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Lakers dominate Bobcats in 106-73 win

By BETH HARRIS

Posted Jan 31 2012 10:09PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, Andrew Bynum added 20, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat slumping Charlotte 106-73 Tuesday night, extending their home record to 11-2 and sending the Bobcats to their ninth consecutive defeat and 19th of the season.

Bynum had 11 rebounds, while Pau Gasol had 10 points and Andrew Goudelock keyed a big night for the bench with 12 points in the Lakers' last home game before beginning their annual Grammy trip on Friday at Denver. The Lakers' reserves outscored the Bobcats 48-30.

It was the Lakers' biggest victory against the Bobcats, who had beaten Los Angeles in eight of their previous 11 meetings.

Gerald Henderson scored 14 points in his return after a two-game absence because of a lower back contusion for the Bobcats, who fell to 1-11 on the road and 3-19 overall. Derrick Brown added 12 points and Kemba Walker 12 coming off his triple-double against Washington on Saturday. Boris Diaw added 11.

The Bobcats were well-rested, not having played since that three-point loss, but that didn't help the league's worst team.

The rout was well under way in the first quarter, when Bryant racked up 18 points in 10 1/2 minutes and the Lakers led 30-18. He had six more points in the second quarter and the Lakers went into halftime ahead, 60-36.

Bryant helped turn a five-point lead into 20 points in a 26-11 spurt over the end of the first quarter and start of the second with eight points, while Goudelock added seven and Bynum six. The Bobcats actually outscored Los Angeles in the third, 22-13, as Bryant went scoreless, but they still trailed 73-58.

With Bryant on the bench in the fourth, soon joined by Bynum, the Lakers' reserves put on a 3-point shooting clinic. They reeled off seven consecutive treys to push their lead to 98-70. Troy Murphy had hit three 3s, Jason Kapono chipped in two, and Goudelock and Barnes had one each. Murphy finished with 12 points and Barnes 10.

Metta World Peace got his second straight start in place of Barnes, but he wasn't a factor with two points, two rebounds, two assists and four fouls in 23 minutes.

Notes: Lakers coach Mike Brown said the team has inquired about Orlando G Gilbert Arenas, a free agent. "We've called to see what his status is. That's it," he said. Brown said there's no plans to bring Arenas in for a workout. "I have not talked to him, I have not watched any tape on him. It's really just conversation," he said. ... The Lakers' previous biggest win against Charlotte was 11 points in January 2005. ... Reserve Lakers G Steve Blake, out with broken cartilage in his ribs, has been cleared to run on a treadmill, but there's no timetable for his return. ... Asked about Blake Griffin's dunk for the Clippers a night earlier, Brown said: "It was fantastic."


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Points Bryant 24, 9-21 FG
Rebounds Bynum 11, 0 OFF 11 DEF
Assists Fisher/Murphy 4
Steals 4 tied with 4
Blocks Barnes 3


POSTGAME QUOTES



Mike Brown:

On how the whole team stepped up tonight:

“I thought defensively for most of the game we did a solid job. It’s tough when you get a big lead like that to try to maintain focus and I thought that our bench did a terrific job of coming into the game and increasing the lead, not just by scoring but by getting stops the right way so that was fun to watch. When you can hold a team to 34.8% from the field and 73 points, especially when we’re not a high volume, high possession team, I thought we had a lot of good production from the team.”

On Andrew Bynum's contribution:

“I thought Andrew [Bynum] was huge for us, he had 20 and 11 but because of the attention he draws, he got so many people great looks from the field, especially from the three point line.”

On getting some rest for the starters:

“We jumped out to a lead so it was great to be able to play some other guys and sit a guy like Derek Fisher, sit a guy like Kobe. For Kobe 28 minutes, Bynum to play 32 minutes and Pau 29, it’s good to be able to do that. Not all the time obviously because those guys got to stay in rhythm and stuff like that but any time we can or I feel like I can afford to do that, I will.”




Andrew Goudelock:

On team’s three-point shooting tonight:

"We got a lot of shooters on this team, with our second group especially. They can stretch out the floor with Troy Murphy and [Jason] Kapono obviously, and we got Bynum down low, so they can’t really double team because if they do they really have to pick their poison because somebody’s going to knock down that shot.”

On team’s two-game win streak heading into road trip:

“I think it’s giving us a rhythm we need going into this long road trip. To get to a championship, it’s going to have to start on the road. We have to win games on the road. We haven’t been very good or consistent this year, so I think it’s a good start for us.”




Kobe Bryant:

On bench play tonight:

“They played extremely well. Goudelock has really found a good rhythm out there for us --- he’s found his niche. Murphy came in and played extremely well, Kapono played extremely well and we did a good job all around.”

On how the team can carry this type of play on the road:

“We just got to do our job --- that’s all. Go out, play hard, play physical and rebound the ball. That’s the big thing for us is giving them so many second-chance points. That’s kind of been our Achilles heel so far.”

