Bryant, Odom Lead Lakers Past Warriors
L.A. Lakers 111, Golden State 100
LOS ANGELES, April 11 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom helped the Los Angeles Lakers inch closer to a playoff spot by beating a team that hasn't seen the postseason in 12 years.
Bryant scored 31 points and Odom recorded his first triple-double with the team by collecting 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lakers completed the season sweep of the Golden State Warriors with a 111-100 triumph.
Los Angeles (42-37) moved one game ahead of Sacramento (41-38) for seventh place in the Western Conference playoff standings with three games left. The Lakers are three games ahead of ninth-place Utah (38-39), but the Jazz have two games in hand.
"We are just going to focus on (Friday's game against) Portland," Bryant said. "This is what we have been doing, just going about our business. At the start of the year no one gave us a shot to make the playoffs. We believe in our abilities and we have stuck to our principles."
"We just want to keep winning and win as many games as possible so that the momentum carries over into the postseason," Odom said. "Everybody is just a little more focused now and knows what they need to do."
Mike Dunleavy scored all but one of his 12 points in the first period as the Warriors, who will miss the playoffs for a league-worst 12th straight time, raced to a 33-23 lead. Jason Richardson added 10 of his 20 points in the session.
"We got off to a good start, but we couldn't sustain it," said Warriors guard Derek Fisher, who scored 18 points against his former team. "We've experienced that several times this year and we've experienced it against this team before. We haven't been able to put together a good complete game in quite sometime. It's frustrating."
Los Angeles roared back in the second quarter by scoring 39 points, 19 coming from NBA leading-scorer Bryant, to take a 62-56 lead into the break.
"We had a great second quarter," Bryant said. "Then we got a great start in the third quarter, put the game away and rested."
The onslaught continued in the third as the Lakers put away the game with a 16-4 burst. Smush Parker scored six of his 18 points and Odom, who has nine career triple-doubles, added five points during the charge.
"I feel confident and I am comfortable right now," Odom said. "I am just going out there, rebounding and making plays. My shots are falling and I am trying to keep everybody involved and keep doing what I do."