Bryant, Parker spoil Davisí triple-double
L.A. Lakers 110, Golden State 104
OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 14 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant received a huge boost from one of his teammates, but it wasn't Lamar Odom.
Bryant scored 38 points and Smush Parker contributed 24, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Los Angeles Lakers squeezed out a 110-104 triumph over the reeling Golden State Warriors, who have dropped five in a row.
A 6-4 guard, Parker played Bryant's sidekick on Saturday. He connected on 9-of-12 shots, including 3-of-5 3-pointers.
Parker's scoring was much-needed as Odom - the team's second-leading scorer at 14.8 points - struggled, scoring just two points on 1-of-8 shooting.
"My points in this game came throughout the game," Parker said. "Usually I have big spurts in quarters either in the first or the second, but tonight it just seemed like my points were spread out through the whole game. We're finally starting to come together and play team defense and start to execute on our offense a lot better."
The game was tied, 92-92, with seven minutes remaining before the Lakers built a five-point advantage as Parker scored on layup and Devean George nailed a 3-pointer.
Golden State's Jason Richardson, who scored 37 points, cut the deficit to 104-100 on a 3-pointer with 2:48 left. But Bryant took control, scoring Los Angeles' next four points for an eight-point lead with 1:16 to go.
"You could sense the momentum in the game, and that was kind of a backbreaker," said Bryant, who added seven assists. "That's my job here is to make sure I provide the spark that we need. Some nights its not scoring, its rebounding and playing defense. So I find what that is on a nightly basis and do it."
The Warriors closed the gap to 108-104 on Adonal Foyle's jumper with 32 seconds remaining. Parker could have sealed the game but missed two free throws with 28 seconds left.
"There's nothing I can say about that," said Parker, who finished 3-of-5 from the free-throw line. "There was no pressure. I went up there lazy and didn't concentrate."
Golden State had a chance to get within one but failed on two 3-pointers. Bryant's two free throws iced the win.
Kwame Brown had a season-high 18 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Mihm added 12 points for the Lakers, who shot 51 percent (42-of-82).
"It was a nice win for us, a game that we shot the ball well," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said. "They just kept coming back and found a way to get back in the game with various plays. It was a great game to watch as a fan."
Baron Davis recorded his fifth career triple-double with 24 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for Golden State, which shot 43 percent (41-of-94).
"There were times when we needed to make a stop, and they scored on us," said Richardson, who made 14-of-27 shots. "That was the difference in the game. Overall we played a good game. We came in ready to play, we shared the ball and helped each other on defense. Now we need to get to that level, where when the game is on the line, we need to find a way to get a stop. We just missed shots."