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Lakers rout Jazz 120-91 for 7th straight home win

By BETH HARRIS

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in three quarters and the Los Angeles Lakers led all the way in defeating Utah 120-91 Tuesday night, handing the Jazz their season-worst fifth straight loss.

Pau Gasol added 20 points, Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Lamar Odom scored 17 off the bench for the Lakers, who won their seventh in a row at home.

Deron Williams scored 17 points and C.J. Miles added 14 for Utah, which has lost its last nine against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Jazz went 0-5 on their road trip, including losses to four teams from the East.

The Lakers had the game in hand after the first quarter, when they shot 72 percent from the floor, hit all three of their 3-pointers and went 8 of 10 on free throws while building a 17-point lead.

Los Angeles stretched its lead to 28 points in the second quarter, leading 66-38 at the break largely on the efforts of its bench. Odom, Steve Blake, Shannon Brown and Luke Walton played most of the minutes, while Bryant, Gasol, Ron Artest and Derek Fisher got some much-needed rest.

The Jazz shot 14 of 43 in the first half, when the Lakers had more rebounds, assists, steals and fewer turnovers.

The Lakers' lead reached 33 points in the third, with Bryant hitting two free throws to make it 88-55 before leaving the game for good. The Jazz got no closer than 27 in the period.

Joining Bryant on the bench in the fourth to chat and watch both the game and the crowd were Artest, Bynum and Fisher.

Odom provided the final quarter's highlight, tossing up a high-arcing jumper with a sideways glance before sailing out of bounds and into the crowd while getting fouled. Bryant got on his feet to applaud. Brown drew an even louder reaction when he careened in for a fast-break dunk only to miss. No matter, though, the Lakers were up by 38 and he just smiled.

Notes: The Lakers notched their NBA-leading eighth wire-to-wire win of the season, one more than last season. ... Bryant needs 13 points to pass Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth on the NBA's career scoring list. His next chance comes at home Friday against Sacramento. ... Los Angeles evened the season series 1-1, having lost at Utah on Nov. 26. ... The Jazz are 3-19 against the Lakers at Staples Center since the building opened in 1999.


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62 Percent shooting for the Lakers on an outstanding 44-of-71 from the field. "When you shoot that high a percentage, it's awfully hard on an (opponent)," summarized Phil Jackson.

39 Bench points for the Lakers, thanks in part to Lamar Odom's 17-point performance on 7-of-8 shooting. Odom added eight boards in only 23 minute, while Luke Walton came in with nine points and three assists in 17 minutes.

38 L.A.'s biggest lead, which is somehow 19 points fewer than their 57-point margin against Cleveland on Jan. 11. ""We came out with a lot of energy," said Jackson. "Shot the ball really well." The only problem Jackson had was his team's transition defense off turnovers.

34 Season-high assists for the Lakers in a game featuring terrific ball movement. Bryant led the way with six dimes, while Gasol and Brown added five apiece, plus four each from Odom and Blake.

5.5 Games back of San Antonio (38-7) as the Lakers brought their record to 33-13.

3 Blocked shots for Andrew Bynum, who was an effective paint deterrent throughout the evening. He added a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double on 6-of-9 shooting. Since he returned to the starting line up at New Orleans on Dec. 29, the Lakers are 12-3.




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Points Bryant 7-11 FG 21
Rebounds Bynum 1 OFF 10 DEF 11
Assists Bryant 6
Steals Artest, Blake 3
Blocks Bynum 3

POSTGAME QUOTES

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's win:
"Well we came out with a lot of energy. I think we caught a team a little off guard that [had] a hard trip last week…We shot the ball really well."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on how his team got a big lead early:
"We had that little break away in the first quarter that separated us after playing the first [few] minutes pretty close…Then the bench crew came in and just extended it for us right away. They had really good energy."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on how Andrew Bynum impacts the lineup and the defensive end:
"A lot of interior shots that Utah gets he disrupted or changed their shots and made them miss. It helped us out a lot inside, and obviously having a lot of opportunities himself."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Lamar Odom's 7-for-8 shooting tonight and his consistent performance throughout the season thus far:
"I think he's in a really good frame of mind. I think that's always helpful as a player. But his outside shooting is so effective...[and] now he's not quite as hesitant. If he's open he's taking the shot."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant's high shooting percentage over the last seven games:
"His ball handling has probably increased 25 percent maybe. [He is] taking the ball down in transition a lot, getting the shots he wants, and making the plays that he wants in the offensive end."



Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the team's overall offensive performance:
"We did a good job. We moved the ball well, and we knocked down open shots. It was good."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on Jerry West's comments:
"We been pretty good all year defensively…this is nothing that's new. Tonight's performance is something that we been doing consistently over the last 11 games or so…"





Lakers' Lamar Odom on tonight's team effort:
"We played good defense. We got so many guys that can score. Kobe said something about this team, we've got 1...2...3…4...5...6...7 guys that can play in the post. You don't see too many teams like that."

Lakers' Lamar Odom on his acrobatic shot in the 4th quarter:
"That's fun. That's basketball when you're seven years old out there having fun with the game and the ball just goes in."







Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the increased intensity in practice:
"It picks our tempo up. We're a good team. We're really effective when everyone on the court is playing at a good speed."

Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the games ahead:
"We have a bunch of tough games coming up. We're going to be tested and I think everybody on the team is excited but obviously we can't look past Sacramento. It's going to be a tough game with them."







Lakers' Pau Gasol on tonight's wire-to-wire victory:
"Obviously we didn't get too comfortable or confident because they struggled the last few games. We came out aggressive, really sharp, and defensively we executed our game plan. It was good win for us."

Lakers' Pau Gasol on the Lakers' height:
"Our length and size is always an important advantage. We seemed to utilize it well against them.






Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on his team's performance tonight:
"It was one of those nights we couldn't get anything going. [The Lakers] shot the ball well, they passed the ball, they were just much more alive than we were."

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on how his team can snap out of their recent losing streak:
"I'm not exactly sure. We're going to have to play a lot better and a lot more precise than what we've been doing. Turnovers, stuff like that, missed assignments on defense, all those things. I don't think we've won a quarter the last three games. That's not a good sign."

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on the Lakers' defense tonight:
"The Lakers are very tough to play against. They're a terrific defensive team and they have been the last few years. They got guys who can get up and guard you and they make it very difficult every possession. They really complement each other very well and they make it awfully difficult.

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on his team's execution tonight on offense:
"When you break down your offense, and they broke us down, you end up taking desperation shots. And when you're desperate, it's hard to make them."

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on if they need to just let these past five losses go:
"Well it's our fifth game on the road and…we've struggled with that and it's kind of carried over. The biggest thing is we have a tough game tomorrow. Every game we play is tough, so we're going to have to try to take it a little bit at a time. We have to win a quarter, another quarter, and see what we come up with."



Jazz Deron Williams on the last time the Jazz has struggled like this (5 game losing streak; haven't won a quarter in 12 straight quarters):
"I can't remember. You know, I can't remember, I can't just put my finger on a time. I hate losing, so I try to block things like that off my mind. This one's fresh on my mind, it's frustrating, I think it's frustrating for everybody."

Jazz Deron Williams on continuing the losing streak, and losing to the Lakers:
"It's been frustrating. I thought we'd come out and put together a better effort and we just didn't. They just came for us. We played bad, we couldn't execute, we couldn't get stops against some of the teams with the worst records in the NBA, and then coming to one of the better teams in this league, it got ugly."

Jazz Deron Williams on starting with a clean slate for tomorrow's home game against San Antonio:
"I mean games like this you just want to completely forget about. It was embarrassing. Hopefully when we get home it will be a different story."



Jazz Raja Bell on what happened in tonight's game:
"We lost our swagger somewhere along the lines. You know, we start pressing, we start trying to do everything so right that it backfires. I think it's a tough way to play."

Jazz Raja Bell on losing to the Lakers:
"…We just didn't do enough obviously and they were ready to play. I don't worry about them, I worry about me, and I worry about the Jazz. And I didn't do my job, and we didn't do our job…"

Jazz Raja Bell on tonight's game being rock bottom:
"Yeah, for me it is. We had some people do their job tonight and I was not one of them, and so for me it's frustrating. I don't know what to say."





Jazz Jeremy Evans on staying focused in the game:

"I always try to bring the energy, no matter how far we're down. Just keep playing until the game's through."

Jazz Jeremy Evans on what he's learned from the losing streak:
"We can't drop our heads. We've got a game tomorrow. This isn't over."








