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.*
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