Lakers Gameday | 12/01/10 | Rockets

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Los Angeles Lakers 26 30 22 21 99
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Houston Rockets 23 30 23 33 109

Rockets hand Lakers fourth straight loss, 109-99


HOUSTON (AP)—Kevin Martin scored 22 points and Shane Battier added 11 of his 17 in the final three minutes to lift theHouston Rockets to a 109-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

The loss is the fourth in a row for the Lakers, who were led by Kobe Bryant’s 27 points.

The Lakers led by three before Battier made consecutive 3-pointers to put Houston on top 100-97 with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

Bryant made a pair of free throws before Battier hit a jump shot that caused the Lakers’ star to slump his shoulders and shake his head. Los Angeles was then called for a shot clock violation and Bryant missed a 3-pointer on the next trip down the court.

Battier was fouled by Derek Fisher on a 3-point attempt with 41.9 seconds remaining and hit all three free throws to make it 105-99. Houston made four free throws in the last few seconds to secure the win.

Bryant approached Battier and patted him on the chest at the end of the game before Battier raised a hand to the crowd and left the court to loud cheers.

It was a big win for the undermanned Rockets, who are playing without center Yao Ming and guard Aaron Brooks, who are out indefinitely with ankle injuries.

Luis Scola had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, and Chase Budinger andJordan Hill added 10 points apiece.

The Rockets cut the lead to 93-90 with about five minutes left thanks to Martin hitting all three free throws after being fouled by Bryant on a 3-point attempt. Kyle Lowry followed with another 3-pointer.

Houston led by two points early in the fourth quarter before an 11-2 scoring spurt capped by a 3-pointer by Steve Blake put Los Angeles ahead 89-82.

A layup by Martin tied the game at 66 midway through the third quarter and the teams tied and exchanged the lead several more times in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Lowry tied it again near the end of the period, but Shannon Brown made a pair of free throws to put the Lakers ahead 78-76 entering the fourth quarter.

Lamar Odom had a season-high 25 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks, but did not score in the fourth quarter.Matt Barnes added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Houston used a 13-2 run in the final minutes of the first half to cut the lead to one point, but Bryant hit a jump shot at the buzzer to give Los Angeles a 56-53 halftime lead.

The Rockets got within four points about six minutes before halftime but a 3-pointer by Shannon Brown followed by a pair of free throws by Bryant stretched the lead to 45-36.

Houston led by two points after a 3-pointer by Budinger with about a minute left in the first quarter. Then Los Angeles went on an 11-2 run fueled by five points from Odom to take a 32-25 lead early in the second quarter.

NOTES: Yao, who has missed the last 11 games with his injury, drew a small crowd while shooting on Houston’s practice court about 90 minutes before the game. The onlookers peered through the glass and many took pictures and cell phone videos of the All-Star. … Players from both teams wore red and white shooting shirts to raise awareness for Wednesday’s World AIDS Day.

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43 Second half points scored by the Lakers after a 56-point first half.

25 Season-high point total for Lamar Odom, who was hot early in scoring 15 points in the first half. He added 11 rebounds and two blocks in his best all-around game since L.A.’s 8-0 start to the season.

17 Games missed by Pau Gasol last season due to separate hamstring issues in either leg, notable tonight as he left the game briefly after the third quarter to get stretched out by Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti. Gasol did return moments later, but finished the game with only eight points and nine rebounds.

11 Improbable fourth quarter points scored consecutively be usual non-offensive threat Shane Battier, pulling Houston from down three to up six (surrounding two Bryant free throws, L.A.’s final points, with 2:16 left). Battier finished just one point off his season-high of 18.

10 Three-pointers hit by the Rockets compared with L.A.’s five, including three down the stretch of the final quarter.

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Points Bryant 27, 10-24 FG
Rebounds Odom 11, 1 OFF 10 DEF
Assists Blake 5
Steals Bryant 4
Blocks Odom 2



(On the Rockets fourth quarter run)
"We took bad shots and made bad plays. We had a number of mental errors. We played OK at times, but we just made mistakes at critical times. Poor shooting in the second half really cost us. You have to give credit to Houston's defense, which had something to do with that."

(On the Lakers recent play)
"There is a long way to go and we just have to hang on. I really liked the way our bench played. We're concerned with the way Gasol played. This was probably his worst game of the season. He's had some hamstring issues and it bothered him."

(On the Rockets)
"They got Martin loose in the second half and he got going with his shots and also getting to the free throw line. Hayes does a great job of bodying Gasol defensively and I thought Hill (Jordan) did a good job defensively too."


