistons to 3 for 13 shooting from 3-point range while forcing 19 turnovers that led to 25 points - 17 more than Sunday.

Bryant is getting closer to another milestone after his 17 points Tuesday moved him past Dominique Wilkins into 10th on the NBA's career scoring list with 26,671. The 12-time All-Star is 39 points shy of Oscar Robertson in ninth place.

Bryant has reached 40 points once this season, getting 41 in a loss to Indiana on Nov. 28. He topped that plateau eight times last season, including seven by this stage.

Bryant is averaging 29.9 points in his last seven meetings with Phoenix, and the Lakers have won 10 of the last 14 matchups.

They won 114-106 in their last visit to US Airways Center on Oct. 29 behind 25 points from Bryant.

The Suns have dropped nine of 12 while giving up an average of 105.2 points over that span. That's actually an improvement from the 108.4 points per game they're surrendering on the season.

Phoenix has been much better defensively over the last two games, allowing 40.6 percent shooting - 28.1 from 3-point range. However, the Suns have just one win to show for that improvement as they followed Friday's 92-75 win over Detroit with a 94-89 loss at Sacramento on Sunday.

That defeat came despite a perfect shooting performance from Steve Nash, who was 8 of 8 from the field - including a pair of 3s. He also hit both free throws to finish with 20 points and 12 assists against the Kings.

Nash wasn't close to being that productive in the most recent home meeting with the Lakers, making 3 of 9 shots for eight points while dishing out nine assists. He was much better at Los Angeles in a 121-116 win on Nov. 14, scoring 21 points with 13 assists.

Vince Carter is averaging 18.0 points over three games since being acquired from Orlando as part of a six-player deal last month. The swingman scored 25 points for the Magic in a win over the Lakers on March 7.


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

None.



10/29 - LAL @ PHO W 114-106
11/14 - PHO @ LAL L 118-112
01/05 - LAL @ PHO
03/22 - PHO @ LAL


The Suns are 2-4 since they traded away Turkoglu, Richardson and Earl Clark and acquired Vince Carter, Pietrus and Gortat. They have already started 11 different lineups this season and therefore it is no surprise that they have struggled at times. In our last meeting on November 14th at Staples Center the Suns pulled off the second most prolific three point shooting performance in NBA history. They made 22 of 40 shots and still only won by 5 points. Turkoglu and Richardson combined for 12 of the 22 three point makes that night but the new additions Carter and Pietrus are very capable three point shooters who need to be accounted for. Gortat gives them more size in the middle and is actually playing the majority of the minutes in the middle. Warrick and Childress have seen diminished playing time since the trade.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers have split the first two games of the 2010-11 series with Phoenix 1-1 with two games to remaining after taking last season's series from the Suns 3-1. The Lakers have won three consecutive season series against the Suns overall, each by a 3-1 margin. This will be the 216th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 126-89. The Lakers are 16-7 against the Suns all-time at STAPLES Center during the regular season and 7-3 in their last 10 regular season home games against Phoenix. On the road, the Lakers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 regular season visits to Phoenix and are 5-2 in their last seven regular season games at US Airways Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 27-15 against the Suns during the regular season. In 51 career games against the Suns including 44 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.7 points. In February of 2009, Bryant shared MVP honors with then Sun Shaquille O'Neal at the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. Additionally, during the 2008-09 season, the Lakers defeated the Suns by 26 points 2/26/09 at STAPLES Center. The 26-point margin of victory was the Lakers largest over the Suns since January 4, 2002 when Los Angeles defeated Phoenix 118-86 at STAPLES Center. Suns guard Jason Richardson and forward Jared Dudley were teammates in Charlotte with Shannon Brown while Lakers forward Luke Walton and Suns center Channing Frye were teammates at Arizona for two seasons (2001-02, 2002-03). Also, Suns assistant coach Bill Cartwright won three championships as a center for Phil Jackson's Bulls from 1990-92 and served as an assistant coach under Jackson from 1996-98 when the Bulls won their final two championships of the 90's.

