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Bryant leads Lakers past Hornets in OT, 107-101

By BRETT MARTEL


Posted Mar 14 2012 8:22PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game and second in a row in overtime, 107-101 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

For the second night in a row, the Lakers climbed out of a double-digit hole in the second half to force an extra period. On Tuesday night, they came back from 17 down to win at Memphis in double-overtime. The Hornets also led by as many as 17 late in the second quarter and 15 in the second half.

The Lakers needed only one extra session in New Orleans, taking the lead on Derek Fisher's jumper in the final minute and going ahead 102-99 on Metta World Peace's steal and fast-break layup.

Andrew Bynum added 25 points and 18 rebounds for Los Angeles, while Pau Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Jarrett Jack scored 30 points, while Chris Kaman had 21 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which has dropped six of seven games.

Bryant scored seven of his points in overtime, starting with a fast-break dunk as he was fouled by Marco Belinelli, whose desperate jersey grab was unable to slow the Lakers star down. The basket marked Los Angeles' first lead since 17-16 in the first quarter.

Bryant later added a difficult driving floater as he drifted across the lane to put the Lakers ahead 98-95. The Hornets briefly came back to regain a 99-98 lead on Trevor Ariza's jumper with 1:21 left before Los Angeles went back in front for good.

Fisher finished with 11 points and Matt Barnes 10 for the Lakers, who outrebounded New Orleans 44-34.

Greivis Vasquez added 15 points and Belinelli 10 for New Orleans, which lost despite outshooting Los Angeles 51.8 percent (44 of 85) to 45.1 percent (37 of 82).

The Lakers' comeback began with World Peace's first basket of the game early in the third quarter. Bryant added six points on what became a 14-4 run capped by Gasol's jam.

Kaman's jumper pushed New Orleans' lead back to 64-57, but Fisher's free throws and Bynum's alley-oop dunk of Bryant's lob ignited an 11-4 Lakers spurt, which concluded with Barnes' 3 that tied it at 68 in the final minute of the period.

The Hornets weren't ready to fold just yet, though. Vasquez's free throws and transition 3 opened a 7-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter, and the Hornets clung to the lead until Gustavo Ayon fouled Bryant behind the 3-point line with 19.3 seconds left. Officials ruled Bryant was in a shooting motion, giving him three free throws. Bryant made them all to tie it at 93, and neither team could score again in regulation, with Bryant's attempted game-winner from the corner rimming out as time expired.

The Hornets shot nearly 61.5 percent in the first half (24 of 39) - the highest first-half percentage allowed by the Lakers all season - and held a double-digit lead through most of second quarter. Jack hit his first eight shots and had 17 points before halftime. Vasquez, hit his first four shots, as the starting and backup point guards combined to open 12 of 12.

Kaman also had 13 of his points in the first 24 minutes.

Bryant had 14 points in the first half, including a soaring double-pump jam as he was fouled. But Bryant missed seven of his first 11 shots and also had a swished 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter disallowed because his up-fake delayed his release until after horn.

Consecutive baskets by Jack put New Orleans up by as much as 17, at 54-37, late in the second period. The Lakers scored the last three points of the quarter on Bryant's technical free throw and two more foul shots by Gasol, who had 12 points in the half.

Notes: This marked the first meeting of the teams this season. They meet again March 31 in Los Angeles and April 9 in New Orleans. ... Several celebrities who are filming in New Orleans showed up to see the visit by Hollywood's longtime favorite team. Actor Don Johnson sat along the sideline next to New Orleans celebrity chef John Besh. Samuel Jackson sat along the baseline near the Lakers' bench. ... Announced attendance was 17,272, the second-largest home crowd of the season. ... Jack's scoring total marked the first time a Hornets player has scored 30 in a game this season.


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Points Bryant 33, 10-23 FG
Rebounds Bynum 18, 5 OFF 13 DEF
Assists Bryant 5
Steals Fisher 3
Blocks Bynum 2


POSTGAME QUOTES



Mike Brown:

On the second half comeback: “One of the biggest differences in the second half was our ability to get scores in the paint. In the first half, we had 18 and in the second half, we had 36. We just found ways to get some scores, and you have to give New Orleans credit for keeping the paint crowded. We didn’t shoot from the three point area well tonight, but our two bigs were the difference. We need that every night from those guys. That’s what makes us different; then having Kobe (Bryant) play like he does, and give us 33 tonight. Our guys came out at halftime and were determined to play the right way by getting stops. We outscored them 30 to 16 in the third quarter, and that helped us gain confidence. At the end of the game, all of our guys did a good job, but Metta (World Peace) had some really big plays down the stretch.”




