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71 Points shy of Jerry West’s all-time points total after another 29, which came on 10-of-15 shooting and 6-of-8 from the line. Bryant added nine rebounds and a team-best seven assists in yet another impressive performance.

54 Points in the paint for the Lakers, thanks in part to Andrew Bynum (see below), to just 32 from the Pacers.

30 Free throw attempts for the Lakers, of which they made 25. The Pacers were just 11-of-14.

27 Season high in points from a super efficient Bynum, who made 12-of-14 shots and all three free throws, not to mention 12 rebounds.

7 Game streak snapped when Jordan Farmar didn’t connect on at least one three-pointer.

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Posted Jan 27 2010 9:47PM

INDIANAPOLIS(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Andrew Bynum added a season-high 27 to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 118-96 on Wednesday night.

Bryant also had nine rebounds and seven assists, and Bynum had 12 rebounds. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Lamar Odom added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who won at Washington on Tuesday.

Roy Hibbert scored 21 points, Troy Murphy scored 18, Danny Granger had 14 and Brandon Rush added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.

The Lakers set a season rebounding high, outrebounding the Pacers 62-42.

The Pacers played in front of just their fourth sellout crowd of the year, and much of it chanted M-V-P for Bryant on several occasions.

Odom hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the Lakers a 59-56 lead. Bynum scored 22 points on 10 for 12 shooting before the break.

Derek Fisher connected on a 3-point play in the first minute of the second half. Bryant hit a 3-pointer, then Gasol dunked, was fouled and converted the three-point play to give the Lakers a 10-point lead.

Another 3-pointer by Bryant was met with M-V-P chants and gave the Lakers a 76-65 edge. Los Angeles kept the pressure on and led 92-78 at the end of the quarter.

The Pacers shot just 35 percent in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers led by at least nine points the entire period.

Notes: Pacers F Tyler Hansbrough sat out with an inner ear infection. ... Lakers F Ron Artest, a former Pacer, made a layup on the game's first offensive possession for his only points of the game. ... Bynum scored 10 points in the first four minutes. ... Indianapolis Colts players Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Matt Stover received a standing ovation when their presence was announced.

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(On Lakers second half defense)

I thought playing defense in front of our bench helped. They didn’t shoot the ball well in the second half.  

(On Andrew Bynum)
I don’t know if Jim (O’Brien) was baiting us by starting Murphy at center.  It was impossible for them to cover Pau (Gasol) and Andrew.  We had to find a way to move our offense to get it into them.

(On first half defense)
I was very disappointed and I told them at halftime.  They’re not an easy team to cover with the pace they play.  They’re different covers for our players.  

(On Roy Hibbert)
I thought he played hard and hard in the post.  He had a good first half against us.  (On Ron Artest’s defense) Ron did a good job in the second half and made it difficult to get good looks.


(On Andrew Bynum)
I thought he played extremely well tonight. He was very aggressive and I liked his activity down low under the basket.  We made a conscious effort to get the ball inside and we wanted to establish our post up game every time down the court to take advantage of our size.  

(On how he feels)
I feel better.  I’m bouncing around out there, moving around.  I feel good.

(On what it feels like to have MVP chant on the road)
It just means the home team is struggling and that there are a lot of Lakers fans in the building.  But yeah, it is good to hear a response like that and you definitely appreciate it.

(Is this road trip helping you get ready for Boston on Sunday?)
Every game is really its own different animal.  You take each game as it is.  You just want to win every one.  Tonight was a step in the right direction.  We just need to continue to work hard and continue to get better.


(On playing better in the second half)
I think it was our intensity and the way we rebounded a lot better in the second half.  We got back in transition better, especially when they went small.

(In the first half)
They came out and really pushed the ball and got us a little out of whack.  But we imposed our own rhythm and controlled the game better in the second half.  

(On their mindset coming in)
We kept in mind the game from last year.  We were up 16 points, I think, in the fourth quarter.  And we ended up losing.  We kept that thought in our heads.  The Pacers really play well here and they can put runs together. That makes them real dangerous.”


(On the second half turn around)
We picked up the pressure.  We knew Danny (Granger) was capable of coming out for a big second half.  We were fortunate enough to have him in a little foul trouble early on.  

(On Andrew Bynum)
He played great.  He was really a big presence down on the block.  I’m really proud of how he’s taking on centers and showing a lot.”

(On Lakers)

“They’re a great basketball team.  I’m stating the very obvious.  They were just too much for us.

(On Andrew Bynum)
He got off on Troy (Murphy) then when Roy (Hibbert) came in he got off on Roy.

(On rebounding)
Everybody’s in charge of rebounding.  It’s not only the centers and power forwards.”

