2010-11 LAKERS NEWS AND NOTES
Lakers at Sacramento Kings / W 116-108 OT / Streak: won 2 / Record 57-25
Apr 13: In what could have been the last NBA game played in Sacramento the Lakers beat the Kings 116-108 in overtime and secure the number two seed in the West, which means they will face the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2011 Playoffs.
After leading by 20 at some points, the Lakers were outscored 29-11 in the fourth and needed a 3-pointer by Kobe with 4.8 seconds left to send the game to overtime where they retook control.
Kobe had 36 points to end the season with a 25.3 average, fifth in the league. Gasol's average of 10.2 rebounds was 6th overall./ Highlights.
Lakers vs. lakers / W 102-93 / Streak: won 1 / Record 56-25
Apr 12: The Lakers snapped their 5-game skid with a 102-93 victory over the league leading Spurs. But it wasn't as good as it sounds, in fact the game had scary news for the Lakers who with just one game remaining in the regular season lost their center Andrew Bynum with another knee injury.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points, Odom added 23 and Gasol 17 points and 17 rebounds to reposition L.A. as the number two team in the West but in the process Bynum hyperextended his right knee. Although he left the stadium walking almost normally his history of knee injuries worries everybody and the true severity of this injury will be revealed by a MRI tomorrow. Gregg Popovich didn't play its stars Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker trying to give them some rest for the playoffs.
Lakers vs. OKC Thunder / L 106-120 / Streak: lost 5 / Record 55-25
Apr 10: The Lakers fell apart at the end to lose 106-120 against the Thunder and for the first time since 2006-07 they have lost 5 in a row. And the timing for it couldn't be worst with just 2 games remaining in the 2010-11 regular season.
This time they stayed in the game until late and even led 104-103 after a 3-point play by Kobe (31 points) with 3:10 remaining but then were outscored 17-2 in those final 3 minutes. Kevin Durant had 6 of his 31 points during the run, Russell Westbrook 6 of his 26. Pau Gasol added 26 for L.A.
The Lakers have dropped 3 in a row at home and although they are still 2nd in the Western Conference they will have to be careful because if they lose the final 2 games they could even end up fourth in the West.
Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers / L 86-93 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 55-24
Apr 8: A victory by the Lakers combined with a loss by the Mavericks would have secure L.A. the second seed in the West, but these days the defending champions seem unable to get a win and lost 86-93 at Portland.
Looking tired, unfocused and with Andrew Bynum playing through a stomach ailment, the Lakers couldn't match Portland's physicality in their fourth consecutive loss and a group of players who a week ago were thinking about ending Phil Jackson's final season with the league best record now can't wait for the playoffs to begin.
Lakers at Golden State Warriors / L 87-95 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 55-23
Apr 6: The Lakers looked tired and lost 87-95 against the Warriors in a game that wasn't as close as the final score suggests.
They are now sure they won be able to catch the Spurs, who will have home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs. After a fantastic run after the All-Star Break, Phil Jackson's team have lost 3 in a row and still should win at least a couple of the remaining 4 games to secure the number two spot in the Western Conference.
Lakers vs. Utah Jazz / L 85-86 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 55-22
Apr 5: Kobe Bryant´s three-pointer tied the game with 16 seconds left, setting the stage for another of his game winning shots, but instead, Lakers' fans saw and unusual situation: Kobe lost the handle of the ball on a last second play allowing the Jazz to win 86-85.
The Lakers missed their first 13 3-point attempts and made 19 turnovers (7 by Kobe) but on the bright side, with the playoffs approaching fast, everybody is relatively healthy, particularly Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were able to play after the doubts raised in the previous game. Pau scored 12 of his 19 points in the first quarter while playing through a bone bruise in his right knee and Bynum had 12 points, a career-high 23 rebounds and 4 blocks. Millsap and Hayward had 22 points each for Utah.
Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets / L 90-95 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 55-21
Apr 3: Kobe Bryant scored 28 points but didn't shot well (10-for-27), Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum finished the game with injuries and the Lakers lost with Denver 90-95. After losing for only the second time in 19 games since the All-Star break the Lakers slipped 2 1/2 games behind the Spurs with 6 left
Bynum had 8 points and 16 rebounds but didn't play at the end for precautionary reasons after aggravating the sore right knee that was surgically repaired last July while Gasol who had 16 points and 12 rebounds tweaked his left knee, went to the dressing room and later returned to the game. He will have an MRI exam Monday.
Far from falling apart after the departure of Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets are now 15-4 since the trade and on defense they are giving up an average of 10 points less. The Lakers had their final lead with 4:40 remaining but the Nuggets went on a 8-0 run.
Lakers at Utah Jazz / W 96-85 / Streak: won 9 / Record 55-20
Apr 1: Kobe Bryant scored 21 points, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom added 16 each and L.A. erased the Jazz chances to make the 2011 Playoffs with a 96-85 win at Utah.
To do that the Lakers had to recover from a 17-point first half deficit and they did it by scoring the last 10 points of the first half and outscoring Utah 52-35 in the second.
Utah became the first team in NBA history to miss the playoffs after starting the season 15-5. Meanwhile the Spurs OT loss at Houston allowed the Lakers to move just 1 1/2 game behind them, a situation that looked impossible a couple of weeks ago.
Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks / W 110-82 / Streak: won 8 / Record 54-20
Mar 31: With the Spurs in free fall the Lakers still have some hope of finishing the season as the number one team, but what they really needed was this 110-82 win over the Mavericks, to move 1 and a half game ahead of them.
Kobe scored 28 points, Pau added 20, Bynum 18 and 13 rebounds in a game that ended with 5 ejected players: Jason Terry shoved Steve Blake down under the basket, Blake didn't like, bumped Terry in the chest and they both plus Matt Barnes and Brendan Haywood who participated in the skirmish were sent to the locker room. Later Shannon Brown was also ejected. But it did nothing to remove the Lakers from their winning path. They have won the last 8, and 16 of 17 after the All-Star break.
Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas while the playoff atmosphere could have been the prelude to possible second-round meeting between the two teams.
The Spurs, that once looked too far away are just 2 and a half game ahead after losing 5 consecutive.
Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets / W 102-84 / Streak: won 7 / Record 53-20
Mar 27: If the 2010-11 NBA Season ended right now, the lakers would be facing the New Orleans Hornets in the 2011 Playoffs first round. Those same Hornets were the victim of the day, losing 102-84 at L.A.
