2012-13 LAKERS NEWS AND NOTES
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets / W 99-95 / Streak: won 5 / Record 45-37
Apr 17, 2013: The Lakers didn't even have to play to know they would be in the 2013 Playoffs, but they did it, defeated Houston at home 99-95 in overtime and climbed to the 7th spot in the West. Utah's loss had already secured L.A. at least the 8th place but with this victory the Lakers avoid going against the best team in the West, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not that facing San Antonio without Kobe Bryant will be easy but at least they defeated the Spurs in their last meeting.
Pau Gasol, now definitely out of D'Antoni's original idea for him and moved closer to the basket is playing his best basketball of the season and finished a big triple-double: 17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists. Dwight Howard is also showing his best version since he arrived injured to L.A. and had 16 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks while Steve Blake who is playing a lot of minutes in the absence of Kobe and Steve Nash is stepping up to the challenge and had a team high 24 points and 7 assists.
Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs / W 91-86 / Streak: won 4 / Record 44-37
Apr 14, 2013: In their first game without Kobe Bryant, who already had surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon and won't play again this season, the Lakers got a great win 91-86 against the Spurs and moved one step closer to win the battle for the final spot available for the 2013 NBA Playoffs. All they need now is a win in their final game of the season or wait for Utah to lose one of their two games left.
Dwight Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds while Pau Gasol couldn't find the basket (3 for 17 for 7 points) but fought for every rebound and grabbed 16, 5 of them in the offensive end. The scoring hole left by Kobe's absence was filled up by Steve Blake, who had 23 points still starting for injured Steve Nash, and Antawn Jamison who scored 9 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter when L.A. could finally take some distance from San Antonio.
Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors / W 118-116 / Streak: won 3 / Record 43-37
Apr 12, 2013: The Lakers defeated the Warriors 118-116 in a key game to keep their playoffs expectations alive, but who cares? With 3:08 left Kobe Bryant suffered what --if confirmed-- is be the worst injury of his 17-year career, a tear in his Achilles tendon that will keep him out the floors for no less than 6 months.
With the Lakers fighting for the final playoff spot Kobe had been the engine of a team that just decided not to play in the coach's system anymore in the final games, moving Pau Gasol to his natural position closer to the rim and it was sworking: the Lakers had won 5 of the previous 6 games. Kobe played more than 41 minutes in all those games, scoring a season-high 47 points in Wednesday's 113-106 victory at Portland just after scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter the night before.
Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers / W 113-106 / Streak: won 2 / Record 42-37
Apr 10, 2013: Kobe Bryant had a season-high 47 points and with a 113-106 win over Portland the Lakers moved one game up on Utah with 3 games remaining in the regular season. Kobe also had 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks but the Trail-Blazers stayed in the game and even led in the fourth quarter thanks to soon-to-be rookie of the year Damian Lillard who led them with 38 points and 9 assists.
For the second night in a row the Lakers big men combined for more than 40 points, Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Pau Gasol added 23 points 7 rebounds and 9 assists. At this point, with 3 games remaining both for L.A. and Utah, all the Lakers need to make the Playoffs is not losing more games than the Jazz do.
Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets / W 104-96 / Streak: won 1 / Record 41-37
Apr 9, 2013: With the Lakers in a must-win situation Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the team to a 104-96 victory over the Hornets. This way the Lakers moved half game ahead of Utah for 8th in the West with 4 games remaining in the regular season which means they control their destiny: if they win them all (easier to say than do) they will make the Playoffs.
Kobe finished with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals while the big men had very good game hurting inside with 22 points from Pau Gasol and 19 from Dwight Howard.
Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers / L 95-109 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 40-37
Apr 7, 2013: The Clippers clinched their first Pacific Division title in their 42-year history with a 109-95 win over the Lakers. This also meant that the Clippers swept the season series for the first time since 1975. Kobe had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists while Dwight Howard added another 25 points but it wasn't enough against a team that is already qualified for the playoffs and had three players with at least 20 points (Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford).
Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies / W 86-84 / Streak: won 3 / Record 40-36
Apr 5, 2013: Kobe Bryant finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and with an 86-84 win over the Grizzlies, the Lakers kept their half-game distance from the ninth seeded Utah Jazz. The Grizzlies, a good team that is currently 5th in the West, fought until the end and even had a chance to win it but point guard Mike Conley (21 points) missed a runner at the buzzer.
Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks / W 101-81 / Streak: won 2 / Record 39-36
Apr 2, 2013: In the night the Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's jersey, Kobe Bryant had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and led the Lakers to a 101-81 win over Dallas. It was a must-win situation for L.A. that is currently tied at eight with the Jazz (but losing the tie-breakers) and 2 1/2 games above the Mavericks.
The Lakers also had double-doubles from Dwight Howard (24 points and 12 rebounds), Earl Clark (17 and 12) and Pau Gasol (14 and 10). It was Kobe's 19th career triple-double.
Lakers at Sacramento Kings / W 103-98 / Streak: won 1 / Record 38-36
Mar 30, 2013: Dwight Howard had game highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds as L.A. defeated Sacramento 103-98. The Lakers are currently tied with Utah for eight in the West but if the season finished this way they would be out of the playoffs.
But the real news of the night was the historic fact that Kobe Bryant (19 points, 14 assists) surpassed the great Wilt Chamberlain for fourth in the NBA's all time scoring list. Now Kobe--already the Lakers all-time top scorer-- has 31,434 points and needs just 858 points to catch Michael Jordan, currently third all-time scorer with 32,292. That will most probably happen next season.
Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks / L 103-113 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 37-36
Mar 28, 2013: With his 30 points, Kobe Bryant is now just four points short of an historic moment: he will surpass Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list. But his Lakers (and particularly their defense) continue to be a mess, lost at Milwaukee 113-103 and are just half-game above the Jazz in the battle for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
To make things even worst Steve Nash couldn't finish the game with a hip spasm and a sore hamstring and Kobe left the building limping, bothered by a bone spur in his left foot.
Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves / W 120-117 / Streak: won 1 / Record 37-35
Mar 27, 2013: Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had another dominant game and the Lakers won 120-117 at Minnesota. In fact they escaped with a victory since the referees didn't call Kobe's foul on Ricky Rubio while the Spaniard was attempting a tying three-pointer at the buzzer.
Howard finished the game with 25 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 blocks.
Lakers at Golden State Warriors / L 103-109 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 36-35
Mar 25, 2013: Kobe had 36 points but Stephon Curry with his 25, 7 rebounds and 10 assists led the Warriors to a 109-103 win. It was the Lakers third consecutive loss and they are just one game ahead of the Jazz for 8th place (and final playoff spot) in the Western Conference.
Lakers vs. Washington Wizards / L 100-103 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 36-34
Mar 22, 2013: Pau Gasol returned after 20 games and Kobe did the same after missing two but despite having their ideal starting lineup on the floor the Lakers lost 103-100 against the Wizards. In fact they played well and built a lead that was as big as 18 in the third quarter but led by former Laker Trevor Ariza and his career-high 7 three-pointers (25 points), Washington came back to win the game. Gasol had 4 points and 8 rebounds in 20 minutes, Howard added 20 and 15 and Kobe who missed a three-pointer at the final buzzer after making one just seconds before finished with 21 points and 11 assists.
Mainly because of injuries it was just the sixth time D'Antoni could start the game with Nash, Kobe, World Peace, Gasol and Howard and the Lakers still have to win one game with that starting lineup. L.A. lost the past two games but still stands in the 8th place in the West thanks to Utah who is 1 1/2 games below after having lost 11 of the last 14.
Lakers at Phoenix Suns / L 76-99 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 36-33
Mar 18, 2013: Playing without Bryant for the second night in a row the : Lakers lost 99-76 at Phoenix . Steve Nash scored 19 points against his former team but the Suns outscored the Lakers 28-10 in the fourth quarter led by Luis Scola who scored all his 14 points and grabbed 8 of his 9 rebounds in that final period.
Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings / W 113-102 / Streak: won 2 / Record 36-32
Mar 17, 2013: Playing without Kobe Bryant the Lakers managed to defeat Sacramento at home 113-102 to keep their Playoff hopes alive. Antawn Jamison led six Lakers scorers in double-digits with 27 points. For the second game in a row Jamison and Steve Blake combined to make 9 three-pointers. Dwight Howard had 12 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks in his 14th straight game with at least 12 rebounds. He leads the league with a 12.5 rebound average.
Lakers at Indiana Pacers / W 99-93 / Streak: won 1 / Record 35-32
Mar 15, 2013: Kobe Bryant was not supposed to play with a severely sprained left ankle but he did and despite his scoreless 12 minutes he set the tone for the effort this team needs to make the 2013 Playoffs. In the Lakers 99-93 victory at Indiana, Dwight Howard had 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and for blocks and his three-point play with 90 seconds left put the Lakers ahead for good. Metta World Peace finished with 19 points and reserves Steve Blake and Antawn Jamison combined for 9 of 14 three-pointers.
Lakers at Atlanta Hawks / L 92-96 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 34-32
Mar 13, 2013: The Lakers lost more than just a game in their 96-92 loss at Atlanta. Kobe Bryant who had 31 points badly twisted his ankle on his last shot when he landed on the foot of Atlanta forward Dahntay Jones. Despite negative X-Rays Kobe will be out indefinitely. The Hawks were without two starters but had 6 players scoring in double figures. Metta World Peace finished with 20 points and 8 assists for L.A. who remains in the 8th place in the West because Utah also lost tonight.
Lakers at Orlando Magic / W 106-97 / Streak: won 4 / Record 34-31
Mar 12, 2013: In his return to Orlando Dwight Howard was booed by the fans and fouled constantly by the Magic players but he scored a season-high 39 points to lead L.A. to a 106-97 victory. The outcome of Orlando's absurd and boring Hack-a-Howard strategy was that Howard, usually an horrendous free throw shooter gain some rhythm and made 25 of 39 for a .641 percentage which is actually better than his field goal percentage. He made 16 of 20 in the second half and his 39 free throws attempts tied his own NBA record.
Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls / W 90-81 / Streak: won 3 / Record 33-31
Mar 10, 2013: With a 90-81 victory over the Bulls the Lakers not only are two games above .500 for the first time this season but they also moved into the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. All Lakers starters scored in double digits, led by Kobe's 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Dwight Howard had 16 points and 21 rebounds, the fourth time this season he grabs at least 20 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors / W 118-116 / Streak: won 2 / Record 32-31
Mar 8, 2013: Once again Kobe Bryant's heroics saved the Lakers who recovered from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Raptors 118-116 in overtime and move above .500 for the first time in 2013. Adding another chapter to his fantastic 17-year career Kobe made three difficult 3-pointers in the final 1:41 minutes to tie the game and then in overtime he dunked the ball with 10 seconds left to put L.A. ahead for good. He finished with 41 points and 12 assists (and 9 turnovers) while Dwight Howard had another good game with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 5 blocks.
Withe this victory the Lakers put themselves just half game behind the 8th placed Utah.
