Kobe Bryant Passes Kareem, Then Gets Triple-Double In Lakers Win Over Kings

The Lakers have won their last six meetings with Sacramento.

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Lakers 112, Kings 100: Game Recap

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant notched his 17th career triple- double while setting another franchise record, as the Los Angeles Lakers remained undefeated with a 112-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings

Bryant recorded his first triple-double since January 21, 2009 with 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds while becoming the team's all-time minutes played leader, as the Lakers improved to 5-0 for the second time in three seasons.

Coming into the game one minute behind Hall of Fame member Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Bryant played 37 minutes to surpass Abdul-Jabbar's 37,491 minutes as a Laker.

Pau Gasol added 22 points and 11 boards, while Lamar Odom had 18 points and eight rebounds in the victory.

Tyreke Evans had 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Kings, who had won three of their first four games to start the season. Carl Landry, Beno Udrih and Francisco Garcia each scored 17 in defeat.

Sacramento held a 43-38 lead four minutes into the second quarter, but a rare four-point play by Bryant quickly cut the Lakers' deficit to one. Odom's driving layup with 4:51 until halftime put Los Angeles ahead for good, and a 15-7 half-ending burst gave the visitors a 62-53 edge.

Bryant had six points during the spurt, and Matt Barnes' layup as time expired gave the Lakers the nine-point advantage.

The Kings failed to score for nearly a four-minute stretch in the beginning of the third quarter, during which the Lakers scored 11 straight points. Gasol's two free throws with 6 1/2 minutes left made it a 77-59 contest, and it was 92-78 heading to the fourth.

Sacramento never got closer than seven in the final 12 minutes of play.

The Lakers took a 35-33 lead after one quarter, but the Kings opened the second on a 10-3 run to grab a five-point lead on Udrih's jumper 3 1/2 minutes in.

Bryant recorded only his third triple-double since the start of the 2005-06 season...The Lakers have won the last seven meetings with the Kings and 10 of the last 11...The winning team has scored over 100 points in 33 of the last 34 meetings...Los Angeles shot 11-for-21 from beyond the arc, compared to 6- for-22 for Sacramento.

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Kobe Bryant Leads Lakers Over Kings, 112-100

The Los Angeles Lakers continued their unbeaten run to start the season, defeating the Sacramento Kings, 112-100 at Arco Arena in Sacramento. Kobe Bryant led the way with a triple-double, putting up 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, to cap a milestone night for Bryant.

Tonight was the 17th career triple-double for Kobe, including his fourth away from Staples Center. His last triple-double came January 21, 2009 against the Clippers. Bryant also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most minutes played in Lakers franchise history. Kobe played 36 minutes tonight, giving him 37,527 career minutes, compared to 37,492 for Abdul-Jabbar in his Laker career.

Derek Fisher had 11 points for the Lakers, but seven of those came in a 55-second stretch late in the fourth to help stretch the lead after the Kings had cut what was once a 20-point deficit to seven. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 46.4% on the night. The Lakers also made 11-of-20 three-point attempts, and have made 52 out of 111 shots from beyond the arc (46.8%) so far this season. The Lakers committed a season-low six turnovers this season.

Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 21 points, making 10 of his 17 field goal attempts. Beno Udrih added 17 points, five rebounds, and eight assists for the Kings, who are 3-2 on the young season.

At 5-0, the Lakers are one of three undefeated teams in the NBA, joining the New Orleans Hornets and Atlanta Hawks. All three teams won tonight. The Lakers are off until Friday, when they host Toronto at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant Gets 17th Career Triple Double

Kobe Bryant led a run for the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter, as they widened a nine-point halftime lead into a 20-point lead, but the Kings have come back, cutting the Laker lead to 98-86 in the fourth quarter at Arco Arena. Bryant picked up his 10th rebound of the game in the fourth quarter, giving him his 17th career triple-double. It was the first triple-double for Kobe since January 21, 2009:

Kobe Bryant Career Triple-Doubles
Date Opp Pts Reb Ast Dec
Tonight at Sac 27 10 12 W?
1/21/09 at LAC 18 10 12 W
1/16/09 Orl 28 13 11 L
4/7/05 Hou 19 10 10 L
12/17/04     
Was 36 10 14 L
12/8/04 Phx 20 14 11 L
12/3/04 GS 10 12 10 W
11/19/04 at Pho 29 11 10 L
2/28/04 at Was 25 14 10 W
1/10/03 Cle 21 10 11 W
12/3/02 Mem 24 10 11 W
11/24/02 Mil 15 11 11 W
11/3/02 Por 33 14 12 W
11/1/02 at LAC 33 15 12 W
2/12/02 Was 23 11 15 W
2/16/01 at Cha 25 10 10 W
1/15/01 Van 26 11 11 W
Source: Basketball-Reference.com

This is only the fourth triple-double for Kobe (of the 17) away from Staples Center. The Lakers are 11-5 when Bryant gets a triple-double.Bryant has made eight of 17 field goals, including 3-of-5 on three-pointers, and made eight of nine foul shots to give him 27 points. Perhaps the most impressive part of Kobe's night is the fact that he has 12 assists and zero turnovers.

This was the third triple-double of the season in the NBA, joining Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks and Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.

