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Lakers beat Warriors 120-112 behind Bryant's 40


Posted Apr 01 2012 9:18PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, Pau Gasol added 26 and the Los Angeles Lakers found themselves rallying for the second straight game against one of the West's worst teams, beating the Golden State Warriors 120-112 on Sunday night.

Ramon Sessions added 23 points in his best game since being traded to the Lakers two weeks ago. Gasol and reserve Troy Murphy had 11 rebounds each after All-Star center Andrew Bynum sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of the Lakers' eighth consecutive home win against the Warriors.

Bynum landed awkwardly on the foot of teammate Josh McRoberts and the team said he had a moderate sprain. He had no points and three rebounds when he left for good with 1:49 to play. The team said X-rays were negative and he would be re-evaluated on Monday. Bynum was coming off a productive month of March, when he averaged 22.2 points and 10.9 rebounds in 17 games.

David Lee led six Warriors in double figures with 27 points. Klay Thompson added 18, Nate Robinson 17, and Richard Jefferson 16 for Golden State, which lost its fifth in a row and 10th in the last 12.

The Warriors were down 13 points to start the fourth quarter, but outscored the Lakers 19-8 to close within one with Bryant on the bench for part of the run. Jefferson, Robinson and Thompson all had 3-pointers in the spurt with 7 minutes to play.

The Lakers gained some breathing room on a 12-3 run, as Sessions, Bryant and Gasol combined for all the scoring, capped by Bryant's 3 that made it 109-99.

The Warriors weren't done yet. Robinson, who at 5-foot-9 was the shortest player in the game, hit his fifth 3-pointer to get the Warriors within five. Lee's three-point play cut the deficit to three points before Bryant hit a long 3 from in front of the Warriors' bench, making it 115-109 with 1:40 to play.

Jefferson answered with a 3 and Golden State was down three. Metta World Peace hit a 3 - the 10th of the quarter between the teams - on the Lakers' next possession for a 118-112 lead. After a timeout, Thompson missed a 3 with 1:03 to go, cooling off the long-range shootout.

The Lakers' biggest lead in the first half was nine points, with 12 lead changes and eight ties. Bryant got off to a quick start, unlike in Saturday's game when he missed his first 15 shots against New Orleans. He scored 13 points in the opening quarter and 4 in the second when he sat for six minutes.

NOTES: It was Bryant's 112th career game with at least 40 points. The Lakers improved to 77-35 in those games. ... The Warriors' next road win will equal their 10 victories away from home last season. ... They haven't beaten the Lakers at Staples Center since March 23, 2008. ... The Warriors signed C Mickell Gladness, playing on a 10-day contract, for the rest of the season. He was not with the team Sunday because of family matters, but is expected to rejoin the Warriors in a few days. Gladness has averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in six games. "He's an athletic, big guy who can block shots and finish at the rim," coach Mark Jackson said. ... The Lakers played the second of their first home back-to-back set of games since the lockout shortened 1998-99 season. ... Jackson turned 47 on Sunday and spent the day with his wife and four kids at their Los Angeles home before going to work.

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Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors Sunday, April 1st at Staples Center at 6:30PM. Catch all the action on Fox Sports West and 710ESPN.

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Points Bryant 40, 16-28
Rebounds Gasol 11, 4 OFF 7 DEF
Assists Sessions 9
Steals Barnes 2
Blocks Barnes/Gasol 3


Mike Brown:

Lakers coach Mike Brown’s opening statement:
“Good win. It seems like every time we play these guys, you always talk about let’s not have it turn in to a rat race where it’s an up and down almost like a pickup basketball game. It seems like they get you to play that way with the different lineups that they put out there and as much as they want to push the pace and try to detect mismatches and stuff like that, that’s what their strength is with the way that their bigs run and play the pick and roll game.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on Kobe Bryant’s game tonight:
“Obviously, Kobe [Bryant] going 16 for 28 and 3 for 3 from the three point line and the 40 points, he was very efficient shooting and scoring the basketball.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on the bench’s performance:
“Production wise off the bench we didn’t necessarily get a lot of points but the one thing that we did get, we got some rebounds. That helped us get 50 for the game and 15 offensive rebounds for 20 second chance points. We kind of just found a way to win tonight.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on Ramon Sessions’ development:
“Every time he steps out on to the floor I think it helps his comfort level. He’s going to have some big games for us and he’s very capable of having those big games. But, there are going to be times too where he is going to have to find his way because defensively he may see some new things in front of him and he may not know how to react based on the coverage he sees in front of him all of the time. But, he is a very intelligent guy and he has picked up things very easily. He keeps plugging away.”

Pau Gasol:

Lakers Pau Gasol on finishing the game without Andrew Bynum:
“I think we stepped up and played well the way we needed to in order to win the game.”

Lakers Pau Gasol on getting more touches tonight:
“I had more looks and more rhythm in the post so it wasn’t so opportunistic and random. I felt comfortable.”

