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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 20 25 27 20 92
Play by Play Boston Celtics 27 26 15 18 86

Kobe rallies Lakers past Allen, Celtics 92-86

BOSTON (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers spoiled Ray Allen's record-setting night by beating the Boston Celtics 92-86 in an NBA finals rematch on Thursday night.

Allen became the NBA's career leader in 3-pointers in the first quarter, but Bryant later put him on the bench in foul trouble during his big second half that rallied Los Angeles from an early 15-point deficit.

Pau Gasol added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who split the regular season series with their biggest rivals and got a sorely needed victory against one of the league's top teams. Andrew Bynum, the subject of trade rumors in the never-ending Carmelo Anthony saga, finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Allen hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter to pass former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller (2,560), who was sitting courtside calling the game for TNT. But he made only one more and had 20 points after scoring 12 in the first quarter.

Paul Pierce had 15 points for the Celtics, who came in shooting an NBA-best 49.7 percent and shredded the Lakers for 60 percent shooting in their 109-96 victory at Los Angeles on Jan. 30, but went cold after a strong start in this one and finished at 40 percent.

Bryant scored 41 points in that loss, but seemed headed nowhere near it after taking only three shots in the first half. He had a quick flurry out of halftime, then had eight points in the final 4:51 to help the Lakers hold on.

Lamar Odom finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and one headache for the Lakers, who moved to 3-0 on their seven-game Grammys road trip that continues Friday in New York.

Down eight at halftime, Los Angeles return from the locker room with a 10-0 burst, and it was back and forth the remainder of the third quarter. The Lakers scored six consecutive points late in the period, the last two in painful fashion after Odom tipped in Gasol's miss, then their heads collided as they turned to run downcourt. Los Angeles led 72-68 after three.

Sporting a large bandage on his forehead, Odom opened the fourth with a 3-pointer, but the Celtics were only down three midway through the period before Bryant made two jumpers and a layup to push the lead to 88-79 with 3:12 remaining. Boston got back within five, but Bryant found Gasol for a bucket underneath, then finished with off with a jumper with 48 seconds to play.

It gets no easier for the Celtics, who host Miami on Sunday in a showdown of Eastern Conference powers.

Allen tied the record with his first 3-pointer with 4:14 left in the first quarter, but missed on the next possession with the crowd ready to roar. He nailed the record breaker with 1:48 to go, taking a pass from Rajon Rondo as he trailed on a delayed break and pulling up from the right wing for a 22-14 lead.

Allen had 12 points in the period, then was honored during the break with a loud, standing ovation. He hugged Miller, then his mother before going into the crowd to see his family. A video montage in the second quarter showed highlights from his earlier years in Milwaukee and Seattle.

It seemed there'd be plenty of time for celebrating his big night when the Celtics rolled to a 15-point lead on Allen's dunk with 5:28 left in the half. But the Lakers ran off 10 in a row later in the half and were down only 53-45 at halftime.

Notes: Celtics reserve guard Nate Robinson limped off with a bruised right knee in the second quarter, and it was determined at halftime he wouldn't return. With Allen and then backup Von Wafer forced to the bench by foul trouble, the Celtics had to go to rookie Avery Bradley, recently recalled from the NBA Development League, to defend Bryant late in the third quarter. ... Allen received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for January on Thursday for his support of U.S. troops overseas and his local charity efforts.


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2,561 Made three pointers in Ray Allen’s career, surpassing Reggie Miller, who happened to be calling the game on TNT. As Phil Jackson had requested prior to the game, Allen made the two he needed in the first quarter.

36 Combined points for bigs Andrew Bynum (16) and Pau Gasol (20), who were particularly effective in the first half when going for 12 points apiece.

30.2 Boston’s field goal percentage in the second half, after the league’s leading shooting team had made 50.3 percent in the first half. L.A.’s defense has been outstanding late in games for all three games on their current trip.

