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Box Score Orlando Magic 22 26 19 28 92
Play by Play Los Angeles Lakers 10 21 21 25 80


Howard's big night carries Magic past Lakers 92-80

By KYLE HIGHTOWER


Posted Jan 20 2012 8:00PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Dwight Howard scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic survived a tough shooting performance for a 92-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Jameer Nelson added 17 points and nine assists, and J.J. Redick had 15 points as Orlando had all five starters in double figures.

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Pau Gasol chipped in 13 for the Lakers, who lost their second straight and posted a season low in points to drop to 1-6 on the road this season.

The Magic led by as many as 23 points, helped by Los Angeles' second consecutive night shooting under 40 percent.

Orlando, which was slightly better at 41 percent but connected on 12 3-pointers, has now beaten the Lakers in six of their last nine regular-season meetings.

The Magic played their fourth game in five nights and Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy did some lineup shuffling to give his team some fresher legs against the Lakers' big front line.

With forward Hedo Turkoglu sitting out, Van Gundy opted to start Redick in his place - forming a three-guard lineup with Jason Richardson and Nelson at the point.

It did help neutralize the Lakers' height advantage and led to several fast break opportunities for Orlando.

The strategy also worked because the matchup between Howard and Lakers 7-footer Andrew Bynum was diminished barely 2 minutes into the second quarter when Bynum picked up his third foul.

He returned, but left again late in the third after getting whistled for his fourth. Los Angeles also tried sending Howard to the foul line. That, too, was ineffective as Howard managed to rack up nine points there.

The Lakers cut the Magic's lead to 74-66 midway through the fourth quarter, but a technical on Bryant ignited an 8-0 Orlando spurt to push the lead back to 16. The Magic mostly were able to cruise from there.

Both teams struggled at times shooting in the first half, but the Magic caught fire with just over 4 minutes to play before halftime, and Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer broke a streak of seven straight missed shots for Orlando.

With Bynum out, Howard also had a relatively easy time inside and was good on 6 of 8 free throw attempts to finish the half with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Bryant scored 15 first-half points, but it was the lone early bright spot for the Lakers.

The Magic led 22-10 after one, with the Lakers struggling mightily on the offensive end. Relying on a lot of perimeter shots, the Lakers were just 4 for 21 in the period, including Gasol missing all four of his shots.

Orlando wasn't much better at 9 for 20, but managed to build as much as a 12-point cushion thanks to a 10-2 advantage on points in the paint.

Notes: Turkoglu sat out for the second straight game with back spasms. ... Richardson returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a bone bruise on his left knee. ... F Glen Davis played after attending his grandmother's funeral earlier in the day in Louisiana. ... The Lakers return home to host Indiana Sunday night and then are off until Wednesday when they play the Clippers.


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Points Bryant 30, 11-22 FG
Rebounds Bynum 12, 5 OFF 7 DEF
Assists Bryant 8
Steals Fisher 2
Blocks Bynum 2


POSTGAME QUOTES



Mike Brown:

On tonights game:

“In the second half we played with the energy, the sense of urgency that we needed to on both ends of the floor, and that was good to see. We had great ball movement, great spacing, we played the way that I think eventually we’re going to be capable of and it showed in the box score, the stat sheet, and it showed on the court. I thought that in the first half we had great looks. I thought we did move the ball but we didn’t knock down shots. Off the top of my head I could recall six or seven wide open shots that we had that just didn’t go in and it seemed like every shot they had that was open went in. Every one that we missed right now tightens us up a little bit more because we’ve been struggling to score but hopefully we’ll be able to build off offensively what we did in the second half and continue forward.”

On the Lakers road record:

“We just have to keep playing. There’s no magic dust or no magic potion to be able to get us to get wins on the road. We have to just keep trying to execute offensively, keep moving the ball, keep setting the screens, keep cutting hard, step in and take the shot if you’re open, and play basketball. Defensively we have to make sure that we tighten up. You talk about those guys shooting the lights out, at least I thought that they shot the lights out, and they’re at 41% and 92 points. Now, the 92 points isn’t a big deal because it’s the pace of the game. The pace of the game doesn’t attract me but those guys shot 41% tonight and that’s enough to win a ball game, even a ball game on the road.”




