Lakers Gameday | 1/04/11 | Pistons

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Los Angeles Lakers 24 21 31 32 108

Lakers beat Pistons 108-83 behind Gasol

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was a bad buzz building around the Los Angeles Lakers heading into Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. They had lost four of six, and Kobe Bryant had a message for his teammates.

"I told the guys, `Listen to how everyone is talking about you. You have to use it as fuel for motivation,'" he said.

They heard him.

Pau Gasol scored 21 points and the Lakers finally found a sub.-500 team they could beat easily, winning 108-83 against the struggling Pistons.

Andrew Bynum finished with 13 points, teaming with Gasol to give the Lakers a 60-40 edge in the paint. Lamar Odom had 16.

Bryant added 17 points, moving him past Dominique Wilkins into 10th on the NBA's career scoring list with 26,671.

"That's a great honor," said Bryant, who cited Wilkins' dunks and jumping ability as his favorite things to watch as a kid.

Tracy McGrady and Greg Monroe scored 14 points each, and Tayshaun Prince added 12 for the Pistons, who lost their fifth straight to the Lakers and fell to 3-16 on the road.

"I'm baffled," Detroit's Ben Wallace said. "They made plays and they made shots, and we didn't. We turned the ball over and they got on the break. And when they get on the break, they start feeling good about themselves and their shots go in."

The Lakers had lost three of their last four home games. They had mixed results against their last two sub.-500 opponents, barely beating Philadelphia 102-98 before losing to Memphis 104-85. Before that, they lost by 19 to Milwaukee and by 16 against Miami, both at home.

Odom cited the Lakers' commitment to playing defense as the difference between winning and losing their previous game to Memphis.

"It's important for us to maintain our focus, especially on the defensive end," he said. "It's early, we just continue to play, take our time. The playoffs aren't tomorrow."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson has a greater sense of urgency.

"We have to really turn it around," he said. "One game is not the end of this situation."

But they had an easier time against the Pistons, even if it took them an entire half to get going.

The Lakers took control in the third quarter after stumbling through a poor-shooting first half. Bryant was 4 of 15 with nine points at the break, after going 0 for 9 in the opening quarter.

"It didn't mean a whole lot," Wallace said of Bryant's early struggles. "Kobe's going to keep coming, he's going to keep shooting and eventually he's going to get some points. He didn't move up to 10th all-time by not being able to score the basketball."

Ron Artest was 1 of 4 and Derek Fisher 0 for 2, but they consistently got the ball inside to Gasol and Bynum.

Bryant keyed a 16-2 run to open the third with six points, hitting two free throws after going 1 of 4 from the line in the first half and finishing Artest's steal with a fast-break driving dunk. His driving layup sent him past Wilkins and extended the Lakers' lead to 61-44.

"We played with more intensity," Bryant said. "We played a motivated game defensively. Those things combined into the kind of blowout game we had."

From there, the Lakers cruised to a 76-59 lead heading into the fourth, when they were similarly dominating at the start. Shannon Brown scored seven points in a 13-2 run that made it 89-61.

NOTES: The Lakers swept the Pistons for the second straight season, having won 103-90 at Detroit. ... The Pistons are 0 for 8 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... The Lakers are 5-2 in the first game of back-to-backs, with the second game coming Wednesday night in Phoenix. ... Tom Hanks made a rare courtside appearance, while David Beckham went solo.

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26,671 Career points for Kobe Bryant, who surpassed Dominique Wilkins for 10th on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a third quarter layup.

60 Points in the paint for the Lakers, 20 more than Detroit.

29 Assists for the Lakers, showcasing a game of good ball movement. Bryant led the way with eight, while Lamar Odom, Ron Artest and Steve Blake added four apiece.

19 Fast break points for the Lakers, who got out and ran particularly well in the second half, when they amassed 15 of those points.

6 Turnovers in the game for the Lakers, a major improvement in ball control from a sloppy Sunday loss to the Grizzlies (20 turnovers). Meanwhile, L.A. forced 19 Pistons turnovers, and scored 25 points off those mistakes.

