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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 26 24 23 20 93
Play by Play Memphis Grizzlies 29 16 23 16 84


Bryant, Lakers hold off Grizzlies, 93-84

By ADRIAN SAINZ

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and Lamar Odom had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 93-84 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Memphis got within two points in the fourth quarter, but Los Angeles took advantage of five Grizzlies turnovers to go on an 11-0 run and take an 89-76 lead.

The Lakers, who tied the season series 2-all, have won three of four overall. The Grizzlies have lost two straight but still have won five of their last seven.

Pau Gasol scored 17 points for the Lakers.

Sam Young led the Grizzlies with 22 points, matching his career high.

Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay was hounded by Ron Artest's tough defense, yet still managed 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting. But Zach Randolph, the Western Conference's player of the month for January, scored only eight points on 2-of-14 shooting.

The Grizzlies trailed by five entering the fourth quarter, but sliced the Lakers' lead to 78-76 on Tony Allen's dunk with 7 minutes left.

But 3-pointers by Odom and Artest put the Lakers ahead 84-76 with 5:44 remaining.

The game featured a sibling rivalry - Lakers forward Pau Gasol versus his younger brother Marc, the Grizzlies' starting center. Marc Gasol scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

The defending NBA champion Lakers had a strong contingent of fans at the sold-out FedExForum, including rapper Snoop Dogg, who was in town for a concert and sat in the front row wearing a Lakers jacket and oversized sunglasses.

Los Angeles began the second half with a 10-2 spurt, including 3-pointers by Derek Fisher and Artest, who scored 13 points. Allen's layup capped a 7-0 run and cut the Lakers' lead to 64-58 with 5:10 to play in the third quarter.

Memphis moved within two points on Darrell Arthur's layup. But the Lakers outscored the Grizzlies 7-4 to end the third quarter with a 73-68 advantage.

The quarter was marked by physical play from both teams. Arthur and Artest were both forced to the bench in the quarter with bloody noses.

Luke Walton's free throw gave the Lakers their first lead of the game, 34-33, at the 6:32 mark of the second quarter. Bryant made two free throws to give Los Angeles a 50-45 lead at halftime.

Bryant and Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 10 points apiece at halftime. Young had 14 points for the Grizzlies, who made just five of their 21 shots in the second quarter.

Mike Conley scored seven points to stake Memphis to a 13-10 lead with 5:18 remaining in the first quarter. Pau Gasol was fouled by his brother while shooting a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left, but he made just one of three foul shots and the Lakers ended the quarter trailing 29-26.

Point guard Jason Williams, a free agent since being released by Orlando on Jan. 26, signed a contract with the Grizzlies on Monday. A known favorite of Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley, Williams is the club's career assists leader.

Notes: Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo missed the sixth game of a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. ... Memphis entered 8-1 in its last nine home games. ... Pau Gasol, traded to Los Angeles in February 2008 after six seasons in Memphis, remains the Grizzlies' active leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots. ... Fisher played in his 465th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NBA. The run dates back to April 15, 2005.


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2 More points for Lamar Odom (15) than the entire Grizzlies bench (13). Odom outplayed Grizz star Zach Randolph (eight points, 12 boards) with his 15 and 11 boards on the evening in 30 minutes.

5 More games to play on L.A.’s seven-game trip, the team’s road record improving to 17-8 on the season, trailing only the Spurs and Mavericks in win percentage.

10 Fourth quarter points for the Grizzlies until two late Sam Young threes in the final minute, the Lakers up by double digits.

14 Missed free throws for the Lakers, including four from Ron Artest and Pau Gasol, and three from Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom. Kobe Bryant bucked the trend at 7-for-7.

61.5 Lakers shooting percentage from three at 8-for-13 early in the fourth quarter, until three late misses dropped the percentage down a bit.




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Points Bryant 6-17 FG 19
Rebounds Odom 5 OFF 6 DEF 11
Assists Bryant 6
Steals Artest 4
Blocks Odom 3

POSTGAME QUOTES

LAKERS HEAD COACH PHIL JACKSON:

On the game:
“We played good defense.  Our defense was sound, we didn’t let them get a lot of stuff inside and we controlled the tempo for most of the game.”

On team’s free throw shooting:
“You have to tell the guys to go keep playing.  There’s nothing else you can do about it.  They’re trying to make their free throws.  They’re just have a bad night from the line.”

On balanced scoring by Lakers:
“It’s the way it worked out.  We wanted to go inside a little bit more than we did.  I thought they (Grizzlies) played good team defense.  It was an important game for us to win.”