LAKERS VS. JAZZ GAME PREVIEW

By BRETT HUSTON, STATS Senior Writer

Coming off two fantastic offensive performances, the Utah Jazz felt good about themselves heading into a five-game road trip.

Four games in, that confidence has taken a big hit - and Tuesday night's finale doesn't seem likely to restore it.

The Jazz try to avoid their first 0-5 road trip in nearly six years by doing something they haven't done in more than five years and 16 games - beat the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

Utah (27-17) went into the trip on a three-game winning streak, averaging 126.0 points and shooting 55.1 percent in its last two home games against a pair of Eastern Conference opponents.

That hot shooting disappeared on the Eastern portion of the Jazz's five-game trip. Utah shot 42.2 percent and averaged just 91.8 points in dropping all four games, with Saturday's 96-85 loss at Philadelphia the third to a sub-.500 opponent.

"We've lost our focus," coach Jerry Sloan said. "I think we're feeling sorry for ourselves. … Our energy level has been down this whole trip."

The Jazz haven't had a winless trip of this length since going 0-5 from March 13-19, 2005 - three months before selecting Deron Williams with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft.

Williams had five points off the bench in a 98-94 road win against the Lakers on Jan. 1, 2006 - a game in which Kobe Bryant was suspended - and that's the only time the All-Star point guard has beaten Los Angeles away from home. Utah has lost 16 straight road games to the Lakers - eight while being ushered out of the playoffs the past three seasons - by an average of 12.4 points.

In fact, the Jazz have beaten Los Angeles (32-13) just once at the 11-year-old Staples Center with Bryant in the lineup - with John Stockton and Karl Malone on Nov. 1, 2000. The two-time Finals MVP has averaged 30.8 points as the Lakers have beaten Utah 24 consecutive times at home with him in the starting backcourt.

Los Angeles couldn't beat the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Nov. 26 despite Bryant's 31 points, losing 102-96 as Williams had 29 points and 12 assists.

A more balanced effort from the Lakers paved the way to an impressive road win over another Northwest Division opponent their last time out, however. Pau Gasol and Ron Artest scored 19 points apiece, Bryant and Lamar Odom had 18 and Andrew Bynum 17 in a 107-97 victory Friday at Denver.

Bryant had just four points in the first half, but 14 during the Lakers' 33-point third quarter.

"It's important for me to keep my guys involved, and build their confidence. I know I can score at any moment or get looks at any moment," Bryant said. "The last thing we were concerned about was my scoring."

If Utah is going to snap its road hex against the Lakers, it'll likely need to figure out a way to contain Gasol. Los Angeles' big man has averaged 20.7 points - shooting 61.4 percent - and 15.1 rebounds in nine games against the Jazz since the start of last season.

Getting Gasol good looks is an excellent precursor to the Lakers' success. They're 23-4 when Gasol scores at least 18 points, and 9-9 when he goes for 17 or fewer.

Utah, meanwhile, needs more from C.J. Miles, who was averaging 13.9 points in his previous 14 games prior to the road trip.

Miles averaged 9.0 points - shooting 31.6 percent - in the four losses. Utah is 14-1 when he scores at least 14.


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Lakers Matt Barnes (right knee surgery) is out.
Andrew Bynum (hyperextended right elbow / contusion to ulnar nerve, right arm) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(left knee surgery) is out.

Francisco Elson (left quadriceps tendinitis) is game-time decision.



