Friday - Minnesota Timberwolves at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Lakers have beaten the Timberwolves 18 straight times, including three times this season. The Lakers have won against Minnesota 11 straight times at Staples Center.
Sunday - Utah Jazz at Lakers (6:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Lakers have beaten Utah at home in 10 of their last 11 matchups and 18 of their last 21 during the regular season. Including the playoffs, the Lakers have won 18 of their last 19 and 26 of their last 29 home games against Utah.
The win was the second in as many nights for the Lakers (27-16), who improved to 9-14 on the road this season. Pau Gasol also had a double-double for Los Angeles, who shot 45.1% from the field and made 28 of their 35 free thows in the game.
Jarrett Jack scored 31 points to lead the Hornets (10-33), who shot 51.8% from the field on the night. Chris Kaman added 21 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which has lost two straight games.
The Lakers return home to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, and play 10 of their next 13 games at Staples Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers visited the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Early on, the Lakers played very sloppy basketball and looked like they would be headed to yet another road loss, but they rallied late and forced two overtime periods. A slew of missed Memphis shots in double overtime allowed the Lakers to pick up their third straight win by a final score of 116-111.
The turnover woes for Los Angeles continued into the first overtime, as the Lakers had ample opportunity to either pull away or win outright. The Lakers got the ball in the final seconds and Bryant tried for a fadeaway jumped as time expired. The ball hit the front of the rim and the game headed to a second overtime.
The Grizzlies had plenty of chances to take the lead in the second overtime, but opted instead for a string of missed three-pointers. Bryant went to the line with 38.8 seconds remaining and dropped in both of his free throw attempts to put the Lakers up, 114-111. Memphis missed another pair of three-pointers and Andrew Bynum sank both free throw attempts at 22.4 left to seal the win.
The Lakers had a massive 18 turnovers in the game, but still picked up the win. Bynum led all scorers with 37 points, getting the double-double with 16 rebounds. Bryant put up 34 points, with five rebounds and eight assists.
The Los Angeles Lakers are visiting the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The game was almost entirely Grizzlies until the final few minutes. A huge third period for Memphis seemed to bode ill for the Lakers, but the game is now headed into overtime with the score tied, 97-97.
A late scoring run by the Lakers managed to get the Lakers close. They pulled ahead in the closing seconds, but the Grizzlies were able to tie it once again. A Memphis shot at the buzzer clanged off the rim and the game headed into overtime.
The Los Angeles Lakers are visiting the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Through the first half, both teams are already nearly out of fouls in a hard-fought, back-and-forth affair. Although things have been hectic, the Grizzlies have led for most of the game and the road woes for the Lakers threaten to continue. Through the first half, Memphis leads by a score of 52-51.
The Lakers caught fire late and tied up the game on a pair of Metta World Peace free throws. The Grizzlies went ahead again on a three-pointer, but Kobe Bryant brought the crowd to its feet and the Lakers within one point with a monstrous dunk in the final seconds of the half.
A bit of history has been made in this game, as Derek Fisher has scored his 10,000th career point.
Play has been sloppy on both sides of the ball, but both teams are missing their share of shots. The difference so far is turnovers: the Lakers have turned the ball over 10 times, compared to just three for the Grizzlies.
Andrew Bynum has by far been the most consistent player for Los Angeles in the first half, getting underneath the basket, grabbing rebounds and making baskets. Bynum has 18 points and six rebounds through the first half. On the Memphis side, Marc Gasol has 12 points and seven rebounds.