On what the team needs to do to win on the road:

“Defensive rebounding. We have to control the glass; we have to control the glass. These road losses that we’ve had, the consistent factor has been teams getting on the offensive boards against us and we have to do a much better job of that.”




Pau Gasol:

On Bynum's play tonight:

“Obviously he’s a presence inside when he makes strong moves and finishes well as he did tonight. Obviously he makes a big difference because they have to make a decision to start double teaming him and then the passes that he makes out of the double team, we become really strong and really dangerous.”

On overall performance tonight:

“I didn’t like the third quarter and how we allowed them to come back in the game. But I really liked the fourth quarter where our bench really got going, made simple plays, moved the ball, found the open shooters and it got a lot better for us.”




Paul Silas:

On the third quarter of tonight's game:

“We started doubling the post and not letting them go inside, and that really helped us. We just couldn’t make shots. I mean, the first half we made 31% of our shots and if you do that, especially against a team like this, you’re not going to be able to do well. And that, to me, was a problem. And in the third quarter they put their three-point shooters in and it still wasn’t that close, so when they’re shooting their threes and it’s not under any pressure, they’re going to make them. They’re not a great three-point shooting team, but they made them tonight.”

On what he will tell the team before tomorrow's game in Portland:

“To play hard. I didn’t think we played as tough as we could have the first half, and that was a major problem. But, the second half I thought we did and we have to continue to do that against every team. Until we get our full team back, these guys have to take it upon themselves. If we play as hard as we can, we’ve got a chance to win.”




Gerald Henderson:

On the game:

“Coming in you know the kind of talent that they (Lakers) have. You just have to go out there and play them. It’s tough when you get down early, and they score 60 points in the first half. We cut it to eleven in the second half which was good by us to get back in the game and compete to an extent. That’s a tough team to come back from that many points against. They have a lot of guys that can score the basketball and they know how to win games.”

On what the team did well:

“I think in terms of competitiveness we really showed some competitive fire in the second half. We’ve shown that in the last two or three games. Guys are trying to win.”




Kemba Walker:

On getting more comfortable as the season goes on:

“I’m definitely feeling a little more comfortable. I’m just trying to make the right decisions with the basketball, and the last few games I’ve been doing that."






Bobcats-Lakers Preview

By ALAN FERGUSON


Posted Jan 30 2012 9:18PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will play only one game at Staples Center over the next two weeks. A matchup with the NBA's worst team could make that appearance a winning one.

After earning a rare road win, the Lakers will try to extend the woeful Charlotte Bobcats' losing streak to nine games Tuesday night.

Los Angeles (12-9) will play a season-high six consecutive road games beginning Friday and won't return home until Valentine's Day.

The Lakers are coming off only their second win in nine road games this season, but it wasn't easy. They blew an 18-point lead against Minnesota on Sunday before pulling out a 106-101 victory.

"We have to still learn, try to be a little more consistent and be smarter when we have big leads and allow teams back in the ball game. Other than that, we're happy with a win," said forward Pau Gasol, who had a season-high 28 points while shooting 11 of 15 from the field.

Kobe Bryant had 35 points and a season-high 14 rebounds Sunday, while Andrew Bynum added 21 points to help the Lakers reach 100 for the first time in 14 games.

The Lakers now will seek their first back-to-back victories since their season-high five-game winning streak ended in mid-January. A visit from the Bobcats (3-18) would seem to provide a prime opportunity.

Charlotte enters this game seeking to avoid its longest skid since a club-record 13 consecutive defeats Jan. 11-Feb. 1, 2006.

The Bobcats have averaged 85.4 points during their current eight-game slide. They've also dropped their last eight road games.

Despite missing five players due to injury, Charlotte nearly scored in triple figures for the fourth time this season Saturday with help from Kemba Walker's first career triple-double. The Bobcats, though, fell 102-99 to visiting Washington as they missed their final three shots including a pair of potential tying 3-pointers.

Leading scorers Gerald Henderson and D.J. Augustin were among the players who missed Saturday's loss. Augustin has missed the last four games with a toe injury, and Henderson re-injured his back during an 89-72 loss at Philadelphia on Friday.

"We had guys that made shots. We just couldn't make free throws. That was our downfall," coach Paul Silas said after Saturday's defeat. "We battled and fought. I was very proud of the guys being as short-handed as we are and taking that team to the brink."

Augustin is expected to sit out again Tuesday, but Henderson, D.J. White and Reggie Williams could be back on the court.

Henderson scored 18 points in a 109-89 rout of the Lakers in Charlotte on Feb. 14, but finished with seven in a 92-84 loss at Staples Center on March 4.

Los Angeles is seeking its third consecutive home win over the Bobcats.


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Probable Starters
  Lakers    
  #15 World Peace SF #12 Thomas  
  #16 Gasol PF #32 Diaw  
  #17 Bynum C #7 Diop  
  #24 Bryant SG #33 Carroll  
  #2 Fisher PG #1 Walker  



Lakers Kobe Bryant
(torn lunotriquetral ligament, right wrist) is probable.
Josh McRoberts
(sprained left big toe and left thumb) is probable.
Steve Blake
(costochaondral fracture) is out.

