SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers lead the season series with Memphis 2-0 after splitting last season’s series 2-2.
This will be the 63rd meeting between the two franchises and the 40th since the Grizzlies moved
to Memphis. In that time, the Lakers have lost just two season series to the Grizzlies (2004-05,
2005-06). The Lakers lead the all-time series 46-16 but are just 24-15 versus the Grizzlies since
the team moved to Memphis. In their last 10 meetings with Memphis, the Lakers are 7-3 overall.
The Lakers are 5-1 in their last six home games against Memphis and 16-6 all-time at STAPLES
Center against the Grizzlies. In Memphis, the Lakers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 road games
at FedExForum. In their first meeting of the 2010-11 season, the Lakers scored a series-high
124 points in a 124-105 victory 11/2/10 vs. Memphis. In their most recent meeting (3/13/12 @
MEM), the Lakers came back from a 17-point second half deficit to defeat the Grizzlies in
double-overtime. In their last meeting of the 2008-09 season (4/12/09), the Lakers held
Memphis to a series low 75 points, surpassing the old record of 79 points (2/14/05 @ MEM).
Individually, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.9 points for his career against the Grizzlies (56 games,
49 starts). In 2007-08, Bryant scored an NBA season-high 53 points 3/28/08 vs. Memphis.
Four seasons ago in Memphis (3/22/07), Bryant scored a series-high 60 points, becoming only
the 3rd player in NBA history to score 50+ points in three consecutive games. Additionally, the
Lakers acquired Pau Gasol from Memphis in exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton,
Aaron McKie and the draft rights to his brother, Marc Gasol, on February 1, 2008. On
December 22, 2008, the brothers Gasol faced off in the NBA for the first time, with Pau (15
points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks) bettering his brother Marc’s line (8 points,7 rebounds).
In 12 games against his former team, Pau is averaging 15.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists
and 1.50 blocks. Both brothers played for Spain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Pau remains the
franchise leader in a number of statistical categories, including points (8,966), rebounds (4,096)
and blocks (877), in 6-plus years with Memphis. Also, Lakers forward Josh McRoberts played
on the same high school AAU team (Spiece Indy Heat) as Grizzlies guard Mike Conley Jr. (Greg
Oden & Daequan Cook were also on team).
ANDREW BYNUM NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
On March 19, the NBA announced that Andrew Bynum had earned Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 12 through Sunday, March
18, giving him the SECOND WC Player of the Week award of his career. Bynum led the Lakers to a 3-1 week, including back-to-back road wins against Memphis and New
Orleans and a home victory against Minnesota. Averaging 27.5 points and 14.8 rebounds, while shooting 66.5% from the field, Bynum led the Western Conference in
rebounding, placed second in the conference in scoring and finished fourth in the West in field-goal percentage on the week. Bynum collected point-rebound doubledoubles in all four of the Lakers games, including 37 points (15-18 FG) and 16 rebounds 3/13 @ Memphis, 25 points and 19 rebounds 3/14 @ New Orleans and 33 points
(12-14 FG) and 11 rebounds 3/18 vs. Utah. Bynum’s first career WC Player of the Week award was earned back on January 26, 2009, when Bynum averaged 23.5 points,
11.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks in helping lead the Lakers to a 4-0 week from 1/19/09 to 1/25/09.
BYNUM ON A ROLL
With 33 points (12-of-14 FG (85.7 percent), 9-of-12 FT) against the Utah Jazz on March 18th, Andrew Bynum recorded his fourth career 30+ point game, but third in his last
eight contests. Scoring 37 points in the Lakers double overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on March 13th, going 15-of-18 from the field (83.3 percent), Bynum’s
night marked just the fourth time in Lakers history that a player has scored at least 37 points on better than 83 percent shooting. The last Laker to accomplish this was
Shaquille O’Neal, who did so back on November 19, 1999 in a victory over the Bulls. Bynum’s first 30+ point game of the month came on March 6th in Detroit, when he
scored 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting.
With their 97-92 victory over Minnesota on March 16th, the Lakers recorded their SECOND wire-to-wire victory of the 2011-12 season. Their other wire-to-wire victory
(game in which they never trailed) also came against the Timberwolves (104-85 (2/29)). Last year, the Lakers led the NBA with 10 wire-to-wire victories, all coming during
the regular season. During the team’s two most recent championship runs, they recorded nine wire-to-wire victories in 2009-10 (seven during the regular season and two
during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City)) and 11 wire-to-wire victories in 2008-09 (nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29
vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston)). The Lakers have also lost one game this season in wire-to-wire fashion, falling to the Clippers 102-94 on January 14th. Last year, the
Lakers lost two such games: (98-107 1/8/10 at POR & 75-91 3/26/10 at OKC).
LAKERS MAKE IT 19 STRAIGHT AGAINST THE TIMBERWOLVES
Leading by nine at the half and by as many as 16 points in the third, the Lakers allowed Minnesota back to within as few as five but held on down the stretch to record their
19th consecutive victory over the Timberwolves 97-92 on March 16th at STAPLES Center. The streak, which is the longest active win streak by one NBA team against
another, equals the second longest streak in Lakers franchise history when Los Angeles defeated the Dallas Mavericks 19 straight times from 1995-99. The longest regular
season streak against a single opponent in Lakers franchise history is 24 consecutive victories over the Kings from 1983-88.
BRYANT WORKING OVERTIME
Kobe Bryant played 48:38 in the Lakers' overtime win at New Orleans on March 14th after playing 51:47 in their double-overtime victory at Memphis on March 13th. Bryant
is the third NBA player in the last nine seasons to log more than 48 minutes in each of two games played on consecutive days. The only other players to do so over that
span (2003-04 to date) were Charlotte teammates Jason Richardson and Gerald Wallace (Jan. 11-12, 2008). Bryant is the first Lakers player to do so since Wilt
Chamberlain (Feb. 1-2, 1969).*
With their overtime victory 3/14 at New Orleans, which followed a double-overtime victory 3/13 at Memphis, the Lakers posted overtime road victories on consecutive days
for just the 3rd time in franchise history. The previous occurrences were November 13-14, 1997 (at SA and HOU) and November 3-4, 2009 (at OKC and HOU).*
BRYANT APPROACHING JORDAN FOR 2ND ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST
During the 2009-10 season, with his 29th point on February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. In the history of
the NBA, only two players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (29,143): Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277). Last season,
Bryant moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,511) 12/19/10 at Toronto and John Havlicek (26,395) 12/10/10 at Chicago into third on this list.
In acquiring Ramon Sessions (25) and Christian Eyenga (22) from Cleveland for Luke Walton (32) and Jason Kapono (31) and Jordan Hill (24) from Houston for Derek
Fisher (37) prior to the March 15 trade deadline, the Lakers average team age saw two years shaved off of it, going from 29 years, 149 days to 27 years, 133 days.
BYNUM ON A ROLL
With 37 points in the Lakers double overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on March 13th, Andrew Bynum recorded his third career 30+ point game but second in his
last five contests. Additionally, by going 15-of-18 from the field (83.3 percent), Bynum’s night marked just the fourth time in Lakers history that a player has scored at least
37 points on better than 83 percent shooting. The last Laker to accomplish this was Shaquille O’Neal, who did so back on November 19, 1999 in a victory over the Bulls.
*Statistical research assistance provided by the Elias Sports Bureau