Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's game:
"We had a good second half. We got our offense running a little bit. Defensively, we got some steals and some easy baskets. Andrew did an adequate job on Howard and a great job on the boards."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Kobe's performance with his bad ankle:
"It was alright. I think he was trying to find his way out there. He was aggressive and he wanted to attack…I thought he did a good job defensively at times for us out there. He helped on the boards, got a steal inside, some of the things that are really necessary for us to play well. Offensively, he'll have to find it another day."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Andrew Bynum's mindset as far as rebounding:
"His teammates encourage him to get all the rebounds. He sees that Pau is in the top five or six in rebounding. He's going to replace him."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Matt Barnes' performance tonight:
"He kind of knew what was going on in their offense, and that helped us out a little bit. So that was good. He's still a ways away of getting back in-sync with all of our guys in the offense."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Bynum's effort defending Dwight Howard:
"I think he was a little bit tentative once he got some fouls, so he couldn't play with the same aggression that he wanted to. What did Howard have, 22 points? I suppose that's about his average. He hit some shots from the outside, he hit some bank-shots…I thought he played really well offensively. We had some steals at the end of the game from him and the turnover after an offensive foul…It feels much better when Andrew is in there guarding him than when Pau is in for me. I think he's much more capable of handling the speed and size."
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on how limited he was tonight due to his ankle:
"Not much. It affected my bounce a little bit just because of the trust factor, just trusting it in the first half. Then at halftime, I just kind of game it a little pep talk."
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on if playing on his ankle was a matter of pain tolerance:
"It was more mental. I was still kind of being unsure. I hadn't really tested it out. It throws my balance off. I was kind of leaning to the right a little bit more. But the second half, you just have to shoot the shot."
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Andrew Bynum being a force in the middle:
"Yeah, he's consistently performing this way, so we expect it from him. This is how he should play and this is how he's going to play."
Lakers' Derek Fisher on tonight's game:
"…I think the turnovers were the key. It allowed us to get more attempts at the basket and then we were able to get offensive rebounds off of some of those attempts. So it kind of kept them on their heels and on the defensive end a lot of the game."
Lakers' Derek Fisher on Andrew Bynum's improvement since his return:
"I think he's just getting more comfortable physically. In terms of being healthy, he came off a knee surgery in the summer. Regardless of age or experience, surgeries take time to recover from. I think he's feeling more comfortable physically, you know, he's doing some unbelievable things out there for us. And I keep saying it, in terms of, since the All-Star break, people are trying to ask why we've been so much better and I'll start with him."
Lakers' Derek Fisher on the difference between his shooting tonight and the game against Dallas:
"Just taking what comes. You know, most nights for myself, or Ron, or a lot of our guys, there are going be nights were offensively you're not going to get many opportunities or even if you get a few they may not go in. You just have to keep playing the game and remaining confident, and realizing that the team still needs you to be aggressive and be confident out there, and just taking advantage of what's there."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on the Andrew Bynum's surge since the All Star break:
"We made shots. Andrew has been doing a great job protecting our basket and playing defense, giving us a force inside that's hard to come by and he's doing it without even scoring sometimes, which not many players in this league can do."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on Andrew Bynum's growth:
"Andrew's game has grown; even from when he first came back to now. His understanding for the game, his understanding for what the team needs, when you got a guy that can protect the basket it helps a lot."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on a motivating factor that has improved his performance this season:
"It's really just going hard. You know, trying to get every rebound. That's all I'm focusing on, seriously.
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the season ahead:
"You know, we want to win every game on this home stretch. So that's what we're looking at, we have to win every game."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on Andrew Bynum catching Pau as a top rebounder in the NBA:
"He's taking all the boards. I don't know what his average is at…" Pau was informed that it has been around 14 since the All Star Break. "But before the All Star counts or that doesn't matter? No, his rebounding effort has been extraordinary and has been a huge plus for us so it doesn't matter who gets the rebound as long as we get it as a team. Obviously, I'd like to see myself get a couple more rebounds…but as long as Andrew keeps getting 17 or 18 it's a good deal."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on the teams 2nd half performance
"We made more shots, made more plays. Defensively, we also did better. We were able to stop their guys and force turnovers. We hustle harder and a lot of things happened for us in the 2nd half."
