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Jackson passes Riley in Lakers' win over Bobcats
By GREG BEACHAM
Posted Feb 04 2010 1:17AM
LOS ANGELES(AP) Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Lamar Odom scored 19 points and Phil Jackson became the winningest coach in Lakers history in Los Angeles' 99-97 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
Pau Gasol and Ron Artest scored 14 points apiece for the Lakers, who returned from an eight-game trip to improve the NBA's best home record to 24-3 with their eighth consecutive victory at Staples Center.
Stephen Jackson scored 30 points for the Bobcats, who played without injured All-Star Gerald Wallace in the finale of a six-game trip.
The Bobcats had won three straight road games against the Lakers, but couldn't capitalize on a season-low five-point performance by Kobe Bryant, who appeared to injure his left foot when Odom stepped on it late in the first half.
Bryant returned to play extensively in the second half, but sat out another key late stretch and didn't score in the fourth quarter of his first single-digit scoring game of the season.
Jackson passed Pat Riley with his 534th win with the Lakers. The Hall of Famer won 545 games and six titles in nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls before winning four more rings in his first nine seasons with the Lakers, rising to fifth on the NBA's career coaching victories list by passing Charlotte's Larry Brown earlier this season.
Jackson is the winningest playoff coach in NBA history, and the only coach to win more than 70 percent of his regular-season games.
Neither team took a lead larger than seven points in the first three quarters, with the Bobcats constantly staying close to the Lakers on big baskets from Stephen Jackson. Nazr Mohammed's fallaway jumper with 1:38 to play trimmed Los Angeles' lead to 93-92, but Pau Gasol responded with a quick hook shot before blocking Jackson's driving layup.
After Odom tipped home Artest's layup, Bryant missed a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to give the Bobcats a final chance to tie. But Jordan Farmar forced a turnover on Jackson's inbounds pass from midcourt and made a fast-break dunk on a pass from Gasol with 4.5 seconds left.
Flip Murray made a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to trim the final margin.
The Lakers hadn't been home since beating Orlando on Jan. 18. The defending champions went just 5-3 on their East Coast trip, staying atop the Western Conference but struggling against the demands of a schedule that includes four more games in the next seven days.
Wallace, the first All-Star in Bobcats history, strained his left hamstring late in their loss at Portland on Monday night. He skipped Wednesday's shootaround, but wasn't ruled out until game time, with Stephen Graham starting in his place.
Bryant's eventful night began with a standing ovation from a pregame ceremony in which Lakers great Jerry West presented him with a game ball in recognition of Bryant's ascension to the top of the Lakers' career scoring list. Bryant passed West on Monday night during the Lakers' loss at Memphis.
Bryant went to the locker room with 12.5 seconds left in the first half after Odom stepped on his left foot while both players reached for a loose ball. Bryant wasn't moving easily even before that on his balky left ankle, struggling with his shot and failing to score until a few minutes before the injury.
NOTES: Los Angeles improved to 5-6 against Charlotte in the Bobcats' brief history. The Boston Celtics are the only other NBA franchise with a winning record against the Lakers. ... The Bobcats will be back at Staples Center in 17 days to face the Clippers. ... Lakers G Derek Fisher made the 1,000th 3-pointer of his career. ... Courtside fans included Taylor Lautner, television host Olivia Munn and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.
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LAKERS HEAD COACH PHIL JACKSON
On tonight’s game:
“That turned out to be a tic-for-tat type of game. They get the lead, we fight back. We couldn’t establish any traction in that ball game. The bench played well tonight, gave us a little bump which is good to see. We survived the night when Kobe really was hampered by his injuries.”
On becoming the Lakers most-winning coach:
“Not any more except that it’s been a really good run. Having this opportunity, to coach this team, is always special. So the fact that we’ve had some great teams, great players, is always a credit to them. My staff, the guys who help me prepare this team for the games. All those things are ingredients going into this. It’s not really an individual record in my mind, it’s a team, a club significant thing.”
On Kobe Bryant tonight:
“He couldn’t get off the ground, couldn’t get any push off of that ankle tonight. He got out there in the 3rd quarter and kind of kept the team in balance, kept us operating out there a little bit. I really didn’t want to have to bring him back but when they closed the gap there in the last 2 minutes, I think I had to.”