15 Times Kobe Bryant has scored at least 20 points in a half, surpassing Dwyane Wade, who’d been tied with Bryant at 20. Eight of Bryant’s 20 second half points came in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter after he’d scored just three points on 1-of-3 field goals in a first half in which L.A. fed the ball inside to Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

11 More rebounds grabbed by the Lakers than the Celtics in a stat category that defined last year’s NBA Finals. Lamar Odom led the way with 12, six of which came in that fourth quarter.

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Points Bryant 9-17 FG 23
Rebounds Odom 6 OFF 6 DEF 12
Assists Fisher 5
Steals Artest, Brown, Odom 1
Blocks Odom 3


Head Coach Phil Jackson
Re: 1st and 2nd half differences?: "Changed ends, that's one thing that changed. We were more aggressive offensively, and I thought our defense played a little bit better. We were hanging onto the ball too much in the first half instead of passing"

Re: Best win? "Yeah that's a good win. I don't know what best means but it's good"

Re: How disappointed with first half? "Well we got back in the game in the end of the second half. We started feeling comfortable out there. Seemed to be in a position where everything seemed to be a turnover there in the first half. We had nine turnovers in the early part of that game, and just, a lot of them were unforced, just coughed them up. So it just seemed like we got comfortable out there. Ok at half time that we were starting to play the right way."

Re: What did you deny in the second half? "Well we stopped the penetration which was a lot better. Ray Allen was getting open on just comfort shots that he likes. Open on transition, those transition baskets and turnovers are big, and we stopped that in the second half"

Re: Motivated by talk of being unable to beat good teams? "I hope were motivated every night. It was just one of those things were we said. We got a 1-7 record against power teams, this is important, what is important is playing our game, and finding ourselves in a game in which we were highly competitive, and not losing ourselves, and having our identity."

Re: Game like this make you realize you don't have to make a trade? "Defensively we have an idea what we want to do. We want to control the pace of the game, and in the second half we showed what we can do"

Re: How much of a difference waiting to bring Kobe and Pau back? "I wanted to let that other unit get a chance, they had a couple good shots they couldn't get in, we stymied them, they were three points down and we didn't let them back in"

Re: Lamar? "Second half played well, first half I was you know on him a little bit in the second half. I thought he was trying to do too many things individually. The second half he played the kind of game we know he can play"


Kobe Bryant
Re: The changes the Lakers made in the second half "We just made things a little bit tougher. In the first half, they [Celtics] got a lot of easy opportunities in transition, a lot of easy catch and shoots and things like that. We just had to put a stop to it"

Re: Spoiling the energy from Ray's recording breaking shot: "For the fans I'm sure it's sweet, but for me, I'm truly happy for Ray. That's just unbelievable."

Re: What he say to Ray after he hit the shot: "I just told him congratulations. It's a mutual respect kind of thing, because we both came into this league together. There's not too many [players] from that draft still playing and competing at a high level so I'm very, very happy for him. "

Re: Ray being off the floor because of foul trouble: "It helps, obviously, when he's not in there or Garnett is not in there, as many guys as you can get into foul trouble it helps, Pierce included."

Re: Coming in the five min mark at the end of the game "It doesn't matter."

Re: What he thinks about while waiting to come in "I don't think about anything, I just watch the game. I'm not really thinking about much. When I get in there, let's go to work."

Re: Where the Celtics rank in the Eastern Conference "They're right up there; it's them and Miami. I haven't seen Orlando yet, obviously. We played against Boston twice now, and Miami once and they look good. "

Ron Artest
Re: Difference between here and in LA? "I think we played together, first off, defensively and offensively today. Kobe was kind of dissecting them, playing like a Peyton Manning role out there, and then he sealed the deal with some big shots. And Lamar and Pau made some big plays at the end. Drew played real aggressive today"

Re: Take it personal versus Pierce after last game? "No, I've been guarding the best player for the last twelve years since I've been in the league in the NBA, and since I've been a kid. There's no difference today guarding the best player against Boston, or guarding the best player against New York."

