A great start for the new year! The Lakers opened 2009 much like they closed 2008 — with a win.

The Lakers held the Jazz to only 42% shooting and won by 13 despite hitting only 3 of 17 threes. The Lakers took care of the ball with only 10 turnovers, but the difference came in the fourth when Ariza made clutch plays.

The Lakers need to find a way to become more consistent and holding onto 20 point leads.

Now, the bests of the night…

Top 3 Laker Performers -

1) As good as Kobe was, Ariza was the difference maker. 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals.

2) Kobe proved MVP worthy again. 40 points on 13-23 shooting, 7 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block.

3) Pau’s 21, 11, and 6 were just what the Lakers needed. Congrats on your 10K points!

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Luke sucked… again.

Play of the Game: Ariza’s steal and three point play!

What to Look for Next Game: Oden’s second game vs. Bynum!

Ticket Info: Blazers tickets are starting at $45 each for Sunday nights game. E-Mail me at Steve@AveryTickets.com or call 213-221-7681 and mention TLN.

Go Lakers!

  • lainok

    ah-ha first reply! luke, radman, and mihm for battier…perfect trade! looks like odom and sasha are playing to stay on the team, good for them. they know a dynasty when they see it.

  • RAZOR RAMON

    yes im second!

  • the antoine

    play of the game was pau’s fast break by far.. between the legs no look scoop pass after a rebound? ridiculous.. luke wasnt so bad.. had a couple assists and points when he was in.. vlad was the STD.. or sasha.. he was 0 for the year..

  • mamba818

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    agree with everything aha
    and luke doesn’t “suck” our record is better with him in the starting lineup then without thats not just a coincidence dont judge someone by stats.

  • as1084

    good game by the lakers! off topic but should make lakers fans happy….looks like marbury is heading to boston if he gets bought out! haha! he is going to f up there team!

  • e

    kobe is mvp…

    and luke was fine…sasha or radman..i like sasha’s intensity on defense and radman didnt really hurt or help us…so…lets just give it to smush, for old times sake

  • imfasterthanur

    Pau Gasol looking like a 7-Foot Spanish version of Magic Johnson.

    Usually I get made when bigs try to show-boat during a game that is obviously out of reach, but if you look at his demeanor after the play, it was obvious that he wasn’t doing it to embarass Utah or bring attention to himself, instead he was sending a team-message that you just don’t F*** with our Lakers!

    =D

  • daboss1849

    Trevor was the reason we won this game? He played real good but kobe carried this team once again to victory. I just don’t know if kobe is great enough to over come our 2 downfalls on the starting lineup? Fish and Luke would be backups on anyother team, that could bite us in the ass when playoffs role around.

  • dawg

    rofl can we get Rafner back pls?!
    Trevor is carrying this team man—way to go wooo

  • YellowPurpleFever

    ARIZA! ARIZA! ARIZA! We still need a quick PG who can hit jumpers.
    Its gonna be a GOOD YEAR, GO LAKERS!!!

  • Nabil

    Phil is smart to put the Fish, Kobe, Ariza, Lamar, Pau line-up in at the end. They really get it done. 4 sequences in a row down the stretch, Ariza pulled off plays that made such a huge difference. Where Luke or Vlad would have got their ankles broken by a routine crossover, Ariza made the steal. Then the 3 point play where Vlad would have blown it, and Luke would have his lay-up sent into the stands. Then, for good measure, Ariza pulls off another steal on the next sequence and another bucket?!!? Damn. And let’s not forget him changing Lamar’s would-be turnover into a bucket for Lamar- no way in hell Luke or Vlad are even down the court yet, let alone able to make that athletic play. Now…who misses Cook and Mo Evans? Haha. Game ball goes to Kupcake once again.
    Not that I’m taking Kobe for granted. We should never take Kobe for granted.

  • eagleslakers2011

    hahaha! stupid mormans! lmao…i love when we beat utah…it cracks me up!

  • Swiggle

    That was such an exciting game. I have never laughed so hard in my life as I did watching Pau run that fast break. And I have never cheered so hard as I did for Ariza on that steal at the top of the key.

    The only part about this whole game I did not like was getting on the LakersNation and seeing that you put Luke as your STD. You obviously have something against Luke, and if you are going to keep making these post game reports you need to let it go. Luke played a good game. He did a great job on the boards, and he made excellent passes as usual. He did all they want Luke to do. Sasha was probably the STD tonight, but noone really stood out as a bad player. I’m proud of how well Luke has bounced back and worked his way into a nice roll, and good rotation with one of the greatest teams EVER.