(On the game)
"They (Rockets) made tough shots and big shots and built a cushion in the fourth quarter. We have to do a better job defensively, this is unacceptable. We're slow. It looks like we're running in quicksand. Our depth is not good."


(On his hamstring injury)
"It's a little sore. It bothered me out there. It didn't' get loose at all. I will rest and hopefully I'll be better. Maybe just from fatigue. I'm hoping this won't linger. It happened yesterday during the game. I'm concerned that it doesn't get better or we'll really have a problem."


(On the fourth loss in a row)
"I don't know whets going on. Maybe this is good for us to show us if we don't play well, we'll lose. Being humbled is a good lesson in life. We lost the game. We couldn't keep control of the game when we had it and didn't close Houston out. We really have to work on our concentration defensively. We are not playing well and its a joke."


(On the team's problems)
"Coach (Jackson) will get it fixed. We didn't' have a drought like this at all last year. We need a monsoon win and sometimes they don't happen early. We will be OK. It was a very unfortunate loss. That's life. If it was easy a caveman could do it."



(On the game)
"Obviously just a terrific win for us. We really came out in the second half and competed. In the fourth quarter we did all the things that we've struggled with all year. We defended them (Lakers). We got most of the rebounds and we executed really well. Shane (Battier) was huge, obviously. We had 27 assists, that's a really good balance. Kyle (Lowry) had 10 and we had 17 to other people. It was just a solid win for us, obviously our best win of the year. We just hope we can build on this."

(On defending Pau Gasol)
"I thought Chuck (Hayes) did a good job on him. I thought Jordan (Hill) hasn't had a lot of experience guarding him (Gasol) but I thought he battled him in the 4th quarter. He got a couple big rebounds for us but he didn't let Gasol get them. He has the length to keep Gasol away where he can't go over the top of him and that was huge. We were able to let Jordan play him without doubling him. We were just trying to play him.


(On the importance of the win)
"Huge win. We needed it. We were struggling early on in the season, but we played hard. We competed and we got the win. We are really happy today. We need to go to Memphis and back it up."

(On the play of the Rocket's second unit)
"They're athletic and fun to watch. They're really talented. When we go to the bench I feel good, like some good things are going to happen. I think by playing the way we did today, we allowed them to go out there and play more loose and play better. That's what the starters are supposed to do"


(On his clutch shooting late in the game)

"Honestly, I was in the corner all night. Usually the Lakers give up that corner three because Kobe (Bryant) doesn't really play me. He roams off of me. We did a much better job of ball movement in the second half. I shot the first one (3-pointer) and the second one was tougher because Gasol (Pau) was running at me. I was just trying to get it to the rim and when it went in, I said 'Ok, now were talking. We might have something here.' It was a great team win."

(On the adjustments the Rockets made at half time)
"Rick (Adelman) told us we needed to play harder, we needed to cut harder and apply pressure on them (Lakers) and make them feel us. They were shooting the ball really well. They made a lot of jumpers early and we were sort of on our heels for a second. We played harder, pushed the tempo, got some turnovers and got back into it."

(On the win)
"It's a big win, anytime you beat a defending champ like the Lakers, you know it gives your team some confidence. Hopefully we can get something rolling."

(On the role of the bench)
"Yeah we did a great job ending quarters and ending the second quarter and the start of the third quarter. Our starters did a great job, then the bench got back in the game. Hopefully next game everybody can get it going and it would be a good month for us and hopefully we can get back in the hunt."


(On the importance of the win)
"Well beating one of the teams in the west is always going to be a confidence booster. Hopefully now we can string some wins along and climb back to .500."

(On their play in the fourth quarter)

"I think we're just learning from our mistakes in the past. We just stayed together tonight, played team defense. Shane was big. Our guys just rallied around one another and came out to win."



After receiving their NBA championship rings, the Los Angeles Lakers came out flat against the Houston Rockets in their season opener. Another title celebration is the last thing on the Lakers' minds these days.

Los Angeles looks to avoid its first four-game losing streak since 2006-07 on Wednesday night, when it makes its only trip to Houston this season to play the Rockets.

After a second straight championship banner was raised to the Staples Center rafters on Oct. 26, Los Angeles trailed Houston by as many as 15 in the first half before rallying for a 112-110 victory.

It was the Lakers' third straight win in this matchup.

"You tell 'em to go enjoy the ring ceremony and then get down to work. It's not always possible to get focused again," coach Phil Jackson said after the victory.

Jackson likely isn't as forgiving now after watching his team drop three straight for just the second time since acquiringPau Gasol in February 2008. Former Rocket Ron Artest had his potential game-winning 3-point attempt blocked as time expired and Los Angeles (13-5) lost 98-96 at Memphis on Tuesday.