Derek Fisher:

On the win: “Winning games on the road is significant, whether it’s one or five. If we can win games on the road, it’s contagious. Then protect our home court, we give ourselves a really good chance to be where we want to be all season.”

On the back-to-back overtime games: “I feel great. Last night, Steve (Blake) did a wonderful job finishing out the game and playing both overtimes. Tonight, it was my turn to finish out the game. Our big three of Andrew (Bynum), Pao Gasol) and Kobe carried us again tonight. Metta’s defense down the stretch was just unbelievable. So this is another great team win for us.”




Matt Barnes:

On thoughts on coming back from 11 down:
“We’ve had our troubles on the road. I can’t quite put my finger on it. We just need to get that fixed. We just have to play hard, keep working, and things usually will work themselves out. We just need to work defensively, put some stops together and our offense will get us back in games.”






Lakers-Hornets Preview

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO


Kobe Bryant’s increased production on a winning streak shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

Having Andrew Bynum emerge as an offensive force in the paint is a pleasant development for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant and Bynum look to continue their impressive play as the Lakers go for a fourth win in a row by continuing their dominance of the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

Bryant leads the NBA with 28.9 points per game, and he’s averaging 31.3 during Los Angeles’ three-game winning streak.

While the 14-time All-Star continues to be the main offensive cog for the Lakers (26-16), they’re also getting some surprising production from Bynum.

The center is averaging career highs of 17.6 points and 12.7 rebounds on the season, but he’s been even better over the last three games. He’s scoring 27.7 points per game with 13.3 boards in that stretch while hitting a remarkable 71.4 percent of his field goals.

“They’re trusting me now,” Bynum said of his teammates. “They’re just looking to get me the ball. When I get it, I’m doing decent things with it. Cutting down the turnovers. But it’s part of learning and being a dominant player.”

Bynum had a season-high 37 points with 16 rebounds Tuesday while Bryant had 34 and nine, respectively, to power a 116-111 double-overtime victory at Memphis. The guard was quick to credit Bynum’s 15-of-18 shooting performance, saying the Lakers have decided to run more plays through the 7-foot big man.

“The big games he had at the start of the season, he was having good games, but he wasn’t being featured,” Bryant said of Bynum. “This is different. We’re featuring him, and we’re looking for him to make plays out of double-teams, and make plays for others, not just himself.”

That may not be especially difficult in the first meeting of the season with the Hornets (10-32), who are at the bottom of the Western Conference.

Bryant is averaging 29.1 points in his last nine meetings with them, while Bynum has a 16.2 average in his last five matchups.

The Lakers have won 10 of 12 versus New Orleans, sweeping the four-game season series in 2010-11. That included two visits to New Orleans Arena, the latest a 101-95 victory on Feb. 5, 2011, as Bryant scored 32 points.

The Hornets have dropped five of six overall while averaging 86.5 points.

Their most recent defeat may be the most troubling. They fell 73-71 to league-worst Charlotte on Monday after Trevor Ariza’s attempted game-tying dunk in the final seconds was blocked. New Orleans didn’t help itself by shooting 38.5 percent from the field.

“We came out of halftime going through the motions,” Hornets coach Monty Williams said. “We should have played better than this.”

Chris Kaman is hoping to improve from the field after he made 6 of 19 shots to finish with 12 points alongside 16 rebounds and three blocks Monday. That came two days after he needed 21 shots to score 20 points in a 95-89 win at Minnesota.

Kaman totaled 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting in two meetings with the Lakers last season as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jarrett Jack, the Hornets’ leader with 14.9 points and 6.1 assists per game, has also struggled versus the Lakers. The guard is averaging 6.3 points on 7-of-21 shooting with two total assists in his past three games in the series while backing up Chris Paul.

Probable Starters .
  Lakers    
  #15 World Peace SF #1 Ariza  
  #16 GasolPF #15 Ayon  
  #17 Bynum C #35 Kaman  
  #24 Bryant SG #8 Belinelli  
  #2 Fisher PG #2 Jack  



Lakers Steve Blake
(costochaondral fracture) is probable.
Kobe Bryant
(nasal fracture) is probable.

Eric Gordon
(right knee contusion) is out.
Carl Landry
(second degree MCL sprain) is questionable.
Emeka Okafor
(sore left knee) is out.
Jason Smith
(concussion) is questionable.