Shannon Brown
Re: Difference in second half? "We definitely played like a team, together. And that's the only way we're going to win. We understand that, played together as a team, both on offense and defense. Moving the ball and not letting up on defense. Being one as a strength that's the only way we're going to get it done"

"We got a new defense that we put in, so we out there trying to learn that. It ain't easy"

Re: Does that go in and out? "It doesn't go in and out, we just gradually getting better every day"

Head Coach Doc Rivers
Re did the team just get worn out in the second half: "No. I don't. I thought we played and we looked like it. I thought they came out and jumped on us early in the third quarter, first –scored the first 10 points. And I never thought we fought through it, really. I mean obviously the fatigue and all that – you know, one of our concerns going into the game were Paul (Pierce) or Ray (Allen) couldn't get in foul trouble obviously, because of what we had left. And that happened. But I just thought mentally we were not a very good team tonight and usually we are. I didn't think we fought hard enough through adversity, and we're great at that usually. It was one of those nights; I just thought we didn't do a very good job of that. And we obviously did have a lot of adversity with the injury of Nate (Robinson) and foul trouble and the lack of bodies, but you know that that could happen before the game and I don't think we handled that very well."

Re Kobe Bryant's being more aggressive in the second half: "Well once he saw there was a chance to win, Kobe was going to be Kobe. I mean, I think we knew that a week ago. And, he also knew that we had foul problems on the floor and he was aggressive. Kobe, listen, Kobe didn't win the game with his offense. Kobe won the game today with his defense. I thought defensively he was absolutely phenomenal. He was everywhere. He was trapping, he was helping, you know off (Rajon) Rondo all night, and trapped the post, blocked shots. I mean, he just had a great floor game to me more than just scoring."

Re rebounding matchup without Shaquille O'Neal or Jermaine O'Neal: "I don't worry about that stuff. I don't worry about it. They wasn't here. So, you know what I mean. What am I supposed to --? They're not here so the fact is Shaq and JO, it doesn't matter to us tonight. We had what we had. Whether it would've made a difference or not, I don't know the answer is what I'm saying. But we had enough bodies to rebound tonight, we just didn't do it the way we wanted to."

Re if Robinson can't play on Sunday, will Delonte West play: "No. No. You know, it's funny, before the game he asked the doctor if he could play, our team doctor. Actually they were going back and forth on it. I said if we have to go back and forth on it, then the answer is no. All right? So, he's going to practice Saturday. I would like him actually to play in the New Jersey game just to get him one game. But even if he does play Sunday, let's say, it will be five or ten minutes. It won't be much either way…"

Re did he consider bringing in Luke Harangody to rebound: "Yeah, I did. I did. But not – I just thought the size, as good as rebounder as Luke is, you're playing a very long basketball team and if he came to an issue where rebounds were on the floor that you could've gotten to then Luke would've been great. But the rebounds tonight were above the rim, and whenever you play the Lakers the rebounds are above the rim because of their length, and that was a factor."

Re Ray Allen setting the record early in the game and getting it 'out of the way': Yeah, that was great, for Ray to get it out of the way. And it was great in general. It was great for him. He got great looks, he did it through the offense. And that's what's so upsetting; those same looks could've been there in the second half but obviously his foul trouble hurt him, and hurt his rhythm. But the ball was moving in the first half and that's how he got shots."

Ray Allen

Re: Going through your mind when you broke the record? "What I thought about is, is it really going to happen. I know I only needed two three's, and on any other day, any other game it seems like it would happen just like that, I wouldn't have to think about it. But that second three, almost, it seemed like it was slow motion for me, cause I've seen the whole thing develop. As I've gotten older, I've played the game and I can see it, somewhat in a second motion so to speak. Where the ball kind of comes so slow, like somebody is almost slow motioning it on tv. That's exactly how it felt, because the minute we got the stop and Rondo got the ball. In my mind it just started, and I just said to myself this is it. And then when Rondo brought the ball up I knew it. We've seen it a thousand times, I know he knows where I am. And so many people asked me over the last couple of weeks, 'Who's going to make that pass?', and I said it's a no brainer, I knew it would be Rondo. Cause he starts the break for us so many times. So when I got the ball and let it go, it was like, I felt so good behind it, once the ball went in the air I knew it was good. The one before that I missed I felt the same way about that, but that didn't go in. When I let that one go I was like this is money, and it's a feeling that was definitely a magical moment. Just being in this building, the support I've had coming into this moment, this situation, I felt a little embarrassed because there was so much attention surrounding this three point record. And I've never really experienced this much because this is a team sport, very rarely do you get that emotional individual support so it was overwhelming but a great moment. I'll remember this for the rest of my life"