On containing Zach Randolph:
“We were trying to get back in and shorten the lanes for him so he didn’t have as much room to operate.  I thought the crowd (in the lane) and the times we were able to take the ball away was important.”

On defense in the fourth quarter:
“That’s what a good team does.  They learn how to lock a team down and come out in the fourth quarter and play defense.  I thought they were going to get (Rudy) Gay going, but he came up with some rib injury.  That took a little bit of offense away from them.  We can’t take all the credit for it.”

 








LAKERS FORWARD PAU GASOL (17 POINTS, 9 REBOUNDS)
On the difference from last two matchups:
I think we did a good job.  Obviously it wasn’t their best night.  We are active.  Our whole defense was pretty solid tonight.

On coming out in the fourth quarter:
“It was focus and understanding what is going on.  It is just about experience and execution and following our game plan.”

On the physical aspect of the game:
“I don’t think that it was more physical than usual.  I think it was just a physical game.  There are physical players out there so it is going to get rough.”






LAKERS GUARD RON ARTEST (13 POINTS, 4 STEALS)

On the game:
“They were making their run, and we just stayed with it.  We stayed balanced tonight.” 

On the physical play between Ron and Marc Gasol:
“I don’t remember.  I just kept going; once I got my head cleared, toughened up a little bit and got out there and played basketball.  You do what it takes to win.”

On making a statement against the last two losses:
“They are a good team.  There are no excuses.  That is all that was on my mind tonight, knowing what type of team they are.  They are serious.  They are a serious team.”







LAKERS GUARD KOBE BRYANT (19 POINTS, 6 ASSISTS)

On playing against Sam Young:
“He was aggressive, not as many of us suspected.  He played well.”

On the defensive play tonight:
“It doesn’t matter what sport you look at defense is universal.  You defend, you win.  That is our job.  We have to make it tough for the opposition strengths.”

 






HEAD COACH LIONEL HOLLINS

On the Lakers:
“I thought the Lakers did an outstanding job.  You have to give them a lot of credit.  They kept Zach (Randolph) from getting going.  They doubled him continuously.  I think Ron (Artest) was challenged to come out and do a better job on Rudy (Gay), and he battled Rudy.  When we played them out there and beat them pretty badly, I said that there’s nothing wrong with the Lakers.  It’s just a marathon of a season.  Going to the NBA Finals three straight years, I don’t think you can expect them to come out and win 60 games and play lights out every night.  They came and played championship defense tonight, and we battled.”

On the Lakers’ length in the post:
“You’ve got to make shots.  You’re not just going to pound the ball inside and beat their length.  You have to attack inside, get the ball out and get it moving.  You have to make shots, and we weren’t able to do that consistently.”

On Sam Young:
“Sam’s played well since he’s been in the starting lineup.  He got out of control a little bit at times tonight, but I had no problem with Sam’s game.  I told Sam that he was going to get a lot of shots because Kobe (Bryant) was going to play off of him.  He played off of Tony (Allen).  He had better success when Tony was in the game, but Sam got a lot of looks.  That’s just the way they play.  You have to expect it.  Normally you have somebody else out there.  O.J. (Mayo) would have been out there a lot of the times, which means Kobe has to play a lot more on us.  Now Zach (Randolph) gets more touches.  There were times when we would try to go into the post and Kobe just stood next to Zach while the big guy played behind him.  They dared us to throw it across to Tony for the shot because they knew he couldn’t come to the basket with all that length in there.  You have to make shots.  That’s why, in this business, you can never have too many shooters.”





GRIZZLIES CENTER MARC GASOL (10 POINTS, 12 REBOUNDS)

On the Lakers’ length:
“It was tough.  They clogged the lane a lot and that’s where we play.  It was tough for me and for Zach (Randolph).  We couldn’t beat them.”

On the poor shooting to close the game:
“I think we got a little frustrated at the end.  We didn’t get what we wanted.  When you don’t execute against teams like this one it’s really hard to get buckets.  Like I said, they took away the paint where we do our most damage.  They did a good job.”

On the decision making down the stretch:
“We tried to make the right decisions.  Sometimes in basketball, you don’t make them—but you sure try to.  Certainly, nobody misses a shot on purpose.  Everybody tries to make the right play.  We just couldn’t get what we wanted.”   




GRIZZLIES GUARD MIKE CONLEY (13 POINTS, 4 ASSISTS)

On the poor shooting to close the game:
“You have to credit them a lot.  They were being real aggressive defensively.  They took us out of a lot of our plays.  We were trying to go to certain options but they took it away.  Then they kept denying and not letting us get the ball to people we wanted to get the ball to.  It was tough and left us stagnant for a little bit.”

