Lakers Gameday | 12/10/10 | Bulls

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Chicago Bulls 12 24 30 22 88

Rose scores 29, Bulls hold off Lakers 88-84

CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose had 29 points and nine assists, and the Chicago Bulls held off a late rally by the Los Angeles Lakers for an 88-84 win Friday night to match a season best with their fourth straight victory.

The Bulls hit eight 3-pointers, three by Rose, who made the shot a key part of his game during the offseason. Reserve swingman Kyle Korver connected on a trio of 3s and scored 13 points for Chicago, which held a 26-13 edge in bench points.

The 84 points marked a season low for the Lakers. The two-time defending NBA champions were led by Kobe Bryant's 23 points, though he shot just 9 for 23 from the floor.

It was the Bulls' first win over the Lakers in nearly four years. Los Angeles had won seven straight against Chicago since a 94-89 Bulls victory on Dec. 19, 2006, at the United Center.

Phil Jackson fell to 17-7 in his Lakers coaching career against the Bulls, the team he guided to six NBA championships in the 1990s.

Los Angeles had won three straight since a four-game losing streak.

After Korver hit two free throws to give Chicago its biggest advantage at 82-69 midway through the fourth quarter, the Lakers went on a six-point run. Then, during a timeout, the Bulls lost a point on an official's review that changed a 3-pointer by Rose to two points.

After the timeout, Rose threw away a pass trying to hit Joakim Noah under the basket. Bryant scored on a short jumper on the other end, pulling the Lakers within four with 1:45 to play.

Rose ended the run with a drive to the basket, but Derek Fisher hit a 3 from corner with 48 seconds to play, cutting Chicago's lead to 83-80.

Rose went to work again, hitting a fallaway 15-footer with the shot clock running down. That put the Bulls ahead by five with 25.2 seconds to play.

Rose made one of two free throws with 14 seconds left. After a timeout, Bryant drew a foul, but also missed one of two from the line. He fouled Ronnie Brewer on the rebound attempt with 10.7 seconds remaining.

Brewer hit both free throws to seal it for the Bulls.

The Lakers made their initial fourth-quarter push about 4 minutes into the period.

Bryant's 3 at the 8-minute mark pulled the Lakers within five. Ron Artest stepped into the passing lane on the next possession for a steal and was wrapped up by Noah to prevent a layup.

At first, Noah was called for a clear-path foul, but the call was rescinded after replay review. The Lakers ended up not scoring on the possession, and the Bulls scored the next four points to re-establish a nine-point lead.

The Lakers built a 13-point lead in the first quarter by feeding big men Pau Gasol (10 points in the quarter) and Lamar Odom (eight points) in the paint and keeping the Bulls out of the lane on the other end.

Los Angeles led 22-12 after the opening quarter, limiting Chicago to 5-for-20 shooting. The Lakers outscored the Bulls 16-6 in the paint in the period.

Chicago still had just 17 points midway through the second quarter before finishing the half with a flourish.

Rose returned from a rest and scored nine of his 14 first-half points in the final 7:19, leading the Bulls' 16-2 run to finish the quarter.

The Lakers shot just 4 for 15 in the second period and committed eight turnovers, several coming off careless passes.

The Bulls stretched their advantage to eight by the end of the third period as the game began to open up.

Led by Rose, its jet-fast point guard, Chicago began pushing the ball up the floor, outscoring the Lakers 7-0 on fast-break points in the third.

As it did in the first quarter, the Bulls' offense picked up when starting shooting guard Keith Bogans went to the bench. Brewer scored 10 points off the bench as his replacement.

NOTES: The Bulls held a 16-4 advantage in fast-break points through the first three quarters, with all the transition points coming after Los Angeles outscored Chicago 4-0 in that category in the first period.

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26,398 Career points scored by Kobe Bryant after his 23-point effort, two points more than Celtics legend John Havlicek scored in his career. That vaulted Bryant up to the No. 11 spot in NBA scoring history.

