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Lakers hold off Hornets for 3rd straight win

By GREG BEACHAM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant had 25 points while moving into ninth place on the NBA's career scoring list, and Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers' third straight victory, 101-97 over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

Lamar Odom had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum added 17 points for the two-time defending champions, who have rebounded from a prolonged holiday skid and stories of minor team discord with five wins in six days, including three in the past four days.

After entering the NBA's career top 10 by passing Dominique Wilkins on Tuesday night, Bryant passed Oscar Robertson with his 26,712th career points on a floating jumper in the lane with 1:09 left in the third quarter. He followed up his milestone basket with two key buckets in the final 2 minutes while the Lakers sent New Orleans to its fourth straight loss at Staples Center.

Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak Dec. 29 with a gut-check win at New Orleans, but the Lakers' struggles continued until back-to-back victories earlier this week following an embarrassing blowout loss at home to mediocre Memphis last weekend.

David West had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who traveled a long way to open a two-game road trip.

Trevor Ariza scored 17 points and Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, but Los Angeles limited Chris Paul to 12 points and 10 assists. New Orleans struggled in the paint against Gasol and Bynum, but stayed close with balanced scoring, including 17 points from Marco Belinelli.

Bryant passed another signpost on his historic career despite recently revealing he has almost no cartilage left in his right knee. That's old news to coach Phil Jackson, who made a deal with Bryant nearly three years ago to limit his practice time, keeping him fresh for championship chases.

Not everything went well for the Lakers, who lost backup forward Matt Barnes to a sprained knee in the first half. Barnes, who's averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with Los Angeles, will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the injury's severity.

Backup point guard Steve Blake then appeared to injure his ankle in the fourth quarter. Odom already is playing with a sprained left shoulder, although it didn't appear to limit him.

Hornets coach Monty Williams lauded Odom before the game, calling him "by far the best bench player in the league," and suggesting his skills would be all-NBA caliber if he got more playing time and touches.

Odom's 3-pointer with 7:39 to play put the Lakers up 87-77, but the Hornets replied with six straight points to keep it close.

NOTES: Before the game, Bryant and Derek Fisher presented a championship ring to DJ Mbenga, a seldom-used backup for last season's Lakers. Mbenga has played in 25 games with minimal impact for the Hornets, and was a healthy scratch against his former team. ... Next up for Bryant is Hakeem Olajuwon in eighth place with 26,946 points. When Jackson was asked which players Bryant particularly was eager to surpass, the coach immediately answered: "Michael Jordan." ... Fans near courtside included Denzel Washington, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sean Combs, Hilary Swank, Heidi Klum and Seal.


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26,720 Needing 16 points to surpass Oscar Robertson for sole possession of 9th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, Kobe Bryant dropped 25, showing off a motley crew of offensive moves including a left-handed floater while driving left that sealed the win late in the fourth quarter.

50.6 L.A.'s field goal percentage in a very solid all-around performance from the field. The Lakers made 39-of-77 overall buckets, and 5-of-12 three-pointers.

20 Points scored by Pau Gasol, as well as his combined number of rebounds (13) and assists (7) in a terrific all-around game for the Spaniard, his best in a few weeks.

17 Points off the pine for Lamar Odom, who managed 24 against New Orleans last week in his first game off the bench of the season. He added 13 rebounds to match Gasol. This was also the number of points scored by Andrew Bynum, one short of his season high, on 7-of-13 field goals with five boards of his own. All together, it was a dominating performance from L.A.'s front line.

8 First half turnovers for the Lakers, helping the Hornets stay in the game despite 60.6 percent shooting from the home team. L.A., however, took much better care of the rock in the second half, amassing only three more turnovers to finish with 11.

2 Injuries to Lakers players, including a sprained right knee for Matt Barnes and a sprained left ankle for Steve Blake. Barnes will get an MRI in the morning, while Blake returned to the floor after being re-taped in the locker room.