Re: What you pictured? "Yeah it was, and it was all about these fans in Boston, it was all about the fans in Boston. I think about anything I've ever done in my career, the stage here is set, and everybody was ready. Going back a game or so ago, in Charlotte, the stage wasn't there, and I knew people wanted to see me do it. If I did it, I did it, but the stage here was set. When I ran out on the floor, and saw all the signs, and all the people. This record, I just didn't really understand until that moment just how big it was. Coming into the game, the game was already big enough, with who we played and being on national tv. But as I said, this is going to stay with me forever. Seeing so many people talk about it for this moment. Somebody told me this is my moment enjoy it, and I'm sitting here thinking I've never really had a moment that's mine, I've always shared it with guys. So I'm standing on the floor, and you've got to take individual praise for 30 seconds, I don't know how to do that cause I've never had to. I've never had a time where I've had to stand out there and say thank you, because it really was about me"

Re: Conversation with Reggie? "I haven't spoken to my mother yet. But we (Reggie and I), met before the game, and Reggie is such a gentlemen this whole process, times two or three years ago when we weren't even talking about this process. Just catch me at a game where I didn't make shot, just encouraging me to shoot the ball. Just a shining example of how I want to be once I retire. You look on the game, and you see the young guys playing, and you always say. We'll he left, and how he left the game, and I always tell him before, when I saw him shooting, any time we played each other. I would always be on the floor, and he would be out there shooting, and I was always say I'm at the right place. I knew it was where I was supposed to be. I never knew what time he got to the gym, or how many shots he shot. But when I saw him out there, I was like this is exactly where I'm supposed to be. To build my career, similar to him, this is where I need to be. So I just told him I appreciate him being the guy that he was, the competitor that he was, and he set the bar for us. When we came in the league, Allen Iverson, myself, all the guys in my class that came in. We were trying to beat Reggie, as much as MJ was out there, Reggie was the shooting guard who we were out there competing against and trying to beat. It was a privilege to play alongside and against him. And at the same to do this, and beat this record, and have him in the building, as I said earlier I wouldn't have had it any other way"

Re: Victory lap? "The last thing I told Reggie when we met in the back. I told him, what do I do? I don't know what to do. What do I do, do I just sit there and look stupid, or do I stand up, I don't know. Reggie said I don't know either, I just think you got to do whatever you feel, because that is your moment. And I said, well I am glad you're here because this is your moment as well, and I'm glad I can share it with you. It's funny because Jeff Twiss said, when it happens we're going to go to a timeout, the people are going to get up and start cheering, and it will be a long ovation. And Jeff has been around for a long time, and been a part of many celebrations like this, so he definetly prepared me. So once the timeout came, I just knew I had to go over there and say thank you again to Reggie. And my mom was standing there, she was in tears, so I wanted to make sure I thanked my family for being there for me. You don't do anything in any sport or job, without the backbone of your family. They're making sure I have the confidence to walk out of the house, so I can come here and do this job every night. Making sure I eat right, that the kids are taken care of, what it is without them, I can't be who I am"


Von Wafer
Re his first half: "I played basketball, I just played basketball. That's what I do. That's what I get paid to do."

Re the second half: "I just thought we couldn't get any shots to fall. They just executed. They just got us."

Re the energy early: "It was electrifying. There was a lot of energy. You know, loud and electrifying."

