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Old 03-02-2007, 08:51 PM   #1
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Lakers Seek Their Fourth Straight Win; Host Kings
By MATT BECKER, STATS Writer
Posted Mar 2 2007 2:13PM
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Following a lengthy losing streak, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to have gotten back on track.

The Lakers look to win a fourth straight game for the first time in nearly two months when they host the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Since dropping six straight from Feb. 8-21 - the longest slide of Phil Jackson's 16-year coaching career - Los Angeles has won its last three games by an average of 17.0 points. The team has not won four in a row since Dec. 31-Jan. 7.

"We're getting there," Kobe Bryant said.

The Lakers further built their confidence with an impressive road win in their last game, beating the team that owns the league's fourth-best record overall and second-best at home.

Los Angeles hasn't played since that 102-94 victory over Utah on Monday, and the rest should help Bryant.

The MVP of last month's All-Star game missed the shootaround on Monday, spending most of the day sick in bed, but managed to score a game-high 35 points against the Jazz.

Bryant's back tightened up throughout the game, and he hit just 7-of-21 from the field, but made 21-of-24 free throws, including a franchise-record 14 in the second quarter.

Los Angeles also got help from Smush Parker, who added 24 points, and Lamar Odom, who had 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.

"We're starting to find some consistency in our offense and getting other people involved," Jackson said.

While the Lakers are getting more production from some role players, the key to their offense is the play of Bryant, who is averaging 33.0 points in his last three games. He averaged 28.2 points during the losing skid.

Bryant narrowly missed a triple-double in the Lakers' only game against the Kings this season, a 132-128 overtime victory on Jan. 4, as he finished with 42 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The nine-time All-Star has scored at least 30 points in four of five games against Sacramento since the start of last season, averaging 37.4 points and shooting 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from 3-point range.

Los Angeles has won two straight home games over the Kings, but has lost five of six overall at Staples Center after starting the season 19-4 at home.

Sacramento, meanwhile, has lost five of its last six road games, and is just 8-20 away from Arco Arena this season.

The Kings are coming off their best offensive performance of the season, though, setting season highs in field-goal shooting (62.7 percent) and points scored in a 135-120 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday.

With Ron Artest sidelined by a sore knee, Kevin Martin scored 36 points and Mike Bibby had 26 of his 30 in the second half to help Sacramento win for just the third time in nine games.

"Mike Bibby got hot and we looked pretty good," coach Eric Musselman said. "When Kevin Martin is doing what he's doing and Mike's doing what he's doing offensively, we're a pretty good basketball team."

Bibby scored a season-high 38 points in the first meeting with the Lakers, and in five games against them since the start of last season, he's averaged 28.4 points - his best against any opponent in that span.

Martin is averaging 31.3 points, 10.2 points better than his season average, over his last three games. He scored 21 points against Los Angeles in January.

The Kings and Lakers face each other twice more this season, including each team's regular-season finale on April 18.

2006-07 Stats at a Glance


Sacramento Kings
Record: 25 - 32 (.439)
Standings: Fifth, Pacific
At Home: 17 - 12
At Road: 8 - 20
Streak: W 1
Los Angeles Lakers
Record: 33 - 25 (.569)
Standings: Second, Pacific
At Home: 20 - 9
At Road: 13 - 16
Streak: W 3


Season
PPG: 100.7 Opp PPG: 101.1
FG%: .450 Opp FG%: .463
RPG: 39.5 Opp RPG: 43.2
Season
PPG: 103.4 Opp PPG: 101.8
FG%: .465 Opp FG%: .460
RPG: 41.1 Opp RPG: 41.9


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Player G PPG RPG APG
Martin, K 56 21.1 4.2 2.1
Artest, R 49 18.6 6.7 3.1
Bibby, M 57 16.9 3.2 5.2
Miller, B 42 9.8 6.7 3.8
Abdur-Rahim, S 55 9.8 5.1 1.5
Williamson, C 53 8.7 3.1 0.6
Salmons, J 54 8.4 3.7 3.1
Thomas, K 52 5.3 6.3 1.3
Garcia, F 54 4.6 2.0 0.7
Price, R 38 3.4 1.1 0.8
Hart, J 13 3.3 1.2 0.8
Douby, Q 34 2.3 0.7 0.2
Williams, J 11 2.1 2.5 0.0
Potapenko, V 2 0.0 0.5 0.0
Head Coach: Eric Musselman

