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Lakers hold off Nets for 7th straight win

By GREG BEACHAM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Pau Gasol had 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on for their seventh straight victory, 100-88 Friday night over the New Jersey Nets.

Lamar Odom had 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers extended the NBA's longest active winning streak despite never shaking the struggling Nets, who got 35 points from Brook Lopez in their ninth loss in 10 games.

Sasha Vujacic scored 17 points and Jordan Farmar had 12 in both reserve guards' return to Staples Center with New Jersey after winning two titles with the Lakers.

Ron Artest scored 14 points for Los Angeles, which has been perfect since an embarrassing blowout loss to Memphis at home on Jan. 2, its fourth defeat in six games.

Shannon Brown added 12 points for the Lakers, who have won their last seven games in just 11 days during a brutal scheduling stretch that doesn't include consecutive days off until Jan. 22-23.

Farmar left as a free agent last summer, saying his talents didn't fit the triangle offense and believing he could be a starter elsewhere in the NBA. Vujacic was traded to New Jersey last month after essentially losing his job as Bryant's backup to Brown.

Farmar and Vujacic both took big roles in the second half, with Vujacic's 3-pointer pulling New Jersey within two at 78-76 with 7 1/2 minutes to play. The Lakers responded with nine consecutive points capped by Bryant's three-point play with 5:23 left.

Bryant and Derek Fisher presented Farmar's second ring to the Los Angeles native during a brief pregame ceremony, but he got almost no cheers when he checked into the game. Vujacic was greeted with a bit more warmth, but both guards were booed regularly by the Los Angeles crowd in the second half while they kept the Nets close.

Vujacic played the entire game in overdrive, taking 16 shots but going just 2 for 9 on 3-pointers.

The Lakers limited Devin Harris to six points - more than 10 below his average - as the Nets lost their fourth straight game on the second stop of a four-game West Coast trip. New Jersey has lost seven straight to the Lakers.

Lopez's 13 first-quarter points put the Nets ahead early, but Bryant replied with 13 of his own. Los Angeles' dominant 7-foot duo had rare early struggles, with Gasol scoring just two points until late in the second quarter and Andrew Bynum committing two early fouls.

Bynum finished with just two points and five rebounds in 22 minutes, although he swatted a layup attempt by Farmar into the second row behind the basket during the fourth quarter.

Lopez missed a dunk in the final minute, leaving him one shy of his season high in points.

NOTES: Kris Humphries had six points and 15 rebounds for the Nets, but also whacked Gasol in the side of the face under the basket in the final minutes. Gasol got up slowly with a welt near his left eye, but made two free throws. ... Odom went 5 for 11 from the free throw line, driving down his unimpressive percentage in an otherwise stellar year. He also got a technical foul with 1:06 to play. ... Fans near courtside included WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto, Zac Efron, Robert Wuhl and producer Brian Grazer. Tom Petty and his wife, Dana, used the seats normally occupied by Jack Nicholson, who was raised in Neptune, N.J.


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49.3 Lakers shooting percentage in the game thanks to a hot second half, paced by Ron Artest's 5-of-7, Shannon Brown's 6-of-10 and Kobe Bryant's 10-for-19.

35 Free throw attempts for the home team, producing a 14-point advantage despite 10 misses as New Jersey attempted only 17 attempts (11 makes).

35 Points for Brook Lopez in a losing effort thanks to 13-of-19 shooting, the Lakers struggling to deal with a legit center after facing smallish teams New York, Cleveland and Golden State in succession.

29 Total points for former Lakers Sasha Vujacic (17) and Jordan Farmer (12), who played quite well in their respective returns to Los Angeles.

8 New Jersey's edge in paint points (44-36), which doesn't happen often. Andrew Bynum managed just two points on 1-for-5 shooting, plagued by foul trouble throughout the evening, while Gasol was only 6-of-15.

4 Second chance points for the Lakers, far below their average due to strong defensive rebounding from the Nets, who out-rebounded the home team 45-38.

1 Double-double in the game, courtesy of Lamar Odom and his 14 points with 11 rebounds, much of his production coming in the second half after he opened 0-for-3 from the field and 0-for-4 from the foul line.




