Lakers Vs. Mavericks: Derek Fisher Game-Winner Ends Ugly Affair At Staples Center

The Lakers are 9-1 at home this season.

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Matt Barnes Flagrant Foul Rescinded By NBA

Matt Barnes seems to be one of those players who has the stigma of reputation to deal with. Barnes is known as one of the league's most physical intimidators, someone who gets in the head of opponents, and someone who sometimes can play plain nasty.

Barnes received a flagrant foul on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks for his actions here.

Matt Barnes Flagrant Foul on Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks vs Lakers 1/16/12 (via SportVidsHD)

But it turns out that punishment is premature. Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times has more on the story.

Lakers Coach Mike Brown announced the news at the Lakers' All-Access event Tuesday night, which featured several Laker players and Brown speaking on a panel at Staples Center emceed by Lakers' play-by-play announcer Bill Macdonald.

"I got an e-mail today from Stu Jackson," Brown said referring to the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations in charge of player discipline. "They downgraded Matt's flagrant 1 foul to just a foul yesterday. That was not a flagrant foul."

Barnes does seem to be a victim of circumstance here. His reputation precedes him here and makes him out to be someone capable of malicious intent. Perhaps in this case he was just undert he line when it came to committing a violent act.

Don't expect Barnes to back off either, as he's always played with a violent streak, and will always be someone who straddles the line between basketball and boxing on the court.

To discuss Barnes and the Lakers, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Rockets Game Recap: A Rare Win With So Few Points

To say that the Los Angeles Lakers won Monday night's contest at the Staples Center over the Dallas Mavericks seems like a stretch. More appropriately, the Lakers survived Monday night, an ugly game in which the Lakers threatened to score their fewest points in the shot clock era, and scored all of seven points in the third quarter. But thanks to Derek Fisher, the Lakers prevailed 73-70 for their ninth straight home win.

Fisher hit a game-winning three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left, breaking the tie and giving the Lakers the win. He scored nine points in the quarter and had two key steals that helped the Lakers take the lead. In the last 25 years, the Lakers have won just four games when scoring under 80 points, including the playoffs. Their record when scoring under 80 points since the 1985-1986 season is 4-47.

Fisher famously made a shot with 0.4 seconds left in Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference semifinals to beat San Antonio. That was one of the four under 80 wins by the Lakers, joining a 79-76 win over the Indiana Pacers on December 11, 1996, and a 72-71 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the first round in 2004.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Mavericks Final Score: Derek Fisher Three-Pointer Gives L.A. Ninth Straight Home Win, 73-70

It was an ugly night at Staples Center, but the result was just what the Los Angeles Lakers wanted. Derek Fisher hit a three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left, giving the Lakers a comeback win over the Dallas Mavericks 73-70 Monday night at Staples Center.

Fisher scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and had two steals in a stretch of about a minute midway through the fourth quarter to give the Lakers the lead. The Lakers were flirting with their franchise record for low points in a game in the shot clock era, of 70.

Andrew Bynum scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Kobe Bryant scored 14 points and dished out seven assists, snapping his string of 40-point games at four. The Lakers have won nine straight home games.

The Lakers scored all of seven points in the third quarter. Seven. In the quarter they made just three of 19 shots from the field. Yet they entered the fourth quarter only down five points as the Mavericks struggled as well, with just 51 points through three periods.

Dirk Nowtizki led Dallas with 21 points. Lamar Odom, in his first game back in Los Angeles since getting traded, was the only other Maverick in double figures with 10 points off the bench. Jason Terry scored seven points off the bench, including hitting a 14-foot jumper with 9.9 seconds left to tie the score, setting the stage for Fisher's heroics.

The Lakers shot 38.2% from the field, including one for 10 from three-point range, with Fisher's game winner the only made shot. Dallas shot 35.0% from the field, including four for 26 (15.4%) from three-point range.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Mavericks Game Score: Andrew Bynum Leads Lakers To 39-35 Halftime Lead

Andrew Bynum scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the first half, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 39-35 lead over the Dallas Mavericks at halftime at Staples Center. Both teams shot under 40% in a low-scoring first half Monday night.

