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Bulls Stun Lakers On Derrick Rose’s Game-Winner

February 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Derrick Rose scored 22 points and hit a short go-ahead jumper with 4.8 seconds to play, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final four minutes for an 88-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Luol Deng scored 21 points and blocked Kobe Bryant’s short shot right before the buzzer as the Bulls hung on for a thrilling finish to both clubs’ first Christmas meeting. Bryant scored 28 points and committed eight turnovers while playing with a torn wrist ligament for the Lakers, who nearly shook off their tumultuous preseason for a surprising win. Instead, Los Angeles was outscored 17-5 in the final 3:36. Deng scored nine points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, including a three-point play and two free throws in the final 45 seconds as Chicago snapped a five-game road losing streak against the Lakers. Carlos Boozer had 15 points for the Bulls, who have designs on a championship run after leading the NBA with 62 regular-season victories last season. Chicago struggled mightily against Brown’s new defensive schemes for the Lakers in the second half, managing just 25 percent shooting (12 for 48) – but Rose and Deng bailed out the Bulls. Bryant couldn’t finish strong in his NBA-record 14th Christmas Day appearance for the Lakers, who had an 11-point lead with 3:45 to play before Chicago pulled within 87-86 on Deng’s free throws with 20.4 seconds left. Bryant wore a compression sleeve on his right arm while playing without a brace on his right wrist after getting hurt last week. He appeared to have trouble handling the ball, but displayed a fairly smooth jump shot and his usual superb footwork. Pau Gasol added 14 points for the Lakers, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter while committing four fouls. Los Angeles also played without suspended center Andrew Bynum and departed sixth man Lamar Odom in the debut of coach Mike Brown, who replaced 11-time champion Phil Jackson. Chicago finally awoke after Los Angeles pushed its fourth-quarter lead to 82-71 with 3:45 to play. The Bulls’ 10-3 run was abetted by four straight missed free throws by the Lakers before Bryant hit a short fadeaway with 54 seconds left. Deng’s three-point play trimmed the lead to 87-84, and Bryant fouled Deng after missing his own shot on the Lakers’ possession. Rose opened his first season as the reigning MVP by taking just five shots in the first half before taking charge late. The youngest MVP in league history also got a five-year, $94 million contract extension four days ago. The Lakers’ 13th straight Christmas appearance was the second straight for the Bulls, who returned to the holiday slate last season for the first time since the last of Michael Jordan’s six championship campaigns in 1997. While the Bulls remained cohesive and consistent in the offseason, nobody knows what to expect from the 16-time champion Lakers after their tumultuous offseason. Brown said he only installed about a third of his defense-based system during the truncated training camp, and he had to make further changes when the club abruptly traded Odom to Dallas no players in return after failing to acquire Chris Paul from New Orleans. The Staples Center crowd murmured quizzically when Los Angeles announced a starting lineup including second-year pro Devin Ebanks and newcomer Josh McRoberts, who’s filling in while Bynum sits out four games for bad behavior in the Mavericks’ Game 4 sweep of the Lakers in the second round last spring. Both teams gave away small leads in the first half, but Rose’s 3-pointer kick-started a 9-2 run in the final 1:07, and he put the Bulls up 56-47 at halftime with assists on Deng’s 3-pointer and three-point play in the final seconds. Los Angeles began the second half with an 18-7 run, clicking on both ends while claiming a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. NOTES: Bryant’s 14th Christmas game in his 16 NBA seasons surpassed the record jointly held by Earl Monroe, Dolph Schayes and Shaquille O’Neal. … Richard Hamilton scored six points in his first start for the Bulls, who signed the veteran shooter 11 days earlier. … Veteran Lakers Matt Barnes, Luke Walton and Jason Kapono didn’t get into the game. … Fans near courtside included Kanye West, Adam Levine, Terrell Owens, Frank Robinson and Maria Shriver. See original here: Bulls Stun Lakers On Derrick Rose’s Game-Winner

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Lakers and Ducks Get Lopsided Yet Ho-Hum Wins

February 1, 2012
Lakers and Ducks Get Lopsided Yet Ho-Hum Wins

After a night where two of the three best teams in the NBA Western Conference matched up and featured a ferocious dunk, somehow Tuesday night was a bit of a breather on the excitement meter in Southern California. Hell, only the last two championship winning teams in Southern California played. more › Read this article: Lakers and Ducks Get Lopsided Yet Ho-Hum Wins

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Mr. Big Shot Leads Clippers Past Nuggets In Homecoming Game