Lakers at New Orleans Hornets / W 108-102 / Streak: won 1 / Record 31-31
Mar 6, 2013: Kobe Bryant scored 42 points to help the Lakers recover from a 25-point deficit and win 108-102 at New Orleans. Kobe also had 7 rebounds and 12 assists and Dwight Howard added 20 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 blocked shots. The Lakers started the fourth quarter down by 18, 93-75 but they outscored the Hornets 33-9 in the period including 13 points by Kobe and 12 from Jodie Meeks who made all his 4 three-point shots in the quarter to finish with 19 points.
Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder / L 105-122 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 30-31
Mar 5, 2013: The Thunder scored 71 points in the first half on their way to a 122-105 win. Somehow the Lakers managed to stay in the game and got within 5, 105-110 with 6:14 remaining but the Thunder defense didn't allow L.A. to score again after that. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 37 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Durant added 25 points. For the Lakers Kobe had 30 points despite being bothered by a bruised elbow and Steve Nash tied his season-high with 20.
Oklahoma City tied an all-time NBA record with just 2 turnovers.
Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks / W 99-98 / Streak: won 2 / Record 30-30
Mar 3, 2013: With a 99-98 victory over the Hawks the Lakers finally reached the .500 mark for the first time in 2013. Kobe led the way with 34 points, 11 of them in the fourth quarter including L.A.'s 6 final points. The Lakers need every win desperately since they are still out of the playoff picture in the 9th place in the West, 2 1/2 games behind Houston.
Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves / W 116-94 / Streak: won 1 / Record 29-30
Feb 28, 2013: The Lakers had no mercy with a depleted Timberwolves team, made 16 three-pointers and defeated them 166-94. Already without Kevin Love and Andre Kirilenko amonbg others, Minnesota lost starting center Nikola Pekovic during the game while Kobe Bryant scored 33 points to lead L.A. and reach 30 points for the 24th time this season.
Lakers at Denver Nuggets / L 108-119 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 28-30
Feb 25, 2013: Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and had 9 assists and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 14 rebounds but the Lakers three-game winning streak came to an end 119-108 at Denver. Once again the Lakers faced a team runs like Mike D'Antoni would like his team to do it. The Nuggets, playing without their leading scorer Danilo Gallinari. outscored L.A. 33-3 on fastbreak points to finish with 75 points in the paint.
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks / W 103-99 / Streak: won 3 / Record 28-29
Feb 24, 2013: With their third consecutive win, a 103-99 victory at Dallas, the Lakers moved a step closer to the .500 mark. Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and finished with 12 rebounds and 7 assists while Steve Nash added 20 points that included a key 3-pointer at the end.
Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers / W 111-107 / Streak: won 2 / Record 27-29
Feb 22, 2013: Kobe Bryant said he's sure the Lakers will make the playoffs despite their current standing (9th, 3 and half games behind the 8th seeded Rockets with 26 game to go) and then he went and scored 40 points in L.A.'s 111-107 victory over the Trail Blazers. It was a very contested game with 27 lead changes and the Lakers couldn’t relax until the final seconds. Dwight Howard, still bothered by his shoulder injured managed to contribute 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Boston Celtics / W 113-99 / Streak: won 1 / Record 26-29
Feb 20, 2013: The Lakers paid tribute to their longtime owner Jerry Buss who passed away Monday with an emotive pregame ceremony. Then went to defeat their most classic rival the Boston Celtics 113-99. Against a team surrounded by Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade rumors the Lakers had 7 players in double figures, led by Dwight Howard with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Steve Nash had 7 assists to pass Magic Johnson for fourth on the all-time NBA assist list with 10,144.
Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers / L 101-125 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 25-29
Feb 14, 2013: The Clippers started the game with a 15-0 run on their way to a 125-101 win. The Lakers cut the deficit to 50-47 with 2:33 left in the first half, but that was as close as they would get. They allowed 16 three-pointers and committed 16 turnovers, 6 of them by Kobe who also led the team with 20 points and 11 assists.
Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns / W 91-85 / Streak: won 1 / Record 25-28
Feb 12, 2013: In one of the strangest games played by Kobe Bryant in his 17-year career the Lakers managed to win 91-85 against the Suns. Kobe had just 4 points on 1-for-8 shooting in 35 minutes, his lowest-scoring game since scoring 2 points in 6 minutes in January 2005 and the lowest-scoring game of his career when playing more than 27 minutes. He also had 9 assists but forced it too much and committed 8 turnovers.
Unable to make a field goal in the final 9 minutes of the third quarter, the Lakers scored just 9 points in the period allowing the Suns to get back in the game but then outscored them 26-14 in the fourth.
Lakers at Miami Heat / L 97-107 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 24-28
Feb 10, 2013: LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwayne Wade added 30 and Miami defeated the Lakers 107-97. Once again like in their previous match-up the Lakers stayed close until the final minutes, but the champions' efficiency and athleticism was too much to contain. Kobe Bryant had 28 points and 9 assists and Earl Clark added 18 points and 9 rebounds.
The loss ended a 7-game road trip with a positive 4-3 record. Not so bad for a team that was 5-15 on the road previous to this trip.
Lakers at Charlotte Bobcats / W 100-93 / Streak: won 1 / Record 24-27
Feb 8, 2013: Kobe Bryant scored all of his 20 points in the second half to lead L.A. to a 100-93 win in Charlotte. Fourteen of his points came in the fourth quarter when the Lakers outscored the Bobcats 31-15. Earl Clark, well established as the starting power forward, ended the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds for L.A. who has won 7 of the last 9 games but still is in the 10th place in the West, 3 1/2 games behind the 8th seeded Houston.