Kobe Bryant, who leads the NBA in scoring this season and has averaged 38 points over his last eight games, including four straight contests with at least 40 points, didn't score for the first 19 minutes of the game, getting his first points on a breakaway dunk with 4:41 left in the second quarter. He ended the half with eight points, two rebounds, and two assists.

Dirk Nowitzki was similarly shutout, as he didn't score until nailing a jump shot with 6:29 remaining in the second quarter. Nowitzki ended the half with six points. Lamar Odom, who entered the game to an extended standing ovation in his first game back in Los Angeles since his trade to Dallas, lead the Mavericks with seven points off the bench. The Dallas bench outscored the Lakers reserves in the opening half, 18-6.

The Lakers held a 26-19 rebounding edge in the first half, and closed the half on a 14-5 run in the final six minutes to turn a five-point deficit into a four-point advantage. Pau Gasol added eight points and five rebounds for the Lakers.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Mavericks: Starting Lineups, Pregame News & Notes

The Dallas Mavericks come to Staples Center Monday night winners of five straight games, looking much more like the defending NBA champions than the team that began the season just 3-5. The Los Angeles Lakers have their playoff sweep still fresh in their minds and look for some tiny measure of revenge Monday night as they host the Mavericks at Staples Center. Here are some notes with the probable starting lineups:

Mavericks (8-5)

Point Guard - Jason Kidd: He is 13 for 35 (37.1%) on three-point shots this season, and one for six on two-point shots.

Shooting Guard - Delonte West: One of nine Mavericks averaging at least 19.6 minutes per game this season.

Small Forward - Shawn Marion: Had a season-high eight rebounds Saturday night against Sacramento despite playing only 21 minutes.

Power Forward - Dirk Nowitzki: Lowest scoring average of his previous 11 seasons: 21.8 points per game; this season: 17.7 points per contest.

Center - Brendan Haywood: Leads Dallas in rebounding at 6.1 rebounds per game.

Lakers (9-5)

Point Guard - Derek Fisher: Monday night will be Fisher's 510th consecutive game played, and 388th straight start.

Shooting Guard - Kobe Bryant: Is 280 points behind Shaquille O`Neal for fifth place in the NBA all-time scoring list.

Small Forward - Matt Barnes: Has made 24 of 26 free throws this season, ninth in the NBA at 92.3%.

Power Forward - Pau Gasol: Has six straight double-doubles

Center - Andrew Bynum: Is third in the NBA averaging 13.4 rebounds per game.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Mavericks: Game Time, TV Info, And More

The Los Angeles Lakers will look for their ninth consecutive home win Monday night as they round out the NBA's Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule with a battle against the Dallas Mavericks, the team that swept the Lakers out of the playoffs last season. Here are the relevant details of the game that will feature Lamar Odom's return to Los Angeles.

Records: Lakers (9-5), Mavericks (8-5)

Location: Staples Center, in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: TNT, with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller, and Craig Sager on the broadcast. In addition, TNT's "Inside the NBA" studio crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O`Neal are broadcasting live from Staples Center all day.

Offensive Efficiency: Lakers, 103.2 points per 100 possessions (12th in NBA); Mavericks, 101.8 (18th)

Defensive Efficiency: Mavericks, 96.8 (fourth); Lakers 98.9 (sixth)

Streak One: Kobe Bryant has scored 40 or more points in each of his last four games. The last time he had a longer streak was a five-game streak in March 2007.

Streak Two: Dallas comes to town on a five-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents by 19.8 points per contest.

Streak Three: The Lakers have won their last eight home games, with their only home loss coming on Christmas Day to the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers are 18-4 all-time in the regular season at Staples Center against the Mavericks.

