2011-12 LAKERS NEWS AND NOTES
Lakers at Sacramento Kings / L 96-113 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 41-25
Apr 26: Kobe Bryant made it clear what his goal is. He decided to sit out and get some rest for the Playoffs during the team's meaningless final game of the season against the lowly Sacramento Kings instead of trying to go for 38 points and win his third scoring title. This way he surrendered the honor to Kevin Durant, but also gave a lesson on leadership as the Lakers get ready for the chase of their 17th NBA Championship. Mike Brown had already decided to rest Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Matt Barnes and the Lakers lost 96-113 at Sacramento.
The Lakers open their 2012 Playoffs on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets.
Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder / W 114-106 2OT / Streak: won 1 / Record 41-24
Apr 22: The Lakers were having a bad day against another good team, Kobe was shooting poorly, World Peace had been ejected and they were trailing by 18 in the third quarter. But they proved they are ready to give battle in the Playoffs, they reacted and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-106 in a double overtime thriller. Kobe made a couple of clutch three-pointers late in regulation and then scored 6 of his 26 points in the second overtime. He also had 6 rebounds and 8 assists while Pau Gasol contributed 20 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. Kevin Durant tied Kobe as the NBA scoring leader with 35 points but he and Westbrook combined to miss 42 of their 56 shots. The Lakers played most of the four quarter and the extra periods with Andrew Bynum and Ramon Sessions on the bench and with Steve Blake and seldom used reserves Devin Ebanks and Jordan Hill on the floor. The bad news for the Lakers is that Metta World Peace who suddenly transformed himself into the Ron Artest from some years ago will surely be suspended when the 2012 Playoffs start. He was ejected after dunking the ball and throwing a terrible elbow at James Harden's face in the second quarter. Harden couldn't return to the game.
Lakers at San Antonio Spurs / L 121-97 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 40-24
Apr 20: After missing 7 games with a bruised left shin Kobe returned, played 29 minutes and scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting but it wasn't enough and the Lakers lost again against the Spurs, the West best team, 121-97. Tim Duncan had 21 points and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili added 20 each for a team that is on fire, having won the last 6 games to stay half-game ahead of Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 1 seed in the West. The Lakers are third. Andrew Bynum scored 17 points but had just 2 rebounds, and unusual performance for him these days. The Spurs gave the Lakers their two worst losses of this season. The other one was just 3 days ago. With the Playoffs current configuration the two teams could only face each other in the Conference Finals, but if one of them change its current seed they could meet in the second round...
Lakers at Golden State Warriors / W 99-87 / Streak: won 1 / Record 40-23
Apr 18: In what is supposed to be their final game without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers defeated the undermanned Warriors 99-87. Pau Gasol recorded the fifth triple-double of his career with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Andrew Bynum had 31 points and 9 rebounds, 17 of his points in the first quarter. If the 2012 Playoffs started today the Lakers would be playing the Dallas Mavericks.
Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs / L 91-112 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 39-23
Apr 17: For those thinking that the Lakers are better without Kobe Bryant, the team proved that they may be good but not good enough to win a Championship without him. They lost 91-112 against the West-leading Spurs. Tony Parker was at full speed, scoring 29 points and dishing 13 assists while Tim Duncan added 19 points and Manu Ginobili 15. San Antonio's lead was as big as 23 points in the third quarter. Andrew Bynum had 21 points and 7 rebounds but couldn't avoid a loss that left the Lakers just half game above the Clippers in their quest for the Pacific Division title.
Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks / W 112-108 OT / Streak: won 4 / Record 39-22
Apr 15: With a 112-108 overtime victory the Lakers swept their regular season series against the Mavericks, a team they could face in the first round of the 2012 Playoffs. Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds while Pau Gasol not only had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, he also made two three pointers in overtime. Kobe Bryant, still the NBA scoring leader with 6 games to go for L.A. missed his fifth consecutive game but he's expected to return soon to get ready for the playoffs.
Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets / W 103-97 / Streak: won 3 / Record 38-22
Apr 13: Andrew Bynum's 30 points and 8 rebounds and Matt Barnes' season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds helped the Lakers clinch a playoff berth with a 103-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets. They played again without Kobe who is trying to have his bruised shin ready for the Playoffs. The team has won 3 of 4 without him and this time they did it even without coach Mike Brown who had to leave the Staples Center shortly before tipoff because of a family issue. The lakers 87-75 lead with 9:25 left was reduced to a 1-point margin with 3:38 to go but Barnes scored 6 consecutive points after that.
Lakers at San Antonio Spurs / W 98-84 / Streak: won 2 / Record 37-22
Apr 11: Playing without Kobe against one of the West top teams wasn't a problem for the Lakers who defeated the Spurs 98-84 in the night Andrew Bynum became only the second player in 12 years to get 30 rebounds in a game. Metta World Peace scored 26 points, including 5 of 8 three-pointers and Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was the Spurs second loss after a 11-game winning streak and their big three (Duncan, Ginobili and Parker) combined for just 27 points. San Antonio trailed by as much as 26 and lost the boards battle 60-33, grabbing just 1 offensive rebound. Bynum, who had 8 offensive rebounds and also added 16 points, is the 5th Laker player to grab 30 rebounds in a game, and the first since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978.
Lakers at New Orleans Hornets / W 93-91 / Streak: won 1 / Record 36-22
Apr 9: Kobe missed his second straight game with an injury and Pau Gasol again took responsibility for the scoring, leading the Lakers with 25 points in a 93-91 victory at New Orleans. After trailing by as much as 9 points in the third quarter, the Lakers recovered and won despite World Peace nearly turning the ball over while making a long inbound pass to Barnes who was on L.A.'s back court with 1.2 seconds left.
Lakers at Phoenix Suns / L 105-125 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 35-22
Apr 7: With an injured left shin Kobe ended a streak of 138 consecutive regular season games played and his Lakers missed him in a 125-105 loss at Phoenix. Pau Gasol led the team with 30 points and 13 rebounds and Andrew Bynum added 23 and 18 but the Suns set a franchise low with just 3 turnovers. Devin Ebanks started for Kobe and got 12 points while former Laker Shannon Brown was his team's top scorer with 24. This way the Lakers allowed the Clippers to get within half game in the race for the Pacific Division.
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets / L 112-107 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 35-21
Apr 6: When Andrew Bynum plays at the level of his potential the Lakers look unstoppable, but against Houston he just continued with his streak of bad decisions and made himself ejected (again) with a couple of technical fouls. The lead changed hands 6 times after Bynum left seconds into the fourth quarter and eventually the Lakers lost 112-107 at the hands of the Rockets who had Goran Dragic with 26 points and 11 assists and Luis Scola scoring 10 of his 25 points during a 2:39 span of the fourth.
Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers / W 113-108 / Streak: won 4 / Record 35-20
Apr 4: After missing a game with a sprained ankle Andrew Bynum returned and scored 36 points in the Lakers 113-108 win against the Clippers. Kobe Bryant added 31 and, as usual, a couple of clutch plays to decide a crucial game in L.A.'s battle for the top seed in the Pacific, which will assure the team who gets it home-court advantage in the first round of the 2012 Playoffs. Former Laker Caron Butler scored 28 points and Chris Paul had 16 assists but despite the spectacular dunks and a couple of dirty plays by Griffin (elbow to Gasol's head) the Clippers didn't have enough at the end to hold on to a 104-103 lead, while the Lakers had Kobe Bryant. With this win the Lakers take two out of three games and earn the head-to-head tiebreaker in case of a tie at the end of the season.
Lakers vs. New Jersey Nets / W 91-87 / Streak: won 3 / Record 34-20
Apr 3: After trailing by 17 the Nets tied the game at 84 with 1:29 to play before Kobe Bryant who ended the night with 24 points made a long fallaway jumper to break the tie and later hit a 3-pointer that seal the score with 6.8 seconds left. The Lakers won 91-87, in their 8th consecutive win over the Nets. Pau Gasol stopped Gerald Wallace with a curtain in Kobe's decisive three-pointer and finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds while Andrew Bynum was absent because of a sprained ankle.
Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors / W 120-112 / Streak: won 2 / Record 33-20
Apr 1: After missing his first 15 shots the previous day, Kobe Bryant scored 13 points in the first quarter to set the tone of his 40-point night and the Lakers defeated the Warriors 120-112. Gasol added 26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists while Sessions contributed 23 points and 9 assists. Bynum had zero points and left the game for good with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter after spraining his ankle..
Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets / W 88-85 / Streak: won 1 / Record 32-20
Mar 31: For the first time in his career Kobe Bryant didn't make any of his first 15 shot attempts but he still had the confidence to make the go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in the game that allowed the Lakers to win 88-85 against the Hornets. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Bynum added 19 points and 10 rebounds while Sessions added 10 points and 10 assists.
Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder / L 102-93 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 31-20
Mar 29: Derek Fisher was back in town as a reserve point guard but it was the starter who gave the Lakers a lot of problems. Russell Westbrook scored 36 points, the Thunder defeated the Lakers at Los Angeles 102-93. Although L.A. limited the Thunder to a 36 percent shooting in the first half, Westbrook dominated the game in the third quarter scoring 17 points and his team took a 78-68 lead. Kobe Bryant the NBA's top scorer had 23 points while the second best so far, Kevin Durant had 21.
Lakers at Golden State Warriors / W 104-101 / Streak: won 1 / Record 31-19
Mar 27: Kobe Bryant didn't score in the fourth quarter until he made two consecutive fall-away jumpers from the corner, first to tie the game at 97, then to put the Lakers ahead for good with 32 seconds left in a 104-101 win at Golden State. Kobe finished with 30 points (he leads the NBA with 28.3, half point above Kevin Durant) and Pau Gasol added 19 points and 17 rebounds. In another chapter of Mike Brown's "I have the power" book, he benched Andrew Bynum after the pivot attempted a 3-pointer. Bynum played just 23 minutes to end with 11 points and 5 rebounds and says he will continue taking those shots... Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the list of points scored by a player for one franchise. Kobe has scored 29,283 points for the Lakers while MJ had 29,277 for the Bulls. Now the only one that scored more points for his team that Kobe is Karl Malone who got 36,374 points in 18 years with the Utah Jazz.
Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies / L 96-102 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 30-19
Mar 25: The Lakers lost 102-96 at the hands of the Grizzlies. It could have been just another loss but it wasn't because Kobe Bryant was in the bench in the key minutes of the game. The player any coach would want on the floor in the decisive moments of any game was benched by Lakers coach Mike Brown with 5:45 to play and the Lakers down 93-79. He was replaced by... Metta World Peace. He re-entered with 1:51 to play and the Lakers trailing, 98-89. After the game and facing the reporters Kobe decided not to criticize Brown but the questions stayed in air: Does Mike Brown knows what basketball is all about? Playing without his best player is OK with him? Is he up to the challenge he's facing? Or is he just trying to prove he has the power, after being unable to handle LeBron when he was in Cleveland? No answer seems to be a positive one for the Lakers future.
Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers / W 103-96 / Streak: won 2 / Record 30-18
Mar 23: Ramon Sessions was the starting point guard for the first time in his Laker career and made the offense flow in a 103-96 victory over the Trail Blazers. He got 20 points and 11 assists and all 5 starters scored in double digits: Andrew Bynum led them with 28 points, Kobe added 18, Metta World Peace 14 and Gasol 10 and 16 rebounds. The Lakers are third in the West, 3 1/2 games behind the Spurs and if the playoffs started today they would face the Mavericks in the first round.
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks / W 109-93 / Streak: won 1 / Record 29-18
Mar 21: Kobe scored 30 points, Pau added 27 and in this fourth game since being traded to L.A. Ramon Sessions contributed 17 points and 9 assists to help the Lakers get a 109-93 win over current NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers took control of the game with a 24-6 run in the second quarter. Lamar Odom, who's not having a good time in Dallas finished with 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 24 minutes.
Lakers at Houston Rockets / L 104-107 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 28-18
Mar 20: Luis Scola and Courtney Lee scored 23 points apiece and the Rockets won 107-104. The Lakers started with a 40-point first quarter but couldn't keep the pace, going for 16 in the second and playing bad defense. Andrew Bynum was ejected late in the third period after picking up his second technical foul for complaining to the referees. Kobe had 29 points for the Lakers, who have allowed 100 points in 4 of their last five games. Derek Fisher, traded to Houston last week was bought out by the team.