Lakers Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant:
“Once we started the game and he knocked down his first three or four shots, I knew it was going to be another aggressive night for him. Obviously he was much sharper than he was the night before.”

Lakers Pau Gasol on Ramon Sessions:
“Tonight he was able to push the ball a little more, get into the lane a little more, and obviously knock down a lot of shots too. It was a great rhythm being aggressive but also getting guys involved too.”

Lakers Pau Gasol on Bynum possibly missing a few games with the ankle injury:
“Hopefully he won’t (miss any games) because he’s a big presence for us defensively and offensively. He’s become such a point of reference for our team. If he does need to rest then obviously rebounding is one area that everybody needs to make sure we make a conscious effort and it needs to be covered.”

Ramon Sessions:

Lakers Ramon Sessions on guys stepping up tonight without Andrew Bynum:
“We knew once we found out that he wasn’t going to return that guys needed to pick it up. Troy (Murphy) came in and played well. Josh (McRoberts) came in and got at the rim on the boards. We just tried to pick it up as a whole because we were missing the big fella.”

Lakers Ramon Sessions on his offensive mentality:
“I was just playing my game. We were just running through the offense. The ball was coming back to me and I was able to penetrate and get to the line a little bit. I was just trying to stay aggressive.”

Lakers Ramon Sessions on the possibility of playing without Andrew Bynum:
“Everybody is going to have to step up. When you’re missing a guy that’s a 20 point and 10 rebound guy every night, as a whole, everybody needs to step up.”

Lakers Ramon Sessions on Kobe Bryant coming back from a poor shooting night Saturday:
“That’s what he’s been doing his whole career. He bounced back tonight and it just shows you how great of a player he is. He hit a big shot for us last night and tonight he came out and carried us.”

Kobe Bryant:

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on yesterday’s game against the Hornets:
“You know yesterday, that’s not something that’s going to happen. That’s like an 81 point game, that’s not going to happen too often.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on if the team can adjust if Andrew Bynum is going to miss an extended period of time:
“Yeah, we can [still win games]. I don’t think it’s a championship formula, but we can. Sessions is one of those players that can carry a game offensively—he’s a great scorer. And Pau can obviously do what he does. I just thought our bench productivity tonight was excellent.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy’s combined 19 rebounds:
“They can do it. Some nights will be better than others, as it is with anyone. But, the effort from them will be there, they’ll continue to hustle, they’ll continue to play hard.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on Andrew Bynum’s improvement this season:
“He’s gotten better. He’s improved. You see him working on his foot work a lot, he has a lot of moves in his arsenal that he didn’t have in the past. He’s much more comfortable doing it and he’s gained a great deal of confidence.”

Mark Jackson:

Warriors coach Mark Jackson on how the team fought tonight:
“I was very proud of the way we fought. There was a point in this game were [the Lakers] were making shots, making plays, they had us on the rope but we battled back. We responded --we put ourselves in position to win the game. They made tough shots, especially Kobe. But that’s why he’s paid the big bucks.”

Warriors coach Mark Jackson on how the Warriors matched up against the Lakers tonight:
“I give [the Lakers] credit. At the end of the day, we had 3 quarters where we gave up 30 or more points. [The Lakers] shot 54 percent from the field, but I can’t fault the effort of my guys. We’re really close.”

Warriors coach Mark Jackson on his expectations for the team:
“I’m just not going to tolerate games where we don’t play with energy and effort for 48 minutes. We’re not good enough to play 48 minutes without energy effort quite honestly. Some teams are. But I’m proud of this group the way they’ve been not just tonight but all year long. We’ve had every excuse tailor made for us and never used it. Tonight, once again, we battled.”

Warriors coach Mark Jackson on Klay Thompson:
“He’s a heck of a player. He’s as good of a shooter as anyone in this league and he’s only going to get better. He’s not just a shooter. Coming in, people thought that, but he’s also a guy that can pass the ball and competes on the defensive end. He’s going to make mistakes -- he made mistakes tonight. But you can live with mistakes when people are playing with energy and effort.”

Klay Thompson:

Warriors’ Klay Thompson on how the team managed to stay positive despite the Lakers making 54 percent of their shots:
“We just need to keep playing hard and play together. We’re undersized out there, but we made up for it with effort and we need to keep doing that.”

Warriors’ Klay Thompson on matching up with Kobe Bryant:
“I thought I played good defense, but he’s one of the better scorers in the world, so he’s going to make his shots. He was on tonight and that happens. As far as one-on-one, he made some tough turnarounds and that’s what he does.”

Dorrell Wright:

Warriors’ Dorell Wright on Kobe Bryant’s performance tonight:
“You definitely know tonight after the game he had yesterday, he was going to come out here, try to be very aggressive and try to make his first few shots. He had a good night and you just have to live with it. He’s one of the best players ever to do this. Guys did a good job on him. He just made real tough shots.”

