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Kobe scores 27, Lakers fight off Knicks 109-87


LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Andrew Bynum added 18 points and seven rebounds before getting ejected in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers mixed it up with the New York Knicks in their fourth straight victory, 109-87 Sunday night.

Pau Gasol had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who thoroughly dominated undersized New York in the paint and on defense during their seventh straight win over the Knicks.

The second half got testy, with numerous hard fouls and arguments highlighted by Ron Artest clotheslining New York's Amare Stoudemire on a drive to the hoop, earning a flagrant foul.

Stoudemire scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime for the Knicks, whose three-game winning streak ended with a poor shooting performance.

Wilson Chandler scored 19 points, while Landry Fields and Raymond Felton added 12 points apiece for New York, which had beaten nine straight Western Conference opponents, even scoring 128 points in an impressive win over NBA-leading San Antonio five days ago.

The Knicks didn't click all night, with the NBA's highest-scoring team making just 36 percent of its shots. Stoudemire didn't get his first field goal until midway through the second quarter, and he had just five points on 1-for-10 shooting at halftime.

New York hasn't beaten Los Angeles since February 2007, but the cross-country rivals always have an intense atmosphere at their two annual meetings. Although the Lakers took a 16-point lead in the third quarter and coasted to a fairly easy victory, two near-fights put an edge on this game even before Bynum's ejection.

Artest was involved in both confrontations, playing with an edge he has shown only rarely during a disappointing season.

He earned a technical foul in the first quarter for a scuffle with Shawne Williams, briefly putting his hand on Williams' throat barely pulling it away. Artest then delivered a hard foul on Stoudemire late in the third quarter, clotheslining the Knicks' star big man - who got up angry before teammates separated them.

Bynum then was tossed for just the second time in his career after a foul called against him by referee Leon Wood while defending Stoudemire. Bynum stepped into Wood's path with his arms outstretched while the official walked toward the scorers' table, earning the first technical foul - and when Bynum kept arguing, Wood tossed him.

Bryant exchanged apparently angry words with Stoudemire moments later when Stoudemire interrupted Bryant's conversation with Wood, although the two players are friends.

The Lakers played their first game of the season without backup forward Matt Barnes, who tore cartilage in his right knee during Friday night's win over New Orleans. Barnes is likely to have surgery Tuesday, and both Bryant and Artest will get more minutes in his absence.

Artest is having perhaps his worst professional season statistically, averaging career lows of 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds while giving up playing time to Barnes.

NOTES: The teams meet again at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11. ... New York's Bill Walker missed three consecutive free throws in the second quarter after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt. ... Fans near courtside included Lindsay Lohan, Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee in full Knicks regalia, Chris Pine, Matthew Morrison,, Simon Baker, Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold, Robert Wuhl, Ciara, Dr. Dre and Knicks great Bill Bradley.

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36.0 New York's shooting percentage, far below its usual 46.9 percent, as the Lakers played solid defense throughout the contest, earning Phil Jackson's postgame praise for following the game plan well.

29 Amare Stoudemire's shooting percentage, a surprise as he came into the contest shooting the ball very well throughout the season, so much so that Phil Jackson praised his jumper prior to the game. Stoudemire opened really slowly, hitting just 2-of-14 shots, and finished at 7-for-24 plus 9-of-11 from the foul line for his 23 points.

27 Points for Kobe Bryant, though it took him 28 attempts to get there, plus 10 rebounds and five assists.

19 More rebounds grabbed by the Lakers, who held a 61-42 edge. That included a 17-7 advantage on the offensive end, which resulted in a 28-9 controlling of second chance points.

18 Rebounds for Lamar Odom, a season-high despite only 28 minutes of run. He added 13 points and four assists, continuing the best season of his career.

17 Blocked shots in a game that was highly contested around the rim, even though the Lakers did hold a major advantage. The Knicks blocked 11 shots, the Lakers six, led by four from Pau Gasol, who added 20 points and 14 boards with four assists and two steals in a complete game.

16 Points off the pine from Shannon Brown, including a big buzzer-beating three-pointer to close the third quarter, squashing a 5-0 Knicks run that came on one possession after a flagrant foul on Ron Artest.

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Points Bryant 27 10-28 FG
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Lakers' coach Phil Jackson on the game tonight:
"Well I didn't think it was a well played game on either side, particularly starting off turning around the ball a lot…we shoot the ball well, some of the decisions we made…our big guys were dominant and that's what we want."

