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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In Tuesday's 111-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tied the worst shooting performance of his career in any game in which he attempted at least five shots.

Bryant shot 1-of-14 from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range. He scored four points in nearly 25 minutes.

Bryant also shot 1-of-14 from the field last November in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Following Tuesday's loss, the 37-year-old Bryant, who is in his 20th NBA season, said he was fine.

"I'm not really worried about it, honestly," Bryant said. "My shooting will be better. I could've scored 80 tonight. It wouldn't have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems. I could be out there averaging 35 points a game. We'd be what, 3-11? We've got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that's going to keep us in ballgames."

Bryant is averaging 15.2 points on a team-high 16.4 field goal attempts per game this season. His 31.1 field goal percentage is the lowest figure of his career. Bryant has now played 12 consecutive games scoring fewer than 25 points while shooting worse than 50 percent, the longest such streak of his career.

"In all honesty, it was tough, the shots that I take, pullup shots and jumpers and contested jumpers -- those are tough shots to hit at 27," Bryant said. "It's very tough to hit at 37. I've got to do a better job of demanding some help off the ball, get some easier chances -- pin-downs, picks, catch-and-shoots, things of that nature. Tonight was just very frustrating. It kind of got the better of me."

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry lets the ball roll then picks it up quickly to score with a spinning layup against Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The defending champion Golden State Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0, as Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

With their coach sidelined, the Warriors surpassed the 15-0 starts by the Washington Capitols of 1948-49 and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

Confetti streamed down when the final buzzer sounded and Golden State's players barely celebrated.

Kobe Bryant shot 1 of 14 for just four points in one of the worst shooting performances of his career. The Lakers dropped to 2-12 with the second-worst record in the NBA.

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry's behind the back crossover nearly makes Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson fall.

Curry's unguarded layup

November, 24, 2015
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Warriors guard Stephen Curry scores on a clear path to the basket as the Lakers just stand and watch.

Lakers' Byron Scott believes Showtime Lakers could stop Warriors

November, 24, 2015
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Holmes By Baxter Holmes

AP Photo/Reed SaxonLakers coach Byron Scott believes the Lakers of the 1980s, led by 6-foot-9 point guard Magic Johnson, would have presented matchup problems for this season's unbeaten Golden State Warriors.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2-11 Los Angeles Lakers face an incredibly tall task in trying to slow down, much less stop, the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night -- especially with the Warriors looking to improve to 16-0, setting an NBA record for the best start to a season.

But Lakers coach Byron Scott believes the "Showtime" Lakers of the 1980s could beat these Warriors. Of course, Scott played for the Lakers during that era, winning three NBA titles, so perhaps he’s a bit biased.

Even still, he said that in a seven-game series, the "Showtime" Lakers would "absolutely" win.

"It would be interesting," Scott admitted after the team’s morning shoot-around at a local club here in advance of the game in Oakland.

"The one thing I think this [Golden State Warriors] team couldn’t do on a daily basis against us that they’re doing against everybody else is go small. You have Magic [Johnson] and James [Worthy] and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] as post-up players that demand a double-team. It would be a whole lot harder [for the Warriors]. [Warriors forward] Draymond [Green] is a great defender and I have a lot of respect for him, but guarding James Worthy? Or guarding Kareem? That wouldn’t happen. It would be interesting. It would be very interesting."

How would the modern-day Lakers fare in a seven-game series against the Warriors?

"I think they would probably win that series right now," Scott said with a smile. "Let’s just say that."

With regards to the matchup, Lakers star Kobe Bryant said this week that he’s seen "stranger things happen."

"He’s right," Scott said. "Stranger things have happened."

Scott then referenced Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks.

Scott was a guard with the Pacers then, and he watched fellow Pacer Reggie Miller score eight points in 8.9 seconds to help the Pacers pull off a historic comeback and win 107-105 at Madison Square Garden after trailing by 6 with 18.7 seconds left.

"So things can happen," Scott said. "All the stars have to be aligned correctly as well. Obviously, we’ve got to play our best game of the season against the best team in the league. It’s obviously not a very easy task."