29 Points from third year guard Derrick Rose, who was terrific throughout the evening in his first career victory over the Lakers. He added nine assists and five boards for the Bulls.

18 Combined first quarter points for Gasol and Odom in the paint to lead the Lakers to a 22-12 advantage. They’d combine to score just 16 in the next two quarters, however, the Bulls taking advantage to lead 66-58 into the fourth, showcasing once again how much the Lakers are looking forward to Andrew Bynum’s return.

11 Points from L.A.’s bench, eight of which came from Matt Barnes plus a triple from Blake. Chicago’s bench managed 24 points.

0 Points scored by Shannon Brown in his return to Chicago. The Maywood native missed all four shots he took, and couldn’t seem to get untracked in 18 minutes.

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Points Bryant 23, 9-23 FG
Rebounds Gasol, Odom 8, 3 OFF 5 DEF
Assists Bryant 7
Steals Bryant, Fisher 3
Blocks Gasol 4


Phil Jackson, Lakers head coach:

Q:  On the difference between first and second quarter.
A:  Things happen like that.  What happens is that teams get in sync and play offensively.  We just had too many turnovers.  We did not play the game that we wanted to play. 

Q:  On their diminished scoring.
A:  I don't care about the score, I just want to be ahead at the end.  We have been playing at a slow pace.  I like that in a game we play on the road.  We're just shooting poorly.  We made only one outside shot in the first half.  With Pau, they got physical with him after his hot start.  He seemed to think that he was getting fouled and that just changed the way he played.  They beat us on three-point shots.  Rose hit a big shot from the corner with three seconds left on the clock and Boozer also made one with the clock running down.  Those hurt.  Rose got 29 points but took 25 shots.  Kobe took 23 to get 23.  His energy in the second half is what brought them back. 

Q:  On their road play.
A:  Our shooting has been so under average we have to look at that.  Ball movement sets the tempo and we've played pretty well in the first quarter.  However, we've had a chance to put 15 to 20-point lead on them but didn't.  We stalled and messed around and that came back to hurt us. 


Lamar Odom, Lakers forward:

Q:  On the change of play from the first quarter. 
A:  Our team defense was bad, that was the big difference.  We gave up momentum and let them have big runs.  If this continues, we will lose a lot.  We just didn't play good team defense. 

Q:  On their poor offensive effort.
A:  We need more stops.  That's how you get possessions.  We didn't play good defense and that became a snowball effect.  We could have blown the game open.  Their defense allowed them to get back in and caused us to force shots.  They committed themselves to play team defense.  They won because of it and the stops they got. 


Kobe Bryant, Lakers guard:
Q:  On the game.
A:  It was an ugly game.  Both team struggled to make shots.  They struggled in the first quarter, we struggled in the second quarter.  They did a good job on defense, they took away opportunities we had.


Tom Thibodeau- Chicago coach:

What turned this game around?
“I thought the energy by our 2nd group and then Carlos got going in the post.  That gave us better floor balance, getting back in transition.  And I thought our defense was better.”

Derrick Rose down the stretch:
“We went to the high pick and roll then he was finding seams in the defense and attacking.  I also thought he had a big offensive rebound in the 2nd quarter that got us going.  His will is special.  The shot from the corner at the end of the shot clock, plays like that, he made a lot of big plays throughout the game.  I thought he really worked at playing defense.  His all around game was terrific.”

Do you think the Bulls played good defense on Kobe?
“The thing about Kobe is that you are never really going to stop him.  You have to try to make him work as hard as possible.  Gasol got going early and that was a big concern.  It gave them a big advantage to start the game.  But when Kobe is out there, he can score so quickly on you.  You never feel the lead is safe.  You have to play him tough.  He does it so many different ways.  In transition, he finds the corners very quickly is you over help.  He is great moving without the ball.  If you turn your head on him, he is going to cut.  There are so many things that he does that puts pressure on you.  It makes the game a lot easier for the others.  He's so unselfish.”