“We played them pretty well the first half, but we couldn’t get it going and let them beat us up on the boards in the second half.  Roy (Hibbert) played Bynum (Andrew) pretty well.  Roy had a very good game.  We just didn’t have the run in it to get us back in there and get the game to our side.  They’re a great team.”


(On Andrew Bynum)
He is a big guy and by playing against him I did learn.  I can play against big or small line-ups.

(On coming off the bench)
I think I do better because I can watch and become more focused when I come in.  We did play the World Champs and they played like it.  They’re a great basketball team.”

Lakers vs. Pacers Game Preview


Posted Jan 26 2010 11:41PM

Kobe Bryant hit the game-winning jumper in the Los Angeles Lakers' previous matchup with the Indiana Pacers.

Bryant and the Lakers, though, failed to close out the Pacers in their last visit to Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Western Conference-leading Lakers will try to win two straight on the road for the first time in more than a month Wednesday night when they face Indiana for the first time this season.

Bryant hit a game-winning 18-foot turnaround jumper with three seconds left as the Lakers defeated the visiting Pacers 121-119 on Jan. 9, 2009. The two-time scoring champ, though, couldn't knock down a shot with 14 seconds remaining in Indiana on Dec. 2, 2008 that would have given Los Angeles a three-point cushion.

The Pacers took advantage of Bryant's miss and completed a 16-point fourth-quarter rally to win 118-117 on Troy Murphy's tip-in as time expired.

Los Angeles (34-11), which has lost five of its last six in Indianapolis, improved to 2-2 on its eight-game, 12-day trip with a 115-103 victory over Washington on Tuesday. The Lakers had dropped six of eight on the road since winning five straight away games from Dec. 15-26.

"Offensive rebounds, getting loose balls, turning teams over,'' Bryant said after scoring 26 points and handing out eight assists. "Especially when you play on the road, that's some of things you need to have happen.''

Bryant is averaging 29.5 points in his last eight games versus Indiana, but he's never been guarded by defensive specialist Dahntay Jones in any of those matchups. Jones, who signed a four-year deal with the Pacers last summer after one season in Denver, faces Bryant for the first time since last season's contentious Western Conference finals.

Jones was assessed a flagrant-1 foul by the league a day after tripping the Lakers superstar in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 19-point Game 4 victory.

"I just fell on my face for no reason,'' Bryant joked when asked if Jones tried to trip him. "I'm a klutz."

While Bryant is trying to help Los Angeles break away from Denver and Dallas in the West race, Indiana (16-29) is looking to build some momentum with six of its next eight games at home.

Pacers coach Jim O'Brien, whose team hosts Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland on Friday, said he would like to continue with a smaller lineup, with Danny Granger starting at power forward, but Indiana might be at a significant disadvantage against the defending champions if it implements that strategy.

"Against a team like the Lakers, who have Pau Gasol and (Andrew) Bynum, it's kind of hard to go small because we'd be smaller at every position," Granger told the Pacers' official Web site.

Granger averaged 30.0 points versus Los Angeles last season.

Murphy, who started at center for the second time this season Monday and had 11 points, 12 rebounds and a career high-tying seven assists in a 109-98 victory at Philadelphia. He is averaging 13.2 points and 11.4 boards while posting five straight double-doubles.

Gasol is averaging 23.0 points with 10.7 rebounds in his last six games versus the Pacers.

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Kobe Bryant
(avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Sasha Vujacic
(strained right hamstring) is probable.
Luke Walton
(pinched nerve, back) is probable.


Jeff Foster (sore lower back) is out.
Tyler Hansbrough (inner ear infection) is day-to-day

The Lakers split last season’s series with the Pacers 1-1, after losing in Indiana on a Troy Murphy tip-in at the buzzer on December 2, but winning on a Kobe Bryant game winning shot on January 9. This will be the 72nd meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers leading the all-time series 52-19. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 overall games against the Pacers. During the 2007-08 season, the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak at Indiana with a 134-114 victory November 20, 2007 but are still just 3-7 at Conseco Fieldhouse since it opened in 1999 following their loss there last season. At STAPLES Center, however, the Lakers are 10-0 all-time against Indiana in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 12-6 against Indiana in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs. In 23 career games (20 starts), Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.7 points against the Pacers and owns the series scoring record with 45 points 1/9/06 vs. Indiana at STAPLES Center. In 15 career games (all starts) against Indiana, Pau Gasol (21.2 points) is also averaging 20-plus points versus the Pacers for his career with a high-game of 31 points. Only Bryant, Derek Fisher and current Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw were on the court for Los Angeles in the 2000 NBA Finals versus Indiana while no players remain from the Pacer’s 2000 Eastern Conference Champion team. Additionally, Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is the son of former Lakers head coach and current Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. as well as a former Lakers ball boy. Lastly, Earl Watson and Jordan Farmar each played point guard while attending UCLA.