Kobe Bryant:

On tonights game:

“They made big shots and shot the ball extremely well particularly from the three point line. We are struggling offensively. No question about it. We got a lot of good looks…a lot of them. We just have to keep hitting the open man and those shots will fall.”

“I tell them (teammates) that they have to keep shooting them (during droughts). They are much better shooters than the statistics are showing right now. We just have to keep shooting them.”

“We just have to get ready for the next one.”




Andrew Bynum:

On tonights game:

“Our defense was a little bit better in the second half. Offensively we moved the basketball and we were able to get some points. It has been tough lately for us to score the ball.”

“He (Howard) gets a lot of touches and I had five fouls. In the first half I wasn’t able to play too much. I thought we did a decent job on him without fouling for a little while. Then I got into foul trouble early and Pau played good defense. I think he shot poorly from the field, but he was able to get to the line.

On 1-6 road record:

“We need to come in and be ready to play in the first half and create our own energy. We have to create energy and have ball movement in our offense. Right now we cannot score. We have been scoring 70 points, or 80 points. You can’t win.”




Stan Van Gundy:

On tonights game:

I thought our defense was good tonight, which is good because we didn’t shoot the ball very well, except from the three-point line. The stuff that they beat us on was stuff that I didn’t do a good enough job preparing our guys for. Our guys had tremendous focus and did a great job.”

On Dwight's play:

…“When you’re talking about who’s the best in any position you’re not looking at one thing, you’re looking at a whole body of work. No center in this league has anywhere near the body of work that Dwight has.”




Dwight Howard:

On tonights game:

“I just think that we came out and were aggressive from the beginning of the game. We ran, did a good job of our defensive assignments and we got the win.”

“Instead of just stopping and letting their defense get set, just run, move, make them move on defense and we did that tonight. Everybody played great. I think Jameer was aggressive, he took shots, he had a good game. We just have to continue to grow each night and get better.”

On playing Bynum:

“It wasn’t about Dwight Howard night, it wasn’t about Andrew Bynum night, it was about the Magic and the Lakers. And that was the only thing that was on my mind was getting a win. There’s no need to go back and forth about me and him. We play the game different ways, we both have an objective and that’s to win. He’s won two rings and I’m trying to get mine. I try and lead by example by going out every night and giving 100 percent.”




Jameer Nelson:

On tonights game:

“It was important for us to win. It wasn’t about the Jameer game. I’ll get myself on it and during the course of the season, you’re going to have ups and downs as an individual and as a team. So the way you handle them as a person coming into the next game after a bad game, that says who you are.”

On Dwight's play:

“He’s doing great for us; he’s leading us offensively and first and foremost, defensively. He ran the court hard, he’s out there playing as hard as he can for us and we put a lot on his shoulders and he’s carrying us.”




JJ Reddick:

On Dwight's play:

“When they chose to play him one-on-one, they just couldn’t really stop him, he has his way with both Bynum and Gasol.”

On Jameer's play:

“I thought Jameer was great tonight. He was aggressive in the pick-and-rolls, that’s the way we need him to play. Obviously a lot more was asked of him and tonight because Turk was out again. But Jameer was great.”






Lakers-Magic Preview

By JEFF MEZYDLO


Posted Jan 19 2012 9:33PM

The Orlando Magic are ready to put their first loss in almost two weeks behind them. They can start by adding to the Los Angeles Lakers' struggles on the road.

Looking to improve their recent play at the Amway Center, the Magic try to beat the Lakers in Orlando for the fourth consecutive year Friday night.

Orlando (10-4) was riding a five-game winning streak when - playing its third game in as many nights - it shot a season-low 33.3 percent in Wednesday's 85-83 overtime home loss.

While the victory was the first on the road all season for the Spurs, the Magic's home defeat was their second in three games.