Kobe scored 30 points, Pau Gasol added 23 and 16 rebounds and the Lakers took an 18-point lead in the first half. New Orleans got close in the fourth quarter but could avoid to be swept 4-0 in the season series between the two teams.
Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers / W 112-104 / Streak: won 6 / Record 52-20
Mar 25: The Lakers never trailed while Kobe Bryant scored 37 points, Pau Gasol added 26 and they defeated the Clippers 112-104 for their 14th win in 15 games.
As it happened in their previous meeting on January 16, the game ended in a tense atmosphere, with Chris Kaman being ejected in the final minute after a rough pick and a argument with Derek Fisher.
This way the Lakers maintained their 1-game lead over Dallas for second place in the Western Conference with 10 games to go and are third overall in the NBA, just half game behind the Bulls and 5 behind the Spurs.
Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns / W 139-137 3OT / Streak: won 5 / Record 51-20
Mar 22: After 63 minutes of basketball the Lakers outlasted the Suns in a 139-137 triple-overtime thriller.
The Lakers had in under control with a 21-point lead late in the third quarter but the Suns revived playing their preferred running and shooting style until Grant Hill tied it with a 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation. The Lakers had it again by the end of the first overtime, 3 points ahead and the time running out but Lamar Odom (season-high 29 points and 16 rebounds playing in place of suspended Bynum) committed an absurd foul to Channing Frye (32 points) while he was attempting a desperate three. It could have been a 4-point play and cost L.A. the game but Frye missed the shot and made the 3 free throws to force a second OT. Later Pau Gasol (24 points) sent the game to a third OT making 2 free throws with 2.5 seconds left.
Steve Nash had 19 points and 20 assists but at the end the game belonged to Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant who scored all the Lakers 9 points in the third overtime. With L.A. down by 2, 132-130 and two minutes left, Kobe made a contested three-pointer. In the next possession Artest stole the ball from Nash just to run and dunk it on the other side of the floor. The same Artest then made a fallaway jumper, and after another 3-pointer from Frye Kobe finished it off with the last two of his 42 points in a high-arcing shot over Frye.
Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers / W 84-80 / Streak: won 4 / Record 50-20
Mar 20: In their first game without suspended Andrew Bynum, the Lakers used their most experienced players to get an 84-80 victory over the Trail Blazers and clinch a playoff spot by winning their fourth consecutive Pacific Division Title.
The Lakers had an awful night from behind the 3-point line (3 for 17) against a team they could end up facing in the playoffs. Portland even had a 4-point lead, 76-72 with 4 minutes left. But Pau Gasol closed the gap with a layup and then Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher started their two-man show. They scored the Lakers final 10 points, one clutch play after the other, like if it was a warm up for the playoffs ahead. / Highlights.
Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves / W 106-98 / Streak: won 3 / Record 49-20
Mar 18: Andrew Bynum was ejected after a flagrant foul to Michael Beasley with 6;16 to play but the Lakers still managed to control the Timberwolves 106-98 for their 11th win in 12 games after the All-Star weekend. They have also opened a 1-game lead over Dallas (48-21) for 2nd place in the Western Conference standings and are just half game behind the East leaders Chicago Bulls.
The Lakers trailed, 94-93 in the fourth before but Pau Gasol hit a 12-footer and Kobe Bryant added a 12-footer. Lamar Odom's followed with a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 100-94 lead with 2:33 to play. Pau led the team with 25 points and Kobe, who didn't have a good night added 18 despite playing with a sprained left ankle and accidentally receiving a hit in the head in the fourth. / Highlights.
Lakers vs. Orlando Magic / W 97-84 / Streak: won 2 / Record 48-20
Mar 14: Pau Gasol scored 23 points, Bryant added 16 despite playing on a sprained ankle he called the worst of his career, Andrew Bynum held his ground against Dwight Howard and the Lakers got their 10th win in 11 games, 97-84 against Orlando.
After trailing 41-46 at halftime L.A. limited the Magic to 38 points in the second. Howard ended with 22 points and 15 rebounds but Bynum had 10 points, tied a career-high with 18 rebounds and also had 4 blocks in 27 minutes. The Lakers' center is averaging 15.8 rebounds over his last six games.
This way L.A. virtually tied Dallas for the second best record in the West (they are both 6.5 games behind the Spurs).
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks / W 96-91 / Streak: won 1 / Record 47-20
Mar 12: The Lakers won 96-91 at Dallas in a crucial for their hopes to surpass the Mavericks and end second in the west. The way things are set today they could face each other in the Conference Semifinals. With this victory the Lakers positioned themselves just half game behind the Mavs.
But it wasn't easy and they suffered a big scare late in the third quarter when Kobe Bryant came down awkwardly after having a shot blocked by Shawn Marion. His left ankle curled in a manner that was awful to watch. Kobe left the floor but as scary as it looked he could return in the fourth and made a couple of key plays at the end.
Dirk Nowitzki and Marion had 25 points apiece for Dallas while Andrew Bynum led L.A. with 22 points and 15 rebounds while Pau Gasol added 18 points.
Lakers at Miami Heat / L 88-94 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 46-20
Mar 8: The Lakers did almost everything wrong in the final minutes to give away a game they could have won but at the end the Heat got the victory 94-88 sweeping the 2-game regular season series.
Kobe scored the first 10 points for the Lakers but everything went wrong for him in the second half and ended the game with 24 points in 21 attempts. After he tied the game at 88 with 2:26 to go the Lakers didn't score anymore. In that span Kobe committed two costly turnovers (although one was clearly a foul) and missed two long three-point attempts. He had no help at all from his teammates while on the other side Dwyane wade did all the clutch plays. D-Wade ended with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Lebron James with 19, 8 and 9 and Chris Bosh had 24 points and 9 rebounds making his duel with Pau Gasol (20 points) in the paint with the most interesting of the night.
So frustrated was Kobe that he returned to the court 30 minutes after the game and stayed for more than an hour shooting three-pointers and midrange jumpers.
Lakers at Atlanta Hawks / W 101-87 / Streak: won 8 / Record 46-19
Mar 8: Kobe Bryant scored 26 points to reach 27,423 and pass Moses Malone for 6th on the NBA's career scoring list. Meanwhile the Lakers defeated the Hawks at Atlanta 101-87.
With Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum controlling the paint, the Lakers led by 22 points (79-57) late in the third. Bynum had 16 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks in his third straight game with at least 16 rebounds and Gasol added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
This 2010-11 season Kobe went from 12th to 6th on the list of NBA's top scorers, leaving behind John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone. Next on the list is Shaquille O'Neal with 28,590 points, safe at least for this season.
Lakers at San Antonio Spurs / W 99-83 / Streak: won 7 / Record 45-19
Mar 6: The Lakers idea to get in championship form after the All-Star break is working to perfection. They have won 7 consecutive games, the last one maybe their best victory of the season, 99-83 at San Antonio, ending the Spurs' franchise-record home winning streak at 22 games
The Spurs are the team with the best record and will probably end the season that way but the Lakers proved they are still the best team and they did it early taking a 21 point advantage in the first quarter. Later they led by as many as 32 in third quarter before the Spurs decided they game was over and emptied their bench.
Tony Parker was the only Spur starter in double figures with 14 points. Tim Duncan scored two points and Manu Ginobili six while Kobe had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Pau Gasol scored 21 points and Andrew Bynum had 17 rebounds for the Lakers.
Lakers vs. Charlotte Bobcats / W 92-84 / Streak: won 6 / Record 44-19
Mar 4: The Lakers won their 6th straight game since the All-Star break but it was a bittersweet victory 92-84 over the Bobcats because Derek Fisher sprained his left elbow while fighting for a loose ball with former Laker Kwame Brown.
Despite being a below-average team, the Bobcats are still the only other than Boston with a winning record against the Lakers (6-8) and had embarrassed them 109-89 on Feb. 14. This time L.A. played aggressively at both ends, Kobe had 27 points, Pau added 20 and Andrew Bynum had season highs of 17 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Fisher has played in 476 consecutive games, the NBA’s longest active streak but it is unclear if he will be able to play Sunday against the Spurs.
Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves / W 90-79 / Streak: won 5 / Record 43-19
Mar 1: Kevin Love is the NBA's top rebounder but the Lakers have too much size for the Timberwolves and defeated them at Minnesota 90-79.
In a poor offensive night for both teams Love had 13 points and 11 rebounds, his 47th straight double-double while the Lakers bigs Gasol, Odom and Bynum made the difference grabbing a combined 35 rebounds, 14 of them in the offensive end. Gasol had 12 points and 17 rebounds. After a quiet first half with 4 points on 2-for-8 shooting Kobe Bryant scored 12 in the third quarter as the Lakers erased a 5-point deficit
Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder / W 90-87 / Streak: won 4 / Record 42-19
Feb 27: The Lakers improved their positive streak to 4-0 with a close win 90-87 at Oklahoma City.
Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Lakers survived 3-points attempts by Kevin Durant (21 points) and James Harden in the closing moments.
Kobe Bryant added 17 points and moved past Elvin Hayes for 7th on the NBA's career scoring list and is 89 points behind Moses Malone for sixth.
Lakers vs. L.A. Clippers / W 108-95 / Streak: won 3 / Record 41-19
Feb 25: Kobe Bryant first scared the Lakers fans, but then delighted them while leading his team to a 108-95 rout of the Clippers.
Late in the second quarter Kobe had to go to the locker room to see what was wrong with his numbed elbow. But it was just a bang in his funny bone. Kobe returned after halftime just to score 18 of his 24 points in a third quarter where the Lakers separated from their neighbors. In fact Kobe outscored the Clippers 18-17 in the period. Pau Gasol added 22 points and Andrew Bynum 16 and 11 rebounds. Clippers new superstar and current Slam Dunk Champion Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers / W 106-101 OT / Streak: won 2 / Record 40-19
Feb 23: Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant took care of business in overtime and the Lakers got another rare victory at Portland 106-101. L.A. won there last season but that was just to end a 9-game losing streak at the Rose Garden.
It wasn't easy. The Lakers overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, Ron Artest made a key 3-pointer to close the gap to 83-87 with 1:29 remaining in regulation setting the stage for Kobe who scored the next 4 tying it at 87 with 4.7 seconds left. Then Pau, in the first minutes of overtime scored 5 of his 18 points . His final points (a 7-foot shot followed by a free throw) gave L.A. the lead for good 98-97 with 1:15 to go before Kobe scored 8 consecutive points, most of them from the free throw line. Kobe ended with 37 points and Artest who had one of his best games as a Laker added 24, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, shooting 8-for-13 and making 5 of 6 three-pointers.
Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks / W 104-80 / Streak: won 1 / Record 39-19
Feb 22: The Lakers ended a 3-game losing streak with a good victory 104-80 against the Atlanta Hawks, showing what they can do when they are focused.
Kobe, the 2011 All-Star Game MVP, scored 20 points in 26 minutes and rested in the fourth quarter, Shannon Brown contributed 15 and Pau added 14 and 10 rebounds for the Lakers that from now on had the mission to improve in the general standings. They are currently 6th in the NBA and although number 1 San Antonio is almost out of reach, 8 games ahead with 24 remaining, the Lakers can try to end the season with better record (and home court advantage) than Dallas, Miami, Boston and Chicago.
Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers / L 99-104 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 38-19
Feb 16: The Cleveland Cavaliers, the worst team in the NBA were the perfect rival to face to spend the All-Star weekend on a positive note. But the Lakers lost 99-104 at Cleveland, against the same team they destroyed by a 55-point margin a month ago and the same team that made history this season by losing an NBA record 26 consecutive games.
Pau Gasol had 30 points and 20 rebounds, Fisher added 19 points. But in general the Lakers were out of sync on defense and on offense. They committed 19 turnovers, and the lowest point came in the second quarter when Gasol without looking sent a pass to where Odom was supposed to be, but Lamar was walking behind Pau and the ball went straight to the first row seats.
Most of the Lakers will have some days of rest this weekend before they face the remaining 25 games of the season trying to get into Championship shape. It won't be easy playing this way but they still have the talent and they still are the current Champions.
Lakers at Charlotte Bobcats / L 89-109 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 38-18
Feb 14: A promising road trip that once was 4-0, including a victory in Boston, changed completely with a loss at Orlando followed by an embarrassing 89-109 defeat at Charlotte.
The Lakers defended badly, shot worst missing 16 of 19 three-pointers and were completely dominated in the third quarter were the Bobcats built an 18-point lead.
