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Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(MINNESOTA) -- In his 1,269th career game, Kobe Bryant took over the No. 3 spot on the all-time scoring list on Sunday.

Bryant passed Michael Jordan with a pair of free throws in the second quarter of their game against the Timberwolves.

Bryant moved into third place on the all-time list and trails Karl Malone (36,928 points), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points).

Following the free throws, the game was stopped so Bryant could exchange hugs and handshakes with his teammates and Minnesota's side of the court.

Bryant entered the game with 32,284 points and needed eight to tie Jordan.

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Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(MINNESOTA) -- In his 1,269th career game, Kobe Bryant took over the No. 3 spot on the all-time scoring list during their 100-94 win against Minnesota on Sunday.

Bryant passed Michael Jordan with a pair of free throws in the second quarter of their game against the Timberwolves.

"The most important thing to me I think is playing for that," Bryant said.

"Playing for respect of the greats and feeling like I'm a part of that culture."

Bryant moved into third place on the all-time list and trails Karl Malone (36,928 points), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points).

Following the free throws, the game was stopped so Bryant could exchange hugs and handshakes with his teammates and Minnesota's side of the court.

Bryant entered the game with 32,284 points and needed eight to tie Jordan.  He finished with 26.

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Young’s Late Three Helps Lakers Beat Spurs in OT

Young’s Late Three Helps Lakers Beat Spurs in OT

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young hit a monster three with 7.4 seconds remaining in overtime to help give the Lakers (7-16) a 112-110 win over San Antonio on Friday. Young finished with a game-high 29 points while Kobe Bryant added 22 points and nine rebounds.

"I'm so happy it ended up in my hands," Young said. "I wanted to shoot that bad, especially being on the floor watching Kobe and playing for the Lakers; nothing like those types of shots."

San Antonio (16-7) rallied from down 11 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime, but Young's shot was too much to overcome. With the shot clock about to expire, and Manu Ginobili in his face, Young let go a 30-foot prayer that found the net for a 112-110 lead. The Spurs had a chance to tie but Ginobili's three-point attempt was off the mark and time expired before another they could get another shot off.

"The last 3, Manu was everything but inside his jersey, and he had to adjust his shot in the air and kind of shoot around Manu's hands, and it goes in," Duncan said. "If you put a team in a situation like that, things like that can happen. We put the blame on ourselves for the 48, 50 minutes before it gets to that point."

The Spurs also had a chance to win it in regulation, holding possession with less than two seconds remaining. However, Duncan missed a 17-foot, turn-around jumper that forced the extra session. Duncan finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds for San Antonio.

Bryant's 22 points leaves him eight shy of tying Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 115 (14-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 106 (17-6)

Washington Wizards 104 (16-6) - Los Angeles Clippers 96 (16-6)

Atlanta Hawks 87 (16-6) - Orlando Magic 81 (9-16) 

New York Knicks 101 (5-20) - Boston Celtics 95 (7-14)

Brooklyn Nets 88 (9-12) - Philadelphia 76ers 70 (2-20)

Toronto Raptors 106 (17-6) - Indiana Pacers 94 (7-16) 

Memphis Grizzlies 113 (18-4) - Charlotte Hornets 107 (6-16) - Double Overtime

Oklahoma City Thunder 111 (10-13) - Minnesota Timberwolves 92 (5-17)

New Orleans Pelicans 119 (11-11) - Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (13-9) 

Detroit Pistons 105 (4-19) - Phoenix Suns 103 (12-12)

Miami Heat 100 (11-12) - Utah Jazz 95 (6-17)

Los Angeles Lakers 112 (7-16) - San Antonio Spurs 110 (16-7) - Overtime

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (19-6-3, 41pts) - Calgary Flames 1 (17-12-2, 36pts) 

Florida Panthers 3 (12-8-7, 31pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (17-6-7, 41pts)

Montreal Canadiens 6 (19-10-2, 40pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (15-10-5, 35pts)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (20-6-5, 45pts) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (7-18-5, 19pts)

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (14) Iowa State 90 (7-1) - Iowa 75 (8-3)

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Magic Johnson: ‘I Hope the Lakers Lose Every Game’

Magic Johnson: ‘I Hope the Lakers Lose Every Game’

Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should cash it in this season and hope for a high draft pick.

"I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson told reporters at a promotional event Tuesday in New York City. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. And I'm serious."

The Lakers are tied for the second worst record in the NBA and finished last year with a 27-55 record, which was the worst 82-game stretch in franchise history.

"I don't see teams tanking. It doesn't happen. Maybe there are certain teams in the league -- and this is not one of them -- where ownership sits up there in their office and they're crossing their fingers quietly and hoping," Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant said. "But the players themselves? Never. Players play. Players play and players try to win every single game. That's just what we do."

Lakers head coach Byron Scott played with Johnson and wasn't looking too much into those comments.

"It's more of a laughing matter to me than anything," Scott said. "I know Ervin and how competitive he is and I understand where he's coming from -- 'Yeah, lose every game and hopefully you'll get the No. 1 pick.' That doesn't guarantee that you're going to get the No. 1 pick. You go out here and try to win as much as you can to try to create that culture of winning again instead of having that loser's mentality. That's how I look at it."

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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Makes NBA History

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Makes NBA HistoryChris Graythen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The accolades continue to pour in for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. On Sunday, Bryant became the first player in NBA history to score over 30,000 points and have over 6,000 assists. Bryant recorded hi...

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Phoenix Suns 122 (8-5) - Philadelphia 76ers 96 (0-12) Orlando Magic 105 (6-8) - Charlotte Hornets 100 (4-9) Atlanta Hawks 99 (5-5) - Detroit Pistons 89 (3-9) Toronto Raptors 124 (10-2) - Milwaukee Bucks 83 (7-6) Me...

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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