Re rebounding against the Laker front line: "It was tough. They are long. It was tough to get rebounds. There wasn't many long rebounds. They got them all at the rim so it was tough to deal with."

Paul Pierce
Re his sickness: "I don't think I was bothered at all."

Re the second half: "I just think that we didn't move the ball with the same…We just didn't move the ball like we did in the first half. I thought the ball kind of stuck there in the second half instead of running our offense and moving the ball, we shot 50% (First Half). That's what happens. Then they came real aggressive in that third quarter and we just didn't come out aggressive. That third quarter really hurt us. We come out gave up a three and then the three point play to start off. Then it seems like the Lakers get hot and you know what they are capable of. We just didn't play with the same urgency in the second half like we did in the first."

Re the lack of man power: "I dunno, it definitely hurts when you don't have the normal guys to come off of the bench to kind of spell you. Certain guys played extended minutes, but that's no excuse. We went up 13, 14 points. We had a chance to go up even more and we let them creep back into the game and in the third quarter they turned it up. We didn't adjust to it at all."

Re Ray: "It was big just to be a part of it, being a part of seeing him make history. He's one of the greatest shooters of all time, behind me. He's putting himself in an elite category, he put himself in an elite category tonight. Not many people can say they are going to be in the NBA record books and I'm glad to be a teammate of his."

Re being 12th on 3 point list: "I'll never catch him. I know that for a fact. Records are made to be broken, but I don't think it will be broken for a very long time. He still has four or five years left in him."



Boston got the best of the Lakers in Los Angeles in their NBA finals rematch last month. However, based on their recent regular-season play at TD Garden, the Lakers have a good chance to split the season series.

The Lakers hope to avenge that defeat with a third straight regular-season road victory over the banged-up Celtics on Thursday night.

Behind 32 points from Paul Pierce, Boston shot a road season-high 60.3 percent in a 109-96 win over the Lakers on Jan. 30. It was the Celtics' first trip to Staples Center since their 83-79 loss there in Game 7 of the NBA finals June 17.

Though the Celtics claim last season's near-miss wasn't a motivational factor for their latest matchup, Pierce couldn't help but look ahead to what might lie down the road for both clubs.

"If we had home court last year, who knows maybe what happens in Game 7?" Pierce said. "We're not looking ahead, but maybe if it comes down to another Game 7, maybe we'll have it at home."

That remains a possibility, as Boston (38-13) leads the Eastern Conference by one-half game over Miami while Los Angeles (36-16) is third in the West.

The Celtics are 23-4 at home but have dropped two of three overall and been plagued by injuries of late. Boston dressed only 10 players while shooting 40.8 percent in Monday's 94-89 loss at Charlotte.

Though Pierce is expected to play despite missing practice Wednesday while home sick, Shaquille O'Neal will miss a fourth straight game with a sore Achilles' tendon and backup center Semih Erden his second due a strained leg muscle. The Celtics continue to play without veteransJermaine O'Neal (knee) and Delonte West (wrist).

Those injuries won't give the Lakers reason to relax with Kevin Garnett,Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins still in the paint. Garnett had 18 points with 13 rebounds at Los Angeles last month.

"We're going to have to be really physical, really solid, really aggressive in order to be successful in Boston," Pau Gasol told the Lakers' official website.

The Lakers also must worry about Ray Allen, who needs to make two 3-pointers to break Reggie Miller's NBA career record of 2,560. Allen is grateful he has a chance to reach that milestone in front of the home crowd.

"It just seems right, just being in this building, because so many people have followed me and have so much fan support," Allen told the Celtics' official website. "It's like, what place to be better than in the Garden? So I'm glad that I'm able to be here and have the opportunity."

Allen, who scored 25 points at Charlotte, has totaled 45 in his last two regular-season games against the Lakers - both in Los Angeles. However, he's averaged 8.3 on 11-of-44 shooting the last four home games versus Los Angeles, including playoffs.

Though the Lakers went 1-2 at TD Garden in the finals, they have won four of five regular-season meetings in Boston, including the last two by one point each.