    P.S. Radmonovic is the worst player on the team. i would love to know what the Lakers’ +/- is when he is in the game. It has to be ridiculous. He is the worst defender in Laker history. (Cedric Ceballos being a close second) With the new defensive scheme that Rambo has come up with for this team, one person breaking down on D ruins everything. Radmonovic ruins the defense almost every time down the court. I wish he would never play another second!

    Lastly….I’m going to the Cardinals game tomorrow. They are the only Arizona team that I like after living in this state for more that half my life. GO CARDINALS!!!

  • http://LALakersNews.blogspot.com/ The Lakers Analyst

    With this win against the Jazz, the Lakers have further improved their record against teams with winning records. They now have 12 wins (5 on the road) against teams above .500

    The Celtics have 7 home wins and only 3 road wins against quality opponents. The Cavs had the easiest schedule with only 7 wins against winning teams. Of the 7, only 2 were road wins.

    Without a doubt, the Lakers are currently the best team in the NBA!

    Details of this on my blog at:

    http://lalakersnews.blogspot.com/2009/01/lakers-are-now-best-in-nba.html

  • jason

    fun game to watch..i was a little upset we ended up giving up 100 points but that was due to a lil lull at beginning of 3rd quarter and 4th..overall i thought we played pretty good defense..kobe looked like he thought he was at the schoolyard all game..looked like he was havin a blast tonight and he had that swaggar goin..matter of fact,since christmas u can see a new swagger to this team and its a good one to have..because they’re backing it up..they seem to have that we’re unbeatable when we wanna be and here we’re gonna show you its true swagger now..i love it :)

  • king.manu

    1. keep lamar
    2. what tha fuck is luke walton still doing in the starting lineup? he sucks
    3. andrew bynum should have a break out game. we pay him that much and he is still not really that force inside!!! come on 8 points and 4 rebs? plus his defense sucks!!
    4.i love machine, machine is great, but he should stop shooting every fucking time he gets the ball…. he had 1 good look (buzzersbeater at half) and missed. he was 1-6 and 0-5 from donwtown….

    but most important: get luke fucking walton out of the lineup

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak

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    Luke Walton is still in the starting lineup because it boosts his trade value :cool:
    Wouldn’t you want to trade one of your bench players for a starter from the Lakers? :D

    Insanely Healthy Energy for TLN!

  • Irie Vibes

    Not having Kobe as #1 is ridiculous. Shoots above 50% with 40 points and you think Ariza was the difference maker? Yeah Ariza played a heck of a game but odds are he’ll never put in a performance like Kobe’s last night his entire career.

  • Swiggle

    I was tired last night. I don’t know how I overlooked the REAL STD last night…. Andrew Bynum. He looked like he was trying to be Hakeem Alajuwon with some of those fade-aways out there. He needs to assert himself and play with confidence.

  • bobby

    [Comment ID #57607 Will Be Quoted Here] man gasol should be able to dribble down court, wow, that would be great, 2 players (lamar and gasoft) that can get the defensive rebound and start the fast break

    [Comment ID #57628 Will Be Quoted Here]
    bynum is playin so fukin bad because ever since he started playin with gasoft, he has become like gasoft, before he was trying to become shaq, bynum has got to bang in the paint on offense and on defense he’s gotta block shots and crash boards

  • kaypee83

    Luke plays okay! Be content with what he offers…

  • LAKERNATION

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    Wow we have so many stupid f*cks on here. Like for example this guy. Like do you not pay attention out there??????? LUKE is a great player for this team because he always runs the offence, he is a high IQ basketball player, he always makes smart passes, you obviously are ignorant as f*ck and have something against LUKE. You, billy kupchak, and the tool that wrote this article probable have circle jerks every night when he writes these, because he always puts LUKE as the STD. And how you said take LUKE out of the starting lineup??????? Then who would you put in to replace him??????? Your fucking dumb.

  • benny bibby

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    its pretty obvious gasoft has spent o days in the weight room
    “i hit the stairs hard, battle my opponents
    get in the weight room”
    -big j

  • Magic “Big” Johnson

    Message to all you bickering ‘fans’ out there..

    WTF is the matter with you all? We have a dynasty in the making and you a trash talking all our players?

    Yes, we should demand 110% from everyone but so long as they improve and keep winning then that is all that matters.

    I have been on this site since the ‘Get Garnett days’ and have never seen so much BS as I do recently. Support your damn team and shut up! GO MIGHTY LAKESHOW!!!!!

  • nonya

    [Comment ID #57631 Will Be Quoted Here]

    …who are you?

