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Lakers Win Consecutive Games for First Time This Year

Lakers Win Consecutive Games for First Time This Year

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- For the first time in the 2014-15 season, the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games with a 98-92 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant led the way with 29 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Lakers (3-9).

"Look, we had a bad start," Bryant said. "Are we a 3-9 team? No. We're a much better team than that. We got off to a really bad start, but we'll (get better)."

Trailing by four with less than a minute to play, Los Angeles used a 7-1 run to take a 94-92 lead and pick up the victory. Nick Young scored 16 points in just his second game of the season, scoring 17 in Tuesday night's win. Young added a pair of free throws late to seal the win.

The Rockets (9-3) were playing without center Dwight Howard who missed the game with a knee injury. James Harden paced Houston with 24 points while three other players scored in double figures. Despite shooting 15-of-38 from beyond the arc, the Rockets turned the ball over 17 times and were out-rebounded 47-38 in the loss.

It was the first meeting between the Western Conference foes after Houston's opening night win in Los Angeles. That contest featured a small spat between Howard and Bryant, heightening the drama going into Wednesday's game. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: San Antonio Spurs 92 (7-4) – Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (5-5)

Indiana Pacers 88 (5-7) – Charlotte Hornets 86 (4-8)

Los Angeles Clippers 114 (6-4) – Orlando Magic 90 (5-8)

Boston Celtics 101 (4-6) – Philadelphia 76ers 90 (0-11)

Dallas Mavericks 105 (9-3) – Washington Wizards 102 (7-3)

Phoenix Suns 88 (7-5) – Detroit Pistons 86 (3-9)

Toronto Raptors 96 (9-2) – Memphis Grizzlies 92 (10-2)

Minnesota Timberwolves 115 (3-7) – New York Knicks 99 (3-10)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: Creighton 65 (3-0) – (18) Oklahoma 63 (1-1)

NHL: New York Rangers 2 (7-7-4; 18pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 0 (7-7-2; 16pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 114 (2-9) – Atlanta Hawks 109 (5-5)

Milwaukee Bucks 117 (6-5) – New York Knicks 113 (3-9)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (4) Duke 81 (3-0) – (19) Michigan State 71 (1-1)

(9) Virginia 75 (3-0) – South Carolina State 55 (0-3)

(11) Wichita State 71 (2-0) – Memphis 56 (0-1)

(15) VCU 87 (2-0) – Toledo 78 (1-1)

(16) San Diego State 53 (2-0) – (25) Utah 49 (1-1)

(20) Ohio State 74 (2-0) – Marquette 63 (1-1)

(21) Nebraska 82 (2-0) – Central Arkansas 56 (0-3)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 5 (9-4-5; 23pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 0 (6-11-1; 13pts)

Boston Bruins 2 (12-8-0; 24pts) – St. Louis Blues 0 (12-5-1; 25pts)

New York Islanders 5 (12-6-0; 24pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (13-5-2; 28pts)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (5-13-2; 12pts) – San Jose Sharks 1 (10-9-2; 22pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (13-3-1; 27pts) – Montreal Canadiens 0 (14-5-1; 29pts)

Nashville Predators 9 (12-4-2; 26pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (9-8-2; 20pts) 

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Lakers Forward Kelly Tears Hamstring

Lakers Forward Kelly Tears Hamstring

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers continue to receive bad news in 2014.

Forward Ryan Kelly tore his hamstring in Sunday night's loss to the Golden State Warriors.  Kelly is expected to miss at least six weeks.

The 2014 season has started about as poorly as it could.  The team currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 1-9 record.

The Lakers also lost first round selection Julius Randle for the season on opening night when he broke his right tibia.

Kelly is averaging 3.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 8.2 minutes this season. 

 

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Lakers Pick Up First Win of the Season

Lakers Pick Up First Win of the Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LOS ANGELES) -- The wait is finally over. The Los Angeles Lakers won their first game of the season on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Lakers had been 0-5, the worst start in the team's Kobe Bryant-era. The team also avoided losing six straight to open a season for the first time since 1957-58, when the team played in Minneapolis.