"I went middle and I had the shot that I wanted, but I lost the handle on the ball while I was going up, so I kicked it to Ron,"Kobe Bryant said after scoring 29 points.

The Lakers, whose last four-game slide was April 8-13, 2007, will face a Rockets team in far worse shape than the defending champs.

Houston (5-12) has dropped six of eight and has been without Yao Ming (bone bruise, left ankle) and Aaron Brooks (sprained left ankle) for the last 10 and 12 games, respectively.

Coach Rick Adelman has no idea when either of his starters will return.

"I've stopped asking," Adelman said following Monday's 101-91 loss at Dallas. "It's just what the doctor sees as they progress…They both have to get on the floor before we'll know how long it will be."

Without their seven-time All-Star center and floor leader, the Rockets are still looking for someone to step up to help the team close the first half strong.

Houston, shooting 34.0 percent in the final three minutes of the second quarter, was outscored 10-1 in the final 3:09 of the first half Monday.

"It's just the same story," backup center Brad Miller told the Rockets' official website. "… We've just got to find a way to lock it down at one of those points and not allow big runs like that."

Slowing down Bryant would be a good start against Los Angeles, but the Rockets are among the worst defensive teams in the league, allowing 106.4 points per game. Shane Battier will likely see plenty of time against the Lakers superstar, who is shooting 42.8 percent from the field after missing 16 of 25 on Tuesday.

"I think he felt like he had to carry a little bit of the load," Jackson said of Bryant, who had 27 points in the Oct. 26 victory. "… He's going to test the defense, and the other guys are going to have to step in."

Gasol, the league leader with 15 double-doubles, scored a team-high 30 points with eight rebounds in the Lakers' last game in Houston, a 109-101 victory March 27.

Rockets forward Luis Scola, averaging career highs with 20.6 points and 9.1 rebounds, had 18 points and 16 boards in the loss at Staples Center.

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Lakers Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is out.
Lamar Odom
(sore right foot) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.

Mavs Aaron Brooks (moderate to severe left ankle sprain).
Yao Ming (bone bruise in left ankle)

10/26 - HOU @ LAL W 112-110
12/01 - LAL @ HOU
02/01 - HOU@ LAL

Many people believe that the two most important positions to build a team around are the point guard and center.  Going into the season the Rockets were feeling pretty good with Yao Ming and Aaron Brooks in those spots.  A month later those two players have missed significant time with ankle injuries and Houston brings in a 5-12 record to the game tonight.  We must understand that the effort the Rockets will bring to the game tonight will not reflect that of a 5-12 team.  Players like Luis Scola, Shane Battier, and Chuck Hayes always compete and play hard.  Houston has tried to play at a faster pace lately and they are currently #6 in the league in scoring averaging 104.4 per game.  The problem is they are giving up an average of 106.7 per game.  That puts them at #27 in the NBA in scoring defense.

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The Lakers lead the current season series with Houston 1-0 after taking last season's series from the Rockets 3-1 and sweeping the '08-09 series 4-0. The two teams have met 189 times in all with the Lakers holding a 128-61 series advantage (105-55 since the Rockets moved to Houston). The Lakers are 8-2 against the Rockets in their last 10 games overall. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 14-8 all- time against the Rockets and 6-4 in their last 10. In Houston, the Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 road games and are 9-4 all-time at Toyota Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 27-11 against Houston in 38 regular season meetings. Kobe Bryant holds the series scoring record with two 53-point games. Both games broke his own series mark of 52 established at STAPLES Center in February of 2003. In 47 career games (42 starts) versus Houston, Bryant is now averaging 26.7 points per game. Lakers forward Ron Artest played the 2008-09 season in Houston, averaging 17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.52 steals in 35.5 minutes while setting single season career-highs in 3-point field goals made (153) and
attempted (383) in 69 games (55 starts). In the postseason, the Lakers are 5-3 in eight meetings with the Rockets, most recently defeating the Houston 4-3 in the 2009 Western Conference Semifinals.

With consecutive losses at Utah, vs. Indiana and at Memphis, the Lakers are in the midst of just their SECOND three-game losing streak since January of 2008, with the Lakers also dropping three straight with consecutive losses 3/4 at Miami, 3/5 at Charlotte and 3/7 at Orlando. Since the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol on February 1, 2008, the Lakers have now lost consecutive games 18 times (13 regular season, 5 playoff streaks), including their two three-game losing streaks.