Losing against Charlotte is bad but is not a surprise. The Bobcats are one of only two teams with a positive record against the Lakers (the other one is Boston). They are 8-5 all-time and have won 8 of the past 10 meetings.
Lakers at Orlando Magic / L 75-89 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 38-17
Feb 13: The happiness of defeating a title candidate (the Celtics) a couple of days ago ended at Orlando where the Lakers had a season low in points and lost to the Magic 89-75.
Dwight Howard had a big game with 31 points, including 8 straight to give the Magic a 71-60 edge with almost 10 minutes to go and also added 13 rebounds. The Lakers didn't shot well, particularly in the second half and ended with .393 percentage from field. They also missed 8 of 15 free throws and could only score 15 points in the fourth quarter. The team leaders in points for L.A. were Kobe and Bynum with 17 each.
Lakers vs. at New York Knicks / W 113-96 / Streak: won 4 / Record 38-16
Feb 11: Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in 29 minutes and Pau Gasol added 20 as the Lakers cruised to a 113-96 victory over the Knicks.
It was the Lakers 8th consecutive win against New York, the 5th in a row at the Madison Square Garden. L.A. also improved to 4-0 in their 7-game road trip.
Lakers vs. at Boston Celtics / W 92-86 / Streak: won 3 / Record 37-16
Feb 10: Ray Allen made history in front of them, but the Lakers didn't care because they got their best win of the season, 92-86 at Boston.
In the first quarter of the game, Ray Allen hit two 3-pointers to broke the NBA all-time record for 3-point shots made with 2,561, one more than Reggie Miller. Later, in the second quarter the Celtics took a 15-point lead, but the Lakers 10-0 run near the end of the first half started to balance things out. The team played better defense after that and Kobe Bryant came more aggressive to score 20 of his 23 points in the second half. Just when rumors were saying L.A. wanted to trade Bynum for Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers showed how important size is. They beat their arch-rivals by outrebounding them 47-36 and outscoring them 50-32 in the paint.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Bynum 16 and 9 and Odom added 10 and 12. Too much for Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett and an old Celtics team that has Jermaine and Shaquille O'Neal injured.
It was a victory the team was needing since so far this season the Lakers have only lost against the top candidates Spurs (twice), Heat, Mavericks and a home loss against the Celtics.
Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies / W 93-84 / Streak: won 2 / Record 36-16
Feb 7: Six Lakers scored in double figures to defeat the Grizzlies 93-84 and tie the season series 2-2.
Kobe had 19 points and Pau Gasol added 17 going against his brother Marc who had 10 points and 12 rebounds. In the fourth Memphis got within 2 points but Los Angeles used an 11-0 run to take an 89-76 lead.
Lakers at New Orleans Hornets / W 101-95 / Streak: won 1 / Record 35-16
Feb 5: Kobe Bryant asked Pau Gasol to be more aggressive and the Spaniard forward responded with 34 points and 10 rebounds to help the Lakers defeat the Hornets 101-95.
Kobe added 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 3:20 left to put his team ahead for good in the third victory of the season against New Orleans. Chris Paul had 21 points and 15 assists for the Hornets
Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs / W 88-89 / Streak: won lost 1 / Record 34-16
Feb 3: The Lakers had another demoralizing defeat at the hands of one of the NBA's top teams. Ginobili, Parker and Duncan missed their shots in the final possession but Antonio McDyess tipped the ball at the buzzer to give the Spurs an 89-88 win that makes a 7.5 game space between them and the Lakers.
The Spurs had a small lead for most of the second half until Odom (10 of his 14 points in the fourth) tied it with a 3-pointer with 1 minute left. Pau Gasol's free throws with 22.7 seconds left put the Lakers ahead and almost got them the win.
Kobe had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists but shot 5 for 18 from the field. In fact neither team shot particularly well. Andrew Bynum had 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 6 assists in his return to the Lakers' starting lineup.
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets / W 114-106 OT / Streak: won 1 / Record 34-15
Feb 1: Kobe and Paul scored 6 points each in overtime to give the Lakers a 114-106 win over the Rockets and recover from two consecutive home defeats.
Bryant had 32 points and playing without Bynum (out with a bone bruise in his left knee) Gasol and Odom had big games. The Spaniard ended with 26 points and 16 rebounds while Odom was part of the starting lineup and had 20 points and 20 rebounds.
Luis Scola scored 10 of his 24 points in the final 5 minutes of regulation and then added 2 to put Houston ahead 104-100 in overtime but Gasol scored the next 4 and the Lakers never trailed again. Kevin Martin added 30 points for Houston.
Lakers vs. Boston Celtics / L 96-109 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 33-15
Jan 30: Kobe Bryant scored 41, but the other Lakers struggled while the Celtics shoot 60.3% and won 109-96 in their first matchup since the 2010 NBA Finals.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 32 points and Rajon Rondo contributed 15 of his 16 assists after halftime. Kobe and Fisher could do nothing to stop Rondo and the Lakers defense in general suffered trying to contain the Celtics. Boston led throughout the final 21 minutes, Kobe pulled the Lakers to 91-87 with 5:20 to play but that was as close as they would get
Kobe became the youngest players to reach 27,000 points while making 16 of 29 shots but Artest went 1 for 10 from the floor and Bynum had just 11 points playing with soreness in his left knee.
There was no panic after the game despite having losing with another title contender. As Phil Jackson said, this is just a regular season game and the team will be playing playoff basketball when the playoffs come. But currently they should start worrying about their regular season record and the home court advantage, which was key in the 2008 and 2010 Finals against Boston.
Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings / L 95-100 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 33-14
Jan 28: Sacramento surprised the Lakers with a 100-95 victory at the Staples Center in the same day Kobe Bryant surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth place on the NBA's career scoring list.
Kobe had 21 of his 38 points in the First quarter but the Lakers looked distracted, like looking ahead to Sunday's Finals rematch against the Celtics. Rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points for the Kings.
Lakers vs. Utah Jazz / W 120-91 / Streak: won 2 / Record 33-13
Jan 25: Kobe Bryant needed just 34 points to pass Hakeem Olajuwon for 8th on the NBA's career scoring list but he played just 26 minutes as his Lakers dominated the Jazz from beginning to end on a 120-91 rout at Staples Center.