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Points Gasol 21 7-11 FG
Rebounds Odom 3 OFF 5 DEF 8
Assists Bryant8
Steals Artest, Gasol 2
Blocks Barnes, Brown, Bynum, Gasol 1


Lakers coach Phil Jackson on
"We got some defensive stops and got some things rolling. I didn't like the way we closed out the first half. I thought we were okay. [We had] a 7-10 point lead but then closed out poorly at the end of the half. Other than that, you know we went in the locker room and I think the guys were ready to come out and do what they accomplished in the 3rd quarter."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's improved turnover margin:
"We talked about taking good shots and getting good, quality possessions."

Kobe passing Dominique Wilkins on the all-time scorer's list:
"It's another credit, another notch in his belt so to speak in his storied career. I think that Dominique [Wilkins] is an established player that created a lot of open eyes back in a time when he played, with his dynamic game, his powerful game and Kobe [Bryant] recognizes that.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on getting the ball inside tonight:
"Well that's our game plan and that's what we like to do. We get distracted at times, I think, and sometimes we don't get the ball inside as often as we would like to or in positions where we want to get it. We know that those two guys have high percentage shots when you get the ball in position."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the meaning of this win:
"We have to really turn it around. I mean, one game is not the end of this situation. We have a tough road game tomorrow, we come back and we play Friday and Sunday against some good opponents."

Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on if his team has felt tension building up from the media:
"Not really. We understand how the games you win and the games you lose add to the story line of the season. I don't really pay attention to that too much."

Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on Kobe Bryant passing Dominique Wilkins on the scoring list:
"[Passing] Dominique, that was a big deal. It was great that he let us be a part of history."

Lakers' forward Lamar Odom on the key to success moving forward:
"It's important for us to maintain our focus, especially on the defensive end. And especially when it comes to the intangibles of the game. I think we'll do fine."

Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on if winning the turnover battle was key to winning tonight's game:
"We definitely took care of the ball a lot better. Detroit is a different team than Memphis, not so much of a steal-team or a force-turnover team. But I think we did better just as far as moving the ball and executing and being aggressive defensively."

Lakers' forward Pau Gasol on if he's anxious to get revenge on Phoenix tomorrow night:
"We're looking forward to the game. Obviously we understand that it's always a tough, tough game in Phoenix. They play pretty opposite of what we saw tonight. They're a lot more up and down so we're going to have to adjust to that and still play our game and play to our strengths."

Lakers' center Andrew Bynum on if winning the turnover battle was key to winning tonight's game:
"Of course, any time you turn the ball over more than ten times in a game, you're really shooting yourself in the foot by taking away possessions."

Lakers' center Andrew Bynum on why tonight looked easy with the Lakers struggling as of late:
"They really played our pace. That's definitely what it was. They walked the ball up the court and that's kind of how we play. But we have to attack Phoenix tomorrow and really try to control the tempo of that game."

Lakers' center Andrew Bynum on if he thought we looked quicker one-one-one tonight:
"I felt pretty good getting a lot of touches down low. Hopefully they keep coming. Tomorrow, we're going to be a little bit more challenged, Pau and I, with [Marcin] Gortat and [Robin] Lopez, but I still believe our advantage is inside."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on passing Dominique Wilkins on the all-time scoring list:
"It's cool. It's a great honor. I think those kind of things are things that you look back at in hindsight when your career is all over. Right now I'm just focused on winning a championship."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on what he saw differently in his team's play tonight:
"We played with more intensity. We played a motivated game [and] defensively we didn't make too many mistakes…I think those things combined turned into the kind of blowout game that we had."

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant on his team maintaining the intensity they played with tonight:
"I'm very happy with it. We played very well tonight. Now it's about keeping that intensity, keeping that focus and carrying over into Phoenix, which is going to be tough because they're playing well."

Pistons Coach John Kuester on tonight's game:

"I thought we did play extremely well in the first half and showed signs of competing extremely well. During the third period we had some good shots and didn't take advantage of them going in at all, and they took advantage of every opportunity that slipped on us. You've got to give them credit, they came out with more energy in that third period and that hurt us."

Pistons Coach John Kuester on the team's mismatches hurting them in tonight's game:

"They've got a lot of mismatches on that team, there's no question about it. They've got great length, and Kobe is, there's no question, one of the best players in our league. But, I thought in that first half we did a great job neutralizing a lot of things and playing and competing. But, the third period was tough to swallow."

