Lakers' rally falls short
Portland 114-108 Los Angeles Lakers (Aldridge 27pts POR, Henry 27pts LAL) http://www.nba.com/video/games/lakers/2013/12/01/0021300255-por-lal-recap.nba
THE FACT: The Trail Blazers snapped a streak of seven straight losses to the Lakers, and 11 consecutive defeats overall at Staples Center.
THE LEAD: The Portland Trail Blazers let Los Angeles crawl out of two sizable holes Sunday night, but they didn't let them enjoy the sunlight very long. Portland flexed its muscles one last time in the final three minutes at Staples Center and pulled out a 114-108 victory Sunday night for its 12 win in the last 13 games.
QUOTABLE: "L.A. has been playing great basketball. No lead is safe with them. They showed that in both halves."
--Portland coach Terry Stotts
THE STAT: Portland sharpshooter Wesley Matthews shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range to bump his season percentage to 53.1.
TURNING POINT: The Trail Blazers saw their early 17-point lead erased by the halfway point of the second quarter, built it back up to 20 at the start of the fourth and then watched the Lakers whittle it away again. Shawne Williams tipped in a missed from throw by Xavier Henry to cut the deficit to 99-98 with 3:40 left and Robert Sacre kept the Lakers within a point with an inside basket. Damian Lillard then nailed a 3-pointer off an inbounds pass to beat the shot clock and push the lead to 104-100, and the Lakers weren't able to make it a one-possession game with the ball the rest of the way.
HOT: Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge continues to play like this might be a career-best year. Aldridge, who became the first Trail Blazer since Clyde Drexler in 1988 to score at least 20 points in the first six games, scored 27 on 11-for-19 shooting against the Lakers to give him back-to-back 20-plus games. Lillard added 26 points and matched his season-high with nine assists and Matthews added 17 points to surpass his season scoring average of 16.7. The Lakers received tremendous games from Henry and Sacre, as well as another bench player, Nick Young (17 points).
QUOTABLE II: "We have guys down right now, but the guys we do have can still give any team a run for the money."
NOT: The Lakers missed their first eight field-goal attempts while falling behind 11-0 and the deficit continued to balloon until they trailed 21-4 with five minutes still remaining in the opening quarter. The frigid start by the Lakers went hand in hand with Pau Gasol's night, except the Lakers showed some flashes of energy during the game, Gasol didn't. The 7-footer missed nine of his first 10 field-goal attempts before sitting out the fourth quarter and finishing 3-for-15 for six points. Gasol said after the game he plans to get an MRI on his sore right ankle. Portland suffered the same lapse as the Lakers did at the start of the fourth quarter, missing its first eight shots and allowing the Lakers to move back within single digits.
GOOD MOVE: While the Trail Blazers were running away from L.A. in the first quarter, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni lifted all the starters except Gasol before the halfway point, going with Young, Henry, Sacre and Jordan Farmar. They helped bring the Lakers back from the first hole, so D'Antoni went with the same group, minus Farmar, down the stretch. They responded with another energetic rally.
BAD MOVE: Farmar didn't join the other reserves in the fourth quarter because he left in the first with a strained left hamstring. That left the Lakers with just one healthy point guard, Steve Blake. The good news is Steve Nash is expected to practice with the team Tuesday in hopes of getting back in the starting lineup Friday at Sacramento.
QUOTABLE III: "[Farmar] has been playing really well. ... We'll find out how bad [the hamstring is] this week."
--Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni
NOTABLE: The first 3-pointer of the game for Matthews was his 500th in a Trail Blazers uniform. ... D'Antoni would not rule out the possibility of Kobe Bryant making his season debut Friday at Sacramento. Bryant is trying to return from a torn Achilles suffered last April.
UP NEXT: For the Lakers, Friday @ Sacramento, Sunday vs. Toronto, Tuesday vs. Phoenix.
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Lakers Sign Kobe Bryant to Contract Extension
EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” said Kupchak. “We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens. To play 20 years in the NBA, and to do so with the same team, is unprecedented, and quite an accomplishment. Most importantly however, it assures us that one of the best players in the world will remain a Laker, bringing us excellent play and excitement for years to come.”