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Points Bryant 25 10-19 FG
Rebounds Gasol, Odom 13
Assists Gasol 7
Steals Fisher 3
Blocks Bynum 3

POSTGAME QUOTES

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the win tonight:
"Well both teams played hard and it was a good game. We were fortunate enough to hang on to that game and win it. I was concerned about it actually from the tip-ball on. This is a team [the Hornets] that has the capacity to come back and play a good game after we played them 10 nights ago."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Lamar Odom's performance being an indication of his shoulder being not too bad:
"I think his shoulder is not that bad, but it's difficult still. But it doesn't affect his shot it's his right hand, he's left handed. He can get his arm up above his shoulder is still a little bit of an issue with his right hand."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant passing Oscar Robertson on the scoring list:
"Oscar was a big personality, one of the great players of the game, arguably one of the top guards to ever play the game. Kobe obviously fits in that category now, and he's persistently gone on through his career and had the longevity to do this. He really recognizes this as a great mile mark."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the importance of getting Pau Gasol in rhythm offensively:
"We need him as a scorer. He's a scoring big man and we need him to carry a load of points for us. It changes how the defense plays us. They can't focus on Kobe as much if they're worried about defending big guys back in the lane, and the big guys aren't so interested in coming to help out on Kobe or anybody else."


Lakers' Andrew Bynum on New Orleans Hornets making a good run at the Lakers in the end:
"I think just the size, it was too much. Everybody was effective down low…"

Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the Lakers getting a lot better:
"I think defensively we need to get a lot better. We need to play more as a unit. Offensively, I think we're starting to work it out, starting to trust the offense, moving the ball. If we continue to do both those things we'll be alright."

Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the Lakers offense tonight:
"We did a little better job tonight and I think we'll continue to progress. Defensively we just need to work on our rotations…"






Lakers' Ron Artest on Matt Barnes injury tonight:
"Matt will be okay…He'll be fine, he'll be playing next game."

Lakers' Ron Artest on how the team has performed since Andrew Bynum's return:
"We always got to have our team; our old team. Even if we win, and guys are out, we would rather have everybody. That's what make us who we are…"






Lakers' Matt Barnes on the status of his right knee:
"I'm going to have an MRI then we'll set up a timetable. Anytime you can walk it's a good sign…so just stay hopeful."







Lakers' Lamar Odom on New Orleans increased competition in tonight's meeting:
"They played tough tonight. They got it going from the beginning and got some good looks."






Lakers' Pau Gasol on the team effort:
"We continued to play. We found ways to control the game and be ahead. I like the way we contributed. We used our inside game with Drew and Lamar had a really good game so I'm very pleased with that."

Lakers Pau Gasol on the team's mentality moving forward:
"We're satisfied when we win obviously but I think that we understand that we can't relax, we can't be too confident and we can't overlook anybody."






Kobe Bryant on passing Oscar Robertson for 9th all-time in scoring:
"Oh yeah, I mean, this is cool man. I don't really have much to say. It's a great honor. Obviously Oscar, I paired so much of my game from his, Jerry [West], and Michael [Jordan], in particular – you know those big guards so it means a lot."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on New Orleans increased competition in tonight's meeting:
"I just think they played a little better. They executed pretty well…but the game still felt like it was under our control."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the teams focus:

"We know what work needs to be done. It's pretty easy to identify the mistakes that we're making. Defensively we have a system and it's pretty easy to hold guys accountable on rotations."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on his knee:
"Do I look worried? Did we win last year? My knee last year was the size of a balloon and we still won so I'm not that concerned about it. We've just got to be smart and pace things out. It's just listening to your body and I do a pretty good job of that.






Hornets coach Monty Williams on if tonight was a moral victory:
"We can't be this kind of team just because we're playing the Lakers in Los Angeles. We have to be this team every night. We don't take moral victories. I think that's for people who do Hallmark cards and all that nonsense. We like the way that we played tonight, but we came up short."

Hornets coach Monty Williams on the shooting struggles with the Hornets bench players:
"They gave them a cushion and our starters had to find a way to chip away at it and get it close again. I'm not going to put this on the bench. That happens against the world champs on this floor."

Hornets coach Monty Williams on the effectiveness of the Lakers rebounding:

"I know when we go zone, it's going to open up offensive rebounds. That's something that you're going to give up. We have to find a way to rebound out of the zone because the zone can be a weapon for us."

Hornets coach Monty Williams on the close loss:
"It was a tough loss but if we compete like that, we're going to win more games."

Hornets coach Monty Williams on if his team got the shots he wanted at the end of the game:
"Yeah, we set up Marco [Bellinelli] for a three-pointer. David [West] had an up and under. He normally knocks that down. I'm going to ride [David West] and Chris [Paul]. If they make or miss, I'll take it because I know those guys are trying to get us wins."

Hornets coach Monty Williams on what adjustments need to be made going forward:
"We have to get consistent play. We didn't play this way the other night against Golden State. For us to be the team we want to be, we have to play like this every night. To have a chance to beat the world champs on their floor says a lot about our team, but consistency is something that we're looking for."