"We got to start somewhere," Bryant said after the win.

Bryant and Jeremy Lin led the way for the Lakers as they each scored 21 points. Carlos Boozer also chipped in 16 points.

"Guys weren't just looking to get the ball to Kobe and step out of the way," Lakers head coach Byron Scott said of the win. "I talked to Jeremy before the game about being more assertive on both ends of the floor."

After their win on Sunday, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves as the only winless team left in the NBA. On Sunday, they lost to the Toronto Raptors and fell to 0-7 in the season.

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Byron Scott wants Lakers to Stop Deferring to Kobe Bryant so much

Byron Scott wants Lakers to Stop Deferring to Kobe Bryant so much

Chris Chamber/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Heading into Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is leading the NBA in scoring, but head coach Byron Scott wants the team to stop relying on him so heavily during the course of the game.

The 36-year-old Bryant, who's in his 19th NBA season, is averaging 27.6 points per game. Despite the scoring, Bryant is shooting only .402% from the field.

Also going against Bryant is that he's averaging 24.4 field goal attempts per game, which by far leads the NBA.

‘I know how great this guy is, but you guys have got to play basketball,'” Scott told the team after practice Thursday. “‘You can’t look at him every single time and try to give him the ball. You’ve got to take shots that are there. You can’t pass up shots."

“They can’t be afraid to fail,” Scott said of the team regarding playing with Bryant. “That’s the biggest thing. You’ve just got to be able to go out there and play.”

The Lakers and 76ers are the only team's in the NBA without a win this season.

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Lakers’ Julius Randle Breaks Leg

Lakers’ Julius Randle Breaks Leg

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle broke his leg midway through the fourth quarter in Tuesday night's 108-90 loss to the Rockets.

Team doctors said that Randle suffered a broken tibia and his return this season is in question.

"It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer," coach Byron Scott said. "I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down."

"I don't think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we're even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys," he continued.

"I just told him to stay strong," Scott added. "Adversity tests the true character of a man. This is some adversity that we're facing with a young guy being out, and obviously, it's something that he's facing. I feel for him. I feel extremely bad for him. He was kind of crying, and I just told him to stay strong and that it's going to make him a better basketball player."

Hall of Famer James Worthy, who was drafted by the Lakers in 1983 and suffered the same injury during his rookie season, gave some encouraging word to Randle.

"I had the same injury as @J30_RANDLE - he'll recover fine. #StayStrong," Worthy tweeted following Randle's injury.

The Lakers drafted Randle in the first round with the seventh pick this year.

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Steve Nash Open to Playing Beyond this Season

Steve Nash Open to Playing Beyond this Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Even though Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has had to battle to stay on the court in recent years, with one year left on his contract he's open to playing beyond the 2014-2015 season.

At 40 years old, Nash is the already the oldest player in the NBA. He appeared in just 15 games for the Lakers last season, and just 50 the season before that.

Nash was expected by many to retire once his current contract expires, but he left the door open for extending his career beyond this season.

“If I have a chance to play, it would have to be here. I’m not going to at this stage move somewhere else for a season and move my kids there,” Nash told the Los Angeles Daily News of the possibility of playing longer.

Nash is a two-time league MVP and is likely headed to the Hall of Fame one day. This past season, Nash averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists per game.

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Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers’ Steve Nash

Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers’ Steve Nash

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will suit up for his 19th NBA season in 2014-2015, and according to Nash, it will likely be his last.

"I think this is my last season. But I still love to play," Nash told reporters. "I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year."

The 40-year-old Nash is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when he does retire. He's a two-time NBA MVP during his time with the Phoenix Suns, and is also third in NBA history in assists. For his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.

Still, he's had a hard time staying on the court in recent years. He's missed 99 total games the past two seasons as he's battled various injuries.