Carlos Boozer:

On the win:
“We fought back into it.  We did a good job on D.  Our offense started getting going a little bit late.  But we started to get some good shots.  D Rose hit some incredible shots at the end of the game to seal it for us and we got enough stops to win the game.  We did a good job rebounding and we made plays to win.” 

Was this the biggest win of the year?
“It was a big win.  Hopefully we can look at this game later on in the playoffs and use it for homework come June.  A great win.  It gives us a sense of how we can be on the defensive side of the ball.  Now we have to get ready for the next challenge which is Minnesota.  We don't want to have a monster win like this and then have a let down tomorrow.”


Derrick Rose:

On his performance:
“Without my teammates, there is no way I could take shots like that or drive like that.  Our confidence is really improving.” 

On his 1st time beating the Lakers:
“It feels good, we're moving in the right direction.  We're playing well and we're playing defense toward the end.  They did outrebound us late in the game and they got some 2nd chance shots.”

On the MVP chant:
“It feels good but I won't let it go to my head.  We've still got a lot more games to go.  We've got to play against Minnesota tomorrow.  We're just trying to bring excitement back to the city.”

When did the tide of the game start to change?
“We started a fast break.  Kyle came in and hit a lot of big shots.  Boozer, Jo had a lot of big lay-ups and they were just trying to get to the line.” 

On the bench play:
“The bench came in a played good for us.  They helped get the lead and helped maintain the lead.”

Was this the biggest win of the year?
“Of course, we beat the champions.  It was our 1st time and we're pretty happy about it.”



No matter how much the Chicago Bulls may have improved in the last few years, they haven't found a way to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

Winners of three straight overall, the Bulls seek to end a seven-game losing streak against the two-time defending champion Lakers on Friday night.

Chicago (12-8) has shown steady progress since finishing 33-49 in 2007-08, then drafting Derrick Rose with the first overall pick. After playoff appearances in Rose's first two seasons, the Bulls may be poised for more as the early leaders in a lackluster Central Division.

Rose, averaging a team-high and career-high 25.1 points, scored 30 when these teams met Nov. 23 in Los Angeles, but the Bulls lost 98-91. It was their seventh straight defeat in this series and the fifth in a row since Rose joined the team.

The Lakers have also won three straight in Chicago and nine of the last 10 in the series overall.

"They put a lot of pressure on us," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after last month's meeting. "The Lakers are a heck of a defensive team. You've got to make quick decisions against them."

Rose's ability to hit the outside jumper as well as attack the basket may help in breaking down the Lakers' defense. The point guard capitalized on a mismatch late in Chicago's 88-83 victory Wednesday in Cleveland, driving the lane and converting on a three-point play to put the Bulls ahead for good.

"I have confidence in my game where if they are backing up on me I will shoot," said Rose, who finished with 29 points. "If they are on me, I came into this league because of driving (to the basket)."

Rose helped Chicago overcome a poor game from Carlos Boozer, who sat the entire four quarter and totaled four points. Boozer's inside presence may be needed against a Lakers team boasting seven-footer Pau Gasol and possiblyAndrew Bynum, who Los Angeles hopes can return at some point during its lengthy road trip.

The Lakers (16-6) didn't need to leave Los Angeles to begin their first of two seven-game trips this season, winning as the visiting team against the Staples Center co-tenant Clippers 87-86 on Wednesday on Derek Fisher's layup as time expired.

"It was a tough shot," Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe said. "That's what he's there for. He has been doing it for years for them."

Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and Shannon Brown added 16 off the bench for the Lakers, who have won three straight after a four-game losing streak.

Brown scored 21 points in last month's win over the Bulls, helping the Los Angeles reserves outscore Chicago's 39-10. Brown, a suburban Chicago native who played sparingly in six games for the Bulls in 2007-08, has flourished as a role player since joining the Lakers.

"I always want to play well against the place I came from," Brown said in November. "I grew up watching the Bulls. I was a Bulls fan."

