is a running diary of L.A.’s New Years Eve home contest against
Philadelphia as the Lakers looked to back up a solid win against New
Orleans, with some comments drawn from our @LakersReporter Twitter account, and a few more details in case you missed any of the action:
Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Gasol and Bynum
Sixers: J. Holiday, J. Meeks, A. Nocioni, E. Brand, S. Hawes
5:28 With Ron Artest’s wing deuce, the Lakers capped off a
10-0 run that allowed an 18-8 early edge in the team’s final game
in 2010. The Lakers were simply exploiting their size advantages at
nearly every positions, particularly at two guard as Bryant had already
offered nine points in a big mismatch with the 6-4 Jodie Meeks.
4:40 It’s an intelligent fan base here in Los Angeles,
which we saw as STAPLES offered Lamar Odom an extended ovation when he
checked in off the bench for the first time at home this season. The
fans understood how valuable Odom’s been this season as perhaps
L.A.’s most consistent player, and appreciated his willingness to
return to the bench.
0:00 The Lakers entirely controlled the first period,
emerging with a 29-19 lead while shooting 52 percent and holding Philly
to 38 percent from the field. Odom and Gasol combined for nine of
L.A.’s 15 rebounds, one more than the Sixers managed as a team
(eight), and helped the home team outscore Doug Collins’ squad
10-4 in the paint.
7:08 Most NBA players could have a New Year’s resolution
is to become as good at anything basketball wise as Gasol is at any
number of skills, including passing, as he picked Shannon Brown out for
a wide-open layup after drawing defensive attention his way.
Brown’s hoop preceded a little flip shot from Barnes that made it
39-29 L.A., restoring a double-digit lead that Philly had cut to four
with an early
1:49 Artest’s first triple of the ballgame pushed his
early total up to seven points with three rebound and three dimes in a
solid individual half, while Odom hit double-digits in scoring in
addition to his four boards and two assists. Only Derek Fisher (0-for-5
FG’s) and Bynum (1-for-4) had yet to get it going.
0:00.3 Despite a late mishap in which Odom threw the ball 60
feet down the floor to try and pick Bynum out for a final shot and
misfired long, L.A. held onto an eight-point lead at the break, thanks
to that size edge that produced a 25-17 advantage on the glass and a
24-16 difference in paint points.
7:00 Perhaps happier than anyone to have Bynum back protecting
his back, Gasol reached 18 points with typical efficiency, making his
eighth shot in 11 attempts to complement his eight rebounds, as the
Lakers continued to lead by double digits.
2:38 Bryant continued to show the pair of fresh legs that
produced perhaps his biggest dunk of the season back in the first half
(a two-handed hammer jam through traffic) by slipping by both Andres
Nocioni and Spencer Hawes for a lay-in off glass, bringing his
game-high total to 21 points. Meanwhile, Bynum had grabbed six boards
before ceding his spot to Odom, bringing his total to a season-high 11.
0:00 Matt Barnes made an unfortunate play to close the third,
pushing Nocioni in the back while trying to grab an offensive board
with one second left, which put the Argentinean forward at the free
throw line all the way down the court. His two makes cut an 11-point
lead to nine, 82-73, at the break.
8:40 The Sixers continued to fight, rolling off a 12-6 run to
open the fourth quarter, cutting further into L.A.’s once
14-point lead with a 88-85 margin. The Lakers had been scoring so
easily with their length inside while Bryant and Gasol were in the
game, but the second unit wasn’t living up to standard. Blake,
Barnes and Brown had combined for only 11 points on 5-of-12 FG’s.
4:25 Make that a two-point margin. Lou Williams continued his
hot streak off Philly’s bench, scoring nine of his 18 to make it
a 94-92 contest in crunch time. Back came Gasol, replacing Bynum and
his 15 rebounds, to try and help L.A. bury Philly.
2:00 Before the Spaniard had a chance, Odom continued his
solid game by scoring back-to-back hoops to keep the Lakers up three
despite a triple from Jrue Holiday, the UCLA product who’d
produced 19 points and 11 assists. The 76ers were determined to make
the Lakers earn a game they thought was well in hand.
0:02.3 A frantic final minute almost ended the wrong way for
the Lakers, as both Williams and Holiday rimmed out potential
lead-taking three-pointers. Nonetheless, Thaddeus Young knocked the
second miss out of bounds trying to grab an offensive board, giving the
Lakers the ball back with 2.3 seconds left. Bryant would draw a foul
and sink both foul shots to ice the contest, giving L.A. their final
victory of a fantastic all-around 2010 of course highlighted by an NBA
We highlighted some of the more interesting numbers from L.A.’s New Years Eve win over the Philadelphia 76ers at STAPLES Center, which improved the team’s record to 23-10 on the season.
14 L.A.’s biggest lead of the evening, attained in the third quarter. Philly did not lead once, though they did manage to come all the way back to tie the game at 98 in the final moments.
15 Season-high number of rebounds grabbed by Andrew Bynum.
16 Points in the paint advantage for the Lakers, who utilized their size advantage at several positions (particularly through Bryant, Gasol and Bynum) quite well.
21 Points averaged by Lamar Odom in two games off the bench, adding 18 against Philly after scoring 24 against New Orleans on Wednesday.
33 Points for Kobe Bryant, the first time he’s gone for 30+ since Dec. 15 at Indiana (31). Bryant made 13-of-24 shots, scoring from all of his favorite spots on the evening, and sank two critical free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to seal the game for the Lakers.
51.2 L.A.’s field goal percentage on the evening.
75 Shooting percentage for Pau Gasol, who sank nine of his 12 shots, all in the first three quarters. The Spaniard grabbed eight rebounds as well, second to Bynum’s 15, in 33 minutes.