SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers currently lead their season series with the Timberwolves 1-0, 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 16-game win streak against the Timberwolves. The two
teams have met 85 times in the regular season, with the Lakers holding a 64-21 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 9-1 in their last 10 road
games and have won eight straight at Target Center. In 53 career games including 45 starts,
Kobe Bryant is averaging 23.6 points versus Minnesota. In their most recent meeting
(1/29/12 at Target Center), Kobe Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers
franchise leader in field goals made, in a game where the Lakers posted zero steals for only
the second time in franchise history and Minnesota matched an opponent franchise record for
fewest turnovers in a game (4). 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 forwards Malcolm Lee
and 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 twotime (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 each series.
WORLD PEACE ONE STEAL SHY OF 1,500 FOR HIS CAREER
Entering the Lakers February 23rd contest in Oklahoma City with 1,499 career steals, Metta World Peace (currently fifth on the active steals list) is one steal shy of
accumulating 1,500 for his career. Jason Kidd tops the active leaders list with 2,519 steals, followed by Kobe Bryant (2nd/1,697), Kevin Garnett (3rd/1,630) and Shawn
Marion (4th/1,534). Baron Davis is sixth on the active list with 1,498 career steals. The 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year has finished among the top-five in the NBA
in steals per game five times in his career and has led his team in steals in 10 of his 12 NBA seasons. A member of the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2004 and 2006
and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2003 and 2009, World Peace currently ranks 37th on the NBA’s All-Time career steals list.
LAKERS HOLD BLAZERS TO SEVEN FIRST QUARTER POINTS
In their 103-92 victory over the Trail Blazers on February 20 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers outscored Portland 29-7 in the first quarter, where they held the Trail Blazers
to just 3-of-17 shooting and outrebounded Portland 21-5. The Blazers’ seven first quarter points marked their lowest first quarter points total in their 3,363-game history in
the NBA. The total also matched the second lowest first quarter points total allowed by the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season; on February 4,
1987, the Lakers outscored the Sacramento Kings 40-4 in the first quarter in a 128-92 victory at The Forum and on January 9, 2004, the Lakers outscored the Atlanta
Hawks 34-7 in the first period in a 113-67 victory at STAPLES Center. The last time the Lakers held a team to seven points or less in any quarter came back on December
9, 2009, when they outscored the Utah Jazz 28-6 in the fourth quarter in a 101-77 victory at STAPLES Center.*
KOBE BRYANT BECOMES NINTH GUARD IN NBA HISTORY TO ACCUMULATE 6,000 REBOUNDS
With nine rebounds in the Lakers 111-99 victory over Phoenix 2/17 at STAPLES Center, Kobe Bryant (6,005 career rebounds) became the ninth guard in NBA history to
accumulate 6,000 rebounds (includes players listed as G, G/F or F/G). Jason Kidd, the only guard in league history to amass 8,000 rebounds, tops the list, with Oscar
Robertson (G), Scottie Pippen (F/G) and Chet Walker (F/G) the only other guards to post at least 7,000+ rebounds. Magic Johnson (6,559) leads all Lakers guards in
career rebounds while Michael Jordan is another notable guard on the list with 6,672 career rebounds.
BRYANT PASSES SHAQUILLE O’NEAL FOR 5th ON NBA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With a 23-foot jumper at the 5:08 mark in the second quarter 2/6 at Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant moved past Shaquille O’Neal (28,596) for fifth on the 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 (28,601) are 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).
BYNUM RECORDS SECOND CAREER 20-20 GAME
On February 6th at Philadelphia, Andrew Bynum totaled 20 points (8-13 FG) and 20 rebounds, marking his second career 20-point, 20-rebound game (3rd career 20+
rebound game). Bynum’s other 20-20 game came earlier this season on January 3rd, when Bynum totaled 21 points (8-15 FG) and 22 rebounds as the Lakers defeated
the Houston Rockets 108-99 at STAPLES Center, becoming the youngest Laker to do so (24 years, 68 days) since Rudy LaRuso tallied 30 points and 21 rebounds on
February 26, 1961 at the age of 23 years, 107 days. Bynum’s only other 20+ rebound game came on 4/5/11 vs. Utah, when he grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds. The
last Laker to record a 20-20 game prior to Bynum was Pau Gasol, who posted 30 points and 20 rebounds on February 16, 2011 at Cleveland.
DOMINATING THE GLASS, BUT LOSING THE GAME
In the Lakers 95-90 loss at Philadelphia on February 6, the Lakers out-rebounded the 76ers 55-30, marking the first time the Lakers lost despite out-rebounding their
opponent by 25-plus rebounds since they out-rebounded New Jersey 55-28 in a 109-103 loss to the Nets at STAPLES Center on 1/28/05. The last time any team lost
when out-rebounding their opponent by 25-plus rebounds occurred on 3/11/09 at Detroit, when the Pistons out-rebounded New York 64-39, but fell to the Knicks 116-111.
*Statistical research assistance provided by the Elias Sports Bureau