LAKERS VS. KINGS GAME!!!!
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November 23rd, 2008 – by: mellemel8
GO LAKERS BEAT THE KINGS!!!!
I went to the laker game with one of my best friend, J and his daughter, C. We had premier seats, meaning we sat between the 100s and the sky boxes. We can order food and drinks without leaving your seats. We were sitting near the championship banners and retried jersey wall. We were in the corner at section 11. I love these seats. I can live with this. When I win the lotto, the top of the list would be courtside seats on every home game.
After the game, we walked towards the star plaza. Where Bill, Norm and Rick was commentating after the game, Norm Nixon and Rick Fox were both ex laker players. We took plenty of photos.
THIS IS FROM WWW.MASSLIVE.COM:
Lakers outlast Kings 118-108 to go 11-1
11/24/2008, 1:10 a.m. EST
The Associated Press
Double-digit scoring by eight Los Angeles Lakers camouflaged what nearly cost them a victory against the young and aggressive Sacramento Kings: sloppy ball handling and poor transition defense.
The Lakers committed 18 turnovers Sunday night, which the Kings converted into 30 points. But Kobe Bryant was good when he had to be, scoring 24 points and dishing out six assists to help the defending Western Conference champs beat the Kings 118-108 and improve the NBA's best record to 11-1.
"I thought we were poor, defensively," coach Phil Jackson said after watching Sacramento shoot 53.4 percent against his team despite a 4-for-20 showing from 3-point range.
"Offensively we were effective, although we turned the ball over an inordinate amount of times. They shot the ball well and had a lot of speed and penetration out of turnovers. They had 30 points off turnovers. It's tough to defend turnovers. I don't think we recovered well and transitioned well back to defense.
All five Lakers starters reached double figures in points by the third quarter, as they won for the fourth straight time since losing to Detroit at home. Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Pau Gasol chipped in with 16 points.
"I'm not happy with this win. We could have played much more solid defensively," Bryant said. "They did a good job getting out in transition. So from that aspect, we might have been a little worn down."
Despite their won-lost record, the Lakers have shot 50 percent or better from the field only three times in the first 12 games. They finished at 51.7 percent in this one.
Vladimir Radmanovic, wearing red tinted goggles after getting poked in his right eye during Friday night's win against Denver, made took only six shots and was 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
John Salmons led Sacramento with 24 points and reserve Bobby Brown added 21. Kevin Martin was sidelined for the eighth consecutive game with a sprained left ankle and Mikki Moore missed his fourth straight because of a sprained right ankle.
The Kings, who have lost five of six, used a starting lineup that included rookies Donte Greene and Jason Thompson, who has started every game since Martin's injury and scored 15 points against the Lakers.
"It's hard coming in here and playing the Lakers," Brown said. "They're 11-1 and they've got this momentum. We had some opportunities for fast breaks and we tried to use that to our advantage.
Trailing by as many as 19 points after Bynum's three-point play to open the fourth quarter, Sacramento went on a 21-6 run that narrowed the gap to 105-101 with 6:17 to play. Bobby Jackson helped fuel the rally with 10 points, including a three-point play that capped the rally.
"Our guys never quit. Sometimes they do not play that great, but they never quit," coach Reggie Theus said. "We have a tough game tomorrow (at Portland), and I was considering if I was going to rest my guys. But I talked to Brad (Miller) and the other guys, and there was no quitting."
Bryant, Gasol and point guard Derek Fisher returned to the game following the ensuing timeout, and the Kings got no closer.
"We started the fourth quarter OK, but we ran aground a little bit," Phil Jackson said. "We turned the ball over and didn't get back on defense. Sacramento ran themselves back into the game with their quick guards and their young talent But it was a good recovery by the starters. They went out and settled us down and got the game under control."
Miller, who missed the first five games of the season because of a suspension for violating the league's drug program, escaped a flagrant foul with 3:24 in the second quarter and Los Angeles leading 50-46. Lakers reserve forward Trevor Ariza drove to the basket past the 7-foot center, who wrapped his arm around Ariza's throat while he was in the air �" sending him crashing to the floor.
Referee Eddie F. Rush didn't agree with the sellout crowd of 18,997, who were still booing while Ariza made one of two free throws.
All nine players Jackson used in the first quarter scored. Sasha Vujacic got his first points on a buzzer-beating pull-up 3-pointer from the top of the arc for a 32-27 lead, after intercepting a pass by Brown at the other end and taking off on a 2-on-none break with Ariza.
Notes:@ It was the first time this season that all five Lakers starters scored in double figures. ... Jackson's best start as an NBA coach with only one loss was in 1996-97 when the Chicago Bulls came out of the gate 17-1 and won the second of three straight NBA titles. The previous season, the Bulls finished 72-10. ... Kings G Quincey Douby, who scored a career-high 32 points against the Lakers in the Kings' final game of last season, was the last player off the bench and was on the floor for less than 2 1/2 minutes.
AFTER THE GAME.....
Bill Macdonald Anchors “Lakers Live” From Star Plaza Alongside Analyst Norm Nixon; Rick Fox Returns for Select Shows
October 18 Tips it Off: First Lakers Pre-Season Game on Fox Sports WEST
Los Angeles �" Fox Sports WEST, the local destination for Los Angeles Lakers basketball, enters its 23rd season as telecast partner with a 35-home game telecast schedule. Two pre-season contests and 33 regular-season games air live from STAPLES Center on WEST.
“Lakers Live” pre- and post-game shows are hosted by Bill Macdonald with expert analysis from Norm Nixon. All season long, “Lakers Live” will air from Star Plaza outside the STAPLES Center and surround Lakers game telecasts on WEST. The half-hour shows provide team access, analysis and player/coach interviews. New this season, the Sunday pre-game editions of “Lakers Live” will be one-hour long and, following an entertaining and informative run on “Lakers Live” during the 2008 NBA Playoffs, former Laker Rick Fox returns for select shows.
Game telecasts feature Stu Lantz in his 22nd season as analyst and play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers in his fourth consecutive season.
Macdonald’s “Philosophy 101” segment airs in each WEST Lakers game telecast just prior to tip-off. “Philosophy 101” features Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson and provides a preview of what viewers and fans alike can expect to see from the purple and gold that evening.
Game telecasts are produced by Mark Shah. Doug Freeman returns to the director’s chair for all Lakers games on WEST.
Following the first Lakers pre-season telecast on October 18, WEST delivers “Lakers Season Preview Special”. The half hour program begins approximately at 10:00 PM.
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