Player G PPG RPG APG
Bryant, K 54 29.0 5.6 5.5
Odom, L 37 16.2 9.4 4.6
Parker, S 58 11.8 2.5 2.4
Walton, L 43 11.7 4.9 4.2
Brown, K 24 8.7 6.6 2.0
Evans, M 58 8.6 3.0 1.0
Bynum, A 58 8.4 6.5 1.3
Cook, B 47 7.0 3.3 1.2
Radmanovic, V 52 6.9 3.4 1.2
Farmar, J 55 5.1 1.6 2.0
Turiaf, R 50 4.8 3.3 0.9
Vujacic, S 51 4.3 1.3 0.7
McKie, A 4 1.5 1.5 1.0
Williams, S 14 1.4 0.9 0.8
Head Coach: Phil Jackson


Ron Artest will be sporting a brand new hairstyle...with Kings written on his head.
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Old 03-03-2007, 12:46 AM   #2
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that was a thing of beauty by the sacramento kings! ron artest isn't trying to do everything by himself, they're passing sharing the ball, making shots, and getting to the free throw line. very few turnovers, too, it's a lot easier to play defense when you're making shots. there is no sweeter sound than Boo's in LaLa land! nobody really from the kings dominated, everybody put in their share of production. big nasty would smash ronny turiaf. let's hope this continues and we don't see another breakdown collapse. this is beautiful to watch, love it as much as you can
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KINGS lead by 17 going into halftime. now that's what Kings basketball is all about.
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artests hair?

i feel a new avatar coming on...
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Old 03-03-2007, 02:27 AM   #5
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That win felt good, best win this year. Time to make the 8th seed and get sweep.
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Thanks for making the thread Targus. And it was nice to see Bibby out-dual Kobe.
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Old 03-03-2007, 02:39 AM   #7
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hell yeah! nothing better in this world than owning the los angeles lakers. this was just an end-to-end domination by the Sacramento Kings. we were the underdogs away from home but we weren't going to lay down and be the Queens they like to call us. the pick and rolls killed them all night long. Mike Bibby was unstoppable, Ron Artest did good, K-mart with his usual 20. just a great overall win tonight, this is a big one, and i think it will be the start of a...winning streak.

Great Games By:

Mike Bibby - Mike was simply his "Bibbilicous" best going back to his old days killing the Lakers. He was 5 of 9 from three point land and had 33 points to go along with 7 assists. 8 of 15 overall, But what I liked most about his game was that he was being aggresive a lot more, and he was also drawing fouls. this season, he's been avoiding driving inside but he did it a couple of times tonight.

The Backup Forwards: Corliss Williamson and Shareef Abdur Rahim were great tonight, combinging for 24 points on 9 of 15 shooting. They really hurt the Lakers inside and had 7 rebounds, too.

Why We Won:

FG%: Both teams shot a high 52% percent from the field, but Lakers hurt themselves by turning it over 19 times. Pretty much most of the shots the Kings took were good looks and they went in. During the lakers 3-game winning streak they've been playing good defense, but we dropped 116. btw, we shot 47% from three-range.

Sharing the basketball:
29 assists tells it all, they were passing it around, finding open people, and most importantly getting good shots by doing so.

Freethrow shooting: Unlike the last time we played the lakers where it costed us the game, tonight we made enough to seal it. 29 of 37 from the line and the lakers only took 21.
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so basically, this team has decided..**** defense we're just going to start outscoring teams in order to get to the playoffs. theyve been giving way over 100 but scoring way more, too. i like that idea, if we don't have the players to be a defensive team, don't force it.
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so basically, this team has decided..**** defense we're just going to start outscoring teams in order to get to the playoffs. theyve been giving way over 100 but scoring way more, too. i like that idea, if we don't have the players to be a defensive team, don't force it.


Honestly this is the reason why I like the idea of getting a PHX assistant as head coach(Marc Iavaroni). Really I think you can play defense and be a fast break team on offense if you have guys who play both ends of the floor. It'll be a challenge to get those type of players at the 4/5 for us though.
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so basically, this team has decided..**** defense we're just going to start outscoring teams in order to get to the playoffs. theyve been giving way over 100 but scoring way more, too. i like that idea, if we don't have the players to be a defensive team, don't force it.
Its about time. You can't have a defensive squad without atleast one shotblocker and one rugged rebounder. All the Kings have is a good perimeter defender in artest.

Its about time they started focusing on offense. Martin was playing with a sense of confidence I haven't seen from him all year. He was very aggressive and attacking; he even directed the action in a few plays in the 4th.

Muss made some horrible coaching decisions. For example, at the start of the 4 he had corliss taking out the ball with artest being the number 1 option and salmons as his safety at around half court. Since the lakers pressed, salmons came back but it was still 3 lakers guarding 2 Kings. Turnover! Just one question wtf was our PG? or atleast some help. 90% of teams press on the first play of the quarter especially the 4th. Weak decision.

Anyone find a pic of artest's head?
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btw, the only problem I had late in the game was that there was a period of 3 or 4 straight posessions where Mike Bibby, who was hot, did not even touch the basketball. in that time, the lakers cut the lead to eight.
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