On Pat Riley:
“We came into this league the same year. We were rookies together, we’ve known each other for a long time. We competed against each other in a lot of various ways, on the court obviously and as coaches. So there’s some significance to that. I respect his game tremendously and his coaching style too. So that’s something that I take with pride.”
LAKERS GUARD KOBE BRYANT
On attempting to fight through the game tonight:
“It was just hurting today, pretty much. Tried to battle through it tonight. It was just stiff. Stiff and tight. Lamar stepped on my foot as I was changing directions so at the end of the first half that just didn’t help.”
On the play at the end of the first half when Lamar stepped on his foot:
“It just made it worse. It just set it back to square one.”
On he and Pau not entering the fourth quarter until there was just a few minutes remaining:
“It was strange but it was good for us though. The guys performed pretty well defensively.”
LAKERS FORWARD PAU GASOL
On Coach Phil Jackson having good players on his teams:
“Having good players, I think it’s a good thing, it obviously helps. I’m proud that he’s had good players but he also coaches great and was successful; [he] won ten championships so I don’t think you can argue much about his success.”
On tonight’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats:
“They stay in games, they play hard, they battle; that’s just the way the do it, that’s the way they play, their style. We struggled against them for awhile and we were able to play pretty well even though it wasn’t our best game… But we fought through it and we understood what we had to do to win the ball game and we’re happy we did.”
LAKERS FORWARD LAMAR ODOM
On playing for Coach Phil Jackson and why he’s been so successful:
“Incredible… Every day I win something new. He understands people, personalities. Meshing them together is a big deal in basketball.”
On the Charlotte Bobcats:
“It was a close game, we respect this team. They played well. The last couple of years they’ve played us hard. They’re a well coached team, very disciplined team.”
BOBCATS HEAD COACH LARRY BROWN
On the turnover in the last possession:
“Well I had everybody confused. That was my fault. We had another timeout where I don’t think anybody really understood what we were trying to do so that was on me. I told them all afterwards that, that was just an old coach doing a stupid thing.”
On his team’s performance in tonight’s game:
“Everybody played good. You know, they’ve got such length and depth and size so I thought all of our big guys did a heck of a job. You know when you get Boris [Diaw] in foul trouble and you have to play Derrick [Brown] and you got to play some crazy lineups without Gerald [Wallace], you got to be perfect. We weren’t exactly perfect but we were pretty darn good.”
On what he had hoped to do in the last possession:
“We had figured it out. We knew we had to shoot a three and I thought I had four guys out there that could shoot it. We just got a little confused. Things like that happen.”
On the improvements his team has made:
“We’re getting better. We compete every night. We’ve been playing without Tyson [Chandler], so Nazr [Mohammed] and Desagana [Diop], and Derrick Brown, a lot of kids have stepped up. You know, Stephen Jackson has had a big positive effect on our team and Gerald Wallace, we’ve got a lot of guys that are playing better.”
On his own team:
“I’m proud of my team. When you’re a coach and you know that they’re gonna give you effort every night. They compete and they care about each other. It’s pretty neat being involved in all that.”
On Phil Jackson’s Milestone:
“Congratulate Phil [Jackson]. This guy has done a remarkable job with this franchise and Chicago. We all have a lot of respect for him and to be in this building when Jerry [West] gives Kobe a ball and then Phil gets this milestone…it’s pretty impressive.”
BOBCATs FORWARD STEPHEN JACKSON
On tonight’s game:
“We played well and played great defense. We came in with great confidence, I thought we made great plays and gave ourselves a chance to win. We just have to execute better at the end of the game, but for the most part we played our butts off.”
On Lakers’ threats:
“I think Lamar Odom coming off the bench and making some big plays. I think Pau Gasol had a great night too, but I think it was Lamar coming off the bench and making those big plays and getting his tips in. Also Shannon Brown played well.”
On what they can take from this game:
“We are confident in each other and what we can do as a team. Obviously we would be happier if we had won this game, but we are going to stay together and continue to work and take the positive from this game and try to get ready to play at home.”