On seeing more double-teams:
“Whenever you see a double-team, whoever’s getting double-teamed has to know that they’re coming and you have to get the ball as quick as possible to get it to the other side.  We did a poor job executing out of the post and out of those double-teams. We didn’t do a great job moving the ball.  Then we turned it over a couple times down the stretch when it was important to keep the possession.”






GRIZZLIES FORWARD ZACH RANDOLPH (8 POINTS, 12 REBOUNDS)

On the loss:
“We just have to play hard.  I thought we played hard tonight.  I had a bad game tonight.  They came out with a different focus and ran out on us but we stayed in it the whole game.  Then they hit a couple big shots.”

On the Lakers’ length:
“I understand that.  Every game, they double-team me.  I try to pass the ball, find the open guy and get the open shot.  It was a tough night for me.  They’re long.  They loaded up on me, but I play against that every night so that’s no excuse.  It was just one of those nights.”








LAKERS VS. GRIZZLIES GAME PREVIEW

By NOEY KUPCHAN, STATS Writer

Pau Gasol came through with a tremendous effort as the Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their seven-game road trip.

Los Angeles could use a repeat performance from Gasol as it tries to avoid a third consecutive loss to theMemphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

The Lakers (35-16) had dropped three of four prior to defeating New Orleans 101-95 on Saturday night thanks in large part to a season-high 34 points and 10 rebounds from Gasol.

Kobe Bryant, who added 32 points and nine rebounds, had wanted to see Gasol become more assertive on offense and was pleased with the results.

"I'm always in attack mode and it's my responsibility to recognize things on the team that can help us," said Bryant. "I felt like it was time to kind of have a talk with him and tell him it's OK to be selfish because that's really what we need from him.

"He has the skill to do it. I think it was just more of a mindset more than anything. He's such a nice person. He wants other guys to be involved…but that's not necessarily what's best for our team."

Bryant is averaging 31.8 points over his last five games overall, and 33.5 in his last 15 matchups with Memphis.

Los Angeles improved to 12-2 when scoring at least 100 points on the road.

"Some of it is about coming on the road, being together, and having this type of a crowd like we had (Saturday)," coach Phil Jackson said. "It was a big crowd, enthusiastic crowd and playing to that level is expected of us as champions. That's where the guys get their biggest thrill as players."

The Lakers have dropped the last two of their three previous meetings this season with the Grizzlies, as Gasol - a four-time All-Star who spent his first six-plus seasons in Memphis - has averaged 15.3 points against his former team.

Los Angeles is 21-4 when Gasol scores at least 20.

Memphis (27-25) had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped with a 95-93 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night despite leading by as many as 14.

"Nothing is ever given to us," said Rudy Gay, who recorded back-to-back double-doubles for the first time all season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. "We let this one get away."

Gay is averaging 23.7 points on 55.8-percent shooting against the Lakers this season.

The Grizzlies have won eight of nine at home, including four straight while averaging 108.5 points. The Lakers are limiting opponents to an average of 95.3 points over their last 15 road games.

Mike Conley shot a season-worst 2 of 16 against the Rockets but could bounce back Monday, as he scored a season-high 28 points versus the Lakers in a 98-96 home win Nov. 30.

Teammate Zach Randolph has 17 double-doubles in his last 18 games, averaging 22.6 points and 14.4 boards over that span.

The last three games between these teams in Memphis have been decided by two points or fewer. The Grizzlies won two of them.



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Lakers Matt Barnes (right knee surgery) is not with team.
Andrew Bynum (bone bruise/left knee) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(left knee surgery) is not with team.

O.J. Mayo (league suspension) is out.