Kobe had 21 and the Lakers bigs did the rest: Gasol added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Bynum 19 points and 11 rebounds and Odom 17 and 8. It was their 7th win in a row at home, the 17th consecutive there against Utah. Everything was over in the first quarter when the Lakers shot 72 percent from the floor to build a 17-point lead. The biggest crowd reaction occurred at the end when Shannon Brown missed one of his high-flying dunks producing also smiles (and laughs) from the bench. By then the Lakers were up by 38.
Lakers at Denver Nuggets / W 107-97 / Streak: won 1 / Record 32-13
Jan 21: Kobe Bryant scored 14 of his 18 points in the decisive third quarter to lead the Lakers to a 107-97 victory at Denver.
Kobe also had 6 rebounds and 7 assists and was one of five Lakers to score at least 17. Ron Artest scored a season-best 19. The Lakers outrebounded the Nuggets 47-27. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, still playing for Denver after the trade talks with the Nets ended.
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks / L 100-109 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 31-13
Jan 19: Jason Kidd had a season-high 21 points and his Mavericks defeated the Lakers 109-100.
Pau Gasol had 23 points, Kobe 21 and 10 assists and Odom added 20 points but the Lakers defense could not stop Dallas who made a season-high 55 percent of their shots and had 22 points each from bench players Shawn Marion and Jason Terry.
Lakers vs. OKC Thunder / W 101-94 / Streak: won 1 / Record 31-12
Jan 17: In their first meeting since their first-round series in the 2010 playoffs the Lakers received the Thunder and beat them 101-94.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol each had 21 points and
Derek Fisher had a season-high 15 while the Thunder, a young and active team, gave fight until the end with 32 points by Russell Westbrook and 24 from Kevin Durant.
Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers / L 92-99 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 30-12
Jan 16: The game ended with a tense atmosphere and 4 ejections but by then everything was already decided and the Clippers won 99-92 ending the Lakers 7-game winning streak.
Eric Gordon scored 30 points and Blake Griffin pushed the Lakers around in the second half to get his 26th consecutive double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Kobe had 27 points and 9 rebounds, and Bynum added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers. After a confrontation between them with 5.7 seconds left, Odom, Griffin and Baron Davis were ejected. Ron Artest who was trying to pull Odom away was also ejected.
Lakers vs. New Jersey Nets / W 100-88 / Streak: won 7 / Record 30-11
Jan 14: The Lakers couldn't contain Brook Lopez but 27 points from Kobe and 20 from Pau were enough to defeat the lowly Nets 100-88.
New Jersey's center had 35 points while former Lakers Sasha Vujacic and Jordan Farmar played their first game at the Staples Center not wearing a white or gold uniform. Farmar, who left as a free agent last summer received his championship ring before scoring 12 points. "The Machine", a fan favorite who was traded last month, scored 17 points for the Nets, who are working on an imminent trade that would get them Carmelo Anthony and new hope before moving to Brooklyn.
Lakers at Golden State Warriors / W 115-110 / Streak: won 6 / Record 29-11
Jan 12: Kobe scored 17 of his 39 points in the final 5:49 to help the Lakers wake up and beat the Golden State Warriors 115-110 for their sixth straight victory.
The Warriors enjoyed an early 14-point lead but couldn't hold to it despite Monta Ellis' 38 points. Gasol had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Odom added 20 points, 10 of them consecutive in the fourth.
Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers / W 112-57 / Streak: won 5 / Record 28-11
Jan 11: The Lakers destroyed the Cavaliers 112-57, setting a team record for fewest points given up in the shot-clock era. It was the third-largest margin of victory in Lakers history and the 11th consecutive loss for the Cavs, who are still suffering the departure of Lebron James and an injury-plagued season.
It was never a game, with Cleveland scoring just 12 points in the first quarter and the Lakers leading 57-25 by halftime. L.A. had 7 players in double-digits and Pau Gasol was the only one who played 30 minutes.
Lakers vs. New York Knicks / W 109-87 / Streak: won 4 / Record 27-11
Dec 9: Kobe scored 27 points, Andrew Bynum added 18 points and 7 rebounds before getting ejected in the Lakers fourth straight victory, 109-87 over the Knicks.
The Knicks arrived as the NBA's top scoring team but the L.A. showed its championship level defense to contain them to 38% shooting. Bynum, Gasol (20 points and 14 rebounds) and Odom (13 points and a season-high 18 boards) were too much size for the Knicks.
It was a game full of arguments and hard fouls that included a play in which Artest sent Amare Stoudemire to the floor but the Lakers took a 16-point lead in the third quarter and things were relatively easy from there.
Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets / W 101-97 / Streak: won 3 / Record 26-11
Jan 7: In a 101-97 win over the Hornets, Kobe Bryant scored 25 points and passed Oscar Robertson for 9th on the NBA's career scoring list.
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Odom 17 and 13 and Bynum added 17 points. Before the game, Bryant and Derek Fisher presented a championship ring to DJ Mbenga who is now playing for New Orleans.
Lakers at Phoenix Suns / W 99-95 / Streak: won 2 / Record 25-11
Jan 5: Five Lakers scored in double figures and the team got another win, 99-95 at Phoenix.
Kobe had 24 points, Bynum added 14 and the Lakers were too big for the Suns, dominating the boards 47-31, 14-5 on the offensive end. Ron Artest, whose intense argument with Jackson in practice was the talk of the week, scored 11 points, including a wide-open 3 with 1:30 to play after Phoenix had cut the lead to one.
Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons / W 108-83 / Streak: won 1 / Record 24-11
Dec 4: The Lakers opened the third quarter with a 16-2 run to take control of the game and cruised after that to defeat the Pistons 108-83.
Pau Gasol led the team wit 21 points while Kobe added 17 which allowed him to pass Dominique Wilkins and be one of the NBA's all-time top ten scorers with 26,671 points.
Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies / L 85-104 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 23-11
Jan 2: The Lakers made 20 turnovers and trailed by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter in a 85-104 loss against the Grizzlies.
Bryant scored 28 points for the Lakers, who have looked average for the past two weeks and have lost three of their last four home games—all three by at least 16 points.
Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers / W 102-98 / Streak: won 2 / Record 23-10
Dec 31: won 102-98
Lakers at New Orleans Hornets / W 103-88 / Streak: won 1 / Record 22-10
Dec 29: Andrew Bynum was part of the starting lineup for the first time this season and the Lakers avoided another 4-game losing streak with an easy 103-88 victory at New Orleans.