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Points Bryant 10-19 FG 27
Rebounds Odom 0 OFF 11 DEF 11
Assists Blake 5
Steals Odom 4
Blocks Gasol 4

POSTGAME QUOTES

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's game:
"I thought it took us awhile to get ourselves in sync tonight. We didn't play very well in the first half and then we started to play better as this game extended itself, we got a feel for it a little bit. Defensively, [Brook] Lopez was a real tough handle for our big guys tonight and we didn't give them much help."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on having to play against former Lakers, Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic:
"It's not unusual in the NBA. You see that happening in the NBA. But these guys had been with us for awhile. Jordan and Sasha are probably combined seven or eight years on the team."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant's recent shooting efficiency:
"I think he's got a real good game-mind going with himself. He's taking and picking his spots, and directing the traffic well. I like it."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if there is anything he would like to see from his team before the All-Star break:
"Our defense has got to improve. Little things, like tonight we got outrebounded on the offensive boards by the Nets. They beat us up inside a little bit both defensively and offensively. We didn't handle ourselves well. Andrew [Bynum] was in foul trouble almost the whole night."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Andrew Bynum's foul trouble and how it affected his play:
"He just never got in rhythm out there. He played four or five minutes here and there, and was out the whole time."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the recent play of Ron Artest:
"I think he's playing really well. He's shooting the ball well and in rhythm. Maybe since Matt [Barnes] is out he feels more responsibility or something. He's been working extra long at practice on his shot. But he's been very effective."



Lakers' Kobe Bryant on playing former teammates Sasha Vujacic and Jordan Farmar:
"It's good to see them. They both look like they're in good spirits, they both played well, played with a lot of energy. You know, all in all, it's good to see them. These types of games are the hardest for me. Like when last year we first played Trevor [Ariza] 'cause they're little brothers to me, literally."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the team's progression:
"[We're] getting there but there are areas to progress like tonight we blew so many coverages defensively – I think it's noticeable. We held them to 42% from the field so that's no bad but we still feel like we can improve."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the upcoming stretch of games:
"It's a huge challenge. I mean, the Clippers have been playing extremely well. Not sure what they did tonight, but they've been playing particularly well against high level teams. They gave us a tough one last time we played them and I'm sure Sunday will be no different."




Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the upcoming stretch of games:
"Yeah, we're looking forward to it. Right now we're doing ok we just need to pick it up defensively. It was a really slow game tonight, slow pace."

Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the Lakers vs. Clippers on Sunday:

"They've been playing really well, especially against the top teams in the league. They're definitely gonna come out and try to get on us, we're gonna have to be ready for the game."




Lakers' Lamar Odom on difference between the teams performance in the 1st and 2nd halves:
"We were able to control the tempo – do the small things."




Lakers' Ron Artest on where the team is at right now:

'It's good to see where we're at, at this point in the season. I think we're okay. I think we're pulling it together."






Lakers' Luke Walton playing former teammates Sasha Vujacic and Jordan Farmar:

"It's fun. All they are is the other team when we're out there but when we've been together for a while so it'll be fun now that we beat them to talk a little trash in the offseason."

Lakers' Luke Walton on his enhanced role due to the injury of Matt Barnes:
"I've been preparing for it the whole time. You know the opportunity will come at some point. I've been working with my shooting coach and my strength coach a lot and staying ready. It sucks that Matt [Barnes] got hurt but it's our job as teammates to step up."








Nets coach Avery Johnson on the game tonight:
"Our guys fought, they fought tooth and nail. They didn't give in tonight to the crowd, the Laker tradition, Kobe obviously had a good game, but we made him work. We thought we did a nice job overall against their starting front line. Our guys came and played tonight. We just didn't have enough in the tank during the certain stretch of that fourth quarter, missed a few shots, had a couple of carless turnovers. But again, our team fought pretty hard tonight."

Nets coach Avery Johnson on Brook Lopez's performance tonight:
"He was aggressive and that's what we are going to need every night."

Nets coach Avery Johnson on how Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic responded tonight:
"It's tough in that situation. I've been in their situation before and I've seen a lot of other guys in it. But they didn't allow the emotions...get to them. I thought they handled it very well. They made some shots for us tonight; some big shots that really kept us in the game, and got us a lead early in the game. Those guys are a big part of our rotation and…you throw in Chris Humphries who had 15 rebounds tonight, [Johan] Petro gives us some nice minutes at back-up. But again, we just didn't get it…a good performance from our one, two, and three positions tonight overall. Those guys are going to look to bounce back tomorrow night against Portland [Trailblazers]."