On four occasions, the Lakers played the third game of the streak without Gasol, snapping each of them with victories 3/18/08 at Dallas, 3/30/08 vs. Washington in overtime, 11/17/09 vs. Detroit and 1/10/10 vs. Milwaukee. Prior to their acquisition of Pau Gasol, the Lakers last three-game losing streak came just a week before the trade, with consecutive losses at San Antonio, at Dallas and vs. Cleveland from 1/23/08 through 1/27/08.

Among Phil Jackson's 11 championship teams, only the 1990-91 Bulls (3-game losing streak: 11/2/90 – 11/6/90), the 2001-02 Lakers (3 game losing streak: 2/15/02 – 2/19/02) and 2009-10 Lakers (3 game losing streak: 3/4/10 – 3/7/10) have suffered 3-game losing streaks.

Wednesday's game at Houston is the second of a back-to-back set with the Grizzlies and Rockets. This season, the Lakers are 2-1 in the first game and 2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs. On the year, the Lakers will play 15 sets of back-to-back games as opposed to the 20 they faced a season ago. The only other time the Lakers have played 15 or fewer sets of back-to-back games came in the team's first ever NBA season (1948-49) when they also played 15 sets of back-to-backs. Chicago, Milwaukee and Atlanta lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2010-11 while Oklahoma City (17), Phoenix (16) and the Lakers (15) will play the fewest sets this season.

With 41 points November 28th versus Indiana, Kobe Bryant scored 40+ points for the 105th time (regular season) in his NBA career. Bryant last topped the 40-point mark in the regular season back on February 1, 2010 at Memphis when he scored 44 points while passing Jerry West to become the Lakers all-time leading scorer. Last season, Bryant eclipsed the 40-point mark eight times, with the Lakers going 7-1 in those games. 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 72-33 all-time in games that Bryant scores 40+ points. 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. Only Wilt Chamberlain (14 twice, 10 once) has had longer consecutive 40-point game streaks in league history than Bryant.

With his 29th point February 1, 2010 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. On February 24, 2010 at Dallas, Bryant moved past Reggie Miller (25,279) for 5th on this list. To date, only four players in league history have scored more points for a single franchise than Bryant.

With 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists while shooting 10-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line, Pau Gasol became just the third player in the NBA's shot clock era to record a perfect shooting night from the field and the line with at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. The only other players to accomplish this rare feat are Gary Payton in January of 1995 (32 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists (14-14 FG, 3-3 FT)) and Charles Barkley in March of 1989 (31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists (10-10 FG, 9-9 FT)).

Additionally, Gasol became the fifth Laker in franchise history to convert at least 10 field goals without a miss in a single game and the first to do so since Byron Scott went 10-for-10 2/26/86 at Dallas. Wilt Chamberlain converted a franchise record 14-of-14 field goals without a miss 3/11/69 vs. Detroit with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (11-11 FG twice) and Mitch Kupchak (11-11 FG) rounding out the list.

Entering the Lakers game at Houston, Derek Fisher has played in 431 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 629 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 309 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than 40 games (2nd - Andre Iguodala). Former Laker A.C. Green holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played with 1,192 dating from 11/19/86 – 4/18/01 while a member of the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

In the Lakers victory 11/17 at Detroit, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. The 33 points are the most Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play in the fourth quarter or overtime since Feb. 23, 2007 against the Celtics. In that contest, Bryant scored 38 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter. The most points Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play the fourth quarter came on Dec. 20, 2005 when he posted 62 points in 33 minutes vs. Dallas (18-31 FG, 22-25 FT). Bryant established a franchise record for points in a quarter with 30 in the third of that contest, single-handedly outscoring the entire Mavericks team 62-61 through three quarters.

With 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists 11/19 at Minnesota on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line, Matt Barnes joined Charles Barkley as the only other player in NBA history to post a minimum 20-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist night while not missing a single shot, with a minimum of 5 field goal attempts AND 5 free throw attempts. Barkley posted 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists on a perfect 10-of-10 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line in a 135-122 victory over the Spurs back on March 24, 1989 with the 76ers. Ironically, just one game later, Pau Gasol became the third player in NBA history to do so, posting 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists on 10-of-10 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the foul line in the Lakers victory 11/21 vs. Golden State.

In the Lakers 112-95 victory 11/19 at Minnesota, Matt Barnes came off the bench to score 24 points on a perfect night from the field and free-throw line (7-7 FG, 5-5 3FG, 5-5 FT). Since the NBA instituted the three-point shot prior to the 1979-80 season, only two other bench players have been perfect from the free-throw line and from three- point range with at least five attempts in each category in the same game. New Jersey's Bostjan Nachbar shot 6-for-6 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the free- throw line on 4/15/07 and Craig Ehlo shot 5-for-5 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for Atlanta on 1/30/96.