BOBCATS CENTER NAZR MOHAMMED
Bobcats Nazr Mohammed on his rebound performance:
“I am really comfortable out there on the road and on the court. Andrew Bynum is one of the top rebounders in the league and I knew I would have to play harder and concentrate on my rebounds.”
Bobcats Nazr Mohammed on the team’s effort:
“We had good effort from our team and we were in position to win and you know it is disappointing to leave without a victory. It would have made a good road trip a great road trip, but they did what they had to do down the stretch and that is what good teams do. We are still growing and that is where we are going to be.”
Lakers vs. Bobcats Game Preview
By MATT BEARDMORE, STATS Writer
Back at Staples Center for the first time in more than two weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers look to improve upon the best home record in the NBA. The Lakers, though, could be tested Wednesday night by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Los Angeles tries to win its eighth straight at Staples Center, where it has dropped three in a row against Charlotte.
The Western Conference-leading Lakers (37-12) return home following a 5-3, 12-day trip that ended with Monday’s 95-93 loss to Memphis. Los Angeles had its four-game winning streak snapped, but Kobe Bryant hit four 3s and matched a season-high with 44 points, moving past Jerry West (25,192) as the Lakers’ all-time leading scorer.
“It’s a great honor to say the least (because) of the great players that have played here and the tradition we have,” said Bryant, 14th all-time with 25,208 points. “(West) taught me so much when I was 17 years old. He showed me a lot about the game, the jump shot and spin moves and all the others.”
West, then the Lakers’ general manager, is also credited with acquiring Bryant from the Charlotte Hornets in what has turned out to be a lopsided 1996 deal that sent Vlade Divac to the Hornets.
Bryant, though, has not enjoyed much success against the NBA team now in Charlotte. While the four-time NBA champion is averaging 34.1 points in nine career games versus the Bobcats (24-23), the Lakers are 3-6 in those contests with losses in six of the last seven meetings and each of the last three.
Bryant had 38 points in Charlotte’s last visit to Staples Center on Jan. 27 of last season, but he fouled out in the first overtime and the Bobcats won 117-110 in double-overtime.
Andrew Bynum, who posted his second consecutive double-double against Charlotte with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in that game, was called for a flagrant foul after knocking down Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace in the final minutes of regulation.
Wallace suffered a partially collapsed left lung and a fractured rib on the play and missed the next seven games.
Wallace, a first-time All-Star this season, is averaging 25.2 points and 10.0 boards as the Bobcats have won three of five on a trip that ends Wednesday.
Stephen Jackson, averaging 23.6 points during the western swing, is looking for a better effort from Charlotte than in Monday’s 98-79 loss to Portland.
“You can say we’re road weary, but at the end of the day we still have to come compete and give all we have and I don’t think we did that tonight,” Jackson said after the Bobcats committed 21 turnovers and shot 40.6 percent from the field.
If Jackson scores in double figures Wednesday, he will match Wallace’s franchise record of 39 straight games with 10 or more points.
While the Lakers have to face Jackson in a Bobcats uniform for the first time, they won’t have to worry about defending Shannon Brown, who scored five of his 14 points in the second overtime for Charlotte in last season’s matchup in Los Angeles. The Lakers acquired Brown and Adam Morrison 11 days later for Vladimir Radmanovic.
Phil Jackson needs one victory to move past Pat Riley as the Lakers’ all-time winningest coach with 534.
Los Angeles’ last home win against Charlotte was 99-98 on Dec. 4, 2005.
Kobe Bryant (avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is out.
Tyson Chandler (stress reaction, left foot) is out.
SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers lost last season’s series with Charlotte 0-2 after splitting the 2007-08 season series 1-1. The two teams have met ten times in all with the Lakers trailing the all-time series 4-6. The Bobcats are one of only two teams in the NBA that the Lakers have a .500 or losing record against (Boston). At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 2-3 all-time against the Bobcats while in Charlotte, the Lakers have gone 2-3. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 2-6 against Charlotte. In their last meeting at STAPLES Center, the Bobcats defeated the Lakers 110-117 in double-overtime, marking the third OT contest (2nd multi-overtime game) between the two teams in the brief series history. In 2006-07, the Lakers lost on the road to the Bobcats 124-133 in triple overtime to conclude a six-game road trip. It was the Lakers third ever triple-overtime game in the Los Angeles era and the team’s longest game since a four-overtime contest in January of 1980 at Cleveland. In their second meeting that season, Kobe Bryant connected on a game-tying three with 1.6 seconds to play, forcing overtime. The Lakers, however, were outscored 15-6 in the extra period, dropping their first ever game to the Bobcats at home. In nine career games against Charlotte, Kobe Bryant is averaging 34.1 points with a high-game of 58 points coming in the triple-overtime contest 12/29/06. On February 7, the Lakers acquired Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown from Charlotte in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic. Additionally, Michael Jordan, Managing Member of Basketball Operations for the Bobcats, won six NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls under current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. Earlier this season, Jackson moved past Bobcats head coach Larry Brown for 5th on the NBA’s all-time coaching win list with a victory over Detroit (11/17/09).
ODOM EIGHT ASSISTS AWAY FROM 3,000; CAN BECOME 7th FASTEST PLAYER IN LEAGUE HISTORY TO REACH 6,000 REBOUNDS & 3,000 ASSISTS
With 2,992 assists and 6,338 rebounds in 714 career games, Lamar Odom is eight assists shy of becoming the 7th fastest player in NBA history (in terms of games) to total 3,000 assists AND 6,000 rebounds. Already a member of the 10,000 point club, Odom would join Larry Bird (574 games), Chris Webber (667 games), Kevin Garnett (681 games), Oscar Robertson (688 games), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (691 games) and Wilt Chamberlain (691 games) as the only players to amass 3,000 assists and 6,000 rebounds in as few as 715 games. Should Odom not reach eight assists 2/3 vs. Charlotte but rather 2/5 vs. Denver, he would tie Elgin Baylor (716 games) as the 7th fastest to this unique milestone. If Odom were to take longer, he would join the list as the 8th fastest in league history to the mark.
BRYANT MOVES PAST JERRY WEST FOR FIRST ON LAKERS ALL-TIME SCORING LIST (14th ON NBA LIST); REGGIE MILLER NEXT UP
With a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant moved past Jerry West (25,192) for first on the Lakers all-time scoring list and 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, finishing the game with 44 points (West’s retired number). Bryant (25,208) points, is now 71 points shy of Reggie Miller (25,279) for 13th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Next on the all-time list are Alex English (12th/25,613), John Havlicek (11th/26,395) and Dominique Wilkins (10th/26,668).
Less than a month earlier, with 22 points 1/5 vs. Houston, Bryant moved past Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. In November, with his free throw at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter 11/19 vs. Chicago, Bryant moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) for 2nd on the Lakers all-time franchise scoring list while 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.
BRYANT MOVES TO 6TH ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST
With his 29th point February 1 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. Additionally, having scored all his points with the Lakers, Bryant moved to sixth on the NBA’s franchise career points list. Only five players in league history have scored more points for a single franchise than Bryant.
JACKSON TIES PAT RILEY FOR MOST REGULAR SEASON VICTORIES IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
With a victory in Boston January 31st, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson (533) matched 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 all-time in 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 (1,078) 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.
Kobe Bryant equaled his season-high with 44 points on 16-of-28 shooting 2/1 at Memphis while passing Jerry West to become the Lakers all-time leading scorer, marking the 104th time in his career that he has scored 40+ points in a game and the 8th time this season alone, further surpassing his total for all of last season (4). Bryant’s 46 points 2/1/08 at Toronto moved him past Elgin Baylor (88 40+ games) for 3rd all-time and into 1st in Lakers franchise history. In the history of the NBA, only two players have more career 40-point games: Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan (173). The Lakers are now 72-32 all-time in games that Bryant scores 40+ points and are 7- 1 in such games this season. Bryant holds the Lakers franchise record for 40-point games in a single season, recording 27 during the 2005-06 campaign. Bryant also holds the franchise record for most consecutive 40-point games (9), established during the 2002-03 season.