NBA: Cleveland 120 Los Angeles Lakers 118

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Luol Deng went 5-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 27 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 120-118 Tuesday.

NBA: Phoenix 114, Los Angeles Lakers 108

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Goran Dragic scored 31 points and Marcus Morris had 22 for the Phoenix Suns in their 114-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 116, New Orleans 95

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Jordan Hill scored a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers' 116-95 victory over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 116, Los Angeles Clippers 103

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers scored 41 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday and outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 116-103 Tuesday.

Lakers visit China's Great Wall prior to exhibition game

BEIJING, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers visited the Great Wall of China and were greeted like way more than typical tall tourists.
Lakers eye Howard; Paul trade still alive?

Lakers eye Howard; Paul trade still alive?

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers were turning their attention to Dwight Howard Saturday after the NBA nixed their trade for guard Chris Paul.
NBA: LA Lakers 90, Boston 89

NBA: LA Lakers 90, Boston 89

BOSTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Kobe Bryant's clutch jumper with 7.3 seconds left Sunday capped a huge comeback with a Los Angeles Lakers' 90-89 win over Boston.

NBA: LA Lakers 108, Miami 105

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Andrew Bynum had 24 points Sunday, including a key layup in the game's closing minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami 118-105.
NBA: LA Lakers 92, Boston 83

NBA: LA Lakers 92, Boston 83

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Pao Gasol scored nine fourth-period points Thursday when the LA Lakers topped Boston, 92-83, ending the Celtics' 19-game winning streak.

Pictures lead to Olympic controversy

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Pictures taken by members of Spain's men's and women's Olympic basketball teams have created a wave of controversy at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Pao Gasol out with a sprained ankle

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- A badly sprained left ankle will keep Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol out of at least three games.

NBA: LA Lakers 113, LA Clippers 95

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Pao Gasol had 23 points, five rebounds and six assists Saturday night to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 113-95 win over the LA Clippers.

Lakers acquire Pao Gasol from Memphis

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers Friday acquired center Pao Gasol in a major trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Free agency starts in NBA

NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- The NBA's free agency period began at midnight Sunday, and this year's list includes marquee names such as Rashard Lewis, Pao Gasol and Vince Carter.

NBA: Atlanta 106, Memphis 105

ATLANTA, March 10 (UPI) -- Josh Smith had 20 points, nine rebounds, and two assists Friday night to guide Atlanta over the Memphis Grizzlies, 106-105.
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Pau Gasol i Sáez (pronounced IPA ) (born July 6, 1980 in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain) is a 2.13 m (7 ft.) Spanish professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born to Marisa Sáez and Agustí Gasol, and he spent his childhood growing up in Spain. Gasol's brother, Marc Gasol, is also a professional basketball player. Gasol was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2001 NBA Draft, but his rights were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He currently holds the Memphis Grizzlies franchise records for career games played, minutes played, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, offensive, defensive, and total rebounds, blocked shots, turnovers, and points. After seven seasons with the team, Gasol was traded to the Lakers on February 1, 2008, and a USA Today newspaper article said he was "the major factor in turning around a storied NBA franchise and making it hip to be a Lakers fan again."

Gasol began playing basketball with his school team called Alvirne, and he eventually signed with Cornellà. When he was sixteen, he began playing for Barcelona's junior team. He also won both the 1998 Albert Schweitzer Tournament and the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. After moving to the senior team of Barcelona, Gasol played just eleven total minutes in the 1998-99 season, and averaged under 15 minutes per game in the next year. However, in his final season in Europe, Gasol averaged 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in just under 24 minutes per game. Barcelona was victorious in the Spanish National Cup championship game in 2001, and Gasol was named Most Valuable Player. After entering the NBA Draft, Gasol was selected third overall in the first round in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, who traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

In Gasol's first season with the Grizzlies, he won the Rookie of the Year Award, and was named to the All-Rookie first team. He averaged 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, and was also the only team member to play in all 82 games that season. Gasol led the team in scoring (19.0 points per game) in his second year with the team, and for the second year in a row, played in all 82 games. Gasol missed the first game of his career, during his third year, with a foot injury on April 5, 2004, which snapped his string of 240 consecutive games played. He grabbed the 1,500th rebound of his career on November 12, 2003, against the Orlando Magic and scored his 3,000th career point on October 31, 2003, against the Boston Celtics. Despite having 22 points in Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs, the highest by a Memphis players in the playoffs, his team was eliminated in the first round, not winning a single game against San Antonio. This was both the Grizzlies and Gasol's first trip to the NBA Playoffs. He scored 31 points and blocked four shots on January 11, 2005, against the Indiana Pacers to earn 5,000 points and 500 blocks in his career, becoming the 10th fastest player to reach 5,000 points/500 blocks since 1973-74. He also helped his team make it to the playoffs for the second time in his career, but they were eliminated in the first round and did not win a single game against the Phoenix Suns.

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