Not counting a 42-point effort Dec. 15, 2009, Bryant has averaged only 21.0 points in the Lakers' other six victories over the Bulls during the current streak.

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Lakers Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is out.
Lamar Odom
(sore right foot) is probable.
Pau Gasol
(strained left hamstring) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.
Derrick Caracter
(sprained left ankle) is day-to-day.

Mavs None

11/23 - CHI @ LAL W 98-91
12/10 - LAL @ CHI

Since we already played the Bulls once we should have a pretty solid understanding of how hard they play.  This will probably be the most physical game on this road trip so we must put our hard hats on and be ready to get to work tonight.  This team is heavily reliant on Rose to make plays and we simply cannot let him get going.  He is especially dangerous in the first 4-6 seconds of the possession and we must make sure we do not let him build up a head of steam.  The main difference with the Bulls from the last time we played them is the return of Carlos Boozer.  He missed the first month of the season but is back and is fitting in very well.  Having come from playing with Deron Williams in Utah, Boozer fully grasps the benefit of playing with an elite point guard. 

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The Lakers lead their season series with the Bulls 1-0 after sweeping last season's series with Chicago 2-0 for the third consecutive year. This will be the 139th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 84-54. The Lakers have won seven straight against the Bulls and are 9-1 against Chicago in their last 10 overall games. In Chicago, the Lakers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at the United Center against the Bulls but have won their last three straight. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 10-2 all-time against the Bulls and have won 8-of-their-last-9. Under head coach Phil Jackson, who coached in Chicago for nine seasons, the Lakers are 16-5 all-time against his former team, 9-2 in Los Angeles, 7-3 in Chicago. Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen spent three years as an assistant in Chicago and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 Bulls Championship teams. Assistant coach Jim Cleamons spent seven seasons as an assistant in Chicago and was a member of the 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996 Bulls Championship teams. Lakers Special Assistant Coach Craig Hodges played four seasons with the Bulls and was a member of their 1991 and 1992 Championship teams. On November 18, 2007, the Lakers defeated the Bulls by 28 points, surpassing the old series record of 27 established back on February 18, 1968. One year earlier, the Lakers held the Bulls to a series-low 72 points November 19, 2006 at STAPLES Center. In 25 career games (21 starts) against Chicago, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.7 points with high games of 43 in Los Angeles (11/20/05) and 42 in Chicago (12/15/09). Additionally, forward Ron Artest was drafted by the Bulls with the 16th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, playing 2 1⁄2 seasons with Chicago and earning All-Rookie Second Team honors his rookie year. Guard Shannon Brown grew up just a few miles outside of Chicago, earning First Team Parade All-American, McDonald's All-American, Illinois Mr. Basketball and co-MVP of the Jordan Capital Classic (with LeBron James) as a senior at Provisio East HS in Maywood, IL. He played six games with the Bulls in 2008 after being acquired from Cleveland.

With 22 points against the Kings (12/3/10), Kobe Bryant (26,375) moved within 20 points of John Havlicek (26,395) for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Should he continue to score anywhere near his current pace (26.6 ppg), Bryant would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant and Havlicek are Dominique Wilkins (10th/26,668), Oscar Robertson (9th/26,710), Hakeem Olajuwon (8th/26,946), Elvin Hayes (7th/27,313) and Moses Malone (6th/27,409).

Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years and last season alone, passed Alex English (25,613), Reggie Miller (25,279), Jerry West (25,192), Patrick Ewing (24,815) and Allen Iverson (24,368). In passing West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1, 2010 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West's retired number), Bryant became the leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. In 2008-09, Bryant passed Hall-of-Famers Charles Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195), Gary Payton (21,813) and Larry Bird (21,791).

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.