Lakers vs. Utah Jazz / L 103-99 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 28-17
Mar 18: Kobe had awful shooting night going 3 for 20 for 15 points and despite Andrew Bynum's 33 points the Lakers lost 99-103 against Utah in the just their second home loss since Christmas. The Lakers started bad committing 10 turnovers in the first quarter but got to the final seconds of the game with a chance to tie with a 3-pointer that Kobe missed. Steve Blake went scoreless again in his second game replacing Derek Fisher as the starting point guard. Ramon Session had 10 points and 6 assists in 23 minutes coming from the bench and provided speed and penetration to the Lakers offense. Something not seen in a Lakers point guard in the last couple of years at least.
Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves / W 97-92 / Streak: won 5 / Record 28-16
Mar 16: In their first game after trading Derek Fisher the Lakers extended their winning streak to 5 with a 97-92 victory over the Timberwolves. Kobe scored 28 points and point guard Ramon Sessions, traded from Cleveland, made his Laker debut with 7 points, 5 assists and 19 minutes coming from the bench. Steve Blake was the starting point guard in place of Fisher and finished with 0 points and 6 assists in 29 minutes. It was the Lakers 19th consecutive victory over the T-Wolves.
Lakers at New Orleans Hornets / W 107-101 OT / Streak: won 4 / Record 27-16
Mar 14: For the second game in a row the Lakers recovered from a 17-point deficit and won in overtime, this time 107-101 at New Orleans. Kobe led them with 33 points, including 3 free-trows to tie the score at the end of the fourth quarter and 7 points in overtime. Andrew Bynum showed again what they can do together despite the possibility of trade that could dismantle the Lakers frontcourt. Bynum had 25 points and 18 rebounds and Gasol added 18 and 10.
Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies / W 116-111 2OT / Streak: won 3 / Record 26-16
Mar 13: Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum combined for 71 points allowing the Lakers to win 116-111 in a double-overtime game at Memphis. Bynum had a season high 37, Kobe added 34 and Pau Gasol 14 and 8 assists. The Grizzlies led by as many as 17 in the third quarter but Kobe's 3-pointer with 1:33 left in the fourth tied the game at 95. The Gasol brothers scored the final baskets of regulation. Many times assisted by Pau, Bynum was dominating inside, hitting 15 of 18 shots. Marc Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Boston Celtics / W 97-94 / Streak: won 2 / Record 25-16
Mar 11: The Lakers scored the final eight points of the game a got a 97-94 victory over the Celtics. Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead jumper with 41.7 seconds to play before asking their final play to go to Andrew Bynum. The Lakers center didn't wasted his opportunity and put definitive numbers with a hook over Kevin Garnett with 15.5 seconds left. In the final play Boston had three 3-point attempts but none of them were open thanks to the excellent defense played by Kobe and Pau Gasol. The Spaniard, still mentioned in all the trade rumors also contributed 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists.
Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves / W 105-102 / Streak: won 1 / Record 24-16
Mar 9: Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Andrew Bynum added 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Lakers got a much needed win at Minnesota, 105-102. It was a bad day for the Timberwolves. Kevin Love could not play because of back spasms and Ricky Rubio, who had 15 points and 10 assists injured his left knee while trying to draw a charging foul from Kobe with 16.2 seconds left. Pau Gasol blocked Derrick Williams attempt to put his team ahead with 6 seconds left.
Lakers at Washington Wizards / L 101-106 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 23-16
Mar 7: The Lakers blew a 21-point second-half lead and lost 106-101 at Washington against one of the worst teams in the league. Kobe Bryant, so far the NBA scoring leader had 30 points but after doing whatever he wanted in the first half went 1 for 10 in the fourth quarter to finish 9 for 31 in the night. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Andrew Bynum added 19 rebounds but the Wizards, who were trailing 76-55 with 7:23 left in the third had a 32-7 run that put them back in the game.
Lakers at Detroit Pistons / L 85-88 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 23-15
Mar 6: Rodney Stuckey scored 6 of his 34 points in overtime as Detroit recovered from Kobe's tying shot in regulation to beat the Lakers 88-85. Andrew Bynum had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Kobe ended with 22 points. In the first half Kobe wore a superhero-like black mask to protect his nose but later switched back to the clear one.