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Lakers 62, Kings 53 At Halftime: Kobe Bryant Working On A Triple Double

The Los Angeles Lakers got off to a fast start in the first quarter, but a cold-shooting second quarter gave the Sacramento Kings a brief lead. However, the Lakers found their way through the seams of the Kings' defense, parlaying several easy shots into a 62-53 halftime lead at Arco Arena. Kobe Bryant is nearing a triple-double, with 21 points, six rebounds, and eight assists in the first half.

Bryant also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most minutes played in Lakers franchise history. Through halftime, Bryant has 37,511 minutes played in his career.

The Lakers began the game making 11 of their first 14 shots to take a first quarter lead, but they made just five of their next 19 shots as the Kings built a five-point lead in the second quarter. It was the first time the Lakers had trailed in a game since last Friday at Phoenix, a span of over 135 minutes.

The Lakers closed out the half making seven of their final nine field goals, many of them layups and dunks against a porous Sacramento defense, and shot 56.1% for the half. They also made six of 10 three-pointers, and have made 47 of 100 shots from beyond the arc so far this season.

The Kings at one point in the second quarter missed 16 consecutive field goals. Carl Landry led the Kings with 12 points in the first half. Jason Thompson had nine rebounds in 10 minutes for Sacramento.

Pau Gasol had 12 points and six rebounds for the Lakers. Lakers' starters scored 52 of the team's 62 points in the first half.

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Lakers At Kings: Probable Lineups & Notes

The teams with the two best records in the Pacific Division do battle at Arco Arena tonight, as the Los Angeles Lakers head north to face the Sacramento Kings. Here is a look at the probable starters for tonight's game:

Kings

Sacramento has the sixth-youngest roster in the NBA, averaging 25 years, 85 days old. They have six players under 23 years old.

Lakers

Bryant is shooting 47.1% in the first four games this season, including 35.3% from beyond the arc, putting to rest his sluggish preseason. In seven exhibition contests last month, Bryant made just 24 of 85 shots (28.2%), including five for 29 (17.2%) on three-pointers.

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Kobe Bryant Has Milestones In Sight Tonight In Sacramento

The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay unbeaten tonight, as they travel north to Sacramento to battle the Kings. The Lakers have won their last six meetings, and nine of their last 10 with Sacramento, including winning the last three at Arco Arena. The Lakers are 7-1 in their last eight games in the state capital.

Kobe Bryant needed just 28 minutes last night to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time franchise lead in minutes played, but thanks to the Lakers' 124-105 blowout of the Grizzlies Bryant only played 26 minutes. Bryant will pass Abdul-Jabbar in the first quarter tonight. Here is an updated look at the Lakers' all-time leaders in minutes played:

Player Minutes
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 37,492
Kobe Bryant 37,491
Jerry West 36,571
Elgin Baylor 33,863
Magic Johnson 33,245
James Worthy 30,001

In addition, Bryant now has made 9,004 field goals in his career, just 12 behind Jerry West for second place on the franchise list. Abdul-Jabbar leads in that category as well, with 9,935 field goals made as a Laker.

Tonight is the second game in as many nights for the Lakers, the first of 15 back-to-back sets of games this season for the defending champs. The Lakers play the fewest back-to-back sets in the NBA this season, after having 20 such sets last season.

Pau Gasol, who won Western Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday, is leading the club in points (24.3 per game), assists (five per game), and blocked shots (1.5 per game), while also averaging 11.0 rebounds per game.

The Kings opened their season going 2-1 on a three-game road trip, then defeated the Nets on Monday in their home opener. Sacramento rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat New Jersey, 111-108. Reigning rookie of the year Tyreke Evans is leading the Kings in scoring (20.3 per game), assists (6.0 per game) and steals (1.33 per game), and is also averaging 6.0 rebounds per contest.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PDT game will be televised on KCAL and ESPN.

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Lakers Travel To Sacramento To Battle Kings

(Sports Network) - The top two teams in the Pacific Division, the Lakers and Kings, will renew their rivalry tonight from ARCO Arena.

The two-time defending NBA champion Lakers improved to 4-0 on the season with last night's 124-105 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, as Kobe Bryant led six players in double figures with 23 points. Pau Gasol outworked his brother, Marc, with 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who are off to their best start since opening the 2008-09 campaign with seven consecutive victories.

"It's always fun to play against my former team and my brother," Pau Gasol said. "I'm glad we got the win. Our intensity is great, and we're making progress."

Lamar Odom had 17 points, eight boards and six assists, while Matt Barnes chipped in 16 points and a game-high 14 boards and Shannon Brown 13 points. Steve Blake rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.

The Lakers shot 51.2 percent and finished with a 59-36 rebounding edge.

Sacramento opened the 2010-11 campaign by winning two of its first three road games and returned to California's capital for Monday's 111-108 triumph over the Toronto Raptors in the opener of a four-game residency.

Reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Beno Udrih contributed 17 points. Rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points in less than 18 minutes of play.

"We got a will to win when it's crunch time. But we need to come out with better energy," Cousins said.

The Kings were outscored, 33-16, in the first quarter. They will also host Memphis and Minnesota on the residency and haven't won four of the first five games since the 2001-02 season.

Los Angeles swept the four-game series with Sacramento a year ago and has won the last six meetings between the teams. The Lakers have won three straight and seven of eight trips to ARCO Arena.

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