Lamar Odom didn't seemed affected by his return to the bench and led the team with 24 points. Kobe Bryant scored 20 points in 28 minutes, Bynum had 18 and Pau Gasol added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Los Angeles led by 20 late in the second quarter and stayed ahead by at least 15 during the second half.
Lakers at San Antonio Spurs / L 82-97 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 21-10
Dec 28: Angry after two painful losses Kobe Bryant tried to end the short negative streak by himself but to get his 21 points he missed 19 of 27 shots and the Spurs took advantage of it with a 97-82 win at San Antonio.
The Spurs ended the first quarter with a 27-18 lead after a 16-2 run and never trailed again. It was a bad night for the Lakers who clearly don't need the old version of Kobe trying to do everything. Instead they prefer the Kobe who trust in his teammates, the one that led them to win the last two championships.
Tim Duncan scored only 2 points and Manu Ginobili, the team's leading scorer had just 9 but the Spurs, who currently hold the NBA's best record had 23 points from Tony Parker.
Lakers vs. Miami Heat / L 80-96 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 21-9
Dec 25: Lebron James had a triple-double and his Miami Heat defeated the Lakers 96-80 on Christmas Day.
In the first matchup with the new version of the Heat, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol could only get 17 points each while Lebron had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Bosh 24 points and 13 rebounds and Dwyane Wade added 18 points. As usual it looked like this special date is more important for the rivals than for the Lakers that this way dropped to 4-8 on Christmas since 1999.
Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks / L 79-98 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 21-8
Dec 21: In their final game before the Christmas Day matchup with the Heat, the Lakers couldn't handle the Bucks and lost 79-98.
The Lakers played really bad and were outscored 26-13 in the fourth. Kobe Bryant scored 21 points and was ejected with 2:07 to play, earning two quick technical fouls after being called for an offensive foul.
Lakers at Toronto Raptors / W 120-110 / Streak: won 5 / Record 21-7
Dec 19: With 57 points from their reserves, the Lakers defeated the Raptors 120-110 to win their fifth in a row and end their 7-game road trip with a 6-1 record.
Kobe had 20 points, Pau 19 and Andrew Bynum, playing his fourth game after returning from offseason surgery on his right knee added 16 in 18 minutes.
Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers / W 93-81 / Streak: won 4 / Record 20-7
Dec 17: Kobe sprained the pinky finger on his right hand in the first quarter and scored just 9 points but he still played 36 minutes while Odom, Gasol and Barnes did most of the scoring in the Lakers 93-81 victory over the 76ers.
Odom led the team with 28 points, Gasol had 19 and 13 rebounds and Barnes added 15 points. The Lakers ended the third quarter down by 4, 62-58 but then outscored Philadelphia 35-19 in the fourth to win their 4th consecutive game and improve to 5-1 in their 8-game road trip.
Lakers at Indiana Pacers / W 109-94 / Streak: won 3 / Record 19-7
Dec 15: Two weeks ago the Lakers played bad and suffered a against Indiana with Pau Gasol being outplayed by Hibbert and Kobe missing twice at the end. This time they made sure the Pacers had no chance from the beginning and won 109-94 at Indiana.
Kobe 25 of his 31 points in the second half, Pau had 28 and 8 rebounds showing all his repertoire and Odom added 13 points and 17 rebounds as the Lakers outrebounded Indiana 51-29 to win for the 6th time in 7 games after losing 4 in a row. / Highlights...
Lakers at Washington Wizards / W 103-89 / Streak: won 2 / Record 18-7
Dec 14: In the same night, Andrew Bynum returned, Sasha Vujacic was traded and Kobe Bryant played just 24 minutes, scored 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter and lead the Lakers to a 103-89 victory at Washington.
Bynum, who finally made his 2010-11 debut, entered the game midway through the first quarter, played 17 minutes, had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Vujacic was on the bench despite the news that the team had agreed to send him and a 2011 first-round draft pick to the Nets as part of a 3-team trade that would send veteran forward Joe Smith to L.A.
Lakers at New Jersey Nets / W 99-92 / Streak: won 1 / Record 17-7
Dec 12: By scoring 25 of his 32 points in the second half and assisting Gasol and Odom for easy baskets late in the fourth, Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to a 99-92 victory at New Jersey.
Odom added 22 points and Gasol had 15 and 11 rebounds but shot just 6-for-19 from the field and the Lakers were outscored in the paint 58-32. Center Brook Lopez led the Nets with 25 points.
Lakers at Chicago Bulls / L 84-88 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 16-7
Dec 10: Derrick Rose is not Michael Jordan but he's getting better every day as he proved by leading Chicago to an 88-84 win with 29 points and 9 assists.
In the same night that Phil Jackson might have coached his final game against the Bulls (the team he guided to 6 NBA championships), Kobe Bryant climbed to 11th on the all-time NBA scoring list with 26,398 points.
It was a bad game for the Lakers whose 84 points marked a season low, Artest looked completely lost on offense, Brown couldn't score and the team is expecting that the return of Bynum and Ratliff next week bring some fresh air.
Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers / W 87-86 / Streak: won 3 / Record 16-6
Dec 8: When everybody was expecting Kobe to take the final shot, Derek Fisher did it, made it, and the Lakers defeated the Clippers 87-86.
After Kobe scored 4 consecutive points to give the Lakers an 85-84 lead, DeAndre Jordan dunked the ball with 15 seconds left. D-Fish received an inbound pass with 3.1 seconds remaining, attacked the lane and banked a floater as time expired.
It wasn't a nice win but it was a win in the first of 7 road games the Lakers have to face.
Lakers vs. Washington Wizards / W 115-108 / Streak: won 2 / Record 15-6
Dec 7: If it wasn't for Nick Young who always scores when he plays at L.A. the Lakers would have had an easier night. Anyway, at the end they got a 115-108 victory against Washington.
Young scored a season-high 30 points including 6 three-pointers and his final shot made got the Wizards within 110-106 with 1:20 left. But in fact the Lakers never trailed, move the ball well, had Kobe with 32 points, Odom with 24 and 7 rebounds and enjoyed complete game from Pau Gasol who ended with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks.
Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings / W 113-80 / Streak: won 1 / Record 14-6
Dec 3: The best the Lakers could ask to end their 4-game losing streak was playing against Sacramento at the Staples Center. They got an easy 113-80 win over the Kings to get back to their winning path.
