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Williams rallies 76ers to 95-90 win over Lakers


Posted Feb 06 2012 6:47PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Lou Williams nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer, scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and spoiled Kobe Bryant's record-setting night while leading the Philadelphia 76ers to 95-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

With "Beat L.A.!" echoing through a second straight sellout crowd, Williams hit the tying jumper, then followed with the 3 for a 91-88 lead. He hit another floater to make it 93-88, part of a fantastic fourth that saw him hold off Bryant and help the Sixers improve to 13-3 at home.

Bryant scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half. He passed former teammate Shaquille O'Neal and moved into fifth place on the NBA's career scoring list. Bryant got 24 points in a hurry to pass O'Neal, but stumbled down the stretch and missed nine of his 10 shots in the fourth.

Andrew Bynum had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers. Pau Gasol had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sixers went 3-1 last week against a fierce lineup of Orlando, Chicago, Miami (the loss) and Atlanta. It's more of the same this week: San Antonio is here Wednesday and the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

The Sixers have proven they can handle the rugged schedule.

They committed only four turnovers, a minuscule number that was enough to make up for getting pounded on the boards. Led by Bynum and Gasol, the Lakers outrebounded Philadelphia 55-30.

Williams, one of the top sixth men in the NBA, has never been afraid to take the clutch shot. While the Sixers have soared in the East this season with a team-oriented approach, Williams is the one the Sixers want with the ball and the game on the line.

Lakers coach Mike Brown served a one-game suspension for making contact with a game official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection in Saturday's game. He also was fined $25,000. John Keuster filled in for Brown.

Bryant started like a shooter determined to score 50.

His first bucket saw the ball take a few whirls around the rim before plopping through the net. Bryant buried a 3, then backed down Evan Turner and used a soft touch off a spin move for seven quick points.

He stared down Andre Iguodala for a 3. Bryant nailed two more 3-pointers - each one drawing more boos than the last - and had 22 points in the second quarter.

For the record setter, Bryant cut toward the top of the 3-point arc, took as a fast feed from Matt Barnes and hit the 23-footer.

Originally called a 3, Bryant had his foot on the line. Three points or two, it was enough to pass O'Neal.

Bryant went 8 for 14 from the floor and made 4 of 6 3s in the first half to help the Lakers lead 50-46 at the break.

He went into hibernation until an up-and-under bucket late in the third pulled the Lakers to 63-61.

O'Neal and Bryant often clashed, even while leading the Lakers to NBA championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. O'Neal won an NBA championship with Miami in 2006 to briefly edge Bryant in total championships. Under coach Phil Jackson, Bryant won consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, and had long ago cemented his spot as one of the NBA's all-time greats.

Kobe already had more championship rings than Shaq. He has more points, too.

The Sixers failed to acknowledge the special achievement.

Bryant, who spent eight years of his childhood in Italy before returning to the area to attend high school, had already been the youngest player in NBA history to reach 28,000 points.

Bryant led Lower Merion to a state championship in 1996 and still makes visits and donations to the school.

The relationship between Philly fans and Bryant has been strained since the 2001 NBA finals against the Sixers, when he proclaimed he was "coming to Philly to cut their hearts out." That began an unforgiving attitude from Sixers fanatics that continues to this day.

When commissioner David Stern presented Bryant with the All-Star game MVP trophy in 2002 in Philadelphia, the boos were long and loud, and he later admitted he was hurt.

He now feeds off Philadelphia's official sound and delights in upsetting the home crowd.

It just wasn't enough to upset the 76ers.

Notes: 76ers F Elton Brand sat out with a sprained right thumb. Lavoy Allen got the start. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain are ahead of Bryant on the scoring list. ... The Sixers 14 rebounds in the first half was a season low.

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Points Bryant 28, 10-26 FG
Rebounds Bynum 19, 8 OFF 11 DEF
Assists Bryant 6
Steals Bryant 2
Blocks Bynum 3


John Kuester:

John, things looked they were going well until that 14 to two run in the fourth quarter. What changed?

