Lakers Gameday | 05/12/09 | Lakers 118, Rockets 78

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Houston Rockets 24 15 15 24 78
Los Angeles Lakers 35 29 30 24 118

Lakers Game Leaders
Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant
26 Points
Field Goals: 10 of 19
FG: 53%
Pau Gasol Pau Gasol
13 Rebounds
Defensive: 8
Offensive: 5
Jordan Farmar
Jordan Farmar
6 Assists
12 Points
2 Rebounds
Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
16 Points
3 Blocks


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    Post-Game Numbers
  • 40 - Just to reiterate, the margin of victory, which is L.A.’s biggest since a 47-point romp over San Antonio on April 17, 1986.
  • 32.6 - Houston’s shooting percentage, including 5-of-29 three pointers against an active Lakers defense.
  • 30 - Combined Rockets points in the second and third quarters, during which time the Lakers scored 59 points.
  • 14 - Points by Aaron Brooks, 20 fewer than his Game 4 total, in 30 minutes to lead his team. Brooks made just 4-of-11 FGAs, while his teammate Ron Artest really struggled in missing 11 of his 15 attempts.
  • 12 - Steals by the Lakers, including three from Trevor Ariza and two each from Luke Walton and Shannon Brown, contributing to 18 Rockets turnovers.
  • 2 - Personal fouls committed by Andrew Bynum, who was lighter on his feet defensively than he’d been in L.A.’s previous playoff games. That helped him pull down three boards at both ends of the floor, and make 5-of-6 shots (all near the hoop) and all four free throws for 14 points in 19 minutes.
    --Mike Trudell,

    Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets

    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher

    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant

    Trevor Ariza
    T. Ariza

    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol

    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum

    Aaron Brooks
    A. Brooks

    Ron Artest
    R. Artest

    Shane Battier
    S. Battier

    Luis Scola
    L. Scola

    C. Hayes

    Lakers Gameday Articles and Updates
    Kobe, Lakers bounce back with rout, lead series 3-2

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant needed only three quarters to score 26 points and the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from their Game 4 flop, routing the Houston Rockets 118-78 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

    The top-seeded Lakers did everything they didn't do in Sunday's 99-87 loss at Houston - hustled, rebounded and played tight defense on Houston's smaller lineup, keeping Aaron Brooks in check and limiting wide-open shots.

    On Sunday the Lakers trailed by 29 points. On Tuesday night, they had a 29-point lead by late in the second quarter, on a 3-pointer by Bryant, who led seven Lakers in double figures.

    The Lakers can wrap up the series Thursday night in Houston.

    Bryant looked more like himself after being held to 15 points on Sunday. With the Lakers far ahead after holding the Rockets to only 15 points in each of the second and third quarters, he sat out the fourth period.

    Pau Gasol had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Bynum 14 points, Trevor Ariza 13 and Jordan Farmar 12. Lamar Odom and Josh Powell had 10 apiece.

    Brooks was held to 14 points after scoring a career-high 34 on Sunday. Ron Artest had a horrible night shooting, 4-of-15 for nine points. The Rockets shot only 32 percent.

    The Lakers fell behind by six points midway through the first quarter, but it didn't take them long to answer the question of whether they'd show up.

    Los Angeles gained control by outscoring Houston 23-6 during the final six minutes of the first quarter. Bryant had eight points, making three straight shots at one point. Odom sank a 3-pointer and Farmar another 3 at the buzzer for a 35-24 lead.

    With Bryant sitting out at the start of the second quarter, the Lakers didn't lose any of their intensity, going on an 8-0 run to push the lead to 43-24. Gasol made a hook shot and two free throws, Odom made two free throws and Sasha Vujacic blocked a shot by Von Wafer, raced down the court and took a pass from Gasol for a slam dunk.

    With Houston going cold, the Lakers piled it on, taking a 64-35 lead on Bryant's 3-pointer with 1:31 before halftime. It was 64-39 at the break.

    Notes: Odom didn't start, but entered the game late in the first quarter in place of Bynum. Odom had been listed as questionable with a bruised back, the result of taking a hard fall on Sunday. ... Luke Walton had six rebounds off the bench for the Lakers. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea played the national anthem. He didn't remove his black hat.

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    Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons sat down to talk about the adjustment’s L.A.’s making heading into Tuesday evening’s Game 5.


    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers are grumpy for letting a big chance get away from them in Texas.

    The Houston Rockets are loose and having a good time, even if they don't have Yao Ming.