"There's another game coming up, (we've) got to get this one behind us," Dwight Howard told the Magic's official website. "There are a lot of things that could have been better, but in the end we fought hard, we played a tough game and there's nothing more we can do about it."

The Magic will now try to continue their home success against Los Angeles (10-6), which has dropped its last three regular-season games at Orlando. The Lakers did win the final two games of the 2009 NBA Finals in Orlando to claim their first of two straight titles.

The teams split their two regular season meetings in 2010-11, with Orlando holding the Lakers to 39.3 percent shooting during an 89-75 home win Feb. 13.

Howard, who finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds in that contest, had 24 points and 25 boards in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio for his fourth 20-20 game this season.

Howard is averaging 26.3 points and 19.3 rebounds in his last four home games.

The Magic, however, have been held to 83 points in each of their last two home losses, sandwiching a 96-89 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday.

Despite struggling to make shots against the Spurs, the Magic felt they could easily have come out ahead.

"We just came up short in the end," Howard said. "Third game in a row, (we) fought hard for the whole game. So there's nothing bad you can say about (Wednesday's) game."

Los Angeles is giving up 98.8 points per game on the road while scoring just 91.3, going 1-5 away from home.

The Lakers scored a road season low Thursday, falling 98-87 at Miami while shooting 42.0 percent. Pau Gasol scored 26 points, Kobe Bryant had 24 and Andrew Bynum added 15 and 12 rebounds.

"We tried to adjust to some things," said Bryant, who has totaled 38 points in his last two games after scoring 40 or more in each of his previous four. "We might want to go back to some of the things that we were doing a few weeks ago in terms of me being on some spots on the floor and things where I'm most comfortable."

Bryant, who leads the NBA with 30.4 points per game, was held to 17 in the road loss to the Magic last season. Prior to that performance, Bryant had averaged 31.6 points in his previous seven regular season and playoff games at Orlando.


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Probable Starters
  Lakers    
  #9 Barnes SF #5 Q. Richardson  
  #16 Gasol PF #33 Anderson  
  #17 Bynum C #12 Howard  
  #24 Bryant SG #7 Redick  
  #2 Fisher PG #14 Nelson  



Lakers Kobe Bryant
(torn lunotriquetral ligament, right wrist) is probable.
Derrick Caracter
(torn lateral meniscus, left knee) is out.
Pau Gasol
(sprained right shoulder) is probable.
Josh McRoberts
(sprained left big toe and left thumb) is probable.
Steve Blake
(costochaondral fracture) is out.

Jason Richardson
(bone bruise) left knee, day-to-day
Hedo Turkoglu
(back spasms) day-to-day



Game 1: 01/20


GAME NOTES

SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers split last season’s series with the Magic 1-1 for the second consecutive year. In 2008-09, the Lakers lost a season series to the Magic (0-2) for the first time in series history but went on to defeat them in the 2009 NBA Finals (4-1). The Magic and Lakers have met 45 times in the regular season with Los Angeles holding a 32-13 advantage in the all-time series. The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 overall meetings with Orlando. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 10-2 all-time against the Magic in regular season contests. In Orlando, the Lakers have lost their last three straight but are 5-5 against the Magic in their last 10 regular season meetings. In 26 games against Orlando including 22 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.0 points. In the Magic and Lakers first meeting of the 2008-09 season on December 20 in Orlando, Bryant scored 41 points to equal his own Lakers-Magic series record established during the 2004-05 season when he scored 41 points on November 12, 2004. Former Laker Shaquille O’Neal holds the Magic high mark against the Lakers with 46 points back in March of 1995. In their first meeting of last season, the Lakers were held to a series low 75 points in an 89-75 loss 2/13/11 at Orlando. Bryant snapped a four-year drought in recording his first triple-double since 2005 with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists against the Magic on 1/16/09. The Lakers defeated the Magic in five games during the 2009 NBA Finals, marking the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs. Lakers forward Matt Barnes averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during the 2009-10 season as a member of the Orlando Magic. Magic guard Von Wafer was drafted by the Lakers in the second round (39th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft. Wafer appeared in 16 games with the Lakers during the 2005-06, averaging 1.3 in 4.6 minutes with a high game of nine.