With their 117-89 victory over Golden State on November 21st, the Lakers recorded their THIRD wire-to-wire win of the season as well as their second against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS) this year. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victory came in a 124-105 win 11/2 vs. Memphis. Last year, the Lakers claimed NINE wire-to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed); seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City). During their previous championship run in 2008-09, the Lakers claimed 11 wire-to-wire victories; nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston). Last season, the Lakers also lost twice in wire-to-wire fashion (98-107 1/8/10 @ POR and 75-91 3/26/10 @ OKC).

In their 116-121 loss to Phoenix on November 14th, the Lakers and Suns combined for 31 three-point field goals on the night, one shy of the NBA record of 32 established by Phoenix (18) at Seattle (14) in double overtime on January 22, 2006. The combined total marks the 8th time in NBA history that two teams have combined for 31 three- point field goals and just the 6th that two teams did so in a non-overtime game. It is the 3rd time the Lakers have been involved in combining for 31 three-point field goals, also doing so 3/30/08 (Lakers (14), Washington (17) – overtime) and 12/17/06 (Lakers (19), Washington (12) – overtime). Additionally, the Suns total of 22 three-point field goals made was one shy of the NBA record of 23 established by the Orlando Magic 1/13/09 at Sacramento. In addition to breaking their own franchise record of 20 three- point field goals made, Phoenix eclipsed the Lakers opponent franchise record of 19 three-point field goals made, also established by the Suns in April of 2005.

With his 17th point November 11th at Denver, Kobe Bryant reached 26,000 for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to do so in NBA history (32 years, 80 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 114 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 331 days). Additionally, Bryant became the 12th player in NBA history to score 26,000 points and the 8th fastest to do so (1,030) in terms of games, behind Shaquille O'Neal (1,022). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 26,000, doing so in 734 games. Among the remaining top five scorers in NBA history (Chamberlain and O'Neal already mentioned), Michael Jordan reached 26,000 points in 815 games, Abdul-Jabbar in 925 games and Karl Malone in 997 games.

Last season, 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) 3rd and 4th respectively. In terms of games, Bryant (989 games) became the 9th fastest to 25,000 career points, behind Dominique Wilkins (960). Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 25,000 (691 games).

The youngest player in league history to accumulate 16,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 25,000 points, Bryant was the 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, 11th fastest to 23,000, 9th fastest to 24,000 and 9th fastest to 25,000 points in terms of games.

In first quarter of the Lakers November 3rd victory at Sacramento, Kobe Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (37,492) for first on the Lakers all-time minutes played list (regular season). Additionally, in the first quarter of the Lakers November 5th victory over Toronto, Bryant passed Jerry West (9,016 FGM) for 2nd on the franchise's all- time field goals made list (regular season). Abdul-Jabbar ranks 1st in franchise history with 9,935 field goals made. In all, Bryant now ranks 1st or 2nd on the Lakers all- time list in points (1st), games (2nd), minutes (1st), steals (2nd), field goals made & attempted (2nd), free throws made & attempted (2nd), 3-point field goals made & attempted (1st) and free throw % (2nd).

With 17 points 11/2 vs. Memphis, Lamar Odom recorded his 11,000th career point, becoming just the 29th player in NBA history to reach 11,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists and the 10th fastest to do so in terms of games. Only Larry Bird (527 games), Chris Webber (667 games), Kevin Garnett (681 games), Oscar Robertson (688 games), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (691 games), Wilt Chamberlain (691 games), Elgin Baylor (716 games) Alvan Adams (718 games) and Bill Russell (746 games) reached those totals faster than Odom, who did so in 751 career games.

Over the first five games of the season, Lamar Odom shot 35-for-50 (.700) from the field, ranking first in the NBA. The last player to shoot 70% from the field through the first five games of a season (min. 50 FGA) was Charles Barkley, who shot 43-for-60 (.716) over the first five games of the 1991-92 season. The only other time a Lakers player did so was Wilt Chamberlain, who shot 49-of-70 (.700) over the first five games of the 1968-69 season.

With 30 points from Pau Gasol and 23 points from Kobe Bryant in the Lakers November 5th victory over Toronto, the two became the first pair of teammates to both score at least 20 points in each of their team's first six games of a season since Larry Kenon and George Gervin did so over the first seven games for the 1979-80 San Antonio Spurs. Bryant and Gasol are the first pair of Lakers to do so since Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West scored 20+ points each in their first six games of the 1970-71 season.

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