11/02 - MEM @ LAL W 124-105
11/30 - LAL @ MEM L 96-98
01/02 - MEM @ LAL L 85-104
02/07 - LAL @ MEM


The Grizz are 8-2 over their last ten games and are one of two teams to have beaten us twice already this season (San Antonio is the other).  A win tonight either gives us a season split or gives them the season series 3-1.  In our last meeting Memphis handled us quite easily at Staples and had a 20+ point lead in the second half.  Rule number one when playing this team is that we must take care of the ball.  This means that we must have a low turnover game and we must take good shots.  The Grizz lead the league in points in the paint, forced turnovers, steals and currently rank 2nd in points off turnovers.  In the first three games against this team we have 54 turnovers for 57 Memphis points.  If we want to win that trend cannot continue.  This team is playing well lately and they are fighting for the last playoff spot in the west so we know we will be in for a battle tonight.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers trail Memphis 1-2 in their season series after taking last season's series from the Grizzlies 2-1. This will be the 60th meeting between the two franchises and the 37th since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis. In that time, the Lakers have lost just two season series to the Grizzlies (2004-05, 2005-06). The Lakers lead the all-time series 43-16 but are just 21-15 versus the Grizzlies since the team moved to Memphis. In their last 10 meetings with Memphis, the Lakers are 7-3 overall but just 2-3 in their last five contests. The Lakers are 4-1 in their last five home games against Memphis, 6-4 in their last 10 and 16-6 all-time at STAPLES Center against the Grizzlies. In Memphis, the Lakers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games but have won five of their last seven at FedExForum. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 29-12 against the Grizzlies. In their first meeting of the 2010-11 season, the Lakers scored an all-time series high 124 points in a 124-105 victory on 11/2/10. In their last meeting of the 2008-09 season (4/12/09), the Lakers held Memphis to a series low 75 points, surpassing the old record of 79 points (2/14/05 @ MEM). Individually, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.9 points for his career against the Grizzlies (53 games, 46 starts). In 2007-08, Bryant scored an NBA season- high 53 points 3/28/08 at STAPLES Center. Four seasons ago in Memphis (3/22/07), Bryant scored a series-high 60 points, becoming only the 3rd player in NBA history to score 50+ points in three consecutive games. Additionally, the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol from Memphis in exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and the draft rights to his brother, Marc Gasol, on February 1, 2008. On December 22, 2008, the brothers Gasol faced off in the NBA for the first time, with Pau (15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks) bettering his brother Marc's line (8 points,7 rebounds). In eight games against his former team, Pau is averaging 15.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.44 blocks. Both brothers played for Spain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Pau remains the franchise leader in a number of statistical categories, including points (8,966), rebounds (4,096) and blocks (877), in 6-plus years with Memphis.

30-30 COMBO
In the Lakers 101-95 victory at New Orleans February 5, both Pau Gasol (34) and Kobe Bryant (32) scored 30-plus points in the same contest for the first time since March 1, 2009 at Phoenix, and for the sixth time since becoming teammates in February of 2008. The Lakers are now 5-1 when Bryant and Gasol both score 30-plus points in the same contest. Back on February 4th, 2009, Bryant and Gasol became the first Lakers teammates to post back-to-back 30-point games together since Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal did so on April 10th and 13th, 2003. Bryant and O'Neal both scored 30-plus points in the same contest 33 times as teammates, with the Lakers posting a 27-6 record in those games.

GONE FOR THE GRAMMYS
On Friday, February 4th, the Lakers headed to New Orleans, embarking on their annual Grammys Trip. Since STAPLES Center opened prior to the 1999-2000 season, the venue has been host to the Grammy Awards each winter, with the exception of the 2003 Grammy Awards, which were held at Madison Square Garden.

LAKERS COMMIT JUST FOUR TURNOVERS WHILE LIMITING OPPONENT TO A FRANCHISE-LOW FOUR FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
In the Lakers 101-95 victory at New Orleans February 5, the Lakers committed just four turnovers, with New Orleans failing to record a single steal. The last time the Lakers had only four turnovers in a game came in a 110-90 victory over Minnesota on March 6, 2009. The Lakers committed a franchise-low three turnovers in a game on December 30, 2001 in a 114-90 victory vs. Houston. Furthermore, the Hornet's four free throw attempts marks a Lakers opponent franchise-low for free throw attempts in a game in the shot clock era. The previous franchise-low of five opponent free-throw attempts occurred twice, 4/7/06 at Phoenix and 1/6/02 at Toronto.

BRYANT PASSES HAKEEM OLAJUWON FOR 8th ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With a fast break dunk at the 3:29 mark of the first quarter 1/28 vs. Sacramento, Kobe Bryant moved past 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 (25.5 ppg), Bryant (27,093) would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant are Elvin Hayes (7th/27,313) and Moses Malone (6th/27,409). Among the top eight scorers in NBA history, more than half (5) have worn the Lakers uniform (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st), Karl Malone (2nd), Wilt Chamberlain (4th), Shaquille O'Neal (5th) and Bryant (8th)).

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).