BUMP IN THE ROAD
While opening the season with a 9-1 mark at home, the Lakers are now 1-5 in away games this season, their worst road start since the 2002-03 season, when they opened the season 1-8 on the road, playing their first seven road games without injured center Shaquille O’Neal, who was sidelined after having toe surgery. That season marked their worst one-win road record since the team moved to Los Angeles. The 1958-59 Minneapolis Lakers also started the season with a 1-8 road record, after the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers started the season with a franchise worst 1-15 road record. This season, the Lakers were 0-3 on the road before earning an overtime victory at Utah on January 11. The Lakers last opened a season with three consecutive road losses in 1995-96, eventually falling to 0-4 away from home before earning their first road win. Since the end of neutral site games prior to the 1973-74 season, the Lakers have now opened their schedule with three or more consecutive road losses five times: 2011-12 (0-3), 1995-96 (0-4), 1993-94 (0-6), 1984-85 (0-4) and 1978-79 (0-4).


GASOL THREE POINTS SHY OF 14,000,
WOULD BE 1OTH FOREIGN BORN PLAYER TO REACH MILESTONE

With a season-high 26 points (11-19 FG) January 19 at Miami, Pau Gasol is now three points shy of 14,000 for his career. Only nine other foreign born players have reached the 14,000 career point milestone: Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946 / Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (26,668 / France), Patrick Ewing (24,815 / Jamaica), Dirk Nowitzki (23,072 / Germany), Tim Duncan (21,854 / U.S. Virgin Islands), Rolando Blackman (17,623 / Panama), Steve Nash (16,073 / South Africa), Kiki Vandeweghe (15,980 / Germany) and Detlef Schrempf (15,761 / West Germany).


GAME WINNERS
Known for his clutch shooting, Derek Fisher delivered once again for the Lakers in their 73-70 victory over Dallas on January 16th, this time in game-winning fashion with a three-pointer from the right side of the arc with 3.1 seconds remaining. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the stat began being tracked prior to the 2000-01 season, Fisher now has SIX game winning field goals, five in the regular season and one in the playoffs (FGM in last 10 seconds of the 4th quarter or overtime). Only three, however, have actually come with the Lakers: the three-pointer vs. Dallas this season, a running three-foot layup high off the glass as the buzzer sounded to give the Lakers an 87-86 victory 12/8/10 at LA Clippers last season and his famous 0.4 second buzzer beater 5/13/04 at San Antonio (74-73 win). Fisher’s other game winners came with Utah (2/10/07 vs. NY (104-102 win) and Golden State (3/25/05 vs. MIL (118-117 win), 12/28/05 vs. BOS (111-109 win)).

In 2009-10, teammate Kobe Bryant famously connected on six game-winners; the most game winning field goals of any player in a single season over the last decade-plus (Carmelo Anthony ranks second on this list with five game-winning field goals in 2005-06). Since the start of the 2000-01 season, Bryant has 20 field goals that have given his team the lead within the last 10 seconds of a fourth quarter or overtime, the most in the league over that span.


BRYANT NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR 30th TIME, SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK
Averaging a league-high 43.0 points on 50.4% shooting, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.00 steals while helping the Lakers to a 3-1 record, Kobe Bryant earned his SECOND WC Player of the week award this season for games played Monday, Jan. 9 through Sunday, Jan. 15. It is the second consecutive week Bryant has won the award, also earning the honor for games played Monday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 8 when he averaged a league-high 33.0 points on 49.5% shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists while helping the Lakers to a 3-1 record. The award is the 30th of Bryant’s career (28 Western Conference POW, 2 NBA POW), further surpassing Magic Johnson’s 18 NBA POW awards as the franchise’s all-time leader. Johnson, however, earned each of his Player of the Week nods before the award was separated by Conference prior to the 2001-02 season. Bryant’s other WC POW honors came in weeks ending: 11/4/01, 1/20/02, 11/3/02, 12/8/02, 1/12/03, 2/2/03, 2/23/03, 2/17/04, 3/22/04, 11/13/05, 12/18/05, 12/25/05, 1/22/06, 4/16/06, 3/18/07, 3/25/07, 1/13/08, 3/2/08, 4/6/08, 12/28/08, 1/11/09, 3/15/09, 11/22/09, 12/20/09, 12/27/09, 3/27/11 and 1/8/12. His two NBA Player of the Week honors came in weeks ending 4/16/00 and 12/24/00. The NBA began the Player of the Week award in 1979-80.