D.J. Augustin
(right big toe inflammation) day-to-day
Gerald Henderson
(lower back contusion) day-to-day
Corey Maggette
(left hamstring straing) out
DJ White
(left knee contusion) day-to-day
Reggie Williams
(torn meniscus, left knee) doubtful



Game 1: 01/31 - LAL @ CHA


GAME NOTES

SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers have swept each of the last four season series with Minnesota (2010-11: 4- 0), 2009-10: 3-0, 2008-09: 4-0, 2007-08 3-0) and are in the midst of a 15-game win streak against the Timberwolves. The two teams have met 84 times in the regular season, with the Lakers holding a 63-21 advantage. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 19-4 all-time against the Timberwolves and have won their last 10 straight in Los Angeles. In Minnesota, the Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 road games and have won seven straight at Target Center. In 52 career games including 44 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 23.4 points versus Minnesota. In 2007, Bryant scored 50 points 3/18/07 vs. MIN, becoming the first Laker since Elgin Baylor in December of 1962 to post consecutive 50-point games as well as the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963 to follow a 60-plus point scoring night with 50-plus points. Additionally, Bryant’s 50- point effort matched Cedric Ceballos’ series record 50-point game posted on December 20, 1994. Both Minnesota forward Malcolm Lee and forward Kevin Love played collegiately at UCLA. Love’s father, Stan Love, played 81 total games for the Lakers during the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons, averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. Timberwolves rookie guard Ricky Rubio and Lakers forward Pau Gasol are both long-time members of the Spanish National Team and most notably, were members of both Spain’s silver medal winning team at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and Spain’s two-time (2009, 2011) defending Eurobasket Championship winning teams. The Lakers and Timberwolves have met twice in the postseason (2003 First Round, 2004 Conference Finals). The Lakers defeated the Wolves 4-2 both times despite Minnesota holding home-court advantage in both series.


BACK-TO-BACK
Saturday’s game at Milwaukee is the first of a back-to-back set with the Bucks and Timberwolves. The Lakers first road/road back-to-back this season came last week when they traveled to the Sunshine State and faced Miami and Orlando, going 0-2 in those games. This year, the Lakers will play 18 sets of back-to-back games and one set of back-to-back-to-back games. Last year, the Lakers played an NBA-low 15 sets of back-to-back games, equaling the franchise record set in the team’s first ever NBA season (1948-49). While 20 of the team’s 66 games (30%) will come without the benefit of a day’s rest, the Lakers are only scheduled for one back-to-back-to-back set of games; other NBA teams have as many as three back-to-back-to-back sets on the year.

2011-12 BACK-TO-BACK RECORDS
2010-11 BACK-TO-BACK RECORDS
Home/Road:
4-2
First Game:
3-0
Second Game:
1-2
Home/Road:
14-2
First Game:
7-1
Second Game:
7-1
Road/Home:
1-1
First Game:
0-1
Second Game:
1-0
Road/Home:
1-1
First Game:
0-1
Second Game:
1-0
Road/Road:
0-2
First Game:
0-1
Second Game:
0-1
Road/Road:
7-5
First Game:
3-3
Second Game:
4-2

Home/Road/Home:
1-2
First Game:
0-1
Second Game:
0-1
Third Game:
1-0

THE CENTURY MARK
Having gone 7-5 in their last 12 games, the common denominator in each contest, win or lose, is that the Lakers have scored fewer than 100 points. The last time the Lakers scored fewer than 100 points in 12 consecutive games came during the 2003-04 season when Los Angeles went 12 games from 1/12/04 - 2/2/04 without hitting triple digits; the longest streak in franchise history since the introduction of the shot clock prior to the 1954-55 season. The Lakers went 6-6 during the stretch of games, eventually scoring 111 points in a 111-106 overtime victory 2/4/04 at Cleveland. The Lakers finished that season with a 98.2 point per game scoring average while limiting their opponents to 94.3 points per game, ultimately winning the West before falling to the Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals. The 98.2 ppg scoring average is the lowest for a Lakers team in the Los Angeles era. In the shot clock era, only the 1954-55 Lakers have averaged fewer points per game in a season (95.6 ppg). Additionally, the only other Lakers 10-game run without scoring at least 100 points in a game came in 2002 (11/3/02 – 11/22/02), with the Lakers going 3-7 during that stretch.


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 10TH FOREIGN BORN PLAYER TO REACH 14,000-POINT MILESTONE
With a free throw at the 3:54 mark in the second quarter 1/20/12 at Orlando, Pau Gasol became the 10th foreign born player to reach 14,000 points during an NBA career. Only nine other foreign born players have reached the 14,000 career point milestone (active players career totals on 1/20/12): 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).


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 (28,441) 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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