Latest 2008–09 Los Angeles Lakers season Stories

2009-05-10 18:39:46

Aaron Brooks had 34 points Sunday and the Houston Rockets blasted off with a 29-point first quarter, going on beat the Los Angeles Lakers 99-87. Shane Battier scored 23 -- 12 of them in the opening quarter, which ended with the Rockets leading 29-16. The win pulled Houston into a 2-2 with the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.

2009-05-07 00:45:10

Kobe Bryant rescued Los Angeles with 40 points Wednesday, pushing the Lakers to an emotional 111-98 win over Houston that tied their playoff series 1-1. After suffering an unexpected setback in the series opener and then seeing Houston rally to a halftime tie on Wednesday, the Lakers faced a critical closing 24 minutes. Los Angeles was able to out-battle the Rockets in a physical second half, but the Lakers could not breathe easy until Bryant scored on a tip-in with 4 minutes to play for a...

2009-05-05 00:53:50

Yao Ming had 28 points and 10 rebounds Monday to lead Houston past the Los Angeles Lakers 100-92 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Yao went to the locker room briefly after injuring his knee in the fourth quarter but returned to action a few minutes later to hit a key jump shot and sink six free throws for the Rockets -- who used a 9-0 run in the fourth to take control of the game from the cold shooting Lakers. Ron Artest finished with 21 points and seven assists, Aaron...

2009-04-28 00:51:16

Kobe Bryant had 31 points Monday and the Los Angeles Lakers fought off a late rally to beat Utah 107-96 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals. Lamar Odom finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who eliminated the Jazz in five games.

2009-04-25 23:43:15

Kobe Bryant had 38 points Saturday to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-94 win over Utah and a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Bryant atoned for his 5-of-24 shooting performance in Thursday's 88-86 Game 3 setback, by sinking 16-of-24 shots in Saturday's contest. The Lakers bounced back from a 25-20 first period deficit to lead 60-53 at the half and a 12-2 run pushed their lead to 88-69 heading to the final 12 minutes. Pau Gasol scored 13 with 10 rebounds.

2009-04-15 01:17:34

Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 42 points Tuesday, pacing the Los Angeles Lakers to a 125-112 win over Utah to end the regular season for both clubs. The win confirmed that the Lakers and Jazz will face off in Round 1 of the playoffs and that Los Angeles will enjoy home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

2009-04-12 23:42:16

Andrew Bynum had 18 points and Kobe Bryant had 16 Sunday, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a slow start to rout Memphis 92-75. Pau Gasol finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Trevor Ariza scored 12 for the Lakers, who have won six of their last seven games -- and have only the longest shot of finishing with the best regular-season record in the NBA. To get the home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, LA (64-17) needs to win its regular-season finale Tuesday against Utah while...

2009-04-10 01:07:37

Kobe Bryant had 33 points Thursday and Andrew Bynum returned to action after missing 31 games to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past Denver 116-102. Bynum finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes, in his first game since recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him Jan. 31.

2009-04-08 00:19:19

Pau Gasol scored 26 points and Kobe Bryant added 22 Tuesday in the Los Angeles Lakers' 122-104 won over the Sacramento Kings. Lamar Odom added 15 for Los Angeles, which won its fourth consecutive game and tied Cleveland with a league-best 62 wins this season. The Lakers rallied after the Kings got off to a fast start.

2009-04-05 23:56:37

Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom had 18 points apiece and Odom had 10 rebounds Sunday to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Los Angeles Clippers 88-85. Pau Gasol had 14 points and nine rebounds for Lakers, who have won three straight and lead the Western Conference -- and have pulled within one game of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the best record in the NBA. Eric Gordon led the Clippers -- losers of five straight -- with 24 points.

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