I will tell you this. Lou Williams is awfully good, and you have to give him credit. I thought for 45 minutes we played outstanding basketball. We had a couple of untimely turnovers and fouls. You have to give the 76ers a lot of credit. They have been playing some outstanding basketball, and the thing that we have to do is just work hard for the full 48.

You talked about Lou Williams – and that is the “14” in the 14 to 2 run – but what about the 2? Why did the offense break down?

I will tell you. We had some looks early on, and all of a sudden, we got into a mode where we took some rushed shots and they all of a sudden got some contested shots. We had been doing a great job on the offensive boards and getting the ball inside, and unfortunately, we didn’t get that at the end.

Kobe [Bryant] had 24 in the first half and four in the second half. They obviously adjusted. What were they doing?

They just came after him immediately, and to Kobe’s credit, what he did was to try to get everyone involved. We had some great hits. Matt Barnes hit a wide open three that was right there because of ball movement. When you are coming down to the end of the game, your margin of error is very small, and you have to take advantage of that. Things just didn’t go our way.

Metta World Peace

On bench play tonight:

It is pretty basic. I don’t think we need to change much. We have the guys to finish the games. Right now there is not a lot of consistency, so once we start playing with a little more consistency, the play in the last quarter, we will win more consistently. We just have to stick with it.

Kobe had that great first half and scored 24 points. When they decided in the second half they were just going to double- and triple-team him, what was your plan?

He did great. He passed the ball out of double teams. We knocked in a three Troy [Murphy] hit a three. We just couldn’t get stops.

Andrew Bynum:

You guys looked like you had a good chance to win that game, and then they went on a 14 to two run. What changed?

Lou Williams’ great shot changed the course of the game. When he hit that three on the screen and roll, I thought I had good contest, but I guess he got it over.

In the first half, Kobe was unbelievable, and in the second half, they doubled and tripled him. He did a great job of getting the ball to you. Down the stretch, you guys had trouble scoring. Why do you think?

It was tough. I was trying to get offensive rebounds and extra possessions. They were doubling me and tripling me, and we were swinging the ball, and things just didn’t happen.

Doug Collins:

Opening statements:

That was an amazing win for us. I didn’t know how we were going to battle through their size. We were trying to get our bodies on these guys, but they’re just so big. I don’t know if I’ve ever won a game where I got outrebounded by 25. I don’t think we’ve ever done that, but I told our guys…they just keep coming. They just keep coming. They just keep playing.

Lou [Williams] got hot at the right time for us. One thing I just kept preaching to our guys over and over in the first half is, I mean, Kobe [Bryant] was incredible in that first half. They had five threes, he had four of them. Three of them were off-the-charts tough, and I said, “We’re not going to overreact to that.” The more we can keep them out shooting jump shots, we can keep that paint somewhat even, which we did in the first half.

Defensively against Kobe in the second half, I know you tried to throw out some tries, but it just seemed like he had nothing to go through. Was he looking to do something else?

I told our guys at halftime, I said, “I’ve been around Kobe a long time, and I thought he put a real stamp on the first half offensively.

You looked at halftime at the scoring with their bigs. I told our guys, “What’s going to happen is Kobe now is going to get those big guys involved, and he’s going to get them down that paint, and then he’ll go to work the last eight minutes if need be.

Spencer Hawes:

Kobe got it going early, but it seemed like in the second half he scored four points, and you guys shut him down a little bit. Is there anything in particular that the team did defensively on him?

He got it going early, but we were never out of the game. He would hit a three, and we’d be down three, he’d hit another three and we’d be down six, but coach told us to stay the course. We knew eventually, as hard as he works and as good a player he is, it’s hard for anyone to keep up that type of scoring pace.

What was it like going up against [Andrew] Bynum and [Pau] Gasol?

It’s always a tough match up, especially when they make that concerted effort to go to them pretty much every time down the court. That’s what makes them a special team having that much size and skill down low.