    Come Tuesday night, one of them is going to have a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

    The top-seeded Lakers no doubt figured that they would have a chance to close out the Rockets in Game 5 at Staples Center. But that was before the Rockets embarrassed Los Angeles 99-87 on Sunday, tying the series and picking up their pace a day after finding out that the 7-foot-6 Yao had a stress fracture in his left foot.

    "Yeah, we had a great opportunity,'' Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant said. "I've been on teams who have made this dumb mistake before. It's important for my guys to stay up and get ready to play and understand that come Tuesday we're going to face a really hungry Rockets team that believes they can win this series.''

    The series is guaranteed to go back to Houston for Game 6 on Thursday night.

    "We could've had a huge advantage, put ourselves in a great position to finish the series off tomorrow, but we didn't and we own up to it,'' center Pau Gasol said. "That's why we're going to come out tomorrow and show what we're made of.''

    The Lakers could be without forward Lamar Odom. He was listed as questionable for Tuesday night's game after an MRI and CT scan showed he has a bruised lower back. He was hurt Sunday when he drove into the lane and collided with Shane Battier, landing hard on the court.

    The Rockets would love to be the ones going back to Houston with the series lead.

    They were in a good mood after watching film following their arrival in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon.

    "We have a free mentality,'' said Battier, who outplayed Bryant in Sunday's wipeout. "Every shot that everyone takes is a free shot. If it goes in, great. If not, we tried. We have nothing to lose. No one expected much out of us. We expect an effort out of us, but we're going to take our shots, play hard and take our chances.''

    The Rockets are in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1997. The Lakers are trying to get back to the NBA finals a year after losing to Boston in six games.

    Bryant said the Lakers' mood Monday was "grumpy, a little quiet,'' but that they will just have to deal with the disappointment of the wire-to-wire rout, when the smaller Rockets' lineup took advantage of Los Angeles' defensive lapses.

    "You can't get it back. You've just got to move forward and get ready for the next one,'' he said.

    The Rockets stunned the Lakers - and most everyone else - by racing to a 29-16 lead in the first quarter. They never trailed and led by as many as 29 points before the Lakers at least made it look respectable toward the end.

    "We didn't understand the type of energy Houston was going to come with,'' Bryant said. "We didn't have that type of energy.''

    It wasn't a case of the Lakers taking the Rockets lightly without Yao, Bryant said.

    "Naw, man they just kicked our (rear),'' he said.

    The Lakers say they need to have the kind of energy the Rockets had Sunday.

    "If we want to be a championship team we have to go after it every single game,'' Gasol said. "We can't take for granted that because we're better individually or maybe collectively that we can play 70, 80 percent. We have to play 100 percent from the get go.''

    Gasol said the Lakers were "outhustled and outplayed and we could have won if we really wanted to.''

    They didn't, but the Rockets know what the Lakers are capable of.

    The Lakers seemed to be in control of the series after Bryant scored 33 in a 108-94 victory on Friday night.

    Outscoring Bryant 23-15 on Sunday is going to be a nice little memory for Battier.

    "It's not going to happen too often. So this box score may be framed in my house somewhere,'' he said. "He's going to come back with a vengeance in Game 5.''

    Guard Aaron Brooks scored a career-high 34 points in Game 4, and the Rockets were still talking about their point guard on Monday.

    "Maybe it's a bowlegged thing, a knock-kneed, pigeon-toed thing, but boy, they can't keep up with him,'' said bulky 6-6 forward Chuck Hayes, who started for Yao on Sunday. "He uses his speed to his advantage to get to the paint. For such a little guy, he finishes pretty well.''


    AP Sports Writer Chris Duncan in Houston contributed to this report.

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    There are obviously many areas we need to fix in order to rebound from the game 4 loss. Number one on that list is we must impact the penetration of the Rockets, specifically Brooks and Lowry. Most of the offensive success of the Rockets in game 4 can be traced back to the way we allowed Brooks and Lowry to get into the heart of our defense. They have done a great job of driving the baseline and due to the way we are battling their low post players we have not been in the right spot to provide help. We simply need to do a better job of helping and then we need to help the helper or we will open the floodgates for their offensive rebounding.


    The Lakers and Rockets have met 7 times in the postseason (1981, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2004) with Los Angeles advancing on 4 occasions (1990, 1991, 1999,
    2004). The Lakers have won the last two series, defeating Houston in the First Round of both the 1999 (3-1) and 2004 (4-1) Playoffs. The Lakers swept the Rockets (3-0)
    in the First Round of both the 1990 and 1991 Playoffs. The Lakers losses to Houston came in the 1981 Western Conf. First Round (1-2), 1986 Western Conf. Finals (1-4)
    and 1996 Western Conf. First Round (1-3). Overall, the Lakers are now 18-14 against the Rockets in the playoffs, going 12-6 at home but just 6-8 on the road in Houston.