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Lakers Introduce Byron Scott

Lakers Introduce Byron Scott

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former showtime era player and new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday.

Scott won three titles with the team from 1983 to '93 and played again during Kobe Bryant's rookie season.

"This has been a dream of mine for so long," Scott said. "It's a dream come true to be here sitting here talking to you guys today and be introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The passion and the love that I have for this organization is second to none. The only thing that I regret is that Dr. [Jerry] Buss isn't here today because he's somebody who showed a lot of love, a lot of confidence in me back in the day."

Scott even had the approval from Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes, who were in attendance during the press conference.

"We came here today to support our brother and our former teammate and champion Byron Scott and also we're here to support the Laker organization," Johnson said. "This is a great day for all the former Lakers as well as Lakers fans all over the world. We're just excited for what Byron will bring to the table and get back to playing Laker basketball. ... We wish we could put on a uniform for you and help you, but we're here supporting you and will support you throughout. Again, congrats to the Laker organization. You chose the right guy."

Scott received a four-year deal from the team and had been rumored to be named the next head coach for a couple weeks.

"I just want to thank him for his patience the last six or seven weeks," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I think it was clear, at least it was clear to us, that Byron was always our first choice."

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Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been almost three months since the Los Angeles Lakers have had a head coach. On Friday, the team reportedly offered the job to Byron Scott and are currently negotiating terms of a contract.

League sources said that a verbal offer was made to Scott after he spoke with Lakers owner Jim Buss on Thursday night. 

Scott played for the Lakers from 1983-1993 and again in 1996-97 season, winning three NBA Championships while playing with Magic Johnson. In more than 13 seasons as a head coach, Scott has roamed the sidelines with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was hired in 2010 by the Cavaliers just days before LeBron James left for Miami and spent the last four seasons in Cleveland.

Superstar Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996, gave his endorsement of the hiring. The Lakers have not had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned back in April. Scott becomes the fourth head coach for Los Angeles since 2011.

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Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Even though he'll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.

"I'm not trying to relive that banner season," Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. "I think that's been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that's very important for me as a player. I'm not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I'm not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever."

In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.

Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team's point guard position.

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Michael Cooper Diagnosed with Cancer

Michael Cooper Diagnosed with Cancer

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Dream head coach and former Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer. Cooper has taken a leave of absence from the team and will have surgery this week, the Dream said on Monday.

Assistant coach Karleen Thompson will fill in for the 58-year-old, who is expected to miss two weeks. Cooper will have surgery at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and is expected to make a full recovery.

"I'm fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection," said Cooper. "I know the team will be in good hands with Coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon."

Cooper won five NBA titles while playing for the Lakers during the "Showtime" era. He also won consecutive WNBA titles as the coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. This is Cooper's first season with the Dream, which currently holds a 15-6 record.

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Report: Bucks Plan on Claiming Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Report: Bucks Plan on Claiming Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to save salary cap space, The Los Angeles Lakers waived point guard Kendall Marshall with hopes of re-signing him. Instead, ESPN is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks will put a claim in on him and his rights will become the team's property.

Marshall started 45 games for the Lakers last season and resurrected his career after he spent time in the NBA Developmental League after he was drafted 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns back in 2012.

The Lakers were hoping that no one would put in a claim on him, and would then re-sign him to a more team-friendly deal.

Even though he has trouble shooting the ball, Marshall has proved himself to be a more that reliable point guard at the NBA level.

In 54 games this past sesaon, Marshall averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists per game.

With the Bucks having rookie Jabari Parker and sophomore Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marshall will likely be counted on to be a distributor and lock down the point guard position.

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Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Lakers added to their wealth of big men on Thursday, claiming forward Carlos Boozer off amnesty waivers. The Lakers won a blind bid against nine teams, putting up $3.25 million to garner Boozer's rights, according to reports. 

"We're very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season," Mitch Kupchak, Lakers general manager, said in a news release.