Lakers' coach Phil Jackson on the Lakers out rebounding the New York Knicks:
"Well we kept going in, we started off without recognition of where they're coming from and where we would make passes. I thought we had some turnovers in the process of figuring out how to play against them, but then we were okay."

Lakers' coach Phil Jackson on Andrew Bynum's performance prior to his ejection:
"Yea I was. I thought he obviously felt he got fouled two or three times at the other end of the floor when he was going up, and some inconsequential stuff that wasn't called, then a simple thing that was called against him, I suppose made him irritable. Yes, unfortunately he got ejected from the game."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on emphasizing the physicality on the court:
"I didn't emphasize, I said be aggressive. I don't emphasize with being physical in particular. I thought they were active, quick, physical team. I thought they played very aggressively and had a relatively good first half, the [New York] Knicks not shooting the ball well."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on his team's learning curve to having to work without Matt Barnes:
"I think they'll be alright. It's just who they're playing with, and the adjustments they have to make…they'll be alright."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on whether the defense tonight can win a championship:
"I think we can definitely win a championship with this type of defense, but the idea that we're facing a team that's a high scoring team, they have smalls on the floor, their biggest guy is [Amare] Stoudemire at 6'10''…most of them are under 6'8', from there on out is a challenge for our big guys to stay in the game and guard them…"

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on holding the Knicks to 87 points:
"As of late we've been doing a really, really good job. We're just getting better. Just getting better at our system, not as many mistakes."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on how they can continue to improve:
"Just improve defensively, just continue to get better. I think we can still cut down some of our mistakes. You know, we're all professionals so tonight they shot 36%, but with 36% you still feel like we can play the defense that much better."

Lakers' Lamar Odom on the team's toughness tonight:
"Yeah, you know, we played well. The toughness thing, guess it was a physical game, and we played with physicality tonight."

Lakers' guard Shannon Brown on the Lakers team defense tonight:
"Yeah we were active, we were talking. We had hands in the ball lanes, we were getting steals, we weren't letting them get a lot of second-chance points. We focused in on their key guys."

Lakers' guard Shannon Brown on his three-pointer to beat the buzzer in the third quarter:
"I just got some good looks at the basket and they fell for me. I wanted to go to the hole with it and they did a good job to cut me off so I had to step back."

Lakers' center Andrew Bynum on his two technical fouls:
"I just said 'are you serious?' That's all I said."

Lakers' center Andrew Bynum on his team's size advantage over the Knicks:
"They're a small team so that's the advantage of our size. They came out in the beginning and tried to play that with the quickness because they're a small team."

Lakers' center Andrew Bynum on him being really active tonight:
"I'm just being active. They put me in this role on the defense, but I kind of just challenge all the shots at the rim and try to keep me low all the time. I'm just working. And that's where I'm supposed to be anyway."

New York Knicks' Coach Mike D'Antoni on his team's energy:
"I just didn't think we were sharp. I was a little worried about Phoenix having an emotional letdown and I think we did; although this is LA and they shouldn't have, but we did."

New York Knicks' Coach Mike D'Antoni
"We just tried to grind it out and eventually they're just too big and too long for us to play bad and kind of get in a slugfest and we couldn't do that."

New York Knicks' Coach Mike D'Antoni on the Lakers' size:
No, you know the size. I can read the [roster]. We have to play a certain way and we have to make some threes and move the ball and we didn't do it. I think our defense was good all night to keep us in the game even though we didn't play well. We didn't have a lot of energy.

New York Knicks' Coach Mike D'Antoni on the Lakers' packing the paint;
"That's what they do. You need to open the floor up, make some shots and we didn't do it."

New York Knicks' Coach Mike D'Antoni on the Lakers:
"They're a good team. They're the champs for some reason."

New York Knicks' Coach Mike D'Antoni on shooting 36% FG and 32% from 3pt:
"When you're wide open and you miss them, you miss them. That's how we play and we just didn't hit our shots."

New York Knicks' Coach Mike D'Antoni on the Knicks energy:
"And then we made some errors. I thought, energy errors where we just didn't have that right energy, toughness that we'll have the next time we play them."

New York Knicks' Coach Mike D'Antoni on his team's performance:
"I was pleased in the way we played. I thought our defense was really good. I thought our doubles were good…We just had to keep coming back from things that went against us and we just didn't do it -- we just didn't have enough."