Nets coach Avery Johnson on what he liked most on the performance of his team tonight:
"I just thought they were there with their intensity, concentration. They really were doing a lot of the little things throughout the game. It's just we got in a situation where you got a superstar player just took over; made baskets, three-point plays on us, shredded our defense in certain situations. [Lamar] Odom was cold from three [point range] pretty much all game long, but he seems to always make a three pointer at the inopportune time for us tonight, so that was disappointing."





Nets center Brook Lopez on his overall performance tonight:

"I had a lot of good looks. I got put in great positions on the floor through the plays, and guys giving me good looks. I was just trying to be more aggressive and get to the basket."

Nets center Brook Lopez on his shooting performance:
"I think my teammates got me a few good looks early on and I just started gaining more confidence after every shot went in."


Nets guard Jordan Farmar on returning to LA:
"It was different, but the reception was amazing. They kind of raised me. You know, I was born and raised in the city and everything I know about basketball. It was great to feel the love from my home city. I was looking forward to getting a win and we came a little short. But we played well."

Nets guard Jordan Farmar on matching up against his former team:
"It still felt good to compete against those guys. We went at it everyday in practice for four years, and have been through some battles and some wars, and had some very special times together. So it was great to be out there competing."

Nets guard Jordan Farmar on receiving his Lakers championship ring and what it represents to him:
"It represents a struggle, it represents commitment, it represents a lifetime worth of hard work. It represents a lot of things; a brotherhood, friendships and the relationships that you build and bonds that can't be broken."


Nets guard Sasha Vujacic on returning to play his former team in LA for the first time:
"To be honest with you I was drafted by the Lakers, I came here had seven great years and everybody in the [Lakers] organization were always great to me. It was just like a family. Right now I got a fresh start, I've got a start with the Nets family. They're rebuilding something that's potentially can be a championship caliber kind of team and it's going to take some time, it's going to take patience, and it's going to take a lot of work."

Nets guard Sasha Vujacic on the game tonight:
"We didn't play bad, we played good and we stayed in the game. Down the track we made a couple of mistakes and they didn't. They managed to make big shots and they managed to control the game. If they would make one or two turnovers, the outcome could be different."








LAKERS VS. NETS GAME PREVIEW

By JEFF MEZYDLO, STATS Senior Writer

After a rough stretch near the end of December, the Los Angeles Lakers are back to their winning ways. A visit from the lowly New Jersey Nets could help them continue that success.

The Lakers look for a seventh consecutive victory overall and against the Nets on Friday night at Staples Center.

Los Angeles (29-11) averaged 80.3 points on 40.3 percent shooting while losing three straight to Milwaukee, Miami and San Antonio from Dec. 21-28.

Since that skid, the Lakers are putting up 103.8 per game and shooting 49.5 percent while winning eight of nine. They have allowed 91.0 points per game over that span.

"I think we are still a work in progress of getting better as a team, and especially defensively, which is always a key factor," forward Pau Gasoltold the Lakers' official website.

After a 112-57 rout of Cleveland on Tuesday, Los Angeles overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Golden State 115-110 the next night.

Kobe Bryant scored 17 of his 39 points in the final 5:49 to highlight the Lakers' 46-point fourth quarter.

"It don't matter who's on me. When it's go time, it's go time," Bryant said. "You have the responsibility to come through for your team and make the right play."

Bryant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half of a 99-92 win at New Jersey on Dec. 12. He's averaged 30.3 percent on 54.2 percent shooting the last three games against the Nets.

"He always has that look. Nine times out of 10 he's successful," teammateRon Artest said about Bryant's ability to take over late in a game. "Actually, it's like 9.5 times out of 10 he's successful."

The Lakers have averaged 113.0 points while winning two straight at home over New Jersey (10-28), which looks to avoid a seventh consecutive road loss.

New Jersey came close to ending that skid in Wednesday but opened a four-game western trip with a 118-109 overtime loss to Phoenix. The Nets led by 11 after three quarters but were outscored 45-25 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"Our guys played hard the whole game and we definitely gave ourselves a shot but we just fell short and that's how we have to play every game," forward Brook Lopez told the Nets' official website.

Sasha Vujacic scored 19 points off the bench as the Nets topped 100 for the first time in nine games - eight of which were losses. This will be Vujacic's first game against his former team after he was acquired from the Lakers on Dec. 15 as part of a three-team trade.

