12:05 PMLakers 109, Knicks 87: Jan. 9 Running Diary
Below 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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