  • Milo

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  • defense the name of the game

    [Comment ID #57637 Will Be Quoted Here]
    THE FOLLOWING NEED TO HIT THE WEIGHT ROOM
    JORDAN FARMAR
    SUN YUE
    PAU GASOL
    TREVOR ARIZA
    VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC
    CHRIS MIHM
    LAMAR ODOM

  • Milo

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    now why would the Knicks buy him out and allow him to go to a team where he will instantly be a champion??? i know that if i was Walsh and Dantony i would just let him sit there all season and let him think about what he needs to change when he finaly does go to another team! even if the Knicks buy him out, can Boston really afford him i believe KG is already taking up half off their salary space somewhere along the lines off 22-25 million, im not to sure but i will look it up on ESPN.com $24,751,934 there you go thats what hes getting paid! although it is said that Marbury would accept a back up role i highly doubt it…

  • http://DEFENSE.COM KING DEFENCE

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    AGRED, THOSE TEENAGE BODIESNEED TO BULK A LOT
    BY THE WAY, I THINK BYNUM NEEDS TOO HIT THE TRACK AS WELL
    MAYBE DO 40YD DASH
    26 MILE MARATHON
    THE MILE
    THE 5K :D :COOL: :FRUSTRATED:

  • http://DEFENSE.COM KING DEFENCE

    [Comment ID #57647 Will Be Quoted Here]

    THE LAKERS NEED TO GET ALL 12 PLAYERS THAT ARE SUITED UP AT LEAST 10 MINUTES, YES, EVEN MIHM, SUN, AND POWELL, THIS WAY THE PLAYERS ARE MORE RESTED FOR THE PLAYOFFS

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    I must agree 100% with Magic “Big” Johnson’s post, but that being said, I also tend to agree with the writer’s assessment of the STD being Luke Walton.
    ….Seems many fans either do not “see” OR “notice”, nor take into consideration the huge liability that exists for the Lakers, while Luke “No Fleet of Feet” Walton is on the floor.
    …Please take notice how Luke “Slo Motion” Walton, so often gets beaten (blown-by or loses his man) on defense; Hensley and consequently, the following and constant pressure on the rest of the Lakers, having to defend a driving lay-up or kicked-out wide-open trey on the weak side; proof and the most obvious and glaring reason why the Jazz got a look at this game, coming back to within 3 points.
    …This is why Luke will never be seen on the court in crunch time or winning time!
    …As an offensive threat, just like a previous poster mentioned, when Luke is on the floor The Lakers are essentially playing 5 against 4 with a designated pass the ball to a teammate only threat!
    …But I also would tend to agree with a previous poster; that Luke Walton is still in the starting lineup because it boosts his trade value wouldn’t you want to trade one of your bench players for a starter from the Lakers?
    …It’s too bad, cuz I’m sure Luke “Ice Cool” Walton is a great teammate and person, but just does not possess, the necessary speed to impact this team to a championship level; unless he were to somehow incorporate into his game and transform himself into a consistent “offensive threat”, such as from three-point land!

  • benny bibby

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    more important, we need the lakers to get in the weight room for the loston smell-dicks to get shown up in the finals, i agree with everything, bynum needs to hit the tracks, and ALL players need to be used

  • joe grande

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    t-t-t-totally dude

  • LAKERNATION

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    AMEN man. I tell these fools that bash our players this all the time man. They are f*cking stupid and forgetting that we are 26-5. I can’t stand all these people talking about lets trade a player. Like if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    I Gotsta agree 1000% with Magic “Big” Johnson’s previous post! …But, with that being said; I also tend to agree with the writer’s assessment of the STD for this Jazz game, belonging to none other than, Luke “The Real Smush” Walton.
    …Seems many fans either do not “SEE” and/or “NOTICE”, nor take into consideration the huge liability that exists for the Lakers, while Mr. Luke “No Fleet of Feet” Walton is on the floor.
    …Please take notice how Luke “Slow Motion” Walton, so often gets beaten (blown-by or loses his man) on defense; henceforth and consequently, the following and constant pressure, put on the rest of The Lakers, having to defend against a driving lay-up and/or subsequent kicked-out wide-open trey, thereafter!
    …Proof, and the most obvious and glaring reason why the Jazz got a look at this game, coming back from a 20 point deficit to within 3 points, when Luke “The Negative +/- Stat” Walton finally jettisoned the game!
    …This is why Luke “Down Time” Walton will never be seen on the court in crunch time or winning time!
    …As an offensive threat, just like a previous poster mentioned, when Luke “The Invisible Man” Walton is on the floor The Lakers are essentially playing 5 against 4 with a designated pass the ball to a teammate type of threat only, hovering the opponent!
    …But I also would tend to agree with Billy Kupchak’s take and previous post: On Luke “Let’s make a Deal” Walton is still in the starting lineup because it boosts his trade value… Wouldn’t you want to trade one of your bench players for a starter from the Lakers?
    …It’s too bad, cuz I’m sure, Luke “Ice Cool” Walton is a great teammate and person, but just does NOT possess, the necessary speed to impact this team to a championship level.
    …Only if Luke “Do you Believe in Miracles” Walton would somehow incorporate more intensity into his game and transforms himself into a consistent “offensive threat”, such as developing a killer three-point-weapon in his arsenal, I’m afraid, Luke “Liable to be Sued” Walton, will forever be a “LIABILITY” on this Lakers team!
    …………………… ROFL_LOL ………………………!

