is a running diary of L.A.’s Sunday night home contest against
the New York Knicks as the Lakers looked for their sixth win in seven
games since Andrew Bynum returned to the starting line up, 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
Knicks: R. Felton, S. Williams, W. Chandler, L. Fields, A. Stoudemire
6:13 Phil Jackson wasn’t too happy to see his team turn
the ball over six times in the first four minutes, which resulted in
seven Knicks points, and a 10-4 lead for the visitors. Seemingly scores
of New Yorkers were enjoying the early action, showcasing how many live
in Los Angeles, while there was also a large celeb contingent at the
contest, including (per Jeanie Buss’s Twitter handle): Jack
Nicholson, Adam Sandler (sitting next to one another), Denzel
Washington, Tom Arnold, Michael Rosenbaum, Dax Shepard, Spike Lee,
Chris Pine, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Lindsey Lohan in Knicks cap,
NFL Dick Butkus.
2:47 Jackson felt a lot better into the next time out, his
Lakers finding Andrew Bynum on the low block instead of turning the
ball over. The 7-footer quickly had eight points to go with four
boards, while Lamar Odom promptly scored five points after checking in
off the bench, leading a 9-1 run that put L.A. in front 21-17.
0:00 In a somewhat odd quarter, the Lakers scored 15 of their
25 points in a three-plus minute stretch in the middle of the period,
adding only four free throws after Odom’s three got ‘em to
21. Nonetheless, they recovered from the slow start to lead 25-21 at
the break. Once L.A. stopped turning the ball over, the Knicks settled
for jumper after jumper, converting at only a 34.8 percent rate.
8:30 Struggling a bit of late, Shannon Brown began to break out
in a big way early in the second, hitting back-to-back threes from the
same corner in front of L.A.’s bench, then adding a massive
one-handed dunk when the Knicks inexplicably left the paint wide open,
putting the Lakers up 34-30.
2:51 Despite not getting many looks, Gasol was making things
happen for himself, attacking the offensive boards for his eighth total
rebound and putting the ball back home, plus a foul, to put L.A. up
41-40. Gasol also had two blocks at that point, and followed up with an
open jumper from the top of the key to reach nine points.
0:40.4 Bryant hit his first three-pointer of the game to
close the scoring for the half, enough to give L.A. a 52-47 lead. With
tempo being the obvious key to this game, L.A. did a decent job after
the opening stretch of asserting themselves down low, outscoring New
York 30-16 in the paint, and grabbing 11 offensive rebounds to produce
a 17-4 edge in second chance points.
7:39 Bryant opened the third with back-to-back threes to put the
Lakers up nine points, the high for either team, reaching 15 points
with his seven boards and three assists in the process. L.A. then went
repeatedly to Bynum, with the smaller Stoudemire defending, and though
Stoudemire picked up two blocks (though one was a clear hack), Bynum
then (a) dropped in a layup and (b) earned two free throws. Gasol would
then clean up Bynum’s near miss by earning a foul after another
offensive board, his two free throws making it a 64-52 lead.
4:03 After more paint-pounding got Gasol up to 15 points with
13 rebounds, Bryant added two free throws to make it a 72-56 LAL lead.
The Lakers were just hammering New York inside on offense, while
keeping the visitors out of transition at the other end, the best
complete stretch from the starters in a lil’ while.
0:01.0 An odd end to the quarter, to say the least, ended
with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Shannon Brown that snapped a
5-0 Knicks run that resulted from a flagrant foul on Artest.
11:26 More oddity: Bynum, after cleanly blocking Stoudemire, was
incensed that he was called for the foul that he immediately got a
technical for arguing. He then argued more, and got a quick second
technical, ejected for the game with his 18 points, seven boards and
two assists in 25 minutes. The Knicks got three points on the
possession to cut a once 16-point lead to eight in a game that L.A. had
controlled entirely only moments earlier.
5:37 With two free throws from Bryant and two more from
Fisher, the Laker re-opened the safe lead they’d built in the
third quarter prior to all the extra curricular activity, taking a
95-81 lead. Bryant was up to a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double,
while Gasol (20 points, 14 boards) and Odom (12 points, 15 boards) were
right there with him.
1:51 And that would do it. Bryant’s 10-foot jumper gave
him a game-high 27, and put the Lakers up 103-85 as Phil Jackson
cleared his bench. A really solid all-around effort from the Lakers
thus resulted in the team’s fourth straight win, and sixth in
seven games since Bynum returned to the starting line up. Lakers3peat.tk
We highlighted some of the more interesting numbers from L.A.’s Sunday evening victory over the New York Knicks at STAPLES Center, which saw the team’s record rise to 27-11 on the season thanks to a fourth straight win.
36.0 New York’s shooting percentage, far below its usual 46.9 percent, as the Lakers played solid defense throughout the contest, earning Phil Jackson’s postgame praise for following the game plan well.
29 Amare Stoudemire’s shooting percentage, a surprise as he came into the contest shooting the ball very well throughout the season, so much so that Phil Jackson praised his jumper prior to the game. Stoudemire opened really slowly, hitting just 2-of-14 shots, and finished at 7-for-24 plus 9-of-11 from the foul line for his 23 points.
27 Points for Kobe Bryant, though it took him 28 attempts to get there, plus 10 rebounds and five assists.
19 More rebounds grabbed by the Lakers, who held a 61-42 edge. That included a 17-7 advantage on the offensive end, which resulted in a 28-9 controlling of second chance points.
18 Rebounds for Lamar Odom, a season-high despite only 28 minutes of run. He added 13 points and four assists, continuing the best season of his career.
17 Blocked shots in a game that was highly contested around the rim, even though the Lakers did hold a major advantage. The Knicks blocked 11 shots, the Lakers six, led by four from Pau Gasol, who added 20 points and 14 boards with four assists and two steals in a complete game.
16 Points off the pine from Shannon Brown, including a big buzzer-beating three-pointer to close the third quarter, squashing a 5-0 Knicks run that came on one possession after a flagrant foul on Ron Artest.