    With 33 points 5/8 at Houston, Kobe Bryant moved past Larry Bird (3,897) for 6th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list. In the Lakers First Round series, Kobe Bryant
    scored 38 points 4/25 at Utah to move past Hakeem Olajuwon (3,755) and John Havlicek (3,776) for 7th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list. On April 19, Bryant
    passed Magic Johnson (3,701) for 9th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list and 3rd on the Lakers franchise playoff scoring list. In moving past Johnson, only Kareem
    Abdul-Jabbar (4,070) and Jerry West (4,457) have scored more points in a Lakers uniform during the playoffs than Bryant (3,943). Next up on the all-time NBA list is Jerry
    West (5th/4,457). Among all players with 2,500+ postseason points, only Michael Jordan (33.4), Jerry West (29.1), Elgin Baylor (27.0), Hakeem Olajuwon (25.9), Shaquille
    O’Neal (25.2) and Karl Malone (24.7) have a higher postseason scoring average than Bryant (24.5).

    In the Lakers victory over the Rockets May 6, Kobe Bryant scored 40 points on 16-of-27 shooting including 2-3 3FG and 6-7 FT. The 40 points marked the 7th time in his
    career that Bryant has scored 40+ points in a playoff game, with the Lakers going 6-1 in those contests. Bryant’s SEVEN 40+ point games rank third among active players
    Shaquille O’Neal (12) and Allen Iverson (10) and now rank 4th in team history behind Jerry West (20), Elgin Baylor (14) and Shaquille O’Neal (11). Bryant’s 40+ point
    playoff games in chronological order are as follows: 48 points 5/13/01 @ SAC (W), 45 points 5/19/01 @ SA (W), 42 points 5/11/04 vs. SA (W), 50 points 5/4/06 vs. PHO
    (L), 45 points 4/26/07 vs. PHO (W), 49 points 4/23/08 vs. DEN (W) and 40 points 5/6/09 vs. HOU (W).
    Additionally, this is the fourth consecutive postseason in which Bryant has had at least one game with 40+ points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only four other
    players in NBA history have had 40+ points games in each of four straight playoff years: Michael Jordan had an eight-year streak (1985-1992) and a four year streak
    (1994-1997) while George Mikan (1948-1951, Elgin Baylor (1959-1962) and Allen Iverson (1999-2002) also had four year streaks.
    During the regular season, Bryant has scored 40+ points 96 times in his career. Last season, Bryant’s 46 points February 1 at Toronto moved him past Elgin Baylor (88 40-
    plus games) for third all-time. In the history of the NBA, only two players have more career regular season 40-point games: Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan
    (173). The Lakers are 65-31 in games that Bryant has scored 40-plus points. This season, the Lakers were 2-2 when Bryant scored 40-plus.


  • The Lakers are 65-29 in best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (59-28 Los Angeles, 6-1 Minneapolis)
  • The Lakers are now 61-34 in Game 1 of best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (57-31 Los Angeles, 4-3 Minneapolis)
  • When losing Game 1 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 11-22 all-time. (9-21 Los Angeles, 2-1 Minneapolis)
  • When losing Game 1 at home of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 7-3 all-time. (6-3 Los Angeles, 1-0 Minneapolis)
    2004 NBA Finals (lost in 5), 2001 NBA Finals (won in 5), 1990 Conference Semifinals (lost in 5), 1988 NBA Finals (won in 7), 1980 Conference Finals (won in 5),
    1977 Conference Finals (lost in 4), 1972 NBA Finals (won in 5), 1972 Conference Finals (won in 6), 1969 Division Semifinals (won in 6), 1953 NBA Finals (won in 5)
  • The Lakers are 55-40 in Game 2 of best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (52-36 Los Angles, 3-4 Minneapolis)
  • When splitting Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 25-12 all-time. (20-12 Los Angeles, 5-0 Minneapolis)
  • When tied 1-1 and winning Game 3 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 16-4 all-time.
    The Lakers three series losses came in 1961 vs. St. Louis, 1962 vs. Boston, 1984 vs. Boston and 2006 vs. Phoenix.
  • When tied 1-1 and losing Game 3 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 4-8 all-time.
    The Lakers four series victories when came in 1970 vs. Phoenix, 1988 vs. Utah, 2002 vs. Sacramento and 2003 vs. Minnesota.
  • The Lakers are 56-38 in Game 3 of a best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (51-36 Los Angeles, 5-2 Minneapolis)
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