Lakers vs. Miami Heat / W 93-83 / Streak: won 3 / Record 23-14
Mar 4: With everybody expecting to see Kobe Bryant taking revenge for a broken nose, the Masked Mamba did it his way. He scored 18 points in the first quarter, finished with 33 and led his team to a 93-83 victory over Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The Lakers have won 8 of the last 10 games. Pau Gasol, Bynum and World Peace combined for 44 points and 30 rebounds while LeBron had 25 points and Wade just 16 and fouled out in the fourth.
Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings / W 115-107 / Streak: won 2 / Record 22-14
Mar 2: Still wearing a protective mask for his broken nose, Kobe Bryant scored 38 points to lead the Lakers to a 115-107 win over the Kings. The Lakers were playing so good offensively that relaxed in the fourth quarter almost blew a 20-point lead but at the end reacted and got their 7th consecutive home game.
Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves / W 104-85 / Streak: won 1 / Record 21-14
Feb 29: After Dwyane Wade broke his nose and caused him a concussion in the All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant had to use a protective mask against the Timberwolves It didn't slowed him down and the Lakers defeated Minnesota 104-85 with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists from their biggest star. Los Angeles led by 15 in the first quarter and playing without Kevin Love the T-Wolves could not recover.
Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder / L 85-100 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 20-14
Feb 23: Kevin Durant scored 33 points and the Thunder beat the Lakers 100-85. Going into the All-Star break Oklahoma City and Miami both have NBA-leading 27-7 records. The Lakers are 20-14, good for in fifth place in the West.
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks / W 96-91 / Streak: won 2 / Record 20-13
Feb 22: The Lakers hit the midway mark of the NBA' shortened season with a 96-91 victory at Dallas. Kobe shot 4-for-15 to get his 15 points (14 below his league-leading average) but Pau Gasol who had a bad series in the 2011 Playoffs against the Mavs led the way with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Andrew Bynum had a couple key plays in the final minutes and finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers / W 103-92 / Streak: won 1 / Record 19-13
Feb 20: The Lakers took a 30-point lead in the second-quarter that allowed them to get a 103-92 victory over Portland in their final game at home before the All-Star Weekend. Kobe scored 28 points, Andrew Bynum had 14 points and 19 rebounds. Pau Gasol added 16 and 12 the day after Kobe criticized the team’s front office for his uncertain trade situation.
Lakers at Phoenix Suns / L 90-102 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 18-13
Feb 19: The Lakers trailed by as much as 27 in third quarter and at the end lost 90-102 at Phoenix. Kobe Bryant scored 32 points but committed 10 turnovers, one shy of his career worst and Gasol had 17 points and 12 rebounds. After the game Kobe had strong words against the management, saying it's not fair for Gasol to play without knowing whether he will be traded or not.
Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns / W 111-99 / Streak: won 3 / Record 18-12
Feb 17: Kobe Bryant had 18 of his 36 points in the third quarter to led the Lakers to a 111-99 victory over the Suns. He also had 9 rebounds and 6 assists as the team scored 100 of more points for the fourth time this season.
Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks / W 86-78 / Streak: won 2 / Record 17-12
Feb 14: Pau Gasol scored 7 of his 20 points in the final 5:20 and grabbed 13 rebounds, helping the Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 86-78. Kobe finished with only 10 points in 34 minutes on 5 for 18 shooting and Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 15 rebounds. The Lakers seem to be comfortable playing at a slow pace, having scored 100 or more points in just 3 of 29 games so far.
Lakers at Toronto Raptors / W 94-92 / Streak: won 1 / Record 16-12
Feb 12: Bryant hit a go-ahead baseline jump shot with 4.2 seconds left and the Lakers won 94-92 at Toronto ending their 6-game road trip with a 3-3 record. Kobe, this season's NBA scoring leader with 29.3 ppg, had 27 points and Pau Gasol added 16 and 17 rebounds. Jose Calderon had 30 points for the Raptors who were down by 18 in the first half. It was the second game in a row in which the opposite point guard had a career-high in points.