11/26 - LAL @ UTA L 96-102
01/25 - UTA @ LAL
04/01 - LAL @ UTA
04/05 - UTA @ LAL


The Utah Jazz are in a tough stretch of their season having lost four games in a row. If our recent game against Dallas teaches us anything then we should expect a monster effort from the Jazz tonight. Utah can get back on the right track in a hurry with a road win tonight at Staples and we need to be ready for a playoff type intensity. Coach Sloan has tried to shake things up a little and lottery pick Gordon Hayward is listed as a probable starter instead of Kirilenko. We will need to be ready for Kirilenko to make his impact off the bench. When the Jazz are at their best they get major production from "AK 47" as well as Mehmet Okur. Okur is still trying to get back to the form he had prior to his injury last year. We have not played Utah since the first month of the season but we should still be familiar with their attack due to the number of times we have played them in the last few years (including playoffs) and the fact that Coach Sloan's basic system has been in place for over two decades.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers trail their season-series with Utah 0-1 after taking last season's series from the Jazz 3-1. The Lakers have taken each of the last four season series from Utah: 2006-07 (2-1), 2007-08 (3-1), 2008-09 (2-1), 2009-10 (3-1). The Jazz and Lakers have met 151 times in the regular season (96-55) and 133 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (83-50). The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 regular season games against the Jazz. The Lakers are 18-3 all-time against the Jazz at STAPLES Center during the regular season and have won their last eight straight at home (16 in a row including the playoffs). In Utah, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games at EnergySolutions Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 26-13 against Utah in the regular season. On 12/9/09 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers held the Jazz to the third fewest fourth quarter points (6) in the NBA's shot clock era. In 2006, the Lakers scored a series record 132 points in a 132-102 victory 11/30/06 at STAPLES Center, improving upon the old mark of 131 points achieved at Utah 12/4/86. In that game, Kobe Bryant established a new series-high with 52 points against the Jazz, surpassing his own record of 43 points (3/22/05) while also bettering Adrian Dantley's Jazz mark of 50 established in November of 1979. Bryant's 30-point 3rd quarter tied his own franchise record and is tied for the 4th-highest scoring quarter in NBA history. In 47 games against the Jazz (39 starts), Bryant is averaging 26.2 points. Additionally, Lakers guard Derek Fisher played the 2006-07 season for Utah, appearing in all 82 games, starting 61 and averaging 10.1 points and 3.3 assists in 27.9 minutes. In the postseason, the Lakers and Jazz have met six times (1988, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010) with the Lakers advancing on four occasions: 1988 Western Conference Semifinals (4-3), 2008 Western Conference Semifinals (4-2), 2009 Western Conference First Round 4-1 and 2010 Western Conference Semifinals 4-0.

BRYANT 33 POINTS SHY OF HAKEEM OLAJUWON FOR 8th ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 18 points 1/21 at Denver, Kobe Bryant moved to within 33 points of Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) for 8th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Earlier this month, Bryant moved past Oscar Robertson (26,710) 1/7 vs. New Orleans and Dominique Wilkins (26,668) 1/4 vs. Detroit on the all-time list. Should he continue to score anywhere near his current pace (25.0 ppg), Bryant (26,913) would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant and Olajuwon are 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 (1st/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 2nd/Karl Malone, 4th/Wilt Chamberlain, 5th/Shaquille O'Neal and 9th/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).

GASOL REACHES UNIQUE WELL-ROUNDED MILESTONE
With a four foot hook shot at the 1:00 mark of the second quarter 1/19 at Dallas, Pau Gasol scored his 13,000th career point in his 693rd career regular season game. Among players who debuted since 1973-74 (first season of blocked shots), Gasol, became the 6th fastest player in terms of games to record 13,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists and 1,000 blocks. Only Chris Webber (587), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (605), Tim Duncan (640), Kevin Garnett (657) and David Robinson (672) reached those totals faster than Gasol.

GASOL NAMED 2010 EUROPEAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

In January, La Gazzetta dello Sport, one of the premier sports journals in the world, named Pau Gasol European Player of the Year for the THIRD consecutive year. The prestigious award was decided on by a panel of judges comprised of players, coaches and basketball journalists. Gasol beat out Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (2nd), who had won the award five consecutive years from 2002-06, and the Spanish League's Juan Carlos Navarro (3rd) of FC Barcelona. The first Spanish player to win the award, Gasol joins Nowitzki as the only other player to win the award three-straight years. Other notable past winners include Arvydas Sabonis (6-time winner), Toni Kukoc (5-time winner), Drazen Petrovic (4-time winner) and Tony Parker.

30 WINS AT THE MID-POINT
With a 100-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on January 14th, the Lakers improved to 30-11 on the season, marking the third consecutive year that they have reached the mid-point of their season with 30 or more wins. Last season, the Lakers held a 32-9 record at the halfway point after starting the 2008-09 season with a 33-8 mark. Over the past 10 seasons, the Sacramento Kings from 2001-04 are the only other NBA team to hit the mid-point with at least 30 wins in three consecutive seasons. Since the NBA went to an 82-game schedule prior to the 1967-68 season, the Lakers have now posted at least 30 wins by the mid-point 14 times, having also put together one additional three season streak from 1985-88.*

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.

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game vs. Utah, Derek Fisher has played in 458 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 336 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.

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 1/20/11. 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).

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.






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