Known for his clutch shooting, Derek Fisher delivered once again for the Lakers in their 87-86 victory over the Clippers on December 8th, this time in game-winning fashion with a running three-foot layup high off the glass as the buzzer sounded. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the stat began being tracked prior to the 2000-01 season, Fisher now has five game winning field goals, four in the regular season and one in the playoffs (FGM in last 10 seconds of the 4th quarter or overtime). Only two, however, have actually come with the Lakers; the other being his famous 0.4 second buzzer beater 5/13/04 at San Antonio (74-73 win). Fisher's other game winners came with Utah (2/10/07 vs. NY (104-102 win) and Golden State (3/25/05 vs. MIL (118-117 win), 12/28/05 vs. BOS (111-109 win)).
Last season, teammate Kobe Bryant connected on six game-winners; the most game winning field goals of any player in a single season over the last 10 years (Carmelo Anthony ranks second on this list with five game-winning field goals in 2005-06). Since the start of the 2000-01 season, Bryant has 20 field goals that have given his team the lead within the last 10 seconds of a fourth quarter or overtime, the most in the league over that span.

Entering the Lakers game in Chicago, Derek Fisher has played in 435 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, the longest consecutive games streak among all active NBA players. Fisher moved into the top position after Portland's Andre Miller (632) missed the Blazers game against Phoenix (12/7/10) due to NBA suspension. Additionally, Fisher has started 313 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than a season's worth of games (2nd – Luis Scola). 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.

With their 115-108 victory over Washington on December 7th, the Lakers recorded their FOURTH wire-to-wire win of the season. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victories came against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS, 11/21 vs. GS) and Grizzlies (11/2 vs. MEM). 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).

This season, the Lakers are 3-1 in the first game and 3-1 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-backs 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.

The Lakers ended their first 4-game losing streak since April of '07 with a 113-80 victory over Sacramento (12/3/10). It's the second-largest margin of victory to end a losing streak of at least four games the Lakers have ever had. The Lakers ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Hawks by 46 points on January 9, 2004 (113-67).*

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.

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.

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 the fourth quarter or overtime since 2/23/07 against the Celtics. In that contest, Bryant scored 38 points before sitting out the entire fourth. The most points Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play the fourth came 12/20/05 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.*

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

On November 1, the NBA announced that Pau Gasol had earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for games played Tuesday, October 26 through Sunday, October 31. The award is the 7th of his career (previous awards came for weeks ending 3/21/10, 2/22/09, 2/8/09, 3/26/06, 3/2/06 and 1/2/05) and 4th as a Laker. One of four Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Shaquille O'Neal) to win the award since it became separated by Conference and one of nine to win the weekly honor overall since its inception, Gasol averaged 25.3 points (.525 FG%), 10.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.00 blocks in helping lead Los Angeles to a 3-0 week: 10/26 vs. HOU: 29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks; 10/29 @ PHX: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks; 10/31 vs. GS: 26 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks.

With the Lakers victory at Phoenix October 29, Phil Jackson became the fastest coach in NBA history to the 1,100 career victories, doing so in his 1,560th regular season NBA game. Of the four other coaches who have amassed at least 1,100 career victories, Pat Riley was previously the fastest to do so, needing 1,639 games. Of the remaining three, Jerry Sloan needed 1,823 games, Don Nelson took 1,931 games and Lenny Wilkens earned career win 1,100 in his 1,996th game on the sidelines.

Jackson (1,114-466), already the fastest coach to 1,000 career victories, established the Lakers franchise record for coaching wins in February of 2010 (534th victory 2/3/10 vs. Charlotte). The only coach in league history to win better than 70 percent of his games (.705), Jackson currently ranks 5th all-time in regular season victories, 12th in regular season games coached, 1st in playoff games coached (323), 1st in playoff games won (225) and 1st in playoff win percentage (.697). Earning induction in his first year of consideration, on September 7, 2007, Jackson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Owning a record 11 NBA Championships as a head coach, only Jerry Sloan (4th), Pat Riley (3rd), Lenny Wilkens (2nd) and Don Nelson (1st) have more career victories than Jackson. Of the top five, Jackson has coached 900+ fewer games than Wilkens, 800+ fewer games than Nelson, 400+ fewer games than Sloan and 300+ fewer games than Riley.

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