Kobe Bryant looks to keep his amazing scoring run going and lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a season-high fifth straight win Sunday night when they host the Golden State Warriors.

Bryant became the second player in league history to score 50 or more points in four consecutive games Friday, scoring 50 on 16-for-29 shooting and making all 16 of his free-throw attempts in a 111-105 win at New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

"We knew Kobe was going to have one of those nights,'' said New Orleans/Oklahoma City coach and former Laker Byron Scott. "He's just so good. He's such a competitor and he lives in the moment."

Only Wilt Chamberlain has more consecutive games of 50 or more, doing it in seven straight during the 1961-62 season. Elgin Baylor and Michael Jordan had done it three straight games.

"It's a tremendous honor for me to be in the same (category) with those guys," said Bryant, who's averaging an NBA-leading 30.8 points. "The coolest thing about it is this younger generation gets a chance to learn about Elgin Baylor, gets a chance to learn about Wilt Chamberlain and some of the things that they've accomplished, so that the legacy will continue to live on."

Bryant had 65 points against Portland on March 16, followed by 50 against Minnesota last Sunday and 60 at Memphis on Thursday.

In the most productive offensive stretch of his 11-year career, Bryant is averaging 56.3 points, shooting 54.3 percent (76-for-140) from the field, 51.5 percent (17-for-33) from 3-point range and 93.3 percent (56-for-60) from the free-throw line.

"He's just been in such a good rhythm and he's such a good player that when he's feeling like that, it's kind of hard not to just keep going to him because it's amazing to watch and there's a good chance you're going to score,'' Lakers forward Luke Walton said.

The Lakers (37-32), who are in sixth place in the Western Conference, are unbeaten during Bryant's run after losing seven in a row from March 2-15.

Los Angeles will try for an eighth consecutive win over Golden State to finish the season series. The Lakers have also won seven straight at home against the Warriors (33-37), who are in the mix for the final playoff spot in the West.

Bryant has scored 50 or more points seven times this season and 18 times for his career. He's reached the 50-point mark once in 39 career games against the Warriors.

Bryant has played in two of the three meetings with Golden State this season, averaging 34.0 points.

The Warriors matched a season high for points in a 135-128 win over Washington on Friday. Baron Davis had 34 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds and Andris Biedrins had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead four Warriors with at least 20 points.

Golden State is 7-2 since a six-game losing streak from Feb. 24-March 4 as it seeks its first playoff appearance since 1993-94. It trails the Los Angeles Clippers by one-half game for the eighth and final spot in the West.

The Warriors have won seven of the last eight games Davis has played since he missed 13 contests from Feb. 5-March 4 after undergoing knee surgery. Davis had a big second half Friday with 22 points and 10 assists.

"I told Coach (Don Nelson), 'Just use me, let me burn out, all the way out,'? Davis said. "In the second half, we were able to force the tempo and then get our hands on balls we couldn't get in the first half. It was a game of runs, and the team that made the biggest run was going to pull it out.''

Davis, who averages a team-leading 20.5 points, did not play in the last meeting with Los Angeles in February and has been held below his season average in the two games he's played against the Lakers this season.


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