Bryant had 22 points and and Gasol 16 despite playing with a strained hamstring. They both stayed in the bench in the fourth quarter. Odom with 16 points was one of 6 Lakers on double digits.
Lakers at Houston Rockets / L 99-109 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 13-6
Dec 1: Shane Battier had 11 of his 17 points in the final 3 minutes to lead the Rockets to a 109-99 victory. This way the Lakers lost four straight for the first time since April 2007, the first time this happens with Pau Gasol on the roster.
And it is no coincidence that the negative streak started when Pau started to look tired. With Bynum still out he's playing center and the accumulation of minutes has had an impact on his game. His stellar performance was one of the keys for the Lakers success in the first part of the season. Against the Rockets Kobe scored 27 and Odom 25 but Pau had just 8 points on 2-for 8 shooting in 39 minutes.
Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies / L 96-98 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 13-5
Nov 30: With a 96-98 loss at Memphis, the Lakers lost 3 in a row for the second time since they traded for Pau Gasol in February 2008.
Mike Conley had a season-high 28 points for the Grizzlies who did a perfect defense in the final play not allowing Kobe to take a shot and after he passed to Artest, Rudy Gay blocked his 3-point attempt. Kobe finished with a game-high 29 points but was 9-of-25 from the floor, including 1-of-6 outside the arc. / Highlights...
Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers / L 92-95 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 13-4
Nov 28: Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 41 points trying to compensate for the lack of energy from his teammates, but at the end missed two tying 3-point attempts and Indiana won 95-92 in their first victory at L.A. since 1999.
Kobe scored the Lakers's final 15 points in the third quarter to help reduce a 15-point deficit. In the final possession of the game he uncharacteristically missed an open 3-pointer, then Artest got the rebound but doubted about what to do and the ball ended up in Kobe's hands who this time had to take a very long attempt and missed again. Roy Hibbert dominated a tired Pau Gasol with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Lakers at Utah Jazz / L 96-102 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 13-3
Nov 26: This season the Jazz never give up and the Lakers suffered it on a 102-96 loss at Utah. Led by Deron Williams' 29 points and 12 assists the Jazz rallied from a 19-point deficit. Earlier this month they rallied from double-digit deficits in 5 straight games that included wins at Orlando and Miami.
Kobe was having a bad shooting night until he scored 14 straight points to give L.A. a 96-91 lead with 2:12 left but that was all the Lakers had left.
Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls / W 98-91 / Streak: won 5 / Record 13-2
Nov 23: Shannon Brown keeps improving and with 21 points that included 5 three-pointers led the Lakers to a 98-91 victory over the Bulls.
Derrick Rose (30 points) was showing all his repertoire and the Lakers were trailing early in the fourth before going into a 17-2 run that decided the output of the game. It included two threes by Steve Blake, one by Matt Barnes and one by Brown. Odom also had 21 points while L.A.'s one-two punch was relatively shy: Kobe had 20 points and Pau added 12 and 11 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors / W 117-89 / Streak: won 4 / Record 12-2
Nov 21: Pau Gasol had a perfect night as the Lakers easily defeated the warriors 117-89 to get their 4th victory in a row.
Pau scored 28 points without missing a shot, had 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Going 10 for 10 from the field he became only the the fifth player in Lakers history to end the game with at least 10 field goals and without a miss (the others: Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar twice, Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott).
Another curious stat makes him only the third player in NBA history to produce at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists without missing on at least 5 shots from the field and the line. The other two were Charles Barkley 22 years ago and... Matt Barnes two nights ago, which says something about how good the Lakers are playing.
Kobe added 20 points and L.A. took a 30-point lead in the first half so nobody played more than 30 minutes.
Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves / L 112-95 / Streak: won 3 / Record 11-2
Nov 19: Eleven days ago Kevin Love, the NBA's leading rebounder, had 23 points and 24 rebounds against L.A., and that was before his historic 31-point, 31 rebound performance. This time Odom has his revenge and left him in zero points and 7 rebounds while the Lakers improved to 11-2 with a 112-95 win at Minnesota.
Matt Barnes had a big night scoring 24 point on 7-of-7 shooting that included 5 three-pointers to go with 7 rebounds and 6 assists.. Kobe had 23 points and 8 rebounds, and Pau added 16 and 14
Lakers at Detroit Pistons / W 103-90 / Streak: won 2 / Record 10-2
Nov 17: Bryant had 33 points and 9 rebounds and didn't even play in the fourth quarter of a 103-90 win over Detroit.
A frustrated Richard Hamilton was called for a foul while trying to contain Kobe, then received two quick technicals for arguing and was ejected just 5 minutes into the game.
Pau Gasol added 25 points and 12 rebounds and also was on the bench in the final period. Odom had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers who shot 57 percent in the first half.
Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks / W 118-107 / Streak: won 1 / Record 9-2
Nov 16: Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Shannon Brown scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Bucks 118-107 to snap a two-game losing streak.
Brandon Jennings scored 31 points for Milwaukee but L.A. played good defense in the second half after going to the halftime down by 2, 57-59.
Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns / L 116-121 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 8-2
Nov 14: The Suns made 22 three-pointers, one shy of the NBA record and won the game 121-116 at the Staples Center.
Pau Gasol dominated the paint with 28 points and 17 rebounds including 9 offensive while Kobe had 25 points, 9 rebounds and 14 assists (and 8 turnovers) but Phoenix made the difference from the outside with a rain of threes that included 7 from Jason Richardson, 5 from Hedo Turkoglu and 4 from Channing Frye to broke their own record for 3-pointers by a Lakers opponent (19 in April 2005).
Lakers at Denver Nuggets / L 112-118 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 8-1
Nov 11: Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 34 points and became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 26.000 career points but the Lakers lost at Denver 118-112.
Carmelo Anthony, still playing for the Nuggets had 32 points and 13 rebounds and helped his team recover from a 14-point third-quarter deficit. Ty Lawson scored 11 points in a 16-0 run that gave them a 101-95 lead in the fourth.
Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves / W 99-94 / Streak: won 8 / Record 8-0
Nov 9: Despite playing their worst game so far the Lakers managed to defeat the Timberwolves 99-94 and improve to 8-0, the second-best start in club history (tied with the 1987-88 team).