Lakers at New York Knicks / L 85-92 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 15-12
Feb 10: Two weeks ago nobody knew who Jeremy Lin was but his one-week stardom continued with 38 points and 7 assists in the Knicks victory 92-85 over the Lakers. Playing without Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire the Knicks had control of the game from the beginning. Kobe had 34 points but started really bad making just 1 of his first 11 field goals.. Gasol ended with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Bynum had a terrible night with 3 points in 35 minutes.
Lakers at Boston Celtics / W 88-87 OT / Streak: won 1 / Record 15-11
Feb 9: There was no doubt Lakers were going to lose when Ray Allen grabbed the rebound under the basket with 1 second left in overtime, but Pau Gasol appeared from nowhere to block Allen's shot and give the Lakers an 88-87 OT win in just the latest chapter of the NBA's greatest rivalry. Trade rumors and not being selected for the All-Star Game didn't demoralized Gasol who ended with 25 points and 14 rebounds and also tipped in Bryant’s miss to tie it 82-all in regulation. Kobe Bryant added 27 points while Andrew Bynum had 16 and 14 rebounds. Allen led the Celtics with 22.
Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers / L 90-95 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 14-11
Feb 6: The Lakers lost again on the road, this time 90-95 at the hands of the 76ers. Louis Williams made the go-ahead 3-pointer and scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for Philadelphia. Kobe Bryant, who scored 28 points (24 in the first half) became the NBA's all-time fifth scoring leader with 28,601 career points, surpassing his former teammate Shaquille O'Neal...
Lakers at Utah Jazz / L 87-96 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 14-10
Feb 4: Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Gasol had 24 points and 16 rebounds but the Lakers dropped to 3-8 on the road. Coach Mike Brown was ejected from the game after apparently bumping a referee and the Jazz used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to get a 87-96 win.
Lakers at Denver Nuggets / W 93-89 / Streak: won 3 / Record 14-9
Feb 3: Andrew Bynum had 22 points, Kobe added 20 and 9 assists and Pau Gasol collected 17 rebounds for the Lakers who started their six-game road trip with a 93-89 victory at Denver in only the second win there in the last 7 attempts.
Lakers vs. Charlotte Bobcats / W 73-106 / Streak: won 2 / Record 13-9
Jan 31: With their 106-73 victory over the Bobcats at the Staples Center the Lakers improved to 11-2 at home to compensate their 2-7 road record. Kobe had 18 of his 24 points a first quarter the Lakers dominated 30-18. The lead was 60-36 by halftime. Andrew Bynum added 20 while the team scored more than 100 for the second consecutive game after failing to so so in the previous 13.
Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves / W 106-101 / Streak: won 1 / Record 12-9
Jan 29: With 35 points and 14 rebounds from Bryant and 28 points from Gasol, the Lakers got their second road victory of the season, 106-101 at Minnesota. L.A.'s 18-point lead in the third quarter disappeared in the fourth and the T-Wolves lead 94-93 with 3:19 to play but Kobe, Pau and Bynum were too much for host team in the final minutes. Kobe surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most field goals made in franchise history.
Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks / L 89-100 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 11-9
Jan 28: The Lakers are playing bad on the road this season and they extended their negative record to 1-7 with a 100-89 loss at Milwaukee. Kobe had 27 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. With starting center Andrew Bogut out with an injury it was supposed to be easy for the Lakers interior game but Bynum and Gasol combined for just 27 points. Pau shot 6 for 18 from the floor and took 15 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers / W 96-91 / Streak: won 1 / Record 11-8
Jan 25: While the brand new rivalry between Lakers and Clippers is starting to heat up with technical fouls and almost-fights the Lakers had the necessary intensity to get a 96-91 win and tie the season series with their Division rival. Kobe had 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol was involved in the ball movement as he was publicly reclaiming (23 points, 10 rebounds) and rookie Andrew Goudelock showed he's not shy by scoring 14 points. World Peace' attitude was the spark that kept the Lakers focused and added 7 assists.
Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers / L 96-98 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 11-7
Jan 22: Maybe it is s the compressed schedule, maybe it is the adaptation to the new coach, but against the Pacers the Lakers failed to score 100 points for the 11th consecutive game and lost 98-96. Kobe had 33 points but needed 30 field goals and missed 5 of 6 shots in the fourth including long three-point attempt with 3.5 seconds to play.