Coach Stan Van Gundy on the game tonight:
"If you look at the thing it's really easy. The stats sheet doesn't always tell a story; tonight it does. We shot 47%, they shot 44%. We both went to the line 19 times; the difference is they got 21 more shots than we did. It's pretty easy; all you have to do is look at the stat sheet. They had 8 more offensive rebounds than we did, and they had 13 fewer turnovers; there are 21 more shots; that's the ball game. The game was on the boards and taking care of the ball. Other than that, you're playing a fairly even basketball game. If you factor in our 3's we actually shot the ball significantly better than they did. But you can't give up; the other team had 21 more field-goal attempts when your free-throws are even. Sometimes you get more free-throw attempts, but we get the same number of attempts at the basket, it's become a problem. The Chicago [Bulls] game we lost on the boards, the Portland [Trailblazers] game we lost because of turnovers, and we're not talking one or two more turnovers. When you have 13 more turnovers than your opponents and you give up 14 offensive rebounds, you're going to have a problem winning the game…I thought other than that we did some good things. I thought the third problem was I thought our ball movement was very good early and very poor in the second half. Guys wanted to force plays. We did not play with as much energy in the second half. We did not move the ball to the weak side of the floor. A good part of that is their [Lakers] defense, give them credit, but we didn't move the ball the way that we should have. Bottom line is the game comes down to tonight; turnovers and rebounding."
Coach Stan Van Gundy on Dwight Howard's performance:
"He hasn't really had to go up against that a whole lot lately, at least not against a good defensive team. I don't think we helped him at times. We did a lot of standing around, not giving him people to throw the ball to. He got in to some tough situations and obviously 9 turnovers there with him. I think our entire team, we need to look at our spacing on the floor and he [Dwight Howard] needs to look at this game as well on his post-ups and everything else. That's a big part of our turnovers tonight."
Coach Stan Van Gundy on the Lakers size in comparison to his team:
"Their size is good, there's no question…their size is good and their athletic and they cover a lot of ground. I though they did a good job. I thought our best offense is when we had the floor spread out and moved the ball. I felt we were pretty good in transition, but they went through a good stretch there in the 3rd quarter, early 4th quarter where we couldn't get any stops. Especially the second half in the 3rd quarter, we couldn't get any stops, couldn't get in transition, that was our best offense all night. When we could get them running around we had a chance to get pretty good shots. When we let them sit and stand around, through it into the post and everybody again standing, we have to take a look at that. Us as coaches also, we have to take a look at that and see how we can get some better movement and some better spots…"
Magic center Dwight Howard on the Lakers defensive effort tonight:
"I just think they came out and played better in the second half, especially with their post defense. They spread everybody in the paint and forced me to make plays out to my teammates, and they made it tough for me to score. We just got to learn how to play through it."
Magic center Dwight Howard on Kobe Bryant playing tonight despite a sprained left ankle:
"I didn't think he was not going to play this game. He finished the game the other day when he got hurt, so he's a competitor. I knew he was going to play."
Magic center Dwight Howard on Andrew Bynum's play and how great he can be:
"…Tonight he got a lot of offensive rebounds. He was always around the basket. When I went to go help he was right over the top of me. He's very tough, but I like to battle and I'm looking forward to the next one."
Magic guard Jameer Nelson on the difference in tonight's game:
"I think if you look at the stat sheet, they [the Lakers] had 21 more shots. I mean when you play against a team of this caliber, it's going to be tough to beat them when they get those amount of shots extra."
Magic guard Jameer Nelson on Andrew Bynum's size and rebounding ability:
"He's a big guy man. He's a handful. It's like he's out there and you think you've got the ball, and he has it in his hands. You're jumping for the ball, but he's just standing up there tipping it over, and tipping it to himself…to get those extra shots."
Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu on why they lost tonight after beating the Lakers at home:
"[The back to back games] shouldn't be an excuse. We had a good start and we controlled the game, but in the end they picked it up. They really killed us on the offensive rebounds, second-chance points, and we turned the ball over 18 times. We can't do that against a good team."
Magic guard Jason Richardson on his team's energy in the second half:
"We did everything we were supposed to do, but I think we let some of the energy, we didn't have like we did in the first half. Maybe it was because were a little tired because of the back to back [games] or what it was. But we didn't have the same intensity that we did in the first half."