Kobe Bryant had 33 points and 6 assist and Pau Gasol added 18 and 10 rebounds but with longtime Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis in his second season as the head coach the Timberwolves outrebounded the Lakers 54-42 and outscored them in the paint 44-40 and stayed in the game until the final seconds. Kevin Love had 23 points and 24 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers / W 121-96 / Streak: won 7 / Record 7-0
Nov 7: Portland was supposed to pose some sort of a challenge for the undefeated Lakers, but it was easy from the beginning and with an exhibition from Pau Gasol L.A. defeated the Trail Blazers 121-96..
The Spaniard had the 4th triple double of his career with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and Odom added 21 points and 12 rebounds allowing Kobe Bryant to rest his recovering knee by playing just 26 minutes while the Lakers improved to 7-0 for the fifth time in franchise history. Ron Artest defense made Brandon Roy disappear from the game. Portland's top star and scorer had 8 points on one-for-six shooting. L.A. led by 22 after two quarters and by as many as 29 down the stretch while outrebounding the Blazers 49-25.
Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors / W 108-103 / Streak: won 6 / Record 6-0
Nov 5: With a 108-103 win over the Raptors the Lakers remain one of only three teams still unbeaten this season. Pau Gasol led the way with 30 points and Kobe added 23 and 6 assists in a game that was far from perfect for L.A.
The Raptors won the board battle 49-31 and Los Angeles trailed late in the third quarter before making a 15-3 run led by Gasol and 4 reserves. In the fourth Toronto always stayed close but at the end Los Angeles managed to get a 6-0 record for fifth time in franchise history.
Lakers at Sacramento Kings / W 112-100 / Streak: won 5 / Record 5-0
Nov 3: Kobe Bryant had his 17th career triple-double with 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Lakers extended their winning streak to 5 with a 112-100 victory at Sacramento. Unlike previous games the reserves didn't add much but all five starters had good productions including 22 points and 11 rebounds from Gasol and the team shot .524 (11-for-21) from behind the three-point line.
Two minutes into the game Kobe logged 37,527 minutes of playing time as a Laker, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and setting a franchise record.
Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies / W 124-105 / Streak: won 4 / Record 4-0
Nov 2: Kobe Bryant scored all his 23 points before the Lakers went to rest with a 73-46 halftime lead on their way to a 124-105 win over the Grizzlies. With fluid offense and strong defense L.A. outscored Memphis 39-23 in the second period allowing Kobe to rest after 25 minutes of play and sit out the fourth quarter.
Pau Gasol won the brothers' matchup with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Marc had 11 and 8. Both dished 5 assists. Los Angeles had 6 players scoring in double digits with Barnes contributing 16 points and 14 rebounds, 9 of them on the offensive end.
Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors / W 107-83 / Streak: won 3 / Record 3-0
Oct 31: The Lakers cruised to an easy 107-83 win over the Warriors. It was already over after the first quarter where they build a 20-point lead, 34-14 and they were up by as many as 31 in the final minutes. As he was asked before the season begins, Gasol keeps leading the team on the offensive end, this time with 26 points while Kobe who looks fully recovered from his knee surgery, added 20 before resting in the fourth quarter.
Lakers at Phoenix Suns / W 114-106 / Streak: won 2 / Record 2-0
Oct 29: The Lakers got their second victory of the season, 114-106 against the Suns, their rival in the Western Conference Final in the 2010 playoffs. It was Phil Jackson's 1,100th win, something only four other coaches have accomplished.
The Suns set the pace of the game but the Lakers showed they can also run and had enough weapons to use. Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, Pau Gasol was near a triple-double with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists, Lamar Odom who will be starting until Andrew Bynum is recovered added 18 points and 17 rebounds and Fisher, Artest and Barnes also reached double digits in scoring. Grant Hill led Phoenix with 21 points but Los Angeles took control with a 19-6 run over the last 3 1/2 minutes of the third quarter and first 2 1/2 of the fourth.
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets / W 112-110 / Streak: won 1 / Record 1-0
Oct 26: The Lakers opened their season on a night full of emotions. First they had their ring ceremony and hung another championship banner. Later, Pau Gasol scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 27 points and 7 assists and the defending champions erased a 15-point deficit to beat the Rockets 112-110. But the Lakers top two stars weren't alone Shannon Brown netted 4 three-pointers and 14 of his 16 points in a 6 1/2-minute span in the fourth and with 18 seconds left Kobe assisted Steve Blake, who in his first game dressing purple and gold made his own three-point shot to seal the final score. Yao Ming returned to the basketball court after injuring his knee in the 2008 Playoffs and had 9 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Oct 8: The Lakers will go for the three-peat in 2010-2011 and their season begins against the Houston Rockets, a team that with the return of Yao Ming will try to regain its elite status.
Andrew Bynum delayed surgery didn't went as expected meaning he won't be available to play maybe until late November. Kobe Bryant also had surgery and although it's not clear whether he will be a 100%, he will be present on the team's opening night.
Lakers Preseason Games:
Oct 4: Lakers vs. Timberwolves, at London, England - Loss 92-111
Oct 7: Lakers vs. Barcelona, at Barcelona, Spain - Loss 88-92
Oct 13: Lakers vs. Kings, at Las Vegas - Win 98-95
Oct 16: Lakers vs. Nuggets - Win 102-95
Oct 17: Lakers vs. Jazz - Loss 94-99
Oct 19: Lakers vs. Jazz - Loss 74-82
Oct 21: Lakers vs. Warriors - Win 120-99
Oct 22: Lakers vs. Warriors - Win 105-102
With Andrew Bynum not ready for the start of the 2010-11 NBA season the Lakers will go with a familiar starting lineup. Pau Gasol will play center and Lamar Odom will start at power forward:
Derek Fisher - point guard
Kobe Bryant - shooting guard
Ron Artest -
Lamar Odom -
Pau Gasol - center
Bynum's return will move Pau back to power forward while Odom will still have significant minutes but coming from the bench.
The reserves who will see more action will probably be Steve Blake, Shannon Brown, Sasha Vujacic, Theo Ratliff and Matt Barnes.
Sep 15: When the Lakers 2010-2011 Regular Season starts on late October (Tuesday 26) you will find in this page all the news, stats, team leaders, standings, highlights and schedule related to Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest and all the Laker players...
In the meantime you can review the changes in the 2010-11 roster and the Lakers performance in the 2009-2010 season and playoffs
The NBA released the Lakers 2010-2011 regular season schedule.