Lakers-Sixers Preview


It may be somewhat surprising the Los Angeles Lakers aren't in first place. It's much more stunning the Philadelphia 76ers are.

Kobe Bryant would like to change the Lakers' status soon, but improvement on the road is needed.

Bryant gets a chance to climb the NBA's all-time scoring list while trying to help the Lakers bounce back from another road defeat as they face the 76ers on Monday night.

Los Angeles (14-10) has won the Pacific Division four consecutive seasons, winning two NBA titles and making a third finals appearance in that span. Things aren't going as smoothly in 2011-12, as the Lakers are second in the division, 1 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Their 3-8 road record is one of the reasons for that gap, and those struggles continued with a 96-87 loss at Utah on Saturday. Los Angeles has split the first two of this season-high six-game road trip.

"We just have to be patient, just be calm. We've been in this situation before," Bryant said after scoring 26 points against the Jazz.

Bryant leads the NBA with 29.4 points per game, an increase of 4.1 points from last season. The All-Star guard is also 24 points shy of passing former Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal (28,596) for fifth on the league's all-time scoring list, and he's averaged 25.0 points in helping the Lakers win nine of the last 11 versus the 76ers (17-7).

Bryant, though, scored just nine in his last visit to Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2010, but Los Angeles overcame that to win 93-81. He was much better at home Dec. 31, 2010, scoring 33 points to power a 102-98 win and sweep of the season series.

The Sixers, however, might be the most improved team in the NBA this season. They're the surprising leaders in the Atlantic Division after finishing .500 last season and being eliminated in five games by Miami in the opening round of the playoffs.

Philadelphia also leads the Eastern Conference with a 12-3 home record despite a 99-79 defeat there to the Heat on Friday. The 76ers regrouped a day later by winning 98-87 at Atlanta, getting their fifth victory in six overall games.

They're also proving to be very balanced offensively, and that was clear against the Hawks. Six players - five reserves - reached double-digit points with rookie backup forward-center Nikola Vucevic leading the way with a season-high 15. He averages 5.5 points.

"That's what you've got to have," center Spencer Hawes said. "That's the measure of teams that are able to thrive in this kind of setup."

Philadelphia may need Vucevic and the rest of the bench to continue contributing, as Elton Brand's status is unknown after he sat out Saturday's win with a sprained right thumb. The forward is averaging 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Hawes believes the compressed schedule due to the lockout is one reason the Sixers are getting balanced scoring. Six players are averaging at least 10.0 points, with Louis Williams leading the way at 15.1 points per game.

"This season is going to be weird like that." said Hawes, who is averaging 10.7 points and 8.5 boards. "There's going to be different guys every night."

Probable Starters

  #15 World Peace SF #42 Brand  
  #16 Gasol PF #9 Iguodala  
  #17 Bynum C #00 Hawes  
  #24 Bryant SG #11 Holiday  
  #2 Fisher PG #23 Williams  

Lakers Kobe Bryant
(torn lunotriquetral ligament, right wrist) is probable.
Josh McRoberts
(sprained left big toe and left thumb) is probable.
Steve Blake
(costochaondral fracture) is out.