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire on the shooting struggles of the Knicks tonight:
"We didn't shoot the ball particularly well. We're a much better offensive team. We just didn't get off to a good start."

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire on what the Lakers did to make the Knicks shoot poorly:
"Nothing. We just missed shots. They were open shots we usually make, we just missed them."

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire on if he has to work more guarding bigger guys like Andrew Bynum:
"Yeah he does a great job of getting position right under the basket. That's where he scores, five feet from the basket. So I was able to make him a little bit uncomfortable but he was able to get going there when he got close to the basket."

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire on the physical nature of the game:
"I love it. I hope they keep it up. All it does is fuel me and gets me going. I'm kind of glad because first half, it wasn't that physical. But second half it was, and I got going."

Knicks forward Landry Fields on guarding Kobe Bryant:
"It was great. My whole goal this game was to stay in front and get a hand up. That's one of the greatest of all time so he's going to score. I just wanted to make it as hard as possible."

Knicks guard Raymond Felton on if the Knicks were looking to prove themselves tonight:
"Nope, we are not looking to prove ourselves to anybody. We were just trying to get a win."

Knicks guard Raymond Felton on why Stoudemire struggled shooting tonight:
"We all struggled. We missed shots that we normally make. That's all it really was. But he's a big part of our offense so we're looking for his scoring, but at the same time, nobody hit shots. Normally, if Amare is off, somebody else steps it up, but a lot of guys missed shots. I missed shots."



The New York Knicks haven't beaten the Los Angeles Lakers since February 2007, but these are hardly the same Knicks of recent years.

Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks look for a 10th straight win against a Western Conference foe as they continue their four-game trip Sunday night against the Lakers, winners of three straight after a rough stretch.

The additions of Stoudemire and Raymond Felton have breathed new life into a team that's missed the playoffs in six straight seasons, with New York's latest win being its most lopsided yet.

Stoudemire had 23 points in his return to Phoenix on Friday, but it was Felton who stole the show by posting his first career triple-double in a 121-96 rout that was the Knicks' first road win over the Suns in nearly seven years.

"We had an all-around game tonight," said Felton, who had 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. "We had great defense and everybody was clicking on all cylinders offensively and defensively. I thought it was one of our best games this year."

New York (21-14) arrives at Staples Center having lost six straight to the Lakers (26-11), but there's reason to believe it can snap that streak. The Knicks have averaged an astounding 119.2 points in winning nine straight versus Western opponents.

That's the franchise's longest interconference winning streak since running off 13 straight from Dec. 7, 1993-Jan. 25, 1994. Stoudemire has averaged 29.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting during the nine wins, while Felton has averaged 20.9 points and 10.0 assists.

Visiting Los Angeles has typically slowed Stoudemire down, however. He's averaged 15.1 points in 11 career regular-season road games against the Lakers, easily his lowest average away from home.

Los Angeles has been playing impressive defense lately, holding 14 of its last 16 opponents under 100 points. An inconsistent and turnover-prone offense was evident during a 2-4 stretch from Dec. 21-Jan. 2, though, as Phil Jackson's team averaged just 88.5 points and 17.0 turnovers.

Those problems seem to have disappeared. The Lakers have averaged 102.7 points and just 9.7 turnovers in three consecutive wins, the latest 101-97 against New Orleans on Friday.

"Offensively, I think we're starting to work it out, starting to trust the offense, moving the ball," said center Andrew Bynum, who's averaged 14.7 points and shot 65.5 percent in the three victories. "If we continue to do both those things we'll be alright."

While Bynum's increased production hasn't hurt, Los Angeles' biggest key to success seems to be gettingPau Gasol involved. The Lakers are 18-3 when Gasol scores at least 18 points.

"We need him as a scorer," Jackson said. "It changes how the defense plays us. They can't focus on Kobe (Bryant) 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."

Gasol and Bynum should be able to have success inside against a Knicks team that allows 47.7 points per game in the paint - second-worst in the league - but keeping Bryant in check should still be the first priority. He's averaged 35.5 points during the Lakers' six-game winning streak in the series, including a 61-point outburst on Feb. 2, 2009 at Madison Square Garden.

There's reason for concern on the Los Angeles bench, however. Forward Matt Barnes tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee Friday and is out indefinitely.

