Kobe Passes Hakeem, But Lakers Fall To Kings At Home

The Kings were 4-16 on the road before tonight's win.

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Kobe Passes The Dream, But Loss To Kings Is Nightmare For Lakers, 100-95

On a night Kobe Bryant passed Hakeem Olajuwon on the all-time scoring list, it was the Sacramento Kings who paid homage to The Dream with a 100-95 win over the Los Angeles at Staples Center. Big men DeMarcus Cousins and Samuel Dalembert dominated, combining for 45 points, hitting several long, dare I say Hakeem-esque jumpers over the nonexistent Lakers defense. The Kings shot 51.2% on the night, compared to 41.2% for the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant needed 13 points to pass Olajuwon for eight place on the all-time NBA scoring list, and he got that and then some in the first quarter, scoring 21 points in the opening 12 minutes, after which the Lakers led 33-30. Kobe ended his night with 38 points and seven assists, but it wasn't enough for the Lakers, who lost for the sixth time at home this season. Bryant now has 26,972 points in his career, a mere 341 points behind Elvin Hayes for seventh on the all-time list.

The Kings exploded in the third quarter, turning a four-point halftime lead into an 81-61 lead with 4:21 remaining in the quarter. The Lakers turned up the defense after that, even cutting the lead to three points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom combined to make just four of 18 shots, with Odom missing all seven of his field goal attempts. The Lakers were outrebounded, 42-36 on the night. Omri Casspi scored 20 points and had eight rebounds for Sacramento.

It appears both the Lakers and Celtics were looking ahead to their NBA Finals rematch Sunday, as Boston lost in a similar ugly fashion in Phoenix tonight, 88-71. The Lakers and Celtics tipoff at 12:30 p.m. PST Sunday on ABC.

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Lakers Vs. Kings: Kobe Bryant Passes Olajuwon For 8th On NBA Scoring List

With a breakaway slam dunk at 3:29 remaining in the first quarter, Kobe Bryant scored his 13th point of the night, passing Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth place on the all-time NBA scoring list. Bryant scored a total of 21 points in the first quarter, playing all 12 minutes, as the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Sacramento Kings 33-30 after the first quarter. Bryant, through one quarter tonight, has 26,955 points in his career.

Bryant began the season in 12th place on the all-time list, but has passed four legends this season. Kobe passed former Celtic John Havlicek on December 10, passed Dominique Wilkins on January 4, and passed Oscar Robertson on January 7:

NBA All-Time Scoring List
Rank Player Points Avg
6 Moses Malone 27,409 20.6
7 Elvin Hayes 27,313 21.0
8 Kobe Bryant 26,955 25.2
9 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946 21.8
10 Oscar Robertson 26,710 25.7
11 Dominique Wilkins   
26,668 24.8
12 John Havlicek
26,395 20.8

DaMarcus Cousins scored 12 to lead Sacramento, while Omri Casspri added 10 for the Kings. The Lakers have beaten the Kings eight straight times, and six straight at Staples Center.

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Lakers Vs. Kings: Probable Starting Lineups & Injury Report

The Los Angeles Lakers look for their third straight win tonight as they host the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. They have beaten Sacramento eight straight times, and have won six consecutive against the Kings in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant is just 13 points from passing Hakeem Olaujwon for eighth place on the all-time scoring list. Here's a look at tonight's probable starting lineups and injury reports:

Kings (10-33)

Francisco Garcia, who has missed five straight games with a strained left calf, is out for tonight's game.

Lakers (33-13)

Andrew Bynum is listed as probable with the hyperextended right elbow and ulnar nerve contusion in his right arm, but he has averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in the two games since suffering the injury against Dallas last week.

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Kobe Bryant Needs 13 Points To Pass Hakeem Olajuwon For 8th On NBA All-Time Scoring List

Kobe Bryant will likely continue his assault on the NBA all-time scoring list tonight, as he is poised to pass another legend during tonight's game between the Lakers and Kings at Staples Center. Bryant needs 13 points to pass Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth place on the scoring list, a mark he has reached in 44 of 46 games this season. Olajuwon would be the fourth person passed this season, who began the season in 12th place:

NBA All-Time Scoring List
Rank Player Points Avg
6 Moses Malone 27,409 20.6
7 Elvin Hayes 27,313 21.0
8 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946 21.8
9 Kobe Bryant 26,934 25.2
10 Oscar Robertson 26,710 25.7
11 Dominique Wilkins   
26,668 24.8
12 John Havlicek
26,395 20.8

Bryant has an excellent chance to end this season in sixth place on the all-time scoring list, which would place him behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Shaquille O'Neal. At his current season scoring rate of 24.9 points per game, Kobe would need 20 more games to pass Moses Malone. There are 36 games remaining this season.

This wouldn't be the first milestone achieved by Bryant against the Kings this season, should Kobe score 13 or more, which seems like a safe bet. On November 3 in a win in Sacramento, Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most minutes played in Lakers history.

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Lakers Host Kings Tonight As Thoughts Drift To Sunday Rematch With Boston

The Los Angeles Lakers have an NBA Finals rematch on Sunday with Boston, but don't want to look past the Sacramento Kings, who the Lakers host tonight at Staples Center. The Lakers, who blew out the Jazz Tuesday night, look for their third straight victory, and their 13th win in 16 games. The Lakers have beaten the Kings eight straight times, and have won six straight against Sacramento at Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant, who had 21 points and six assists against Utah, was named an All-Star starter for the 13th straight time on Thursday. Bryant led all NBA players in All-Star votes for the second time in his career (he also did so in 2003), and led the Western Conference in votes for the fourth straight season. The NBA All-Star Game will be held at Staples Center on Sunday, February 20 in Los Angeles.

Tyreke Evans, who was the NBA Rookie of the Year last season, leads the Kings this season in scoring (17.9 points per game), assists (5.5 per game), and steals (1.84 per game), but has had a horrible shooting season. Evans, after shooting 45.1% as a rookie, is hitting a woeful 40.2% of his shots this season. He is also shooting just 29.2% from three-point range, which believe it or not is an improvement over last season, and averages nearly three long distance shot attempts per game. By all means, Tyreke, keep shooting.

The Lakers have beaten the Kings twice this season, 112-100 in Sacramento on November 3, and a 113-80 blowout at Staples Center on December 3. Kobe led the Lakers in scoring in each game, including a triple-double in Sacramento. After a 3-1 start, the Kings are just 7-32, and are just 4-16 on the road this season. The Lakers are 18-5 at home this season.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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