January 30, 2012

DENVER — Chauncey Billups’ homecoming couldn’t have gone better. He scored a season-high 32 points and drew a crucial foul in the waning seconds to help seal the Los Angeles Clippers’ 109-105 victory that snapped the Denver Nuggets’ six-game winning streak Sunday night. It was Billups’ first game at the Pepsi Center since the Nuggets included him in the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster trade nearly a year ago. Billups received a rousing ovation during introductions, and some highlights of his days with the Nuggets were shown on the overhead scoreboards. The Denver native was enthusiastically introduced as “still the King of Park Hill.” Those cheers turned to groans when Billups scored a dozen points in the first quarter and swished a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter, reminding the Nuggets and their fans of what they’d lost. He saved his best play for the fourth quarter. The only visitor who got a louder ovation was Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, sitting courtside. The Nuggets opened a 10-point lead early in the fourth but the Clippers used a 10-0 run to tie it at 87 with 8 1/2 minutes to go and it was close the rest of the way. Just when the Nuggets started to pull away, going up five, Billups took over as he had so many times in this building. His sixth 3-pointer tied it at 99, and his three-point play finished off an 8-0 spurt gave the Clippers a 102-99 lead with 2:37 left. The Nuggets regained the lead 105-104 on Nene’s dunk with 47 seconds remaining after Andre Miller’s steal of Chris Paul’s poor pass. But Paul’s two free throws gave Los Angeles the lead for good with 36 seconds left. DeAndre Jordan hit one of two free throws with 23 seconds left to give the Clippers a 107-105 lead, and after a timeout, Nene, who led the Nuggets with 18 points, pushed off against Billups, drawing the offensive foul with 18 seconds remaining. Paul sank two free throws to push the Clippers’ cushion to 109-105 with 17 seconds left, and the Nuggets weren’t able to recover. Paul finished with 25 points, and Blake Griffin added 17. Billups had 15 points at the half and really got hot in the third quarter, sinking three straight 3-pointers, including one with Rudy Fernandez all over him that capped a stretch of five straight 3s for the Clippers, the other two coming from Paul. The Nuggets took an 83-77 lead into the fourth quarter after Fernandez’s astonishing tip-in at the third-quarter buzzer. Corey Brewer’s desperation heave was off-target and Fernandez cut through the lane and with his left hand tipped the ball off the glass and through the hoop as the buzzer sounded and the backboard lit up. Billups spent 2 1/2 years in his second stint with the Nuggets, instantly turned a middling Denver team into a contender when he came over from Detroit for Allen Iverson in 2008. He guided the Nuggets to a franchise-best 54 wins and the Western Conference finals that year. “I’ve told the story that if we don’t make the Chauncey trade, I don’t think I’m here right now,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “We were playing very ordinary basketball. Then we made the trade and we went from ordinary to good pretty quick. I remember when (former Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien) called and said the trade was done, I was downstairs in my house and I actually think I got down on my knees and thanked God.” Conversely, Karl nearly cried 11 months ago when Billups, who starred at the University of Colorado, got caught up in Anthony’s trade demand and was included in the 13-player, three-way deal on Feb. 22, 2011, that sent him to New York. “I think Chauncey’s a winner and he’s one of the best winners of all-time,” Karl said. “He has great skills but he also has a great head. … I think everybody knows it was a sad day when we had to part with him. I mean, it was hard on everybody.” Billups included. He landed in Los Angeles this season when the Knicks invoked the amnesty clause that’s part of the new collective bargaining agreement and cut him without having to count his $14.5 million salary against their cap. Claimed by the Clippers, Billups briefly contemplated retirement but then decided to play a 15th NBA season, and as he showed Sunday night, he’s still at the top of his game. He’s a big part of Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro’s star-studded veteran cast that includes Griffin, Paul, Mo Williams and Caron Butler that’s speeding the learning curve for younger teammates while also stealing the buzz from Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in Los Angeles. Billups’ departure led to more playing time for Ty Lawson in Denver, and he was slated to start Sunday night after missing time with a sprained left ankle, but he was a late scratch. That scuttled some of Karl’s plans to play fast against the Clippers, getting the Nuggets into the open court more. Notes: Karl said he reminded his team that of its six previous wins, only one came against a winning team, “and 16 of our next 18 are against winning teams, so we will know a lot more come March 1 than we know right now.” … Billups said he’s trying to get former Denver teammate Kenyon Martin to join the Clippers after his Chinese team ends its season. Follow this link: Mr. Big Shot Leads Clippers Past Nuggets In Homecoming Game

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Lakers forward Metta World Peace on improved play

January 27, 2012
Lakers forward Metta World Peace on improved play

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Metta World Peace

January 27, 2012
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Metta World Peace

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Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock on playing at point guard

January 27, 2012

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Lakers Coach Mike Brown on Andrew Goudelock’s improved play

January 27, 2012
Lakers Coach Mike Brown on Andrew Goudelock’s improved play

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Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock on playing at backup point guard

January 27, 2012
Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock on playing at backup point guard

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Chris Paul is incensed that Pau Gasol touched his head

January 26, 2012
Chris Paul is incensed that Pau Gasol touched his head

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Lakers forward Pau Gasol on Chris Paul

January 26, 2012
Lakers forward Pau Gasol on Chris Paul

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