Kobe Bryant Bangs Funny Bone, Then Has Last Laugh Against Clippers

The Lakers are 2-1 against the Clippers this season.

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Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol Lead Lakers Over Clippers, 108-95

Kobe Bryant led a strong third quarter surge, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center Friday night. It was the third straight win for the Lakers, who improved to 21-8 at home this season. The game, though technically in their home building, was the final game of a brutal road trip for the Clippers, during which they went 2-9.

The game was close in the first half, and was a 58-57 game (Lakers leading) with 8:11 remaining in the third quarter. Over the next 12 minutes, the Lakers went on a 40-15 run to put the game away. Laker fans collectively gasped in the first half when Kobe went to the locker room early with an injury. Kobe left the game with 3:03 remaining in the half, and was seen noticeably grimacing on the bench for a few minutes before heading to the locker room with trainer Gary Vitti.

However, it turned out to be a simple funny bone (non-)injury, and Kobe started the second half. He dominated the third quarter, scoring 18 points and nearly scored 20 but his dunk as the clock ran out proved to be after the buzzer. In the third quarter, Kobe outscored the Clippers all by himself, 18-17. Bryant had 24 points on the night, leaving him 10 points shy of Elvin Hayes for seventh place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

Pau Gasol had a highly efficient 22 points in 27 minutes, on 8-of-9 shooting, and grabbed five rebounds. Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who were able to rest their regulars in the fourth quarter in advance of Sunday's showdown in Oklahoma City with the newly fortified Thunder.

Randy Foye had 24 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the Clippers, who were without new acquisitions Mo Williams and Jamario Moon as they wait for Baron Davis to complete his physical with Cleveland. Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, but was 7-for-18 from the field. The Clippers host Boston Saturday night at Staples Center, their first home game in 24 days.

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

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Lakers Vs. Clippers: Kobe Bryant Heads To Locker Room With (Minor) Injury

The battle for Staples Center was a closely fought battle in the opening 24 minutes, with the Lakers taking a 52-50 lead over the Clippers into halftime, but the story of the first half was Kobe Bryant leaving early with an apparent hand injury. Kobe was called for a foul while guarding Randy Foye with 3:03 remaining in the first half, then immediately asked out of the game. He appeared to be in tremendous pain on the bench, burying his head in his towel for a minute or two, before heading to the locker room early for treatment. Before leaving the bench, Kobe was seen wiggling the fingers in his right hand.

At halftime, Mike Trudell of NBA.com reported that the injury wasn't all that bad:

Kobe Bryant is fine. Banged his funny bone (ulnar nerve contusion), will start the second half.

Pau Gasol had a strong first half for the Lakers, leading all scorers with 18 points, on 7-of-8 shooting. Andrew Bynum added seven points, on 3-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, and a block for the Lakers, who have beaten the Clippers six straight times as the home team. Kobe scored six points in 15 minutes of play.

Randy Foye lead the Clippers 17 points, including making four of five shots from three-point range. Blake Griffin had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half, but settled for too many jump shots, shooting just 4-of-12 from the field. DeAndre Jordan had eight rebounds and three blocks for the Clippers int he first half.

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

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Lakers Vs. Clippers: Kobe Bryant Closing In On Elvin Hayes For 7th On NBA All-Time Scoring List

The Los Angeles Lakers look for their third straight win tonight, facing their Staples Center co-tenants the Los Angeles Clippers. Kobe Bryant scored 37 points in the Lakers' win Wednesday night in Portland, and with a similar game tonight could set another scoring milestone. Bryant is 34 points shy of Elvin Hayes for seventh place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

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, passed Oscar Robertson on January 7, and passed Hakeem Olajuwon on January 28:

NBA All-Time Scoring List
Rank Player Points Avg
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar   38,387 24.6
2 Karl Malone 36,928 25.0
3 Michael Jordan 32,292 30.12
4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 30.07
5 Shaquille O'Neal 28,590 23.7
6 Moses Malone 27,409 20.6
7 Elvin Hayes 27,313 21.0
8 Kobe Bryant 27,279 25.3
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

Kobe has scored 34 or more points six times this season, and the Lakers are 2-4 in those games. For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll and Clips Nation.

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Lakers Vs. Clippers: Time, Game & Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups & Notes

The Los Angeles Lakers look to extend their winning streak to three games as they face the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. It is technically the 11th straight road game for the Clippers, as the Lakers are the home team tonight. Here are the pertinent details of tonight's game:

Teams: Clippers (21-37) vs. Lakers (40-19)

Location: Staples Center

Home Team: Lakers

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: Fox Sports West (Lakers broadcast), Prime Ticket (Clippers broadcast)

Streaks: Lakers (won 2); Clippers (lost 2)

Previous Meetings: Two, both Clipper home games; the Lakers won 87-86 on December 8, and the Clippers won 99-92 on January 16

Probable Starting Lineups:

Clippers

Lakers

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

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Kobe Bryant, Lakers Play Host To Blake Griffin, Clippers In Battle Of Staples Center

The Lakers look for their third straight win on Friday night at Staples Center, hosting a Clippers team that is just happy to be back in Los Angeles. The Clippers will technically be playing their 11th straight road game, the longest road trip in the NBA this season, although they are back in their regular locker room for the first time in a whopping 23 days. Since the All-Star break, the Lakers are 2-0 while the Clippers are 0-2.

Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest led the Lakers to a dramatic comeback victory on Wednesday in Portland. The Lakers scored the final eight points of regulation to force overtime, then took control in the extra period, defeating the Blazers 106-101. Kobe had 37 points to lead all scorers, and now stands just 34 points behind Elvin Hayes for seventh place on the all-time NBA scoring list.

This is also the first game for the Clippers after they traded Baron Davis and a lottery pick to the Cavaliers for point guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon. However, they are still without Eric Gordon, who is out for the 16th straight game with a right wrist injury. The Lakers are 21-9 at Staples Center this season, including 20-8 as the home team. The Clippers are 16-14 at Staples Center this year. The Lakers have beaten the Clippers six straight times as the home team.

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

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