With 22 points 1/5 vs. Houston, Kobe Bryant moved past Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Earlier this season, with 41 points 11/6 vs. Memphis, Bryant moved past Allen Iverson for 16th on the all-time list. Bryant has been steadily moving up the list the last few years and last season alone, passed Charles Barkley (23,757) for 17th, Robert Parish (23,334) for 18th, Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 19th, Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 20th, Clyde Drexler (22,195) for 21st, Gary Payton (21,813) for 22nd and Larry Bird (21,791) for 23rd. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant (25,066) are Jerry West (14th/25,192) and Reggie Miller (13th/25,279).

Additionally, with his free throw at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter November 19th vs. Chicago, Bryant moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) for 2nd on the Lakers all-time franchise scoring list. While only Jerry West (25,192) has scored more points with the Lakers than Bryant (25,092), at his current scoring average (28.3 ppg), Bryant would surpass West approximately four games from now 2/1/10 at Memphis.

With a victory over the Washington Wizards January 26th, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson (530) moved within three games of Pat Riley’s franchise-record 533 regular season victories with the Lakers. The only coach in league history to win better than 70 percent of his games (.707), Jackson ranks 12th in all-time regular season games coached and 1st in playoff games coached (300), won (209) and playoff winning percentage (.697). Last season, Jackson became the fastest coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories, needing 1,423 games to reach the mark, arriving at the mark 11 games earlier than Riley (1,434 career games). Earlier this season, Jackson (1,075) moved past Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown for 5th on the NBA’s all-time coaching win list with a victory over Detroit (11/17/09). Earning induction in his 1st year of consideration, on September 7, 2007, Jackson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Owning a record 10 NBA Championships as a head coach, only Jerry Sloan (4th), Pat Riley (3rd), Don Nelson (2nd) and Lenny Wilkens (1st) have more career victories than Jackson while of the top five, Jackson has coached 1,000+ fewer games than Wilkens, 800+ fewer games than Nelson, nearly 500 fewer games than Riley and roughly 400 fewer games than Sloan.

Despite shooting just nine foul shots, the Lakers converted a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line on January 24 at Toronto, marking the first time the Lakers went perfect from the charity stripe in a regular season game since 3/8/05, when the Lakers converted 23-of-23 free throws against the Clippers. Furthermore, the Lakers have gone perfect from the foul line in a game in each of the last two postseasons, shooting 24-of-24 from the free throw line in the Lakers series clinching victory in Game 6 of the 2009 Western Conference Finals at Denver and 10-for-10 from the foul line in Game 2 of the 2008 NBA Finals at Boston.

On Wednesday January 20th, the Lakers headed east to Cleveland, embarking upon their longest road-trip of the season. The Lakers 8-game trip is the team’s 11th stretch of eight or more consecutive road games in franchise history and the 5th in the NBA’s modern era which includes the end of neutral court games prior to the 1974- 75 season and the inception of the 82-game schedule prior to the 1976-77 season. On the 8-game trip that takes them through Cleveland, New York, Toronto, the White House and Verizon Center in Washington DC, Indiana, Philadelphia, Boston and Memphis, the Lakers will travel more than 8,469 miles over 13 days through two countries.
* neutral court games included along with road games

Wednesday’s game against the Pacers is the second of a back-to-back set with Washington and Indiana. This season, the Lakers are 8-4 in the first game and 8-3 in the second game of back-to-backs. On the year, the Lakers will play 20 sets of back-to-back games, the most the team has played in a single season since playing 22 sets of back-to-backs during the 1999-00 campaign. Last year, the Lakers played 19 sets of back-to-backs, going 14-5 in the first game and 14-5 in the second as well. Charlotte, Detroit and Milwaukee lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2009-10 while New Orleans (15) and San Antonio (17) will play the fewest sets this season.

On January 20th, the NBA released its Most Popular Jerseys list with Kobe Bryant’s #24 once again listed as no. 1, a ranking Bryant has now held since the start of the 2008-09 season. The rankings, based on sales at the NBA Store in New York City and since the start of the 2009-10 season, once again list the Los Angeles Lakers as no. 1 in “Most Popular NBA Team Merchandise.” Additionally, Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol (10th) rounds out the top 10 most popular jerseys. (1) Bryant (2) James (3) Howard (4) Rose (5) Wade (6) Garnett (7) Paul (8) Pierce (9) S. O’Neal (10) Gasol / (1) Lakers (2) Celtics (3) Cavaliers (4) Knicks (5) Bulls