Lakers at Orlando Magic / L 80-92 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 10-7
Jan 20: For the second night in a row the Lakers offense was awful, scoring just 10 points in the first quarter to set the tone of a 92-80 defeat at Orlando. The Lakers want to trade Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum but it was clear Bynum is still not in the same category of the Magic's center. Howard had 21 points and 23 rebounds, Bynum got into foul trouble early and ended with 10 and 12. Kobe had 30 points and is leading the league with a 30.4 average.
Lakers at Miami Heat / L 87-98 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 10-6
Jan 19: Even without Dwyane Wade and with an ill Lebron James the Miami Heat easily controlled the Lakers 98-87. L.A. started bad and couldn't recover. Kobe, who ended with 24 points and 7 assists, made just 1 of 8 field goal attempts in the first half while the team shot 31 percent in those 24 minutes. The Lakers showed all their flaws in this game, the offense was uncoordinated, the point guard position looked weak (Steve Blake is injured) and the reserves didn't contributed much with a Metta World Peace that is the ghost of Ron Artest. Pau Gasol had a good performance with 26 points.
Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks / W 73-70 / Streak: won 1 / Record 10-5
Jan 16: Derek Fisher scored 9 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds to play to give the Lakers the win 73-70 over the current NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks. Kobe, who assisted Fisher in the game-winning play had 14 points (ending this way his streak of 40+ games) and 7 assists. Vince Carter missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the defending champion. / Highlights...
Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers / L 94-102 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 9-5
Jan 15: Kobe continues his streak of 40+ games but this time it wasn't enough and the Lakers fell at the hands of their neighbors Clippers 94-102. Like a ghost from a trade that wasn't Chris Paul had 33 points including 6 three pointers in 6 attempts.
Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers / W 97-92 / Streak: won 5 / Record 9-4
Jan 13: The Lakers almost blew an early 19-point lead but managed to get their fifth straight victory, 97-92 over the Cavaliers. Kobe Bryant scored 42 points in his third straight 40-point performance. Kobe, the current NBA scoring leader, is third in NBA history with 110 games of 40 or more points, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. Pau Gasol added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Bynum 15 and 11.
Lakers at Utah Jazz / W 90-87 OT / Streak: won 4 / Record 8-4
Jan 11: Kobe had his second straight 40-point game to help the Lakers beat the Jazz 90-87 in overtime. Pau Gasol's first 3-pointer of the season gave the Lakers the lead in overtime and Andrew Bynum had an impressive block at the end to seal the victory.
Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns / W 99-83 / Streak: won 3 / Record 7-4
Jan 10: Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his team's final 17 points and the Lakers won 99-83 over the Suns. Still playing with an ailing right wrist he had a total of 48 points, the best personal performance in the league so far this 2012 season. Pau Gasol added 16 points and 12 rebounds and former Laker Shannon Brown played for Phoenix and had 11 points. It was Kobe's 108th career 40-point game.
Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies / W 90-82 / Streak: won 2 / Record 6-4
Jan 8: Having played 10 games in 15 days the Lakers are tired but their starting front court combined for 43 points and 40 rebounds as the team won 90-82 over the Grizzlies. Bynum, Gasol and Barnes all ended the game with double-doubles while Kobe Bryant added 26 points and 9 assists, enough to compensate for L.A.'s 27 turnovers.
Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors / W 97-90 / Streak: won 1 / Record 5-4
Jan 6: Despite his injured shooting hand (torn ligament) Kobe Bryant scored 26 of his 39 points in the second half to led the team to a 97-90 win over the Warriors. Kobe also had 7 assists while Gasol ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Josh McRoberts missed his third consecutive game with a sprained left big toe, Barnes started in his place and finished with 16 points.
Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers / L 96-107 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 4-4
Jan 5: The West leaders Trail Blazers confirmed their great moment by defeating the L.A. Lakers 107-96 with 31 points by Gerald Wallace. Kobe had 30, Bynum 21 and Pau 19 but nobody else contributed much and no Laker could made a 3-pointer, including 4 misses by Bryant and 5 by Blake.