The Nets continue to play through the distraction of potentially acquiring Denver stars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups in a three-team deal.

Devin Harris, who could be sent to Denver along with rookie first-round pick Derrick Favors in the proposed trade, had 15 with a season-high 15 assists Wednesday. He had 16, 10 assists and eight rebounds against the Lakers last month.

Lopez has averaged 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds in five games versus Los Angeles but 11.0 and 4.0 boards the last five overall.


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Lakers Matt Barnes (torn lateral meniscus, right knee) is out.
Lamar Odom (sore left shoulder) is probable.
Theo Ratliff (left knee surgery) is out.

Damion James (broken right foot) is out.
Anthony Morrow (strained right hamstring) is out.
Troy Murphy (illness) is out.


12/12 - LAL @ NJN W 99-92
01/14 - NJN @ LAL


The Nets are 10-28 and currently 29th in the NBA in scoring. The trade rumors were hurting this team's performance but Wednesday in Phoenix they played well before falling in overtime 118-109. The Nets have changed their starting lineup since we saw them in December. Favors is now starting and Humphries is coming off the bench. This has given their bench better point production. The trade that brought them Sasha Vujacic has also bolstered their bench production. The Nets have made more of an effort to push the ball in transition lately so it will be up to us to minimize their easy points. If we can make this team work for the points they get in the half court then we will be in a much better position to get the win.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers lead their season series with New Jersey 1-0 after sweeping last season's series with the Nets (2-0) for the second consecutive year. Overall, the Lakers have lost just four total season series to the Nets since their first season in the NBA (1976- 77), the last coming in 2005-06 (0-2). This will be the 74th meeting between the Lakers and Nets with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 54-19. The Lakers have won 8-of-their-last-9 games against the Nets including the last six straight and are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings with New Jersey overall. The Lakers are 7-4 at STAPLES Center all-time against the Nets. In New Jersey, the Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games and are winners of their last five straight in the Garden State. In their first meeting of the year in 2008-09, the Lakers defeated the Nets 120-93 11/25/08 at STAPLES Center, with the 27-point differential surpassing the old mark of 25 points (3/24/97) as the Lakers largest margin of victory ever against the Nets. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 15-6 against New Jersey. In 22 games including 18 starts against the Nets, Kobe Bryant is averaging 22.2 points, his lowest average against any team in the NBA. Three seasons ago, Pau Gasol made his Lakers debut against the Nets, totaling 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, 12 rebounds and four assists 2/5/08 at New Jersey. Andrew Bynum was born in Plainsboro, NJ and attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, NJ. At St. Joseph, Bynum averaged 22.0 points, 16.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks as a senior and was named a 2005 McDonald's High School All-American. Derrick Caracter was born in Fanwood, NJ and played through his junior year at St. Patrick HS in Elizabeth, NJ, where he was named the Star-Ledger Junior of the Year. Nets guards Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic were teammates with the Lakers from 2006-10, both winning two NBA Championships while with the team. Farmar was drafted by the Lakers with the 26th selection in the 2006 NBA Draft and averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 assists in four seasons with the team. Vujacic was also drafted by the Lakers with the 24th selection in the 2004 NBA Draft and averaged 4.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in six-plus seasons in Los Angeles. Farmar left the team via free agency in 2010 while Vujacic was part of a three-team trade that brought Joe Smith to the Lakers from New Jersey earlier this season.

A FOURTH QUARTER FIRST
Trailing by six entering the fourth quarter of their January 12th contest with Golden State, the Lakers outscored the Warriors 46-35 en route to a 115-110 victory at ORACLE Arena. The 46-point total marked the first time in franchise history (shot clock era) that the Lakers have scored 46 or more points in the fourth quarter of a road game. The last time the Lakers scored 46 or more points in any quarter on the road was on November 26, 1966 at St. Louis (48 points, first quarter). Overall, it was the Lakers highest scoring quarter since posting 46 points in the fourth quarter of a 127-99 victory 11/29/07 vs. Denver.