Boozer was released via the amnesty clause by the Chicago Bulls just over a week ago, making it possible for Chicago to sign free agents Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls still must pay the remaining $13.6 million on his 2014-15 contract, but by utilizing the amnesty clause, the contract comes off the books for salary-cap and luxury-tax purposes.

Los Angeles has already signed a pair of power forwards, reaching agreements with both Ed Davis and Jordan Hill. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 76 contests for Chicago last season.

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Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paul Pierce will don new colors next season. On Saturday, the small forward signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with the Washington Wizards.

Pierce, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Brooklyn Nets, signed a contract that includes a player option for next summer. The Wizards went after Pierce once swingman Trevor Ariza signed a deal with the Houston Rockets.

The ten-time All-Atar averaged just 13.5 points per game, playing only 28 minutes per contest last year with the Nets. Pierce had also garnered interest from such teams as the Dallas Mavericks, Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers. 

Pierce, 36, joined Brooklyn as part of a mega-trade with the Boston Celtics that included Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.

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Pau Gasol Announces He’s Signing with the Bulls

Pau Gasol Announces He’s Signing with the Bulls

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- The free agent dominos have begun to fall in the NBA. Free agent forward/center Pau Gasol has announced via Twitter that he will sign with the Chicago Bulls.

"It hasn't been easy. After meditating it a lot I've chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career," Gasol Tweeted on Saturday.

The 34-year-old Gasol spent over six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped lead them to two NBA Championships.

Aside from top-tier guys like Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony, Gasol was one of the top names out there on the free agent market.

While he's struggled with durability issues the past couple seasons, he remains one of the better all-around big men and should mesh nicely with All-Star center Joakim Noah.

In 60 games for the Lakers this past season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game.

The Bulls have to decide by Wednesday whether nor not they will amnesty forward Carlos Boozer or find a trade destination for him so that they can fit Gasol's contract under the salary cap.

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ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Rockets traded guard Jeremy Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

The Rockets will receive cash and rights to an undisclosed overseas player.

According to ESPNDallas.com, the Rockets are also expected to match the Dallas Mavericks three-year, $46 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.

Meanwhile, the Lakers receive a 26-year-old Lin, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $14.9 million this season.

During his four NBA seasons, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

 

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Clippers Sign Farmar to Two-Year Deal

Clippers Sign Farmar to Two-Year Deal

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After backup point guard Darren Collison left for Sacramento, the Los Angeles Clippers only had to look across the street for his replacement. The Clippers have snagged Jordan Farmar from the Los Angeles Lakers, signing him to a two-year deal.

The deal is worth a reported 4.2 million with a player option for the second season. The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the signing. Teams cannot officially sign until the NBA's moratorium is lifted on July 10. 

"[The Clippers] came the hardest basketball-wise; it's probably the best situation out there for me," Farmar said in an interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com. "I turned down more money elsewhere. I get to stay home in L.A. and play for a contender, which is important to me."

Farmar averaged 10.1 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.5 rebounds in 2013-14 for the Lakers after spending a year in Turkey. The 27-year-old battled through multiple injuries, missing 41 games.

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Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Thursday was a busy day for one of the NBA's most sought after free agents. After spending two hours meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony also spent time with his most recent team in the New York Knicks.

Anthony sat down with members of both team's leadership and discussed possible terms of contracts as he enters his first ever free agency period. The Lakers contingent was reportedly to include star Kobe Bryant, but the small forward was unable to get back to California in time following a family vacation in Europe. Bryant did say he planned to met with Anthony later in the day.

Following a two and a half hour meeting, Los Angeles told the small forward they would be willing to offer him maximum contract worth $96 million over four years. If Anthony chose to stay with the Knicks, he could garner a five-year deal with a $129 million price tag. New York reiterated to Anthony that he would be given such a contract if he chose to stay.

Anthony has also met with Chicago, Dallas, and Houston during this free agency period. 

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