Lakers at Boston Celtics / L 95-116 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 23-27
Feb 7, 2013: Dwight Howard returned after missing 3 games with a shoulder injury but it wasn't enough and the Lakers lost badly at Boston 116-95. Kobe led all scorers with 27 points and no one else on his team contributed much. Howard had 9 points and 9 rebounds while Kevin Garnett scored 15 and became the sixteen NBA player to reach 25,000 points and the Celtics won their 6th consecutive game without Rajon Rondo who is out for the season.
And the game was not the worst of the day for the Lakers, the terrible news arrived an hour before the game: Pau Gasol will be out at least six to eight weeks because of a tear in the bottom of his right foot.
Lakers at Brooklyn Nets / W 92-83 / Streak: won 3 / Record 23-26
Feb 5, 2013: The Lakers played without injured Dwight Howard and suspended Metta World Peace and lost Pau Gasol in the fourth quarter but got a good win 92-83 at Brooklyn. Kobe had 21 points, 8 rebounds and made some big plays down the stretch.
Lakers at Detroit Pistons / W 98-97 / Streak: won 2 / Record 22-26
Feb 3, 2013: With 23 points and 10 rebounds from Pau Gasol who played center again in place of injured Dwight Howard the Lakers won 98-97 at Detroit. Kobe Bryant had 18 points and 5 assists, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:09 remaining that helped the Lakers survive after their 18-point, second half lead disappeared.
Kobe Bryant passed Hakeem Olajuwon for 7th place on the all-time field goals list and has 10,757 for his career.
Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves / W 111-100 / Streak: won 1 / Record 21-26
Feb 1, 2013: The Lakers scored 37 points in the first quarter, led by as many as 29 in the second and hold off to get a 111-100 victory at Minnesota. Pau Gasol started in place of Dwight Howard who was out with his shoulder injury. Pau had 22 points and 12 rebounds while Kobe Bryant continued with his pass first mentality and finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Not only he got at least 8 assists in 5 consecutive games for the first time in his career, he also became 3rd all time in free throws made, surpassing Oscar Robertson.
Lakers at Phoenix Suns / L 86-92 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 20-26
Jan 30, 2013: With Dwight Howard on the bench at end of the game after aggravating his right torn labrum, the Suns recovered from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and defeated the Lakers 92-86. Kobe Bryant had 17 points and 9 assists and couldn't avoid the Lakers eight straight loss on the road. Michael Beasley scored a season-best 27 points for the Suns who gave Steve Nash a couple of ovations in his first game back in Phoenix.
Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets / W 111-106 / Streak: won 3 / Record 20-25
Jan 29, 2013: Kobe Bryant finished with 14 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds in his third consecutive game with more than 10 assists. They were all Lakers wins, this time L.A. defeated the Hornets at home 111-106. New Orleans trailed by 18 points in the fourth quarter before cutting the deficit to 1 with 2:04 remaining but the Lakers were effective in the next possessions to get another win before going into a 7-game road trip.
Dwight Howard finished with 24 points, 5 steals and 4 blocked shots. Kobe had 39 assists in the last 3 games, the most assists in any 3-game stretch of his 17-year career.
Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder / W 105-96 / Streak: won 2 / Record 19-25
Jan 27, 2013: Kobe Bryant had 14 assists for the second straight game and the Lakers got an excellent win over one of the top NBA teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-96. Kobe also had 21 points and 9 rebounds in his new ´facilitator´ role while Steve Nash scored important points down the stretch and Pau Gasol excelled once again off the bench.
Despite 35 points by Kevin Durant including a 3-pointer that gave the Thunder their final lead 87-86 with 6:37 remaining, the Lakers were able to keep their calm in the final minutes to get an much needed victory.
Lakers vs. Utah Jazz / W 102-84 / Streak: won 1 / Record 18-25
Jan 25, 2013: The Lakers snapped a 4-game losing streak with a 102-84 win over Utah. Kobe Bryant matched his season-low in points with 14 but he also grabbed 9 rebounds and distributed a season-high 14 assists, just one short of his career-high. Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers to finish with 17 points. Howard's shoulder allowed him to play and had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers who pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies / L 93-106 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 17-25
Jan 23, 2013: The Lakers nightmare continued in Memphis where they lost 106-93 in their fourth consecutive loss, the 10th in the last 12 games and their 7th consecutive on the road. Kobe had 29 points but Dwight Howard didn't play in the second half after aggravating his sore shoulder just before halftime.
Lakers at Chicago Bulls / L 83-95 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 17-24
Jan 21, 2013: As Kobe Bryant told the press "obviously, this isn't working" but the only one who doesn't seem to notice it is coach Mike D'Antoni who keeps on taking absurd decisions like starting Earl Clark instead of Pau Gasol . And the Lakers keep lossing, this time 95-83 at Chicago and keep falling in the stands, currently 12th in the West, 7 games under .500, four games out of the playoff picture. They have lost 9 of the last 11 games trying to run a system that doesn't fit the players available.
Lakers at Toronto Raptors / L 103-108 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 17-23
Jan 20, 2013: The Lakers fell behind by 15 points midway through the 1st quarter, Dwight Howard was ejected in the second and they lost 108-103 against Toronto. A tired Kobe Bryant had 26 points but he made 10 of 32 shots, including 3 of 12 on 3-pointers. Pau Gasol returned to the starting lineup and score 25 points but despite his efforts L.A. lost his fifth road game in a row.
Lakers vs. Miami Heat / L 90-99 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 17-22
Jan 17, 2013: LeBron James had 39 points and 8 assists, Dwyane Wade added 27 points and the defending Champions Miami Heat defeated the Lakers 99-90. After trailing by a small margin for most of the first 3 quarters L.A. was close to get away with a victory when Kobe Bryant hit two 3-pointers and two jumpers during a 14-3 Lakers run to get an 84-81 lead in the fourth. Kobe scored 13 of his 22 points in that period but Ray Allen and LeBron made key shots at end to secure the win.
in his return from a 5-game absence with a concussion Pau Gasol had 12 points and 4 rebounds coming from the bench for the first time in his Lakers career.
Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks / W 104-88 / Streak: won 2 / Record 17-21
Jan 15, 2013: Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard both scored 31 points to help the Lakers get an 104-88 win over the Bucks. Howard also contributed 16 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, Steve Nash led the team with 11 assists and Kobe made enphasis in the defensive pressure. The Lakers will try to continue their winning path against the defending Champion Miami Heat, maybe with Pau Gasol back on the floor.
Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers / W 113-93 / Streak: won 1 / Record 16-21
Jan 13, 2013: Dwight Howard returned and the Lakers snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 113-93 victory over the Cavaliers. After sitting 3 games with a shoulder injury Howard had 22 points going 9-for-11 from the field and 14 rebounds in a must-win game for L.A. against one of the NBA's worst teams.
Pau Gasol missed his 4th game with a concussion, while top backup Jordan Hill, with an injured hip, is likely out for the season.
Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder / L 101-116 / Streak: lost 6 / Record 15-21
Jan 11, 2013: The worst thing that could have happened to this depleted Lakers was to face the Thunder who easily took them out of the game for a 116-101 victory. Kevin Durant had 42 points, Russell Westbrook added 27 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and Oklahoma City built a 16-point lead in the second quarter to go the halftime ahead 64-48. Kobe had 28 points and the Lakers as a team made just 6 of 28 three-pointers
Lakers at San Antonio Spurs / L 105-108 / Streak: lost 5 / Record 15-20
Jan 9, 2013: The Lakers lost for the fifth consecutive game, this time 108-105 at San Antonio Playing without injured big men Howard, Gasol and Hill for the second game in a row, L.A. almost recovered from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit, but Kobe Bryant who led them with 27 points, and Earl Clark who added 22 both missed 3-pointers in the final 4 seconds.
Lakers at Houston Rockets / L 112-125 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 15-19
Jan 8, 2013: Playing without their top three big men the Lakers couldn't sustain a 14-point first-half lead and lost to Houston 125-112. Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are all out with injuries. James Harden led the Rockets with 31 points while Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points.
Steve Nash had 16 points and 10 assists to become only the fifth player to surpass 10,000 career assists, joining John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson.
Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets / L 105-112 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 15-18
Jan 6, 2013: Denver defeated the Lakers 112-105 at Staples Center and they did the way the Lakers --or at least coach Mike D'Antoni-- would like to play. The Nuggets scored 25 fast-break points, running and taking advantage o every Laker miss. Kobe had 29 points and 7 assists, Steve Nash added 10 and 13 and Dwight Howard 14 points and an impressive 26 rebounds to match his career high.
Kobe's 3-pointer with 36 seconds left cut the deficit to 105-102 and Howard blocked Andre Miller's layup attempt on the next possession, but the ball went straight to Danilo Gallinari, who didn't doubt and made a 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds left.
Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers / L 102-107 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 15-17
Jan 4, 2013: With a 107-102 victory the Clippers proved they are too much for a Lakers team that can't find the way. Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists and Blake Griffin added 24 points to help the Clippers stay at the top of the NBA with a 26-8 record. They had lost the previous 2 games but that just after having winning a franchise record of 17 consecutive games.
Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Kobe Bryant scored 38 points, 16 of them in the fourth quarter with the Lakers trying to recover from a 19-point deficit. They closed the gap to 97-99 with 1:29 left but Paul scored the Clippers final 8 points.
Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers / L 99-103 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 15-16
Jan 1, 2013: The Lakers missed 19 of 22 three-point shots and lost against Philadelphia 103-99. Kobe Bryant, who once again started as small forward had 36 points including a three-pointer with 1:28 seconds left to cut the deficit to 99-97, but it was as close as they would get. His teammates looked lost, particularly big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol who combined for 18 points while making only 3 of 19 shots. After 31 games in the 2012-2013 NBA season they are 10th in the West.
Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers / W 104-87 / Streak: won 1 / Record 15-15
Dec 28, 2012: Kobe Bryant's streak of 10 games with at least 30-points came to an end but it was just because the Lakers saw what they want to see more often, Kobe sited on the bench in the fourth quarter of blowout win. The Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 104-87 at home with 27 point by Kobe, 21 points and 14 rebounds by Dwight Howard. Pau Gasol is starting to adjust to a system that does not fit him well and showed his versatility with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. He even made two three-pointers for the second game in a row.
Lakers at Denver Nuggets / L 114-126 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 14-15
Dec 26, 2012: The Lakers 5-game winning streak, their longest this season, came to an end at Denver with a 126-114 loss. Kobe Bryant scored 40 points making 13 of his 24 shots but it wasn't enough, the Lakers looked old to play this style of basketball. And Dwight Howard didn't look like his old self, it was more than obvious with 5 minutes left in the third, when he was ejected after an unnecessary flagrant 2 foul on Kenneth Faried who was a jumping nightmare for him all night. Faried took 9 of his 15 rebounds on the offensive end against a completely lost defense.
For the third consecutive game Mike D'Antoni started Darius Morris at shooting guard, moving Kobe Bryant to small forward and World Peace to the bench. To make it more absurd Morris played just 9:24 in the first game and exactly 6:55 in the next two. Antawn Jamison who had been playing big minutes, even replacing Pau Gasol when the Spaniard was benched the full fourth quarter for the first time in his career a month ago, suddenly disappeared from the team rotation, staying in the bench in the past 4 games.