KOBE BRYANT LEADS ALL PLAYERS AFTER 4th ROUND OF ALL-STAR BALLOTING
On January 13th, the NBA announced its FOURTH and final returns update of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting before the official starting lineup announcement January 27th live at 7:00 pm EST on TNT. Kobe Bryant (1,757,216) continues to LEAD all players in All-Star voting, ahead of Dwight Howard (1,537,619) and LeBron James (1,518,807). Pau Gasol (851,456), who made his third All-Star team last season as a reserve, ranks 3rd among forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant (1,270,729) and Carmelo Anthony (945,720). Andrew Bynum (660,576) ranks 2nd among West centers behind Yao Ming (928,928), while Chris Paul (949,049) ranks 2nd among West guards behind Bryant. In the East, James and Amar'e Stoudemire (1,143,391) lead the forward voting, Dwyane Wade (1,499,768) and Derrick Rose (1,225,575) 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 record setting 112-57 victory vs. Cleveland on January 11th, the Lakers recorded their league-leading SEVENTH wire-to-wire win of the season. Getting to seven wire-to-wire victories in just 39 games matches the Lakers regular season total from all of last season. This season, the Lakers lead the Celtics (6), Spurs (5), Hawks (4) and Bucks (4) in wire-to-wire victories through games played 1/12/11. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victories this season came against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS, 11/21 vs. GS), Grizzlies (11/2 vs. MEM), Wizards (12/7 vs. WAS), Pacers (12/15 @ IND) and 76ers (12/31 vs. PHI). 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 MOVES PAST OSCAR ROBERTSON FOR 9th ON THE NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With a running jumper at the 1:09 mark of the third quarter 1/7 vs. New Orleans, Kobe Bryant moved past Oscar Robertson (26,710) for 9th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Just days early, also at STAPLES Center 1/4 vs. Detroit, Bryant connected on a driving lay-up in the third quarter to move past Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 10th. Should he continue to score anywhere near his current pace (25.2 ppg), Bryant (26,799) 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). Among the top nine scorers in NBA history, more than half (5) have worn the Lakers uniform (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal and Bryant).

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 surpassed 7,000 rebounds for his career, 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.

FISHER NAMED 2010 "SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR" BY LOS ANGELES SPORTS COUNCIL
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).

FAN VOTING BEGINS FOR LA SPORTS AWARDS

Southern California sports fans can cast their ballot for the 2010 LA Sports Awards, the annual televised awards show celebrating the greatest sports moments of the year in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Through balloting at www.lasports.org, fans can vote on 14 different award categories. Voting takes place through January 31; winners will be revealed during the sixth annual LA Sports Awards on Thursday, February 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For voting purposes, each of the area's professional sports teams, major universities and associations has nominated its top moments from 2010 for fans to vote on. The top Lakers moments nominated include: Kobe Bryant becoming the Lakers franchise scoring leader, Phil Jackson becoming the Lakers all-time winningest coach, Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Lakers winning their 16th NBA Championship with a thrilling 83-79 win over the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the NBA Finals at STAPLES Center. To vote, go to www.lasports.org and click on the Greatest Moments icon at the top of the home page. The awards gala will be televised on Prime Ticket, with the initial airing on February 25, and will include special appearances by many of the athletes and coaches whose achievements helped make 2010 such a memorable year in sports. The awards ceremony will also feature a countdown of the year's Top 10 moments in ranked order as selected by a blue-ribbon media panel. Additionally, Derek Fisher will be receiving the prestigious 2010 Sportsman of the Year award, given yearly to the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year, while the naming of Sportswoman, Coach and Sports Executive of the Year will also take place.

LAKERS HISTORIC ROUT
With their 112-57 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 11th, the Lakers established a new franchise record for fewest points allowed in the shot clock era, eclipsing the old mark of 66 established 3/12/02 vs. Charlotte. The 55-point margin of victory was the third largest in Lakers franchise history (regular season) as well as the largest league-wide since the Pacers defeated the Trail Blazers 124-59 in February of 1998. The Indiana-Portland game was the only contest in NBA history in which one team doubled up an opponent, with the Lakers falling one basket shy of becoming the second team in league history to score at least twice as many points as its opponent. The Lakers led by 51 entering the fourth quarter against Cleveland and by as many as 56 on the night, marking the first time the Lakers led by at least 50 points in a game since 1/9/04 vs. Atlanta when they defeated the Hawks 113-67 and led by as many as 53 points in the contest. For the Cavaliers, 57 points are the fewest scored in franchise history while the 55-point margin of defeat also establishes a new Cleveland franchise mark.

BACK-TO-BACK
This season, the Lakers are 6-2 in the first game and 7-1 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)).

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.*

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 (26,799): 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 Jersey, Derek Fisher has played in 453 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 331 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.






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