Streak Four: The number of games it took Dallas to eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs last season, which is first and foremost on the minds of several Lakers.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Kobe Bryant Named Western Conference Player Of The Week For Second Straight Week

One week ago, Kobe Bryant won Western Conference Player of the Week by averaging 33 points per game as the Los Angeles Lakers won three of their four games. Last week, the Lakers went 3-1 again and Bryant upped his scoring average to a whopping 43 points per contest. As a result, Kobe was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

It is the 30th time Bryant has captured the weekly honor, the most in Lakers' franchise history, and fourth time he has won the honor in back-to-back weeks. Bryant also won back-to-back awards in weeks ending December 20 and 27, 2009, March 18 and 25, 2007, and December 18 and 25, 2005.

Bryant scored at least 40 points in all four games last week, which included wins over the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and Cleveland Cavaliers, and a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Bryant had more 40-point games last week than he had all of last season (three). Bryant averaged 43.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game during the week, while shooting 50.4% from the field and 89.6% from the free throw line, averaging 12 free throw attempts per game.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Mavericks Game Preview: Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom Highlight Monday's TNT Battle

The Los Angeles Lakers have revenge on their mind as they host the Dallas Mavericks, the team that decisively swept the Lakers out of the playoffs last season, Monday night at Staples Center. A few streaks are on the line as the Mavericks come to town with a five-game winning streak, and the Lakers look for their ninth straight home win.

Kobe Bryant has scored at least 40 points in each of his last four games, his longest such streak since a five-gamer in March 2007. Bryant, leading the NBA in scoring this season at 32.0 points per game, has had a few big games against Dallas in his career. There was the famous game on December 20, 2005 at Staples Center when Bryant scored 62 points in just three quarters, outscoring the Mavs 62-61. Kobe also scored 52 points on March 2, 2008 against Dallas.

This also marks the return of Lamar Odom to Los Angeles, his first trip back since getting traded to Dallas in the preseason for nothing but a trade exception. Odom has struggled so far with Dallas, shooting just 31.2% while averaging 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, while only playing 20 minutes per game.

The Lakers won two of the three regular season matchups with Dallas last season.

Monday night's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by TNT. For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Schedule 2012: Mavericks, Heat, Magic, Pacers Provide Tough Stretch For L.A.

The Los Angeles Lakers completed a second straight home-heavy week with a 3-1 record, including a scoring spree from Kobe Bryant that has seen him average 38 points per game over an eight-game stretch, including four straight games of 40 points or more. This week, however, the Lakers have a rough schedule ahead, including a pair of road games in Florida that will provide a tough test. Here is a look at the schedule for the week ahead for the Lakers.

Monday - Dallas Mavericks at Lakers, 7:30 p.m.: The Lakers have revenge on their mind, looking for some payback for their sweep in the second round at the hands of Dallas, but the Mavericks come into town a hot team. Dallas has won five straight games, and maybe on Monday we'll see if Lamar Odom has stopped pouting by now.

Thursday - Lakers at Miami Heat, 5 p.m.: The Heat may be without Dwyane Wade, who is dealing with foot and ankle problems, but facing LeBron James at home is never an easy battle.

Friday - Lakers at Orlando Magic, 5 p.m.: Call this a scouting trip if you will, as the Lakers will get a good look at Orlando center Dwight Howard while the Magic get to see Andrew Bynum up close.

Sunday - Indiana Pacers at Lakers, 6:30 p.m.: The Lakers end their week with a home battle against the frisky Pacers, who begin the week as the number two seed in the Eastern Conference.

After a long stretch with hard fought and close home wins against mediocre teams, the Lakers face a real test this week to find out just where they are at this season. The four teams they face this week have a combined record of 33-15 (.688).

For more Lakers news and notes, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Week In Review: Kobe Bryant Scores, Scores, And Scores Some More

Bryant averaged 43.0 points per game in four games for the week.

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