Pistons Coach John Kuester on the turnovers hurting them in tonight's game:
"No question. We had been taking care of the ball for the most part throughout the season. But we're not scoring and it hurts. And we don't have the toughness we talk about every night to go out and just grind games out. You know, we have to somehow search for that because we've got a lot of basketball left. And I believe in this group."

Pistons Coach John Kuester on Tracy McGrady's performance tonight:
"You know what, I'll tell you this, I think he wanted to win. He was competing. When a guy is trying to do things to win, you're ok with that."

Pistons Coach John Kuester on where they go next:
"You regroup. There's a lot of basketball left. So we have to make sure that we understand that each half, and each game, we've got to compete…the whole time. During the road trip, the Utah game, we competed throughout, and I thought the first half of this game we competed. You just want these guys to have that passion that you have."

Pistons' Tracy McGrady on the game tonight:
"They turned up the intensity. A championship team came out and put the pedal to the metal and kept their foot on our throat. We didn't respond back."

Pistons' Tracy McGrady on their performance for the last game of the road trip:
"One thing that can happen is, you got the last game on the road trip, guys are mentally fatigued, physically fatigued, and you want to get back home, but this is our job, this is what we got to do; we got to compete no matter what the circumstances is. Regardless if we played a game last night, we got to compete."

Pistons' Tracy McGrady on if he feels he did too much today [in forcing the ball]:
"I think, not force it, just careless turnovers; some of my turnovers. As far as overall, our offense, we just weren't moving the ball. There was a couple passes and shots, or one pass and shot…and that's why they got out to a great game in the third quarter, because we didn't play smart."

Pistons' Tracy McGrady on the teams couple of days off:
"We're going home absolutely. We got three days off, a chance to really have our body recover, get a chance to go over some of our mistakes that we made on the road trip, review some things, and try to get back on the right track and get this win on Saturday. We should be ready because we have three days off."

Pistons' Ben Wallace on the game tonight:
"I'm clueless. I'm baffled. That's the word I was looking for, baffled, I'm baffled."

Pistons' Ben Wallace on if he believes the Lakers came out with a different intensity compared to their last game against Memphis Grizzlies:
"That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes the home crowd boo's the home team. I'm pretty sure it didn't bother them. They know what they got to do…they're still defending champs until someone else wins."



The Los Angeles Lakers insisted they weren't concerned after losing four straight tight games earlier this season. Their recent play might offer more reason to hit the panic button.

The Lakers' last four losses have come by 15 points or more, a concerning trend they'll try to stop Tuesday night as they continue a busy stretch against the visiting Detroit Pistons.

Los Angeles (23-11) is 10-9 since a 13-2 start, with a 2-4 record since Dec. 21 considerably more alarming than four straight defeats by 10 points or fewer from Nov. 26-Dec. 1. Los Angeles' last four losses have come by an average of 17.3 points, with a 104-85 no-show Sunday against Memphis the team's third at Staples Center in that span.

"We're not really playing together, and as a result, it's costing us," center Andrew Bynum said. "Right now, we've got to be concerned. We have to be. … Good teams are looking at us like we're soft."

Whether the Lakers are soft is debatable, but at the very least they seem tired. A 97-82 loss at San Antonio last Tuesday began of a stretch of 13 games in 21 days, hardly what a team whose top six players have been in the league for an average of nearly 12 seasons needs.

"We've just got to come out focused and ready to play," Kobe Bryant said. "It's tough when you have to try to regenerate that energy every single night. It starts individually. You have to look at yourself and try to find things to get you going."

Los Angeles has averaged just 88.5 points in its last six games, but coach Phil Jackson thinks a better effort defensively will help overcome those offensive struggles.

The Lakers are 12-1 when they allow 94 points or fewer.

"We have to respond with better energy defensively, getting back on defense especially after turnovers," Jackson told the Lakers' official website.

"We're not surprised that (trying to three-peat) has taken a toll. It's (just) about coming back and finding your way again."

Perhaps a meeting with Detroit (11-23) will help. The Lakers had no problem putting away the Pistons in a Nov. 17 trip to The Palace, getting 33 points from Bryant and 25 from Pau Gasol in a 103-90 win in which they led by as many as 26.

Los Angeles is 16-3 when Gasol scores at least 18 points and 7-8 when he goes for 17 or fewer.