Scott also said of the Warriors, "It’s easy say [stop them]. I think there are 15 other teams that have tried it, too, and it hasn’t worked. We can go back to the NBA Finals, where they won the last three games as well. Right now, they’re just playing at an unbelievable level and I think their confidence is probably at an all-time high. Everybody says the same thing -- you’ve got to take away their threes and layups and make them a mid-range type shooting team. That’s easy to say."


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Kobe BryantAP Photo/Rich PedroncelliDespite leading the Lakers in field goal attempts per game (16.6), Kobe Bryant is shooting a career-low and team-low 33.1 percent so far this season.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott defended Kobe Bryant's poor shooting and aggressive -- if questionable -- shot selection Monday by telling reporters the 37-year-old shooting guard's lengthy NBA career has earned him "that privilege, basically."

Bryant, who is in his 20th NBA season, is shooting a career-worst 33.1 percent from the field, including 20 percent from 3-point range. He is 1-of-14 from 3-point range in his past three games. Bryant shot 6-of-22 from the field Sunday in the team's 107-93 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and missed all five of his attempts from beyond the arc.

Scott said prior to Sunday's game that he wanted Bryant to be more of a facilitator, yet Bryant took 12 shots in the first 10 minutes and later said he was "just trying to get us off to a good start."

Scott was asked about Bryant's shooting and how it sets the tone for isolation basketball rather than ball movement, which Bryant and Scott have both said has been lacking.

"It could be [that], but first of all, he's had 20 years of experience in the league," Scott told reporters. "We might not have six players that have 20 years in this league combined. He has that privilege, basically.

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LOS ANGELES -- All that stands between the Golden State Warriors and the NBA record for most wins to start the season (16-0) is the 2-11 Los Angeles Lakers, with the two teams meeting Tuesday in Oakland. Not surprisingly, Lakers star Kobe Bryant is confident.

"I've seen stranger things happen," Bryant said Sunday after his team's 107-93 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center here. "We've been playing like s---. We might go up there and we might play like gangbusters up there. You never know. "

Lakers coach Byron Scott was asked for his thought on the matchup. He laughed.

"That's my thought right now," Scott said. "They're the best team I've seen in the league and it's not close ... . They're the best team I've seen in a while."

With the Warriors chasing history, Scott said he expects the Warriors to be ready.

"They haven't had a whole lot of lulls in any of the games that they've played," Scott added. "When they do [have a lull], they've got so much confidence in the way they play and how they play that they don't panic.

"You can be up by 23 [against the Warriors] and it doesn't matter, especially if they've got two quarters left. It's a difference if you're up 23 with five or six minutes left; then you've probably got a great chance of winning that game. But if you give them 24 minutes left in the game, there's not a whole lot of leads that are too big for them [to overcome]."

Scott admires the way the Warriors play, but he isn't exactly looking forward to facing them.

"Basically I look at them as a fan, when I watch them play," Scott said. "Unfortunately I don't have that luxury Tuesday. I love watching them play because they do all the things we talk about. They share the ball. They play for one another. They play as a team."

Lillard, McCollum lead Blazers past Lakers, 107-93

November, 22, 2015
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LOS ANGELES -- Damian Lillard had 30 points and a career-high 13 assists, and C.J. McCollum added 19 points in the Portland Trail Blazers' sixth consecutive victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-93 Sunday night.

Mason Plumlee added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won two straight after a seven-game skid. Portland has won a franchise-record five straight road games against the Lakers after maintaining a steady lead throughout the second half.

Kobe Bryant scored 18 points on 6-for-22 shooting, missing all five of his 3-point attempts in the Lakers' third straight loss. Los Angeles' 2-11 start is one game behind their pace from last season, the worst year in franchise history.

Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 19 points, and Lou Williams added 14.

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Kobe Bryant
15.2 3.5 1.1 30.5
ReboundsJ. Randle 8.6
AssistsK. Bryant 3.5
StealsK. Bryant 1.1
BlocksR. Hibbert 2.3