BRYANT PASSES DOMINIQUE WILKINS FOR 10th ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST; 39 POINTS SHY OF OSCAR ROBERTSON FOR 9th
With a driving lay-up with 6:43 left in the third quarter 1/4 vs. Detroit, Kobe Bryant passed Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 10th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Earlier this season, with 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), Bryant 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 (25.2 ppg), Bryant (26,671) would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant are 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
Wednesday's game at Phoenix is the second of a back-to-back set with the Pistons and Suns. This season, the Lakers are 5-2 in the first game and 5-1 in the second 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.

RARE HOME STRUGGLES
On Christmas Day, the Lakers lost by 16 points to Miami. In their previous game 12/21 vs. Milwaukee, they lost by 19 points. With both losses coming at home, it was only the 3rd time in franchise history that the Lakers lost back-to-back home games by at least 16 points. The team was in Minneapolis for the previous two, once in January 1959 and once in November/December 1959.* The Lakers, however, snapped the two-game skid with a 102-98 victory over Philadelphia on December 31st, avoiding their first three-game home losing streak (by any margin) since March of 2008: 3/23 vs. GS (111-115), 3/26 vs. CHA (95-108), 3/28 vs. MEM (111-114). The last time the Lakers lost three straight home games, each by double-figures, came in January/February of 1993: 1/18 vs. HOU (90-110), 1/20 vs. SEA (101-111), 2/2 vs. ORL (97-110).

Additionally, with an 85-104 loss 1/2/11 vs. Memphis, the Lakers dropped their second home game of the year by at least 19 points, the first time that has happened since the 2000-01 season when Los Angeles lost 1/7/01 vs. LAC (95-118) and 3/28/01 vs. SAC (84-108). The Lakers haven't dropped three home games by a minimum of 19 points since the 1994-95 season (11/16/94 vs. NY (89-110), 12/9/94 vs. LAC (84-109), 3/17/95 vs. BOS (92-118)).

CLEANING THE GLASS
In the first half of their 103-88 victory December 29th at New Orleans, the Lakers shot a season-high .676 from the field while limiting the Hornets to just seven rebounds in the first 24 minutes. The Hornets seven rebounds (4 offensive, 3 defensive) equal the fewest ever for a Lakers opponent in a half, matching the Mavericks total of seven in a half 2/4/86 vs. Dallas.

SHOOTER'S TOUCH
In their victory at New Orleans on December 29th, the Lakers posted season-highs for field goal percentage in a quarter (1st quarter/.750), half (1st half/.676) and game (.586) after connecting on only 37.9 percent of their shots in the previous two games combined. Additionally, it was the first time this season that each of the Lakers starters (Artest, Gasol, Bynum, Bryant, Fisher) shot 50 percent or better from the field in the same game.*

KOBE BRYANT LEADS ALL PLAYERS AFTER 2nd ROUND OF ALL-STAR BALLOTING
On December 30th, the NBA announced its SECOND returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting with Kobe Bryant (1,153,694) LEADING all players in All-Star voting, ahead of Dwight Howard (988,572) and LeBron James (969,459). Pau Gasol (597,201), who made his third All-Star team last season as a reserve, now ranks 3rd among forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant (735,521) and Carmelo Anthony (602,516). Andrew Bynum (376,283) ranks 2nd among West centers behind Yao Ming (637,527), while Chris Paul (585,690) ranks 2nd among West guards behind Bryant. In the East, James and Kevin Garnett (712,555) lead the forward voting, Dwyane Wade (938,402) and Rajon Rondo (777,310) are the top two vote-getters at guard and Howard leads all East 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.

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 102-98 victory vs. Philadelphia on December 31st, the Lakers recorded their SIXTH 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), Wizards (12/7 vs. WAS) and Pacers (12/15 @ IND). 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).

BRYANT NOW 3RD ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST
Last season, with his 29th point on February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. In the history of the NBA, only two players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (26,671): Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277). This season, Bryant has moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,511) for 3rd on this list (12/19 at Toronto) and John Havlicek (26,395) for 4th (12/10 at Chicago).

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game at Phoenix, Derek Fisher has played in 448 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 326 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.

BUMP IN THE ROAD
With their loss December 28th at San Antonio, the Lakers saw their five game road win streak come to an end while extending a different, rather dubious streak. In falling to the Spurs 82-97, the Lakers lost three consecutive games by double-figures for the first time since March of 2007, when they lost five consecutive games by 10 or more points (3/6/07 – 3/15/07, 4 road losses, 1 home).

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.

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.

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 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.

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.





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