Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Friday, November 18th
Game 2: Saturday, January 7th
Game 3: Friday, February 24th
Game 4: Sunday, April 9th

Lakers 112

(17-16, 10-8 away)

Clippers 109

(17-14, 10-5 home)

Coverage: FSPI

7:30 PM ET, January 7, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
LAL 29 21 28 34112
LAC 18 37 27 27109

Top Performers

LAL: K. Bryant 50 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

LAC: C. Mobley 36 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Bryant scores 50 on 17-of-41 shooting in Lakers win

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The time off must have done Kobe Bryant a lot of good.

Going on a scoring spree for the second night in a row, Bryant had 50 points Saturday night to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 112-109 victory over the Clippers.

That ran his total to 98 points in two nights -- he had 48 in the Lakers' win over Philadelphia in his first game back from a two-game suspension.

He scored 40 second-half points against the Clippers, including the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to rally the Lakers.

Bryant's fadeaway jumper in the lane with 12 seconds left put them up by one. Smush Parker intercepted Shaun Livingston's pass for Sam Cassell, and Parker's fast-break dunk with 4.4 seconds remaining gave the Lakers a three-point pad.

"I can't fully take credit for that last move," Bryant said of his go-ahead basket. "I stole it from Michael Vick, believe it or not. I knew they were going to run over to double with (Chris) Wilcox, so I picked up the blitz, threw a pump fake at the guy, got him up in the air and went around him."

Bryant's key shot in traffic came 13 seconds after Elton Brand's turnaround jumper from 7 feet put the Clippers in front 109-108.

The Clippers almost tied it at the end. Livingston drove inside before passing out to Cuttino Mobley in the left corner, but Mobley couldn't get off his 3-pointer before time expired. The shot went in.

Brand said the Clippers should have played more aggressive defense against Bryant.

"We needed to trap a little more and get the ball out of his hands," Brand said. "That's what we did in the fourth quarter and the end, and that's when we caught up."

Bryant hadn't played for eight days until the game against the 76ers. He was suspended without pay for two games for elbowing Memphis' Mike Miller in the throat during the Lakers' 100-99 overtime loss on Dec. 30.

He had lots of energy in the second half against the Clippers.

"I saw that they kept switching players on me, and I could sense fear in the first player that was guarding me," Bryant said. "Once I started turning it up, they switched and brought another player there, and I wanted to take him to that breaking point, and the next one.

"My thing is, no matter who's guarding me, I believe that you're going to crack before I will. I'm just going to keep on pushing at you until you give in."

The Clippers had won their last three games against the Lakers, who used to dominate them.

"I had a lot of people who are friends of mine calling me, saying, `You guys have to win the game because I'm going to have to hear all this blah, blah, blah," Bryant said. "So I'm getting it from all sides. I mean, I can't go to the (coffee shop) without people talking about it. So when that happens, you want to step up and have a good showing."

The Lakers trailed 78-65 late in the third quarter before beginning a 24-4 spurt to build an 89-82 lead on Bryant's scoring spurt in the first 1½ minutes of the fourth.

Mobley scored 36 points for the Clippers, and Brand had 28 points and 10 rebounds.

With the Lakers down by four to start the fourth quarter, Bryant hit a pair of 3-pointers, made a 20-footer, then added another trey.

The Lakers suddenly were ahead by seven, after the Clippers committed three turnovers in that short span.

Bryant, who went 7-for-7 from 3-point range against Philadelphia a night earlier, was 1-of-4 from beyond the arc in the first half and 2-of-12 from the floor.

But he found the range in the third quarter and scored 18 points. He finished the game 7-of-15 from 3-point range and 17-of-41 overall.

Game notes

Bryant has scored 50 or more points twice this season, including a 62-point game. He has scored 50 or more seven times in his career. ... Livingston said of the Clippers' final shot: "That play seemed like it ran fast. I thought 4.4 seconds was a lot of time, but it just ran down on us."

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 112 109
FGM-FGA 39-91 (.429) 40-78 (.513)
3PM-3PA 12-27 (.444) 3-5 (.600)
FTM-FTA 22-33 (.667) 26-31 (.839)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-41 9-36
Assists 22 23
Turnovers 8 11
Steals 5 1
Blocks 1 7
Fast Break Points 6 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 28 (0/0)
Largest Lead 12 13

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 50
Reb: 8
Ast: 8
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Cuttino Mobley Mobley
Points: 36
Reb: 3
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 1