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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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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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