1:10 PMLakers 100, Nets 88: Jan. 14 Running Diary
Below is a running diary of L.A.’s Friday night home contest against the New Jersey Nets as the Lakers looked for their ninth win in 10 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:
6:24 The Nets are among the most deliberate teams in the NBA, scoring more than only one other squad, and here tried to slow things down as the teams exchanged half court sets. Two straight Bryant field goals gave the Lakers an early 10-8 edge despite poor shooting (4-for-12). Moments later, Vujacic checked in for the first time, playing opposite Ron Artest at the small forward position.
0:32.6 With the rest of L.A.’s offense stalling, Bryant took over scoring duties, making his fifth field goal in eight attempts with a beautiful reverse layup around Farmar, then adding two foul shots to tie the score at 22 and reach 13 points. Farmar responded with a pull-up jumper to put the Nets up two at the break, however, as Lakers not named Kobe made only 4-of-14 field goals, including Pau Gasol’s 1-for-5.
4:59 After missing his first four free throws and three field goals of the game, typifying L.A.’s slow start, Odom hit two foul shots out of a time out and then watched Artest nail an open three on the next possession to give the Lakers a 33-30 lead. Things had been sluggish to start, but the home team’s defensive energy had picked up, the offense coming in turn at the other end.
0:00 Behind four straight points from a previously quiet Gasol and Artest’s second triple of the half, the Lakers opened a nine-point lead late in the period. Farmar and Vujacic managed a bucket each against their former squad, however, cutting the margin to 45-40 at the first half break. Bryant’s 15 led all scorers, with Artest joining him in double figures with 10.
3:47 Moments after checking in, Farmar hit a running layup off glass, then a pull-up three-pointer to reach nine points off the pine, bringing the Nets to within six after Bryant’s and-1 through Farmar (due to a transition crossmatch) in the post. That gave Bryant 21 points, while Gasol’s two foul shots on the next trip down got him to 16 points, 10 coming in the quarter.
0:01.0 Gasol’s 3rd block of the game protected LAL’s seven-point lead into the fourth quarter, though the Lakers were unable to push their advantage into double digits despite hanging around the nine-point mark for much of the period. New Jersey kept battling, getting 26 points through three from Lopez and Farmar’s nine off the bench to hang around.
4:31 The Nets again refused to go away — a familiar pattern with Lakers opponents — while going so far as to cut LAL’s lead to two on Vujacic’s triple (after he’d grabbed his own three-point miss), but the Lakers responded with an immediate 9-0 run to push their lead back into double-digits. Bryant’s and-1 capped the run, getting him to 27 points.
2:00 Odom struggled at the game’s onset, but was terrific in the final quarter in particular, putting together a two-minute stretch in which he hit a jumper, grabbed a board, hit a three, fed Artest for a wide-open layup with a pretty extra pass, and then hit 1-of-2 free throws to put the Lakers up 94-85. A few free throws later, and the Lakers had their seventh straight win. lakers3peat
49.3 Lakers shooting percentage in the game thanks to a hot second half, paced by Ron Artest’s 5-of-7, Shannon Brown’s 6-of-10 and Kobe Bryant’s 10-for-19.
35 Free throw attempts for the home team, producing a 14-point advantage despite 10 misses as New Jersey attempted only 17 attempts (11 makes).
35 Points for Brook Lopez in a losing effort thanks to 13-of-19 shooting, the Lakers struggling to deal with a legit center after facing smallish teams New York, Cleveland and Golden State in succession.
29 Total points for former Lakers Sasha Vujacic (17) and Jordan Farmer (12), who played quite well in their respective returns to Los Angeles.
8 New Jersey’s edge in paint points (44-36), which doesn’t happen often. Andrew Bynum managed just two points on 1-for-5 shooting, plagued by foul trouble throughout the evening, while Gasol was only 6-of-15.
4 Second chance points for the Lakers, far below their average due to strong defensive rebounding from the Nets, who out-rebounded the home team 45-38.
1 Double-double in the game, courtesy of Lamar Odom and his 14 points with 11 rebounds, much of his production coming in the second half after he opened 0-for-3 from the field and 0-for-4 from the foul line.
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