Hornets Trevor Ariza on tonight's loss:
"You want to win, all losses hurt. It never feels good to lose. We played our hearts out tonight. We've got another tough game ahead of us. We just need to go out and play harder next time."

Hornets Trevor Ariza on Kobe Bryant passing Oscar Robertson:
"He's one of the hardest working people I've ever been around. I think it means a lot, but more than anything he wants to win championships. So I think the team goals are more important to him than his individual goals."

Hornets Trevor Ariza on Kobe Bryant's performance tonight:
"Pissed me off, really, I ain't gonna lie. He played really good. But, that's who he is, he's the best player in the world, and he's tough to guard."

Hornets Trevor Ariza on how Kobe Bryant's playing style has changed:
"He is a little older, so his fundamentals are unbelievable. He shot one shot left handed tonight, and if he had it in his right I would have been able to get to it, but in his left I couldn't get to it. So, his fundamentals are unbelievable…he's letting his fundamentals play instead of his athleticism."




Hornets Chris Paul on tonight's loss:
"I guess the effort. There aren't no more victories around here. I wish we could've figured out a way to get the win. You know, we need it desperately. We lost a bad one at home two days ago, so, you know, we really needed this win."

Hornets Chris Paul on tonight's game:
"In the stretch we didn't execute well. You know, we let Kobe get into the lane and make plays."

Hornets Chris Paul on Kobe Bryant's performance tonight:
"It was just one of those games. He was 10/19 from the field. You know, he made a lot of tough shots from the lane with hands over him. You know, that's why he passed Oscar Robertson tonight."

Hornets Chris Paul on getting the shots they wanted in the final minutes of the game:
"A few times. But, you know, they played pretty good defense down the stretch. I'm gonna have to look at the tape cause it's all such a blur right now. I'm kind of frustrated cause I sort of pride myself in the last three, four minutes trying to figure out how to get a win, but we were just taking the ball out of the net. We couldn't get a stop towards the end and that's what ultimately hurt us."






LAKERS VS. HORNETS GAME PREVIEW

By KATE HEDLIN, STATS Writer

When the Los Angeles Lakers visited the New Orleans Hornets last week, everything seemed to be going wrong.

Since cruising to an easy victory in that game, things appear to be getting back on track for the two-time reigning NBA champions.

The Lakers look to win their third straight when they host the Hornets on Friday night.

Los Angeles (25-11) has been trying to move past a recent slide that consisted of three blowout losses. It's had some bumps along the way, including an embarrassing 104-85 home loss to Memphis on Sunday and a verbal argument between coach Phil Jackson and Ron Artest earlier this week, but the Lakers have won four of five - a stretch sparked by a 103-88 win over New Orleans on Dec. 29.

However, not all the victories have come as easily as that one. Los Angeles escaped with a 99-95 win in Phoenix on Wednesday.

The Lakers were up one with just over two minutes to go, but Artest's 3-pointer gave them a 97-91 lead with 1:30 remaining. Artest finished with 11 points while Kobe Bryant led the team with 24.

"He has made big shots before when the money is on the line, big money is on the line," Bryant said of Artest. "I have all the faith in the world in him."

Bryant, criticized by Jackson after the Memphis loss for controlling the ball too much on offense, has taken fewer than 20 shot attempts in the last two games. The Lakers are 17-2 when that happens.

Still, Jackson had concerns about the offense Wednesday despite five players scoring in double figures. Pau Gasol had a season-low six points, failing to score more than 11 for the fourth time in six games, and the team went 6 of 23 from 3-point range.

"Our zone offense needs a little work," Jackson said. "I didn't think we moved the ball the way we want to. … Our 3-point shooting was really rough tonight. We need some shooters out there to counteract that."

The Lakers are shooting 29.8 percent from beyond the arc over the last 10 games.

New Orleans (21-15) had won three straight following last week's loss to the Lakers, but that streak ended with a 110-103 defeat to Golden State on Wednesday. The Hornets had given up an average of 79.7 points over their previous three games.

Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists for New Orleans, which was outscored 38-21 in the fourth quarter after leading by as many as 13 points.

"We have to worry about the Lakers on Friday," Paul said. "Tomorrow we have to worry about us at practice figuring out what we have to do to put this together for 48 minutes. … We have to find a way to translate what we do in practice to the court, and we have to do it consistently. We can't have letdowns like we did tonight."

The Hornets are looking to win three in a row on the road after losing the previous seven. However, they've lost their straight three road games against the Lakers - the last two by a combined 27 points - and have dropped seven of the past nine meetings overall.


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

None.