Lakers vs. New York Knicks / W 100-94 / Streak: won 5 / Record 14-14
Dec 25, 2012: Led by 34 points from Kobe Bryant, the Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 100-94 on Christmas Day to win their fifth in a row and improve to .500, 14-14 in the season and 9-9 under coach Mike D’Antoni.
Carmelo Anthony scored 17 of his 34 points in the third quarter, helping the Knicks take a 9-point lead but the Lakers managed to get within one at the end of the period and allowed New York just 16 points in the fourth. Steve Nash had 16 points and 11 assists and Metta World Peace added 20 points and 7 rebounds, coming from the bench again but playing 39 minutes.
Lakers at Golden State Warriors / W 118-115 / Streak: won 4 / Record 13-14
Dec 22, 2012: Steve Nash returned after missing 24 games with a small fracture in his left leg and the Lakers won a thrilling game against the warriors 118-115 in overtime. In a game that had 20 lead changes Nash finished with 12 points and 9 assists in almost 41 minutes of play and made the final shot in overtime to help the Lakers won their fourth game in a row.
Kobe Bryant scored 34 points but he also took 41 shots to get them, making 16. World Peace added 20 points from the bench including the go ahead 3-pointer in regulation but Jarrett Jack, who had 29 points and 11 assists answered with a 2-point shot to tie the game.
Lakers vs. Charlotte Bobcats / W 101-100 / Streak: won 3 / Record 12-14
Dec 18, 2012: the Bobcats almost ended an 11-game losing streak but the Lakers recovered from an 18-point deficit and survived to 4 field goal attempts in the final play to defeat Charlotte 101-100. Kobe had 30 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Pau Gasol returned after missing 8 games with tendinitis in both knees and added 10, 9 and 5 in 29 minutes. Devin Ebanks started for World Peace who wasn't a starter for the first time this season.
Kobe has scored at least 30 points in 7 straight games, His longest streak of 30-plus games was 16, in 2002-03.
Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers / W 111-98 / Streak: won 2 / Record 11-14
Dec 16, 2012: Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Metta World Peace added 19 and a career-high 16 rebounds and the Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in 4 weeks with a 111-98 victory over the 76ers. The Lakers made 14 of 34 three-pointers, 10 of them in the first half when they took a 60-50 lead. Kobe scored at least 30 points in the past 6 games and he's currently the NBA scoring leader with 29.5 ppg.
Lakers at Washington Wizards / W 102-96 / Streak: won 1 / Record 10-14
Dec 14, 2012: The Lakers finally found a rival that plays worse than them and ended a 4-game losing streak with a 102-96 win at Washington. Kobe had 30 points but made only 9 of 29 shots and the Wizards, currently the worst team in the league with a 3-17 record, led by as many as 9 points in the first half, then fell behind by 16 in the second just to get within 3 with 5 1/2 minutes left. Jodie Meeks added 24 points from the bench and Howard had 12 and 14 rebounds.
Lakers at New York Knicks / L 107-116 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 9-14
Dec 13, 2012: Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter while the Knicks showed the Lakers how you should play if you want to run and outscore your opponent. New York, the best team in the East, scored 41 points in the period, setting the stage for a 116-107 victory. Kobe Bryant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists but he also played 44 minutes and his body is starting to feel the consequences of playing at this rhythm, back spasms bothered him during the game. The Lakers defense was awful and by halftime they were trailing 68-49. Once again their efforts to recover were not enough.
Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers / L 94-100 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 9-13
Dec 11, 2012: Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and Dwight Howard added 19 and 20 rebounds but the Lakers fall lower every day. They lost 94-100 at Cleveland, against a team that had won just 4 games this season. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 28 points and 11 assists after missing 11 games with a broken finger and his teammate CJ Miles scored 28 points on just 18 shot attempts. The Lakers went to the halftime trailing by 15 and by now it looks like not even the return of injured stars Gasol and Nash will be enough to fix their defensive and offensive problems.
Lakers vs. Utah Jazz / L 110-117 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 9-12
Dec 9, 2012: Despite 34 points by NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant the Lakers lost once again, this time 110-117 against Utah and are 4-7 since the arrival of Mike D'Antoni. The Lakers never led in the second half but with a 17-7 run got to 115-110 with 1:10 to play. Kobe, who shot 9 of 24 while playing 43 minutes missed two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds. The Jazz outscored the Lakers 19-4 on fast breaks and 54-34 in the paint with Millsap and Jefferson combining for 38 points and 20 rebounds.
Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder / L 108-114 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 9-11
Dec 7, 2012: If the Lakers think they can outrun and outscore the Thunder that's a sign there's something wrong with this team. Oklahoma City used a 17-3 run in the second quarter to take control of the game and despite a late charge the Lakers couldn't erase a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit and lost 108-114. Kobe had with 35 points and Dwight Howard added 23 and 18 rebounds but Kevin Durant led all scorers with 36 and Russell Westbrook made 33 points. Gasol missed his third game with a knee tendinitis.
Lakers at New Orleans Hornets / W 103-87 / Streak: won 1 / Record 9-10
Dec 5, 2012: The Lakers won on the road for the second time this season, 103-87 at New Orleans, while Kobe Bryant scored 29 points to become only the fifth player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points, joining the exclusive group of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. Kobe was the youngest to reach that impressive milestone. He needed to score 13 points to get there and he did it with a short jumper late in a first half the Lakers lost 48-47. L.A. opened the third quarter with a 13-0 run to take control of the game. Dwight Howard added 18 points and 5 blocks and Chris Duhon 10 assists.