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Lakers Matt Barnes (torn lateral meniscus, right knee) is out.
Steve Blake (sprained left ankle) is probable.
Andrew Bynum (right knee soreness) is probable.
Lamar Odom (sore left shoulder) is probable.
Theo Ratliff (left knee surgery) is out.

Danilo Gallinari (sprained left knee) is out.
Kelenna Azubuike (left knee surgery) is out.

01/09 - NYK @ LAL
02/11 - LAL @ NYK

The Knicks bring a three game win streak into tonight's game including an impressive victory at the garden over the San Antonio Spurs. New York is a very good offensive team and they have become the Phoenix Suns of the east under former Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni. Raymond Felton is having a career year at the point guard position and Stoudemire is having an MVP caliber season in his first year in the big apple. New York is an uptempo team who loves to shoot the 3 ball. They have attempted 255 more 3 pointers than their opponents and have made 100 more, shooting at a clip of 37%. They are a good dribble drive team and they do an excellent job of driving and dishing out to the open shooters. We will see a high volume of screen and rolls from all angles. Our defense must be on the same page or we will be chasing ghosts all night. The Knicks will run some post ups and isolations at the elbow for Stoudemire so we must be ready to defend him.

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The Lakers swept last season's series with New York 2-0 for the 3rd consecutive year. Dating back to the Minneapolis era, this will be the two teams' 272nd meeting and the 181st since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season. In their last 10 overall games, the Lakershavegone8-2againsttheKnicksandhavewonsixstraightagainstNewYork. Athome, the Lakers are 8-3 all-time against the Knicks at STAPLES Center. In New York, the Lakers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at Madison Square Garden. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 15-5 against New York. On 2/2/09, Kobe Bryant scored a Madison Square Garden record 61 points (19-31 FG) while converting a franchise record for free throws made without a miss (20). Bryant's 20 free throws without a miss tied for 2nd most in NBA history without a miss behind Dominique Wilkins' 23-23 effort in December of 1992. It was the 5th time Bryant has scored 40+ points at MSG, with his 61 points surpassing Michael Jordan's 55-point opponent record and Bernard King's 60-point building record. On January 31, 2006, the Lakers established a series record for largest margin of victory with a 130-97 win over the Knicks at MSG. In that contest, Bryant led all scorers with 40 points while tying his own franchise record with 23 free throws made. Additionally, Bryant's 23 made free throws set an MSG record while his 26 attempts tied the building record. In 26 career games (22 starts) against the Knicks, Bryant is averaging 26.3 points. Additionally, Lamar Odom (Christ the King HS in Queens, NY) and rookie Devin Ebanks (born in Queens, NY) are natives of New York while Andrew Bynum and rookie Derrick Caracter are from nearby New Jersey. Ron Artest was born in Queensbridge, NY, teamed with Elton Brand and Odom on the same AAU team in the city as a teenager and attended both high school (La Salle Academy) and college (St. John's) in New York, NY. Head Coach Phil Jackson was originally drafted by the Knicks in the 2nd round of the 1967 NBA Draft and was a member of New York's 1970 and 1973 NBA Championship teams. New York's Ronny Turiaf was drafted by the Lakers in the 2nd round of the 2005 NBA Draft (37th overall) and played three seasons with Los Angeles (2005-08), averaging 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.13 blocks in 15.6 minutes. Also, Knicks guard Tony Douglas was selected by the Lakers with the 29th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and subsequently traded to New York for a future 2nd round draft pick and cash considerations.

With a running jumper at the 1:09 mark in the third quarter of the Lakers 101-97 victory over the Hornets 1/7, Kobe Bryant (26,720) moved past Oscar Robertson (26,710) for 9th on the 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 him past Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 10th. Should he continue to score 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 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).

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.

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.

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)).

On January 6th, the Los Angeles Sports Council announced that Lakers guard Derek Fisher will receive the prestigious 2010 Sportsman of the Year award at the 6th annual LA Sports Awards to be held Thursday, February 24th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The LA Sports Awards are presented annually by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the greatest moments of the year in local sports. The Sportsman award is given to the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year. Past Sportsman of the Year honorees include Matt Leinart (2005), Elton Brand (2006), David Beckam (2007), Kobe Bryant (2008) and Pau Gasol (2009). The awards show will be televised on FS Prime Ticket (initial airing will be February 25th).

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.*

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 (26,720): 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).

Entering the Lakers game vs. New York, Derek Fisher has played in 450 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 328 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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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