With a free throw at the three minute mark of the 2nd quarter January 21st at Cleveland, Kobe Bryant scored his 25,000th career point, becoming the 15th NBA player in league history to do so as well as the youngest ever to reach the milestone at 31 years and 151 days of age. Bryant surpassed Wilt Chamberlain (31 years, 186 days) in terms of youngest to 25,000, with Karl Malone (33 years, 228 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 249 days) ranking 3rd and 4th respectively. In terms of games, Bryant (989 games) became the 9th fastest to 25,000 career points, behind Dominique Wilkins (960) but ahead of Hakeem Olajuwon (1,057). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 25,000, doing so in 691 games. Michael Jordan (782) and Abdul-Jabbar (889) rank 2nd and 3rd behind Chamberlain.

Earlier this season, with a second-quarter basket November 6th against the Grizzlies, Kobe Bryant (31 years, 75 days) became the youngest player in NBA history to score 24,000 points, reaching the milestone ahead of Wilt Chamberlain (31 years, 113 days). In terms of games, of the 17 players to now have scored 24,000 points, Bryant is the 9th fastest to do so in terms of games (954). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest in league history to score 24,000 points, doing so in just 653 games.

Last season, with 34 points February 10 vs. Oklahoma City, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score 23,000 points (30 years, 171 days), reaching the milestone FIVE days younger than Wilt Chamberlain (30 years, 176 days). In terms of games, of the 21 players to score 23,000 points, Bryant was the 11th fastest to do so, reaching the mark in 917 games. Earlier in the year, with 28 points December 2 at Indiana, Bryant became the 22nd player in NBA history to score 22,000 points and in doing so, became the 2nd youngest player ever to 22,000 points (30 years, 101 days), one day older than Wilt Chamberlain (30 years, 100 days) who scored his 22,000th point on 11/26/66. The youngest player in league history to accumulate 15,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 25,000 points, Bryant became the 12th fastest to 22,000 points in terms of games, reaching the mark in 881 career games. Through his career, Bryant has been 29th fastest to 15,000, 22nd fastest to 16,000, 20th fastest to 17,000, 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 and 11th fastest to 23,000 points in terms of games.

On January 21st, the NBA announced the starters for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, TX. Kobe Bryant (2,456,224), who led all players in All-Star voting for the first four returns of balloting, finished second overall to Cleveland’s LeBron James (2,549,693) in total votes but still topped the Western Conference for the third consecutive season. Joining Bryant in the West are Carmelo Anthony (2,137,560), Tim Duncan (1,156,696), Amar’e Stoudemire (1,824,093) and Steve Nash (1,222,235). In the East, James will be joined by Kevin Garnett (1,978,116), Dwight Howard (2,360,096), Allen Iverson (1,269,568) and Dwyane Wade (2,327,550).

Pau Gasol (1,051,784), who made his second All-Star team last season as a reserve and became the 27th Laker in franchise history to be name an All-Star, ranked 4th in balloting among West forwards behind Anthony, Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki (1,093,005) but ahead of Kevin Durant (870,567) while Andrew Bynum (981,355) ranked 2nd among West centers behind Stoudemire. In selecting the reserves, the 30 NBA head coaches must vote for seven players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. After the coaches select the reserves, if a player is unable to participate in the All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select a replacement. Reserves will be announced 1/28/10 on TNT.

In each of the last two seasons, Bryant has led the Western Conference in all-star balloting. Last season, he accumulated 2,805,397 votes, finishing third in overall balloting behind Dwight Howard (3,150,181) and LeBron James (2,940,823). In 2007-08, Bryant garnered 2,004,940 votes to finish fourth in overall voting behind Kevin Garnett (2,399,148), James (2,108,831) and Howard (2,066,991). In 2006-07, when he earned his second All-Star MVP, Bryant finished third overall in balloting behind James and Yao Ming. A three-time All-Star MVP (2002 Philadelphia, 2007 Las Vegas, 2009 Phoenix), Bryant is now a 12-time All-Star and will start his 12th consecutive All-Star game on Sunday, February 14. Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, led all players in NBA All-Star balloting in 2003.

On January 18, the NBA announced that Lakers guard Shannon Brown will compete against defending champion Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks, Gerald Wallace of the Charlotte Bobcats and the winner of the NBA’s first ever All-Star Dunk-In between Eric Gordon of the LA Clippers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors. Brown, who competed in the 2003 High School McDonald’s All American dunk contest against LeBron James, Von Wafer and J.R. Giddens, will be the fourth Laker to ever compete in the NBA’s Slam Dunk contest, joining Michael Cooper (1984), Antonio Harvey (1995) and 1997 Slam Dunk Champion Kobe Bryant.


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