Elton Brand
(right thumb strain) is day-to-day

Game 1: 2/06 - LAL @ PHI


This will be the Lakers and Sixers lone meeting of the season, after the Lakers swept
last season’s series with Philadelphia 2-0 for the second consecutive season. This
will be the 267th meeting between the two franchises dating back to 1950 (185th in
the Los Angeles era) and the 159th since the Sixers moved to Philadelphia prior to
the 1963-64 season. The Lakers are 10-2 all-time against the 76ers at STAPLES
Center. In Philadelphia, the Lakers have now won four straight but are 4-6 in their
last 10 games in the city of brotherly love. In their first meeting last season in
Philadelphia (12/17/10), the Lakers held the Sixers to 81 points, bettering the old
series record of 82 points that was set on Christmas Day of 2002. Kobe Bryant has
played 28 games (24 starts) against his hometown Sixers, averaging 22.6 points per
game. In January of 2006 vs. Philadelphia, Bryant established a new franchise
record for three-point field goals without a miss, connecting on all seven of his
attempts (10th time in NBA history with a minimum of seven attempts). He finished
the game with 48 points, one shy of Jerry West’s Lakers series record of 49 points
established in February of 1968. Additionally, Bryant earned the first of his four MVP
honors at the 2002 All-Star Game held in Philadelphia. Pau Gasol is the only other
Laker averaging 20-plus points against the Sixers for his career, posting a 21.8
average over 18 games with a high of 34 points. Lakers assistant coach Quin
Snyder spent last season as an assistant coach for the Sixers. Jrue Holiday (UCLA)
and Nikola Vucevic (USC) played collegiately in Los Angeles. Also, Sixers guard
Andre Iguodala played two seasons at the University of Arizona and was a freshman
during Luke Walton’s final season as a Wildcat in 2002-03. Ron Artest and Elton
Brand, along with Mavericks forward Lamar Odom, all played together as teenagers
in the famed AAU program at Riverside Church in New York.

Last season, Kobe Bryant moved past Hall-of-Famers Moses Malone (27,409) 3/8/11 at Atlanta, Elvin Hayes (27,313) 2/27/11 at Oklahoma City, Hakeem Olajuwon
(26,946) 1/28/11 vs. Sacramento, Oscar Robertson (26,710) 1/7/11 vs. New Orleans, Dominique Wilkins (26,668) 1/4/11 vs. Detroit and John Havlicek (26,395) 12/10/10 at
Chicago on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant (28,573) are Shaquille O’Neal (5th/28,596), Wilt Chamberlain (4th/31,419), Michael
Jordan (3rd/32,292), Karl Malone (2nd/36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st/38,387). Among the top six scorers in NBA history, five have worn the Lakers uniform.

Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years. In 2009-10, he 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 Gary Payton (21,813) and Hall-of-Famers Charles
Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195) and Larry Bird (21,791).

On February 3
Kobe Bryant was named Western Conference Player of the Month for games played in December and January. The award is Bryant’s 14th Western Conf.
Player of the Month honor and 15th Player of the Month award overall. Bryant was also named NBA Player of the Month for December of 2000, a year before the award
was divided into Eastern and Western Conferences for the 2001-02 season. Bryant has won multiple Player of the Month awards in a single season four times (2005-06,
2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09). Bryant’s previous Western Conference Player of the Month awards came in March 2011, December 2009, January 2009, December 2008,
April 2008, February 2008, March of 2007, December 2006, April 2006, January 2006, March 2004, January 2003 and November 2001.

Bryant averaged a league-high 30.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists. On January 1
at Denver, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score 28,000
points. In a victory over Phoenix on January 10
, Bryant scored an NBA season-high 48 points, kicking off four straight 40+ point games over a five night span. Bryant
also achieved a couple of Lakers milestones, surpassing Jerry West as the Lakers franchise leader in free throws made on January 28
at Milwaukee, then one night later,
passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the franchise leader in field goals made in a win at Minnesota.

On Thursday, February 2nd, the Lakers headed to Denver, embarking on their annual Grammy’s Trip. Since STAPLES Center opened prior to the 1999-2000 season, the venue has been host to the Grammy Awards each winter, with the exception of the 2003 Grammy Awards, which were held at Madison Square Garden

1999-2000 6-game 6-0 2/15 - 2/23
2000-01 6-game 4-2 2/13 - 2/21
2001-02 5-game 4-1 2/21 - 2/27
2002-03 Grammy Awards Held at Madison Square Garden
2003-04 7-game 4-3 2/1 - 2/11
2004-05 5-game 1-4 2/6 - 2/13
2005-06 7-game 2-5 1/29 - 2/8
2006-07 8-game 3-5 1/30 - 2/11
2007-08 9-game 7-2 1/31 - 2/13
2008-09 6-game 6-0 1/30 - 2/8
2009-10 8-game 5-3 1/21 - 2/1
2010-11 7-game 4-3 2/5 - 2/16