The Pistons have lost 11 of 12 on the road. Entering Monday's visit to Utah they'd dropped their seven games against opponents currently above .500 by an average of 14.3 points.

Detroit led the Jazz by a point after three quarters but couldn't hang on, falling 102-97 despite 26 points from Tayshaun Prince.

"We haven't really put together consistently four quarters," said Tracy McGrady, who finished one rebound shy of a triple-double. "We play well for a half or three quarters, but then we always have that quarter that lets us down."

Though the Pistons have lost four straight against the Lakers by double digits, they didn't have Prince for two of those meetings.

Facing Los Angeles seems to bring out the best in Prince. His 19.1 scoring average against the Lakers since 2004-05 is easily his best against any opponent.

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

Chris Wilcox (sore left groin muscle) is questionable.
Jonas Jerebko (partially ruptured right Achilles tendon) is out.
Terrico White (broken right foot) is out.

11/17 - LAL @ DET W 103-90
01/04 - DET @ LAL

Detroit brings a record of 11-23 and a road record of 3-15 into tonight's game but there are a few things to keep in mind as we prepare to compete. First, with the way we have been playing we cannot take anything for granted. We should know at this point of the season that if we bring a soft mentality to the game – no matter where the game is played or who the opponent is – we can be beat. This game is more about the Lakers vs. the Lakers tonight. Second, the Pistons have actually been playing better basketball lately despite their overall record. They have quality wins against Boston, New Orleans, and Atlanta in recent weeks so we need to understand that the team we blew out in the middle of November is not the same group who will be at Staples Center tonight. Tracy McGrady has increased his level of play and with Rip Hamilton accepting his role coming off the bench the Pistons feature the #1 scoring bench in the NBA. Finally, the Pistons have a few small guards who are capable of having monster nights and this is the type of player who has given us fits in the past. Gordon, Stuckey (coming off a stomach virus), and Bynum can all destroy an opponent's defensive game plan. Gordon has more shooting range but all three enjoy being in attack mode on the offensive end.

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The Lakers lead their season series with Detroit 1-0 after sweeping last season's series with the Pistons 2-0. This will be the 202nd meeting between the Pistons and Lakers in the Los Angeles era (132-69) and the 324th game overall (196-127) between the two teams dating back to their first meeting in December of 1948. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 overall contests with Detroit. At home, the Lakers are 8-3 all-time against the Pistons at STAPLES Center. In Detroit, the Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 overall games, but 3-0 in their last three visits to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Prior to their six- game losing streak in Detroit from 2003-08, the Lakers had won nine straight regular season games in Detroit from 1993-2002. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 14-7 against Detroit (1-4 in the postseason). In 26 career games including 22 starts against the Pistons, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.1 points. In the Lakers 11/17/09 game vs. Detroit, Bryant matched a personal high of 40 points against the Pistons, marking the 100th 40-point game of his career. Additionally, in that contest, Phil Jackson passed Larry Brown for 5th on the NBA's all-time coaching win list. On 2/8/07, the Lakers were held to a series low 78 points in Detroit, breaking the old mark of 81 points established 2/10/05 at Detroit. The Lakers and Pistons have met five times in the postseason since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles, six including their time in Minneapolis, with the Lakers going 4-2 in those meetings but just 1-2 in NBA Finals. Piston's center Chris Wilcox and Lakers guard Steve Blake were teammates at the University of Maryland from 2000-02 and were both members of the Terrapins 2002 NCAA Championship team. Wilcox was also a teammate of Lamar Odom the 2002-03 season with the Clippers. Piston's forward Tayshaun Prince (Dominguez HS) played high school basketball locally in the Los Angeles area while forward Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest played together for the Houston Rockets during the 2008-09 season.

With 28 points 1/2 vs. Memphis, Kobe Bryant moved to within 14 points of Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 10th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Earlier this season, with 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), Bryant passed John Havlicek (26,395) for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Should he continue to score anywhere near his current pace (25.4 ppg), Bryant (26,654) would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant and Wilkins are 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).

Tuesday's game against Detroit is the first of a back-to-back set with the Pistons and Suns. This season, the Lakers are 4-2 in the first game and 5-1 in the second 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.