  • LEADERFISH

    BTW Warlock. Make sure when you are rofl.. lol.. that you let other people do that because you might be the only one rofl. Lol on your own words doesn’t prove it was funny. Only that you need to verification you are funny. Just saying for your future reference.

  • LAKERNATION

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    AMEN dude that guy is a fool.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    LEADERFISH & LAKERNATION,
    …The same Sorry-Ass-Dude, trolling the website!
    Same MO! …Same lame comments! …Same schizophrenic stupidity!
    …Get a life dude, laugh and let laugh! …But what the hell would you know about this?
    Nothing can be verified about you, except your consistently poor choice of meaningless rhetoric!
    …Try to proof-read and fool-proof, your deficient and senseless remarks, like a troll to a fish, you have fatuously replied to, all over this website; before hitting the dumbfounded submit button! …!FOOL!
    ….. ROFLOL! ROFLOL! ROFLOL! ROFLOL!

  • LEADERFISH

    Anybody who has to write roflol after every post is either full of himself are needs desperate attention. Warlock sounds like your mother didn’t hug you enough. Let another poster lol to your posts, not yourself.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57691 Will Be Quoted Here]
    Proof is in the pudding!
    …Get a life dude, laugh and let laugh! …But what the hell would you know about this?

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    LEADERFISH on January 4, 2009 at 6:53 pm said:
    Let another poster lol to your posts, not yourself.
    Geeeeeeezus dude,
    Do you even fathom what you are spewing?

  • LEADERFISH

    I haven’t seen a poster like you always roflol at themselves like yourself. Don’t be so full of yourself. It weakens your post.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57696 Will Be Quoted Here]
    …You must be a very sad individual, but regardless of your disposition, you need to bring a better, more valid argument to the courthouse!
    …With the weak “SHYT” you always bring to the debate, you will never get out of jail, ALIVE!
    Laughing out loud! …While rolling on the floor!

  • LEADERFISH

    Warlock you are the one who doesn’t understand the +/- stat so perhaps you need to take PJ’s class of basketball 101.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57698 Will Be Quoted Here]
    Is that the same class I’ve taken you to school all this time with!
    HAAAAAAAAHAAAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • LEADERFISH

    YOu laugh at yourself too much. You must be experienced in doing things solo. I don’t see you responding to that +/- post so you must admit you got schooled there.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57700 Will Be Quoted Here]
    What a True Dumb F U C K You most definitely are! …Freaken Queen of the Shrimp!
    I am essentially LAUGHING at you, but you still don’t Comprende! …YOU DUMB FREAKEN BLOWFISH!

  • LEADERFISH

    Not only do you have a high level of stupidity but an uncontrollable temper. Are warlock’s prone to temper tantrums or you just the exception?

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    What weakish; more appropriately, (weakFish) and pathetic replies, your feeble little mind, can sheepishly, only come up with… Like your latest imbecilic self notion of schooling me on the +/- Stat! …LOL
    …The +/- Stat is one of the least relevant stats that determines anything! …And most recently invented by some so-called mathematics major!
    …Mostly what it proves is the winner of that particular game!
    …I must be communicating with a 12 year old! …Please let me know if this is so, so that I may excuse myself, and get the F U C K away from such adolescent rhetoric!