Lakers at Houston Rockets / L 105-107 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 8-10
Dec 4, 2012: While the Lakes wait for Steve Nash to return and solve all of their problems, Steve Blake will undergo surgery and may not play again before February, Pau Gasol is out with a knee tendinitis and they lost against the Rockets 105-107. Kobe Bryant scored 39 points and L.A. led by as many as 17 early in the game, but the Rockets intentionally fouled Dwight Howard, who hit 8-for-16 from the line and erased a 13-point deficit in the final 10 minutes despite getting just 4 points by Jeremy Lin. James Harden had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Antawn Jamison started for Gasol and contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Orlando Magic / L 103-113 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 8-9
Dec 2, 2012: Nobody knows Dwight Howard better than his former teammates and Orlando exposed the Lakers weaknesses to defeated them 113-103. The Magic showed what this Laker team currently is, a team that is not build to run.
Without Steve Nash the Lakers don't have a clue about how to take advantage of their bigs and D'Antoni obviously don't have room for one of his best players as shown when Pau Gasol stayed in the bench in the final part of the contest while the Magic won the game with a Hack-a-Dwight, the new version of the strategic used by rivals years ago to ridicule Shaq and his free throw shooting. Howard made 7 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter, horrendous as the Lakers defense who allowed 40 points in that final period. Kobe scored 34 points and is currently the league top scorer with a 27.3 average.
Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets / W 122-103 / Streak: won 1 / Record 8-8
Nov 30, 2012: L.A. went from scoring 77 points three days before to shooting the lights out and defeating the Nuggets 122-103. The Lakers moved ball they way they are supposed to do it under D'Antoni and got 33 assists while making 54 percent of their shots. Dwight Howard had 28 points and 20 rebounds and even made a 3-pointer, the last one of the 17 they made in the night to tie the franchise record in a regulation game. Kobe had 14 points and 8 assists, Pau had 6 and 8 and the Lakers were up by 14 by halftime.
But the real highlight was the bench having a very strong night for the first time in years. Antawn Jamison had 33 points and 12 rebounds in the first 30-point game for a Laker player coming from the bench since 1998, Jodie Meeks made a career-high 7 three-pointers for 21 points and Chris Duhon distributed 8 assists.
Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers / L 77-79 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 7-8
Nov 27, 2012: It's too early to judge, but so far, without Steve Nash the Lakers new Showtime era is just an illusion. With horrendous percentages they couldn't get 100 points for the 4th time in 5 games and lost at home 79-77 against the Pacers.
Kobe had 40 points and 10 rebounds and tied the game at 77 with a fantastic 3-pointer with 24 seconds left but nobody could stop George Hill and his high-arching shot banked in over Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard with 0.1 seconds to go. Kobe also committed 10 turnovers and the team shot .535 from the free throw line (including 3-for-12 by Howard and 4 consecutive misses in the final minute), .214 from beyond the 3-point line and .316 from the field.
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks / W 115-89 / Streak: won 1 / Record 7-7
Nov 24, 2012: The Lakers scored 100 points for the first time in four games under D'Antoni to defeat Dallas 115-89 and get the first victory on the road in five attempts this season. World Peace scored the Lakers first 10 points and when Kobe his first shot early in the second quarter he put the Lakers up 41-23. Dallas, playing without Dirk Nowitzki could never recover. Kobe, World Peace and Jamison scored 19 points each.
Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies / L 98-106 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 6-7
Nov 23, 2012: With a 106-98 win over the L.A., the Grizzlies improved their best start in history to 9-2, currently the best record in the NBA. Without Steve Nash, D'Antoni's "Showtime" in not working and the Lakers are completely wasting their frontcourt potential. For the second game in a row neither Howard nor Gasol reached the 10-point mark in a system that doesn't fit them. Upon arrival, the new coach said he wanted to take advantage of each players strengths but the reality shows that Pau is just being used to run and take jump shots. He had 6 points and was benched the entire fourth quarter. His replacement, Antawn Jamison had his most productive game so far with 16 points while Kobe had 30.
Lakers at Sacramento Kings / L 97-113 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 6-6
Nov 21, 2012: Still without Steve Nash and Steve Blake the Lakers looked lost and were defeated by the worst team in the West, the Sacramento Kings, 113-97. Kobe made 11 of his 20 shots for 38 points and he stays at the top of the NBA scoring race with 27.3 ppg, but Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol combined for just 15 points. Howard had just 4 field goal attempts in 41 minutes and the Lakers were outscored 50-22 in the paint.
Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets / W 95-90 / Streak: won 3 / Record 6-5
Nov 20, 2012: Kobe scored 6 of his 25 points in the final 2 minutes and the Lakers won 95-90 in Mike D'Antoni's first game as the Lakers coach and the team's first game against the Brooklyn Nets. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds despite a poor 7-for-19 performance from the free-throw line while Gasol and World Peace added 17 points each. Deron Williams had 22 points and 10 assists for Brooklyn. The Lakers broke the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets / W 119-108 / Streak: won 2 / Record 5-5
Nov 18, 2012: Mike Brown is gone from L.A.'s bench and the result is a flow on offense that allowed Kobe to have the 18th triple-double of his career with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while the Lakers defeated the Rockets 119-108. Bickerstaff coached again but the team played at D'Antoni's pace. Since firing Mike Brown the Lakers are 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff. Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns / W 114-102 / Streak: won 1 / Record 4-5
Nov 16, 2012: Lakers fans didn't get what they wanted and the triangle offense is history in L.A. but apparently Showtime 2.0 is in town. The Lakers were coached by Bernie Bickerstaff again but they played Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo style and defeated the Suns 114-102. Kobe had 31 points and 6 assists, suddenly Metta World Peace found his shooting touch and made 5 of his 10 three-point attempts and Gasol and Howard both ended with double doubles. And all that playing without injured Steve Nash and Steve Blake, the first two options at point guard. D'Antoni is still on crutches after knee surgery earlier this month, but he's expected to make his debut on the Lakers' bench Sunday night against the Rockets.
Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs / L 82-84 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 3-5
Nov 13, 2012: Danny Green hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left and the Lakers weren't able to properly execute the final play. It ended with Pau Gasol missing a 3-pointer and another loss, this time 84-82 against the 7-1 Spurs. New coach Mike D'Antoni is recovering from knee surgery is expected be on the sidelines for the first time Sunday against Houston. Kobe had 28 points and 8 assists.
Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings / W 103-90 / Streak: won 2 / Record 3-4
Nov 11, 2012: Following orders from interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff the Lakers defeated the Kings 103-89 to win two games in a row for the first time this season. Dwight Howard took advantage of the absence of suspended Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and had 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Lakers got rid of the Princeton offense while waiting for a new coach.
Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors / W 101-77 / Streak: won 1 / Record 2-4
Nov 9, 2012: Just hours after the firing of coach Mike Brown the Lakers proved why they are still contenders by routing the Warriors 101-77. Assistant Bernie Bickerstaff runs the team as the interim coach while the Lakers front office finds a replacement for Brown. Phil Jackson is the fans' choice, the chant of ''We want Phil!' was heard many times in the second half. Kobe Bryant led L.A. with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and said he's still sorry injuries didn't allowed him to give more in Jackson's final year as a coach.
Lakers at Utah Jazz / L 86-95 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 1-4
Nov 7, 2012: Kobe led all scorers with 29 points, 16 in the fourth quarter but it wasn't enough and L.A. lost again, this time at Utah 95-86. The Lakers can't get in sync, committed 19 turnovers (6 by Kobe, 5 by Howard), were dominated in the paint 44-36 and continue to get almost nothing from the bench who was outscored 36-12.
Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons / W 108-79 / Streak: won 1 / Record 1-3
Nov 4, 2012: The Lakers finally got their first win, 108-79 over the Pistons. Dwight Howard scored 28 points on 12-for-14 shooting, World Peace added 18 points and Kobe Bryant had 15 points and 8 assists while L.A. never trailed, took a 28-point lead in the first half and stretched it to 36 points in the third quarter against the winless Detroit. Steve Nash didn't played with a small fracture in his leg and might miss up to 4 weeks. Steve Blake started in his place and finished with 6 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in 30 minutes.
Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers / L 95-105 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 0-3
Nov 2, 2012: Chris Paul had 18 points and 15 assists to led the Clippers to a 105-95 win over the Lakers. Playing this game without injured Steve Nash the Lakers have lost 3 games in 4 days, and can't get a win with their new roster full of superstars that also went 0-8 in the preseason. Kobe tried to put the team on his shoulders on the second half by scoring 26 of his 40 points but it wasn't enough. Pau Gasol added 10 points and 14 rebounds while Dwight Howard got in early foul trouble and ended with 13 and 8.
Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers / L 106-116 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 0-2
Oct 31, 2012: Even with 33 points and 14 rebounds and 5 assists by Dwight Howard and 30 points by Kobe, the Lakers couldn't handle Portland and lost 116-106 in a 2013 NBA season that didn't started as expected. They played bad defensively and late in the first half, Steve Nash collided with Lillard and had to leave the game with a bruised leg. He returned but had to leave for good a minute into the third quarter. He's expected to play Friday against the Clippers.
Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks / L 91-99 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 0-1
Oct 30, 2012: Looking like a team that still needs time and health, the Lakers started their 2013 season with a disappointing loss 99-91 at the hands of Dallas. Pau Gasol led them with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and Kobe added 22 points despite playing with a strained foot. In his Laker debut Steve Nash looked lost in the Princeton offense the team is trying to implement and ended with 7 points and 4 assists while Dwight Howard, also in his first official game had 19 points and 10 rebounds and missed 11 of 14 free throws.
Oct 25: The Lakers finished their preseason with a worst-ever 0-8 record. These games really doesn't matter but 0-8 doesn't sound good enough for a team who has very high expectations generated by the arrival of Nash and Howard. The truth is the projected starting five (Nash, Bryant, World Peace, Gasol and Howard) played together just once. Kobe is still bothered by a strained right foot and It is unclear whether he would play in the regular-season opener..
Lakers Preseason Games:
Oct. 7: Lakers 83 - Warriors 110
Oct. 10: Lakers 75 - Trail Blazers 93
Oct. 13: Lakers 86 - Jazz 99
Oct. 16: Lakers 80 - Jazz 114
Oct. 19: Lakers 98 - Kings 103
Oct. 21: Lakers 92 - Kings 99
Oct. 24: Lakers 91 - Clippers 97
Oct. 25: Lakers 82 - Kings 94
Sep 26: With the arrival of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash and the departure of Andrew Bynum the Lakers have become one of the title candidates.
Howard, still recovering from an herniated disk surgery, won't be able to play when L.A.'s season starts on October 30, and most likely Pau Gasol will play center, but later the the Lakers starting line up will look like this:
Steve Nash - point guard
Kobe Bryant - shooting guard
Metta World Peace -
Pau Gasol -
Dwight Howard - center
Antwan Jamison, Steve Blake and Grant Hill will be the first men off the bench and will surely have significant minutes. Steve Blake in particular will give 38-year old Steve Nash many minutes of rest during the regular season.
Sep 25: When the Lakers 2012-2013 Regular Season starts on October 30 against the Dallas Mavericks 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, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and all the Laker players.
In the meantime you can review the changes in the 2012-13 roster and the Lakers performance in the 2011-2012 season and playoffs
The NBA released the Lakers 2012-2013 regular season schedule.