Warriors’ Dorell Wright on how the team responds when the Lakers start hitting their outside shots:
“You just have to play hard. When you play hard, you put yourself in a good position at the end of the game to be in the game. If we continue to do our thing and play hard --- we just have to play a 48-minute game --- we’ll be fine”

Warriors’ Dorell Wright on how Andrew Bynum’s injury changed their defensive approach:
“We don’t have any guys nowhere near his height. A guy like that goes out and you have to be happy about guarding both of their big guys. We battled and played hard, but we just didn’t come out with a win.”

David Lee:

Warriors’ David Lee on tonight’s loss:
“I don’t think the game was lost in the fourth quarter. The game was lost in the third quarter when they made a nice little run. By the time we fought back, we had to play perfect basketball. They made some tough shots down the stretch.”

Warriors’ David Lee on the future of this team:
“At this point, we’re trying to finish the season strong. We made some trades and we have some guys injured. At this point, we’re trying to continue to play our last games with as much intensity as we can and get as many wins as we can.”

Warriors’ David Lee on team mixing up their defenses:
“They’re 28th in the league in three-point percentage and obviously, they have an advantage in the post. Coming in, you know that we’re going to mix in some zone and try to force them to shoot contested outside shots. Tonight, give them credit cause their shots were going in. I thought we hung in there well considering, but I wish we could have found a way to get the win.”

Warriors-Lakers Preview


After squeaking past one lesser opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers want to avoid overlooking another one.

The Lakers have won 14 of their last 15 meetings with the Golden State Warriors heading into Sunday night’s matchup at Staples Center.

Los Angeles (32-20) won 88-85 at home Saturday over Western Conference-worst New Orleans, blowing an early 14-point lead and eventually needing to rally from 10 down in the fourth quarter. The Lakers have split their last eight games.

“New Orleans came out as the undermanned team and we took them lightly,” guard Ramon Sessions said. “But, it’s like I tell (the Lakers) when I came in with Cleveland, this was our championship coming here playing in the Staples Center so teams are coming in playing hard and we just have to be consistent and play hard too.”

Kobe Bryant missed his first 15 shots, but made a 3-pointer that put Los Angeles ahead for good with 20 seconds left. Bryant missed 18 of 21 shots on the day and scored 11 points - his fewest in his last 23 games.

“I’m stubborn. You have to have that kind of attitude, that kind of determination or stubbornness,” Bryant said. “That’s what gets teams over the hump to win multiple championships.”

Known for his clutch play, Bryant demonstrated that ability by scoring six points during a game-ending 9-4 run in Tuesday’s 104-101 victory at Golden State (20-30). He’s averaging 34.5 points in two wins over the Warriors (20-30) this season.

Tuesday’s defeat opened a winless three-game homestand for Golden State, which lost its fourth straight overall Friday with a 102-100 defeat to New Jersey.

The Warriors blew a 19-point lead in the third quarter against the Nets, causing coach Mark Jackson to chastise his team for “messing around.”

“We didn’t close them out when we had them and it came back to bite us,” Jackson said. “We ought to be ashamed of ourselves. They outworked us in our own building.”

Bouncing back won’t be easy since the Warriors have dropped seven straight on the road against the Lakers and 32 of their last 35 away from home in the series. The Lakers are 21-5 at home, although their last seven games there have been decided by single digits.

“We’ve got a good record, we’ve won games, but we haven’t been beating teams by 15 or 20 whether we’re at home or on the road,” coach Mike Brown said. “So, it’s been a dog fight for us all the time.”

Jackson started three rookies Friday for Golden State, with first-round pick Klay Thompson getting his 12th start in a row. Thompson, whose father Mychal is the radio color commentator for Los Angeles, has averaged 17.0 points in the two losses to the Lakers this season.

Los Angeles has outrebounded Golden State by an average of 15.0 boards in those contests, with Pau Gasol averaging 18.0 points and 14.0 rebounds.

If there’s an edge for the Warriors, it’s the fact that they rank among the NBA’s leaders in 3-point shooting at 38.4 percent. The Lakers are one of the league’s worst from beyond the arc, shooting 31.3 percent.

The Warriors remain without centers Andris Biedrins (groin) and Andrew Bogut (ankle), and guard Stephen Curry (ankle).

W LAL 88, NOH 85
L OKC 102, LAL 93
W LAL 104, GSW 101
L MEM 102, LAL 96
W LAL 103, POR 96
Probable Starters
  #15 World Peace SF #1 Wright  
  #16 Gasol PF #10 Lee  
  #17 Bynum C #3 Tyler  
  #24 Bryant SG #11 Thompson  
  #7 Sessions PG #22 Jenkins  

Lakers Jordan Hill
(sprained MCL, right knee) is questionable.

Andrew Bogut
(fractured left ankle) is out.
Stephen Curry
(mild sprain, right ankle) is out.
Andris Biedrins
(strained right groin) is out.

Game 1: 01/06 - GSW @ LAL W 97 - 90
Game 2: 03/27 - LAL @ GSW W 104 - 101
Game 3: 04/01 - GSW @ LAL
Game 4: 04/18 - LAL @ GSW

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