  • LEADERFISH

    You are the one who agreed with someone on that stat so please don’t backtrack. Also, when you act more civil then perhaps you will get it back in return. Your childishness shows in your mental make-up and your posts. Warlock it is people like you that should be banned. Not for your weak posts because we can easily rebutt those but for your weak mind because you can’t handle when people give it back to you as we have found. However I hope you never get banned because we would miss the bad example to learn what not to do.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57802 Will Be Quoted Here]
    …Like I said before The Proof is in The Pudding;
    No. 1) …Never have I agreed or disagreed with anyone on this board DIRECTLY RELATING to The +/- Stat Issue! …Check it! …and prove me wrong, if you can! …This is what I mean about lame commenting!
    No. 2) …If I agree or disagree with anyone on this board, and post such: That is none of your business, nor is it your right, to re-comment distastefully and/or disrespectfully, on my posted opinion, as you have done, without an expected, equally, if not more so, distasteful repercussion!
    No. 3) …When you lash out at a commentator’s post with your selfish, self-serving and disrespectful mannerism, as you often have done, to many others, here at LAKERSNATION; sooner or later you should expect a return back lash from some of these commentators who just won’t take your SHYT lightly!
    No. 4) …If there is one thing you want to know about me: I am Your Robin in The Hood (Website), that takes from the rich and gives to the poor, But more appropriately here at LAKERSNATION: I will always stick up for the Cyber Meek, while sticking it to the Cyber Bullies, like U!
    No.5) …Nobody here is afraid of getting banned, especially after debating with the likes of a punk like U!
    …Dude, look at the man in the Mirror, and maybe you might find the lost child!

  • LEADERFISH

    Glad you can count to 5. The next time you act like an a-hole expect the same treatment. You can’t go around butting into other people business and not expect a reprisal. So tic a LOCK you war a-hole.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Look, You Freaken Idiot;
    …Don’t F U C K with me, if you don’t wanna get F U C K E D back, and HARD!

  • LEADERFISH

    You better take it to another site. I ain’t taking any of your weak stuff. Change your name to Brian Cook because lakernation would be glad to get rid of you.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    FVCK OFF! DYCK!,
    …I’m not goin anywhere!

    P.S. What a Lame Comeback! …As Usual!

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Btw; This Site, is named “LAKERSNATION”, not lakernation your schizophrenic buddy!

  • LEADERFISH

    Glad you are staying. I always wanted a punching bag. If you don’t want to take a beating take PJ’s basketball 101. For your own safety.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    How can a mere fish, with a mentality IQ of basketball 101…lol,
    …Ever dream of beating a Warlock?
    It’s, it’s…Unfathomable! …Not in this Lifetime!
    …You are the quintessence of a JOKE that aimlessly swim’s here at LAKERSNATION.com!
    …Your self imposed IQ rating alone transcends into: Rolling on the floor, while laughing out loud, about YOU!

  • LEADERFISH

    Bring something strong or don’t come around here at all. You posting nonsense only cements you as a loser and should be shipped out of lakernation just like Brian Cook was shipped out of LA. You are the Cook of the these boards Juamita. Now go cook some tamales.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Eh, “King of The Shrimp”,
    Did you enjoy My Tamale! …I heard you swallowed that Sausage, like a true Shark on a Shrimp?
    …I gotta say; you sure live up to your name! …ROFLOL!

  • LEADERFISH

    Again laughing at your own statements. Sign of a person whose mother didn’t hug enough. Learn to stand on your own two feet little boy.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57874 Will Be Quoted Here]
    Well, C,mon SourPuss; Tell Me!,
    …Did you like my Tamale?

  • LEADERFISH

    How old are you? Your immaturity is shown in both your intellectual and emotional development.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57880 Will Be Quoted Here]
    …Old enough to whoop yur A S S !
    Look Foolish Fish,
    …Stick to your signature imbecilic rhetoric,
    …You will never “Comprende” what it’s like to be “Cookin” on the intellectual and/or physical realm of Your Friendly Neighborhood Warlock!

  • LEADERFISH

    Water Boy Warlock. Can you round up the basketball and put them away. Also fill up those water boys and don’t forget the towels Biff. Good Boy

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57866 Will Be Quoted Here]
    Hey, “King of The Shrimp”;
    …Did you enjoy My “Hot” Tamale? …I heard you swallowed that Beef-Cake piece of “MEAT”, like the true Shark on a Shrimp you are!
    Gotta say; “You sure S U C K up to your pussy fish smellin name”…
    …Rolling on the Floor, Laughing at YOU!

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #57866 Will Be Quoted Here]
    Edited for everyone’s viewing pleasure…
    Hey, “King of The Shrimp”;
    …Did you enjoy My “Cooked” Hot Tamale? …I heard you swallowed that Well-Done piece of “MEAT”, like the true “Shark on a Shrimp” you are!
    Gotta say; “You sure S U C K up to your “Cooked” Blowfish of a name…

    ROLLING ON THE FLOOR, LAUGHING AT YOU!