Game 1: 3/14 - LAL @ NOH
Game 2: 3/31 - NOH @ LAL
Game 3: 4/09 - LAL @ NOH


GAME NOTES

SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers swept last season’s series with New Orleans 4-0 after taking the 2009-10 season series 2-1. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Hornets and have won seven of their last eight overall. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 homes games against the Hornets and are 14-4 all-time against the Hornets at STAPLES Center in the regular season. Since the Hornets move to New Orleans from Charlotte prior to the 2002-03 season, the Lakers have gone 9-3 at New Orleans Arena while going 0-2 at Ford Center in Oklahoma City during their temporary relocation from 2005-07. In 2006, the Lakers and Hornets took part in the city of New Orleans first professional sports game following Hurricane Katrina when they met at the New Orleans Arena March 8, 2006. The Lakers won that contest 113-107 behind 40 points from Kobe Bryant. In 2006-07, Bryant scored a series record 50 points 3/23/07, becoming just the second player in NBA history to score 50+ points in four consecutive games. In 40 games (36 starts) against New Orleans, Bryant is averaging 25.6 points. Hornets forward Trevor Ariza played 106 regular season games with Los Angeles from 2007-09, averaging 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.54 steals during his Lakers career while helping the team to the 2009 NBA Championship. Ariza played his prep basketball locally at Westchester HS and collegiately at UCLA. The Lakers and Hornets met for the first time in the playoffs last season, with Los Angeles taking the 2011 First Round series 4-2.


BRYANT YOUNGEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 29,000 POINTS; 5th EVER TO REACH MILESTONE
With a free throw at the 2:05 mark of the second quarter March 9th at Minnesota, Kobe Bryant reached 29,000 points for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 29,000 points in NBA history (33 years, 199 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (34 years, 198 days), who reached the milestone back on March 7, 1971. Michael Jordan (35 years, 45 days), Karl Malone (35 years, 105 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (35 years, 298 days) round out the five players in NBA history to score 29,000 points. Additionally, in reaching 29,000 points in 1,143 games, Bryant became the 5th fastest in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 29,000, doing so in 874 games, followed by Jordan (922), Abdul-Jabbar (1,056) and Malone (1,113).

Earlier this season, with a free throw at the 10:43 mark of the 3rd quarter January 1st at Denver, Kobe Bryant reached 28,000 points for his career, becoming the youngest to 28,000 points in NBA history (33 years, 131 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (34 year, 109 days) who reached the milestone back on December 8, 1970. Michael Jordan (34 years, 333 days), the only other guard in NBA history to score 28,000 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (34 years, 363 days), Karl Malone (35 years, 212 days), and Shaquille O’Neal (37 years, 319 days) round out the top six. The youngest player in league history to accumulate 19,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 29,000 points, Bryant was the 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, 8th fastest to 26,000 points, 5th fastest to 27,000 points and 5th fastest to 28,000 points in terms of games.


LAKERS MAKE IT 18 STRAIGHT AGAINST THE TIMBERWOLVES
Despite trailing by 14 points in the first quarter, the Lakers rallied to defeat the Timberwolves 105-102 on March 9th, extending their win streak against Minnesota to 18 games, the longest active win streak by one NBA team against another. The streak is the longest by the Lakers against another team since they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 19 straight times from 1995-99. The 14-point lead on 3/9/12 was the Timberwolves’ largest in any of their 18-straight losses to the Lakers, with their only other double-digit lead being a 10-point advantage on 3/18/11 at STAPLES Center.*


WORKING OVERTIME
The Lakers 85-88 overtime loss 3/6 at Detroit was the team’s 3rd overtime contest of the season. The Lakers are now 2-1 in overtime games this year, after going a perfect 4-0 in overtime games last season. Prior to their overtime loss 3/6 at Detroit, the Lakers had won six straight overtime contests. During the 2009-10 season, the Lakers finished 4-1 in overtime games, after going 2-1 in three overtime games in the 2008-09 season and 4-0 in four overtime games during the 2007-08 campaign. The Lakers’ 10 overtime contests in the 2006-07 season established a new Los Angeles era record for overtime games in a single season. With their overtime loss at Detroit, the Lakers all-time overtime record is now 137-91 (.601).


BRYANT SETS ALL-TIME RECORD FOR POINTS SCORED AT ONE ARENA
With 38 points in the Lakers 115-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings March 2nd at STAPLES Center, Kobe Bryant set the all-time record for points scored at one arena on the 50th anniversary of fellow Philadelphia native Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Bryant has now scored 13,788 points at STAPLES Center, passing Hakeem Olajuwon’s mark of 13,783 points tallied at Compaq Center, former home of the Houston Rockets. Olajuwon held the record since taking it from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (12,529 points scored at the Forum) in March 1998.*


*Statistical research assistance provided by the Elias Sports Bureau






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