BRYANT AMONG 20 FINALISTS FOR 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
On Monday, January 16, Kobe Bryant was named as one of 20 finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team by USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo . The official 12-man U.S. Olympic team roster will be announced later this year. Bryant is one of eight 2008 Olympic gold medalists in the final 20 along with 10 members of the 2010 USA World Championship gold medal winning team. Others named as finalists in addition to Bryant include: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (Knicks); Chauncey Billups (Clippers); Chris Bosh (Heat); Tyson Chandler (Knicks); Kevin Durant (Thunder); Rudy Gay (Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Hornets); Blake Griffin (Clippers); Dwight Howard (Magic); Andre Iguodala (76ers); LeBron James (Heat); Kevin Love (Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Mavericks); Chris Paul (Clippers); Derrick Rose (Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Heat); Russell Westbrook (Thunder); and Deron Williams (Nets). The 2012 USA coaching staff is led by Duke Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as assistants are Syracuse Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni, and Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.


KOBE BRYANT LEADS WESTERN CONFERENCE AFTER FIRST ROUND OF ALL-STAR BALLOTING
On January 12th, the NBA announced its FIRST returns of 2012 NBA All-Star balloting with Kobe Bryant (690,613) LEADING all Western Conference players in All-Star voting while ranking second league-wide behind Dwight Howard (754,737). Pau Gasol (185,428), who made his fourth All-Star team last season as a reserve, ranks 4th among forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant (633,538), Blake Griffin (394,264) and Dirk Nowitzki (231,832). Andrew Bynum (496,597) leads all West centers, with DeAndre Jordan (134,961) and Marc Gasol (102,116) ranked second and third respectively. Chris Paul (540,173) ranks 2nd among West guards behind Bryant. In the East, LeBron James (640,789) and Carmelo Anthony (496,351) lead all forwards in voting, Derrick Rose (640,476) and Dwyane Wade (637,912) are the top two votegetters at guard and Howard leads all centers in balloting.

In each of the last four seasons, Bryant has led the Western Conference in all-star balloting. Last season, Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, received 2,380,016 votes to lead all players in balloting, the second time in his career he has done so (2003). In 2009-10, 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 four-time All-Star MVP (2002 Philadelphia, 2007 Las Vegas, 2009 Phoenix, 2011 Los Angeles), Bryant is a 13-time All-Star and had started 11 consecutive All-Star games before missing the 2009-10 contest due to a sprained left ankle. Gasol has made four All-Star appearances (2006, 2009-11) and in 2009, became the 27th Laker in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team. Bynum has yet to make an All-Star Team, finishing 2nd among West centers (974,546) a year ago behind Yao Ming (1,146,426).


BRYANT NEARING SHAQUILLE O’NEAL FOR 5th ON NBA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Last season, Kobe Bryant moved past Hall-of-Famers Moses Malone (27,409) 3/8/11 at Atlanta, Elvin Hayes (27,313) 2/27/11 at Oklahoma City, Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) 1/28/11 vs. Sacramento, Oscar Robertson (26,710) 1/7/11 vs. New Orleans, Dominique Wilkins (26,668) 1/4/11 vs. Detroit and John Havlicek (26,395) 12/10/10 at Chicago on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant (28,144) are Shaquille O’Neal (5th/28,596), Wilt Chamberlain (4th/31,419), Michael Jordan (3rd/32,292), Karl Malone (2nd/36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st/38,387). Among the top six scorers in NBA history, five have worn the Lakers uniform.

Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years. In 2009-10, 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).






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