On Christmas Day, the Lakers lost by 16 points to Miami. In their previous game 12/21 vs. Milwaukee, they lost by 19 points. With both losses coming at home, it was only the 3rd time in franchise history that the Lakers lost back-to-back home games by at least 16 points. The team was in Minneapolis for the previous two, once in January 1959 and once in November/December 1959.* The Lakers, however, snapped the two-game skid with a 102-98 victory over Philadelphia on December 31st, avoiding their first three-game home losing streak (by any margin) since March of 2008: 3/23 vs. GS (111-115), 3/26 vs. CHA (95-108), 3/28 vs. MEM (111-114). The last time the Lakers lost three straight home games, each by double-figures, came in January/February of 1993: 1/18 vs. HOU (90-110), 1/20 vs. SEA (101-111), 2/2 vs. ORL (97-110).

Additionally, with an 85-104 loss 1/2/11 vs. Memphis, the Lakers dropped their second home game of the year by at least 19 points, the first time that has happened since the 2000-01 season when Los Angeles lost 1/7/01 vs. LAC (95-118) and 3/28/01 vs. SAC (84-108). The Lakers haven't dropped three home games by a minimum of 19 points since the 1994-95 season (11/16/94 vs. NY (89-110), 12/9/94 vs. LAC (84-109), 3/17/95 vs. BOS (92-118)).

In the first half of their 103-88 victory December 29th at New Orleans, the Lakers shot a season-high .676 from the field while limiting the Hornets to just seven rebounds in the first 24 minutes. The Hornets seven rebounds (4 offensive, 3 defensive) equal the fewest ever for a Lakers opponent in a half, matching the Mavericks total of seven in a half 2/4/86 vs. Dallas.

In their victory at New Orleans on December 29th, the Lakers posted season-highs for field goal percentage in a quarter (1st quarter/.750), half (1st half/.676) and game (.586) after connecting on only 37.9 percent of their shots in the previous two games combined. Additionally, it was the first time this season that each of the Lakers starters (Artest, Gasol, Bynum, Bryant, Fisher) shot 50 percent or better from the field in the same game.*

On December 30th, the NBA announced its SECOND returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting with Kobe Bryant (1,153,694) LEADING all players in All-Star voting, ahead of Dwight Howard (988,572) and LeBron James (969,459). Pau Gasol (597,201), who made his third All-Star team last season as a reserve, now ranks 3rd among forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant (735,521) and Carmelo Anthony (602,516). Andrew Bynum (376,283) ranks 2nd among West centers behind Yao Ming (637,527), while Chris Paul (585,690) ranks 2nd among West guards behind Bryant. In the East, James and Kevin Garnett (712,555) lead the forward voting, Dwyane Wade (938,402) and Rajon Rondo (777,310) are the top two vote-getters at guard and Howard leads all East centers in balloting.

In each of the last three seasons, Bryant has led the Western Conference in all-star balloting. Last season, Bryant received 2,456,224 votes, finishing second overall to Cleveland's LeBron James (2,549,693). In 2008-09, he accumulated 2,805,397 votes, finishing third in overall balloting behind Dwight Howard (3,150,181) and 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 a 12-time All-Star and had started 11 consecutive All-Star games before missing last year's contest due to a sprained left ankle. Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, led all players in NBA All-Star balloting in 2003. Gasol has made three All-Star appearances (2006, 2009, 2010) and in 2009, became the 27th Laker in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team.

With their 102-98 victory vs. Philadelphia on December 31st, the Lakers recorded their SIXTH 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), Grizzlies (11/2 vs. MEM), Wizards (12/7 vs. WAS) and Pacers (12/15 @ IND). 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).

Last season, with his 29th point on February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. In the history of the NBA, only two players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (26,654): Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277). This season, Bryant has moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,511) for 3rd on this list (12/19 at Toronto) and John Havlicek (26,395) for 4th (12/10 at Chicago).

Entering the Lakers game vs. Detroit, Derek Fisher has played in 447 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 325 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 loss December 28th at San Antonio, the Lakers saw their five game road win streak come to an end while extending a different, rather dubious streak. In falling to the Spurs 82-97, the Lakers lost three consecutive games by double-figures for the first time since March of 2007, when they lost five consecutive games by 10 or more points (3/6/07 – 3/15/07, 4 road losses, 1 home).

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.

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 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists while shooting 10-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line on 11/21 vs. Golden State, 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.

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.

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