On February 2nd, the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant is this year’s leading vote-getter in the Western Conference in the 2012 All-Star Balloting program presented by
Sprint with 1,555,479 votes, ranking second league-wide behind Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (1,600,390). This marks Bryant’s 14th consecutive All-Star
selection, matching Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players in NBA history to be selected that many times consecutively (14 times each). In
league history, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19), O’Neal (15), Michael Jordan (14), Malone (14) and West (14) have had as many or more NBA All-Star selections. Andrew
Bynum, a first-time All-Star and now the 29th Laker in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team, led all Western Conference centers with 1,051,945 votes. Pau
Gasol (470,353), who made his fourth All-Star team last season as a reserve (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), finished 3rd among forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant
(1,345,566) and Blake Griffin (876,451). Chris Paul (1,138,743) will start at guard alongside Bryant in the West. Starting alongside Howard in the East are LeBron James
(1,360,680) and Carmelo Anthony (1,041,290) at forward and Derrick Rose (1,514,723) and Dwyane Wade (1,334,223) in the backcourt.

This marks the fifth straight season that Bryant has led the Western Conference in all-star balloting. Last season, Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in
1998, received 2,380,016 votes to lead all players in balloting, the second time in his career he has done so (2003). In 2009-10, 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 four-time All-Star
MVP (2002 Philadelphia, 2007 Las Vegas, 2009 Phoenix, 2011 Los Angeles), Bryant is now a 14-time All-Star and had started 11 consecutive All-Star games before
missing the 2009-10 contest due to a sprained left ankle.

Leading for all but 26 seconds of their January 29th victory at Minnesota, the Lakers managed their second road win of the season despite not recording a single steal for
only the second time in franchise history. The only other game in which the Lakers did not record a steal came in a January 7, 2005 victory over Houston (111-104). Since
the steals statistic began being compiled prior to the 1973-74 season, this was the 47th time a team has not recorded a single steal in a game. With the lack of steals, the
Lakers saw the Timberwolves match an opponent franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game (4), originally established in a 108-114 loss 114 loss 12/21/01 at Memphis.


With a free throw at the 6:34 mark in the third quarter 1/28/12 at Milwaukee, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West (7,160 FTM) as the Lakers franchise leader in free throws
made. The following night, on a driving reverse layup with 4:52 remaining in the first half 1/29/12 at Minnesota, Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (9,935 FGM) as the
franchise leader in field goals made. Bryant now holds Lakers franchise records for points, field goals made and attempted, free throws made, three-point field goals made
and attempted, games played and minutes played while ranking second in steals and free throws attempted and third in assists.

Having gone 7-6 over a 13-game span from 1/5 at Portland thru 1/28 at Milwaukee, the common denominator in each contest, win or lose, was that the Lakers scored fewer
than 100 points. The 13-game run of sub 100-point scoring games is the longest streak in franchise history since the introduction of the shot clock prior to the 1954-55
season. Prior to the aforementioned streak, the Lakers scored fewer than 100 points in 12 consecutive games during the 2003-04 season when Los Angeles went 12
games from 1/12/04 - 2/2/04 without hitting triple digits; the Lakers went 6-6 during the stretch of games, eventually scoring 111 points in a 111-106 overtime victory 2/4/04
at Cleveland. The Lakers finished that season with a 98.2 point per game scoring average while limiting their opponents to 94.3 points per game, ultimately winning the
West before falling to the Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals. The 98.2 ppg scoring average is the lowest for a Lakers team in the Los Angeles era. In the shot clock era, only
the 1954-55 Lakers have averaged fewer points per game in a season (95.6 ppg). Additionally, the only other Lakers 10-game run without scoring at least 100 points in a
game came in 2002 (11/3/02 – 11/22/02), with the Lakers going 3-7 during that stretch.

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