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets / W 108-99 / Streak: won 1 / Record 4-3
Jan 3: With Andrew Bynum trying to make Dwight Howard rumors go away, the Lakers defeated the Rockets 108-99. Bynum had the first double-double of his career with 21 points and 22 rebounds. Kobe Bryant rebounded from a bad shooting game at Denver to get 37 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
Lakers at Denver Nuggets / L 90-99 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 3-3
Jan 1: The Nuggets scored the final 11 points of the game to get a 99-90 victory over the Lakers at Denver. Kobe didn't have a good game but with his 16 points he became the sixth player in NBA history to score 28,000 career points. Former Laker star and Kobe's teammate Shaquille O'Neal is just 584 points ahead. Gaols had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Bynum added 18 and 16.
Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets / W 92-89 / Streak: won 3 / Record 3-2
Dec 31: While everybody talks about Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum made his season debut and had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help the Lakers defeat the Nuggets 92-89. In the Lakers third straight win Kobe had 17 points along with 9 assists and 10 rebounds
Lakers vs. New York Knicks / W 99-82 / Streak: won 2 / Record 2-2
Dec 29: Playing good defense the Lakers defeated the Knicks 99-82 in their last game without suspended Andrew Bynum. Kobe had 28 points and that without scoring in the fourth quarter, a period his team opened with a 17-3 run to take a 22-point lead. Pau Gasol had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Lakers vs. Utah Jazz / W 96-71 / Streak: won 1 / Record: 1-2
Dec 27: The Lakers defeated the Jazz 96-71 to get their first win of the 2011-12 season and avoid going 0-3 for the first time in 33 years. Kobe had 26 points, Gasol added 22 and 9 rebounds and Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) led the bench with 14 points. It was L.A.'s third game in 3 nights. The team made the difference by opening the second half with a 27-8 run, allowing coach Mike Brown to get his first victory as Lakers' coach
Lakers at Sacramento Kings / L 91-100 / Streak: lost 2 / Record: 0-2
Dec 26: Kobe scored 29 points and Metta World Peace added 19 from the bench for the Lakers but the Kings defeated L.A. at Sacramento for the first time in more than 3 years, 100-91.
Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls / L 87-88 / Streak: lost 1 / Record: 0-1
Dec 25: The season opener didn't ended as expected for the Lakers who saw how the Bulls recovered from 11-point deficit in the final 3:44. Kobe Bryant played despite his injured wrist and had 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists but Luol Deng stole his pass with 16.9 seconds left in a play that ended with reigning MVP Derrick Rose hitting an acrobatic floater to make it 88-87 for Chicago with 4.8 to go. Kobe's final attempt was blocked by Luol Deng. All in all the Lakers still had a chance against one of the title contenders and it was playing without Andrew Bynum who is suspended for a play in the 2011 Playoffs. He still has to sit 3 more games.
Lakers Preseason Games:
December 19: Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 7:30 pm ET
December 21: Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers, 7:30 pm ET
Dec 16: now that Lamar Odom is gone and neither Chris Paul nor Dwight Howard are here coach Mike Brown decided the Lakers starting line up won't include Ron Artest (sorry, I should say Metta World Peace) and will look like this:
Derek Fisher - point guard
Kobe Bryant - shooting guard
Luke Walton, Matt Barnes or Devin Ebanks -
Pau Gasol -
Andrew Bynum - center
Metta World Peace is expected to be the leader of a second unit that will have enough firepower with him, Steve Blake, Josh McRoberts and Jason Kapono.
Dec 5: Unless a big trade for Chris Paul or Dwight Howard occurs, when Andrew Bynum returns after a 5-game suspension (for elbowing JJ Barea in the 2011 Playoffs) the Lakers will go with the same starting lineup they played most of the 2010-11 season.
Derek Fisher - point guard
Kobe Bryant - shooting guard
Ron Artest -
Pau Gasol -
Andrew Bynum - center
Odom will be the first man off the bench and will surely have significant minutes. Steve Blake will surely see his minutes increase this season
Dec 2: When the Lakers 2011-2012 Regular Season starts on Christmas Day against Chicago you will find in this page all the news, stats, team leaders, standings, highlights and schedule related to Los Angeles Lakers, Mike Brown, 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 2011-12 roster and the Lakers performance in the 2010-2011 season and playoffs
The NBA released the Lakers 2011-2012 regular season schedule.