BRYANT YOUNGEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 27,000 POINTS; 8th EVER TO REACH MILESTONE
With his 28th point January 30th vs. Boston, Kobe Bryant reached 27,000 for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 27,000 points in NBA history (31 years, 160 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 202 days) who reached the milestone back on March 11, 1969. Michael Jordan, the only guard in NBA history to score 27,000 points, reached the milestone November 5, 1997 when he was 34 years, 261 days of age. Additionally, Bryant became the 8th player in NBA history to score 27,000 points and the 5th fastest to do so (1,069) in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 27,000, doing so in 780 games, followed by Jordan (852), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (965) and Karl Malone (1,035).
Earlier this season, with his 17th point November 11th at Denver, Bryant reached 26,000 for his career. In doing so, he became the youngest to do so in NBA history (32 years, 80 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 114 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 331 days). Additionally, Bryant became the 12th player in NBA history to score 26,000 points and the 8th fastest to do so (1,030) in terms of games, behind Shaquille O'Neal (1,022). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 26,000, doing so in 734 games. Among the remaining top five scorers in NBA history (Chamberlain and O'Neal already mentioned), Michael Jordan reached 26,000 points in 815 games, Abdul-Jabbar in 925 games and Karl Malone in 997 games. The youngest player in league history to accumulate 17,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 27,000 points, Bryant was the 20th fastest to 17,000, 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000, 12th fastest to 21,000, 12th fastest to 22,000, 11th fastest to 23,000, 9th fastest to 24,000, 9th fastest to 25,000 and 8th fastest to 26,000 points in terms of games.

ODOM & GASOL ENJOY RARE NIGHT FOR LAKERS TEAMMATES
In their 114-106 overtime victory February 1st against the Rockets, Pau Gasol (26 points, 16 rebounds) and Lamar Odom (20 points, 20 rebounds) became the first Lakers teammates in exactly 38 years to the day to post at least 20 points and 16 rebounds in the same game. On February 1, 1973, Wilt Chamberlain (25 points, 19 rebounds) and Bill Bridges (20 points, 16 rebounds) both posted 20-point, 16-rebound games in the Lakers 120-106 victory at Phoenix.

KOBE BRYANT IS TOP VOTE GETTER IN 2011 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE
On January 27th, the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant is this year's leading vote-getter in the All-Star Balloting program presented by T-Mobile with 2,380,016 votes. It is the second time Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, has led all players in NBA All-Star balloting (2003) as well as his 13th consecutive All-Star selection; only Jerry West, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal have more been selected more times consecutively (14 times each). In league history, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19), O'Neal (15), Michael Jordan (14), Malone (14), West (14) and Garnett (14) have more NBA All-Star selections. Andrew Bynum (974,546) finished 2nd among West centers behind Yao Ming (1,146,426) while Chris Paul (1,281,591) will start at guard alongside Bryant in the West. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, the second leading vote-getter overall with 2,099,204, led the Eastern Conference in balloting. Starting alongside Howard in the East are LeBron James (2,053,011) and Amar'e Stoudemire (1,674,995) at forward and Dwyane Wade (2,048,175) and Derrick Rose (1,914,996) in the backcourt.

With the 2011 results in, Bryant has now led the Western Conference in all-star balloting in each of the last four seasons. 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 now a 13-time All-Star. He had started 11 consecutive All-Star games before missing last year's contest due to a sprained left ankle.

PAU GASOL NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE SEASON; 4TH ALL-STAR APPEARANCE OVERALL
On February 3rd, the NBA announced that Lakers' forward Pau Gasol was selected to represent the Western Conference in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game to be played February 20th in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center. Gasol, who will join teammate Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference team, will be making his 4th career All-Star appearance (2006, 2009, 2010). In 2009, Gasol became the 27th Laker in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team, posting 15 points (5-7 FG) and a team-high eight rebounds in the West's 146-119 victory over the East. In his first All-Star game in 2006, Gasol, despite playing a team-low 14 minutes, pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds in the West's two-point loss to the East (120-122). Last season, Gasol, in 20 minutes, totaled 13 points (5-9 FG), six rebounds and a steal in a 139-141 loss to the Eastern Conference 2/14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In selecting the reserves, each of the 30 NBA head coaches must vote for seven players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team. In fan voting for this year's starters, Gasol (1,100,772) finished 3rd among forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant (1,736,728) and Carmelo Anthony (1,299,849).

LACK OF ASSISTS
In their January 30th loss to Boston, the Lakers handed out a season-low 10 assists. That total is the Lakers lowest in a home game since October 25, 1960 (two weeks before the Kennedy-Nixon presidential election) in the team's second home game after moving from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. In Jerry West's fourth NBA game, Los Angeles was credited with only five assists on 42 field goals in a 120-118 win over the Knickerbockers.*

SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT
In the Lakers January 30th loss to Boston, the Celtics made 44-of-73 shots from the field (60.3%) at STAPLES Center. That was the third-highest field-goal percentage ever posted by the Celtics against the Lakers, at home or on the road, during the regular or postseason, versus the Minneapolis or the Los Angeles Lakers. In the other two games, Boston shot 61.5 percent from the field in a regular season loss at the LA Forum in 1990 and 60.8 percent in a victory in Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals.*

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.*






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