12/29 - LAL @ NOH W 103-88
01/07 - NOH @ LAL
02/05 - LAL @ NOH
03/27 - NOH @ LAL


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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers lead their season series with New Orleans 1-0 after taking last season's series from the Hornets 2-1. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Hornets including a 4-1 mark in their last five meetings. The Lakers are also 7-3 in their last 10 homes games against the Hornets and are 12-4 all-time against the Hornets at STAPLES Center. Since the Hornets move to New Orleans from Charlotte prior to the 2002-03 season, the Lakers have gone 8-3 at New Orleans Arena while going 0-2 at Ford Center in Oklahoma City during their temporary relocation from 2005-07. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 20-9 against the Hornets. In 2006, the Lakers and Hornets took part in the city of New Orleans first professional sports game following Hurricane Katrina when they met at the New Orleans Arena March 8, 2006. The Lakers won that contest 113- 107 behind 40 points from Kobe Bryant. In 2006-07, Bryant scored a series record 50 points 3/23/07, becoming just the second player in NBA history to score 50+ points in four consecutive games. In their first meeting of the 2007-08 season (11/6/07), Peja Stojakovic made a Lakers opponent record 10 three-point field goals while Chris Paul became only the 7th Lakers opponent to record at least 21 assists in a game and the first since John Stockton did so in April of 1990. In a January 6, 2009 loss to New Orleans, David West scored a series-high 40 points for the Hornets, surpassing Baron Davis' old mark of 37 established when the team was in Charlotte back in 2002. Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons spent the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons as an assistant coach in New Orleans. Hornets forward Trevor Ariza played 106 regular season games with Los Angeles from 2007-09, averaging 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.54 steals during his Lakers career while helping the team to the 2009 NBA Championship. Additionally, Hornets center DJ Mbenga played three seasons with the Lakers from 2007-10, averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds and was a member of two championship Lakers teams (2009, 2010).

DAYS AFTER PASSING WILKINS FOR 10th, BRYANT NOW 15 POINTS SHY OF OSCAR ROBERTSON FOR 9th ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST Just days after a driving lay-up in the third quarter of the Lakers victory over Detroit (1/4/10) moved Kobe Bryant past Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 10th on the NBA's all- time scoring list, Bryant (26,695) now stands 15 points shy of Oscar Robertson (26,710) for 9th on the all-time list. Should he continue to score at anywhere near his current pace (25.1 ppg), Bryant would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant and Robertson (9th/26,710) are 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. Earlier this season, with 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), he passed John Havlicek (26,395) for 11th. Last season, he 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 Gary Payton (21,813) and Hall-of-Famers Charles Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195) and Larry Bird (21,791).

ODOM 9TH FASTEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 11,000 POINTS, 7,000 REBOUNDS AND 3,000 ASSISTS; 23rd PLAYER EVER TO DO SO
With 10 rebounds 1/5/10 at Phoenix, Lamar Odom recorded his 7,000th career rebound, becoming just the 23rd player in NBA history to reach 11,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists and the 9th fastest to do so in terms of games. Only Larry Bird (680 games), Kevin Garnett (681 games), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (691 games), Wilt Chamberlain (691 games), Chris Webber (695), Elgin Baylor (716 games), Bill Russell (746 games) and Charles Barkley (762 games) reached those totals faster than Odom, who did so in 783 career games.

KOBE BRYANT LEADS ALL PLAYERS AFTER 3rd ROUND OF ALL-STAR BALLOTING
On January 6th, the NBA announced its THIRD returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting with Kobe Bryant (1,391,597) LEADING all players in All-Star voting, ahead of Dwight Howard (1,205,159) and LeBron James (1,194,091). Pau Gasol (702,859), who made his third All-Star team last season as a reserve, now ranks 3rd among forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant (945,944) and Carmelo Anthony (742,284). Andrew Bynum (493,237) ranks 2nd among West centers behind Yao Ming (754,583), while Chris Paul (724,605) ranks 2nd among West guards behind Bryant. In the East, James and Kevin Garnett (850,687) lead the forward voting, Dwyane Wade (1,167,649) and Rajon Rondo (929,781) 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.

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 12/29 at New Orleans, the Lakers shot a season-high .676 from the field while limiting the Hornets to seven rebounds. The seven New Orleans' rebounds (4 offensive, 3 defensive) equaled 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.*

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).

BACK-TO-BACK
This season, the Lakers are 5-2 in the first game and 6-1 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.

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 (26,695): 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 vs. New Orleans, Derek Fisher has played in 449 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 327 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.






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