Kobe Bryant, who matched a season high with 41 points against the Celtics on Jan. 30, has averaged 29.7 his last 15 regular-season and playoff games in Boston.

Bryant's 19 points led six Lakers in double figures as they improved to 2-0 on their seven-game road trip with a 93-84 win over Memphis on Monday.

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Lakers Matt Barnes (right knee surgery) is not with team.
Theo Ratliff
(left knee surgery) is not with team.

Delonte West (broken right wrist) is out.
Jermaine O'Neal
(sore left knee) is out.
Shaquille O'Neal
(sore right leg) is day-to-day.
Marquis Daniels
(bruised spinal cord) is out.
Semih Erden
(right adductor strain) is day-to-day.

1/30 - BOS @ LAL L 96-109
2/10 - LAL @ BOS

Since our 109-96 loss at the hands of the Celtics on 1/30, they have won two games (at Sac and home vs. Orlando) and lost two games (home vs. Dallas and at Charlotte). After our game Coach Rivers said, "We played the best half of basketball (2nd half) that we have played all year." Their ball movement helped them shoot 60% from the field that day and 53% from beyond the three point line. They also out-rebounded us 43-30. They had 34 assists to our 10. With all those statistical problems we were still only down four points with 5:20 left before they went on an 18-9 run to close the game.

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The Lakers currently trail their season series with Boston 0-1, after splitting last season's series with the Celtics 1-1 and sweeping their 2008-09 series with Boston 2-0. The two teams have met 182 times since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season with Los Angeles trailing the series 83-99. Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers and Celtics have met 273 times in all with Boston leading the all-time series 153-120. The Lakers are 6-4 against the Celtics in their last 10 overall regular season meetings. In Boston, the Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 regular season games at TD Garden while in Los Angeles, the Lakers are 7-5 all-time against the Celtics at STAPLES Center (regular season). Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 13-8 against Boston during the regular season. With the Lakers 92-83 Christmas Day victory in 2008, Phil Jackson recorded his 1,000th career victory as an NBA head coach. Under Jackson, the Lakers have swept Boston on five occasions while twice being swept by the Celtics during the regular season. In 23 career regular season games against Boston including 20 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.5 points. Celtics forward Paul Pierce grew up in Southern California, attending Inglewood High. Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal won three NBA titles in eight seasons with the Lakers, averaging 27.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.49 blocked shots. He still ranks among franchise leaders in points (7th/13,895), rebounds (5th/6,090), blocks (2nd/1,278) and FG% (2nd/.575). In Bryant and O'Neal's 11 career head-to-head meetings in which both have played, Bryant is averaging 35.0 points (385), 5.8 rebounds (64) and 4.0 assists (44) while O'Neal is averaging 16.7 points (184), 9.2 rebounds (101) and 1.4 blocks (15). In 2008-09, Phil Jackson surpassed legendary Celtics head coach Red Auerbach (9) with his 10th NBA championship as a head coach, an NBA record which he extended to 11 titles last season. Jackson surpassed Auerbach in all-time victories during the 2007-08 season and in games coached during the 2008-09 season. Losing to the Celtics in six games during the 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers defeated the Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals in what was the two teams' 12th NBA Finals meeting dating back to Minneapolis in 1959. The Lakers are 3-9 in NBA Finals series against Boston, with the Celtics taking the first eight before Los Angeles won three of the last four in 1985, 1987 and 2010.

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.

Thursday's game against Boston is the first of a back-to-back set with the Celtics and Knicks. This season, the Lakers are 6-3 in the first game and 8-1 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.

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.

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.

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 (25.4 ppg), Bryant (27,112) 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).

With 41 points January 30th vs. Boston, Kobe Bryant scored 40+ points for the 106th time (regular season) in his NBA career and the second time this season. Bryant's other 40+ point game this season came in a 92-95 loss 11/28 vs. Indiana (41 points). 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- 34 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.*

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.*

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.*

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.

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.

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