Bryant, a five-time NBA Champion, has earned numerous accolades over the span of his 17-year career, including being selected as the NBA MVP in 2007-08 and winning the NBA Finals MVP award in 2008-09 and 2009-10. The 15-time NBA All-Star has also led the United States to gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. Bryant has earned All-NBA honors in each of the last 15 seasons and has been named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team 12 times.
The Lakers have appeared in postseason play in all but one season (2004-05) of Bryant’s 17 campaigns with the team, and have reached the NBA Finals seven times, winning championships in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010. The 6’6” guard scored a career-high 81 points (55 in the 2nd half) on January 22, 2006, the second highest game and half point totals in NBA history.
Originally acquired by the Lakers from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Vlade Divac on July 11, 1996 after being selected by the Hornets with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, Bryant is the Lakers all-time leading scorer and currently ranks 4th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
NBA Results Season 2013-2014
December 2 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2013/12/02/20131202-top-10.nba?cat=catId%3A58: Orlando 80-98 Washington, New Orleans 131-128 Chicago Bulls (Anderson 36pts! N-O, Deng 37pts!! CHI), Atlanta 100-102 San Antonio Spurs, Houston 103-109 Utah (Harden 37pts!! HOU, Hayward 29pts UTA), Indiana 102-106 Portland (George 43pts!!! IND, Aldridge 28pts POR http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2013/12/02/20131202-steal-of-the-night.nba?cat=catId%3A58)
December 3 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2013/12/03/20131203-top-10.nba?cat=catId%3A58: Orlando 125-126 Philadelphie (Afflalo 43pts!!!, G.Davis 33pts PHI, Carter-Williams 27pts PHI), Milauwkee 100-108 Boston, Denver 111-87 Brooklyn Nets, Detroit 107-97 Miami, Phoenix 91-110 Memphis, Charlotte 82-89 Dallas, Oklahoma City 97-95 Sacramento (K.Durant 27pts OKC), Toronto 103-112 Golden State (Curry 27pts GOL)
December 4 http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2013/12/04/20131204-top10.nba: Denver 88-98 Cleveland, Los Angeles Clippers 97-107 Atlanta, Phoenix 97-88 Houston, Detroit 105-98 Milauwkee, Dallas 100-97 New Orleans, Indiana 95-86 Utah, San Antonio Spurs-Minnesota, Oklahoma City 104-111 Portland (K.Durant 33pts OKC, Aldridge 38pts!! POR)
December 5 http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2013/12/05/20131205-top-5.nba: New York Knicks 113-83 Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers 101-81 Memphis, Miami 87-107 Chicago Bulls (Boozer 27pts CHI)
December 6: Philadelphie-Charlotte, Milauwkee-Washington, Cleveland-Atlanta, Denver-Boston, Orlando-New York Knicks, Golden State-Houston, Oklahoma City-New Orleans, Toronto-Phoenix, Utah-Portland, Los Angeles Lakers-Sacramento (Dec 7, 4.00 am C.E.T)
Kobe cleared to resume basketball activities
Posted Nov 19, 2013 2:42 AM
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant has been medically cleared to resume basketball activities.
The Los Angeles Lakers tweeted out the news on Monday, when the team had a day off.
It's another step in Bryant's comeback after he tore his left Achilles tendon seven months ago.
Bryant returned to practice over the weekend, doing some drills with his teammates.
A team spokesman says there's no timetable for Bryant to play in a game.
The Lakers are 9-9.
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Kobe Passes Wilt for Fourth All-Time
Chamberlain isn't the only center of note Bryant surpassed this season; he moved past Shaquille O'Neal on February 2 at Philadelphia. And in 2010-11, the Black Mamba surpassed Hall of Famers Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Dominique Wilkins and John Havlicek.
Bryant also ranks second in NBA history for total points with a single franchise, passing Jordan's 29,277 with Chicago in L.A.'s March 27, 2012 victory at vs. Golden State. Only Malone's 36,374 with Utah beat Kobe's current mark. For the Lakers record, Bryant surpassed the great Jerry West during the 2009-10 season, West having scored 25,192 in purple and gold.
How many more points Bryant scores appears to be up to him, and how many more seasons he wants to play. One suspects he'd want to at least surpass Jordan, the man after whom he shaped his game and drive more than anybody else.
Only time will tell on that one. Regardless, ranking fourth in the history of basketball is already a much more impressive task than current perspective can lend to the feat.