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Dream Team Holds Off Spain, 107-100

US men's basketball outlasts dogged underdogs

(Newser) - Kevin Durant scored 30 points, LeBron James added 19, and the US men's basketball team defended its Olympic title, holding off stubborn Spain 107-100 today for the gold medal—just as the Americans did in 2008. Kobe Bryant added 17 for the US, which only led by one point... More »

Lakers Thump Spurs, Take 2-0 Series Lead

LA never trails against defending champs in 30-point victory

(Newser) - No comeback required for the Lakers on Friday, as they scored the final nine points of the first half and never looked back in a 101-71 thrashing of defending champion San Antonio, reports AP. Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and Lamar Odom added 20 points and 12 rebounds as LA... More »

Lakers Take Game One

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant, celebrating what is expected to be his first NBA MVP award, did just enough to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to another postseason victory. Bryant had 38 points, six rebounds and seven assists yesterday, as the Lakers made it five straight playoff wins by beating the Utah Jazz... More »

Gasol Leads Lakers Past Nuggets

Spaniard's 36-point effort helps LA beat Denver in Game 1

(Newser) - Pau Gasol finally discovered how it feels to be on the winning side in a postseason game. The 7-foot Spaniard had a whole lot to do with his first victory. Gasol established playoff highs with 36 points and eight assists and had 16 rebounds as well Sunday as the Los... More »

Lakers Beat Kings, Win Conference Title

Gasol, MVP candidate Kobe team to beat up on shorthanded Sac

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers began the season in chaos 5 1/2 months ago. They finished it as the Western Conference champions. Pau Gasol had 22 points, leading MVP candidate Kobe Bryant added 20, and the Lakers beat the short-handed Sacramento Kings 124-101 Tuesday night to clinch the No. 1... More »

Bryant, Lakers Rout Spurs 106-85

Los Angeles clinches No. 2 spot in the Western Conference

(Newser) - Most Valuable Player candidate Kobe Bryant had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Lakers routed the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 106-85 for their seventh win in eight games. The Lakers (56-25), who clinched the Pacific Division championship Friday, assured... More »

Kobe Leads Lakers Past Kings

Bryant scores 29 points in win

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, while Vladimir Radmanovic matched his season high with 21, as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings  last night, 114-92. Radmanovic hit five 3-pointers and tied his career high with 14 rebounds. Pau Gasol added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who... More »

Odom Helps Lakers Clinch Playoff Spot

Season-high 31 points keys 112-108 victory over Mavericks

(Newser) - Lamar Odom scored a season-high 31 points, Kobe Bryant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched a playoff berth Friday night with a 112-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Pau Gasol had 25 points and seven assists for the Lakers, and Odom grabbed 10 rebounds. More »

Kobe Nets 52 as LA Corrals Mavs

Lakers star tops 50-point mark for 22nd time

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant scored the Lakers' last 14 points in the fourth quarter and totaled 52 points on the afternoon as LA topped Dallas in overtime, 108-104. The Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 30 points, sent the game to the extra session by hitting a 3-pointer with two seconds left but... More »

Bryant Gets Boot in Sonics' Loss

Star can't stop arguing with ref, but team doesn't suffer

(Newser) - Seattle never had a chance to get close to the Lakers in last night's 111-91 loss, not even once Kobe Bryant had left the game on his second technical foul. Bryant had pulled together 21 points and 10 assists when he got the first whistle in the third quarter for... More »

Nuggets Blow 23-Point Lead Over Bucks

Jazz hold back Hawks' surge, Clippers never threaten Lakers

(Newser) - Denver seemed in good position to defeat Milwaukee with a 23-point lead, but the team "ran out of gas," as coach George Karl explained. The Bucks took advantage of 22 second-chance points and a season-high 42 from Michael Redd to surge to a 115-109 win, the Denver Post... More »

Spurs Snag Thomas from Sonics

Trade aims at making San Antonio bigger inside

(Newser) - Shortly after the Suns and Lakers each made high-profile trades for big inside men, the San Antonio Spurs moved to follow suit, picking up veteran center Kurt Thomas from the Seattle SuperSonics. In return, the Spurs send under-utilized Francisco Elson and frequently injured Brent Barry, along with a 2009 first-round... More »

Lakers Fell Shaq in Suns Debut

Though the big man holds his own in Phoenix debut

(Newser) - Despite being on the wrong end of a 130-124 finale, the "Big Cactus" proved his worth in his debut with Phoenix against the Lakers last night, the Arizona Republic reports. Shaquille O'Neal had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who are now locked in a first-place tie... More »

Hawks Welcome Bibby With Sloppy Loss

Kings break down Blazers, Grizzlies fall just short of Sonics

(Newser) - Mike Bibby proved not to be the panacea that Atlanta was hoping for—at least not yet—as his old rivals the Lakers trounced the Hawks 122-93. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol each put up 23 points for Los Angeles, while Bibby's five points and three assists came on 16... More »

Lakers Top Bobcats, Extend Their Road Roll

Bryant, Gasol combine for 57 in team's third straight victory

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant, playing with an extra spring in his step since the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol, scored 31 points as LA improved to 6-2 on a season-long road trip with a 106-97 win at Charlotte. However, for the second straight night, LA couldn't hold a big lead against a far... More »

Kobe, Lakers Defeat Wade, Hapless Heat

Shawn Marion's debut can't turn fortunes of struggling '06 champs

(Newser) - Shawn Marion was in the lineup for Miami today, but in the end, the result was the same. This time it was 104-94 against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, the Heat's 22nd loss in 23 games, reports AP. Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and Lamar Odom was strong on the... More »

Ka-Pau! Gasol KO's Nets in Lakers Debut

Spaniard scores 24 as LA and NJ head in opposite directions

(Newser) - Pau Gasol did not disappoint in his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. The seven-foot Spaniard scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds as Los Angeles beat the New Jersey Nets 105-90, reports the Associated Press. Kobe Bryant scored a season-low six points but had eight assists... More »

Kobe, Lakers Soar Past Washington

Hot shooting leads LA past an uninspired Washington squad

(Newser) - Technically, the Lakers were playing a road game at Washington, but it was hard to tell at times, as Kobe Bryant heard lots cheers while pouring in 19 points during the first quarter of his team's 103-91 victory. In all, the superstar finished with 30 while Lamar Odom and Vladimir... More »

Lakers Make a Big Move for Big Man Gasol

Star Grizzlies player should help Kobe and injury-riddled LA

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant can't accuse the Lakers' management for not trying to build a supporting cast around him anymore. Today, they traded career disappointment and former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown to Memphis for Pau Gasol, a shining light on an otherwise disappointing Grizzlies team. Additional players, including Gasol's brother... More »

Grizzlies Fend Off Clippers in OT

Gay, Maggette score team highs in 125-120 Memphis victory

(Newser) - With the Clippers and Grizzlies looking at depleted rosters and coming off disheartening weeks, the stakes were high for both teams, reports the Commercial Appeal. Los Angeles (minus Chris Kaman) didn't lead at all during regulation, but went up by three in overtime before Memphis (less Paul Gasol and Damon... More »

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