Shawne Williams, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol
|W. Johnson||SF||H. Barnes|
|J. Hill||PF||D. Lee|
|P. Gasol||C||A. Bogut|
|J. Meeks||SG||K. Thompson|
|S. Blake||PG||A. Iguodala|
K. Bryant: Achilles Out
S. Nash: Back Out
S. Curry Head Questionable
O. Kuzmic Finger Out
J. O'Neal Groin, Knee Questionable
T. Douglas Leg Out
F. Ezeli Knee Out
Gasol, Young propel Lakers past Warriors 102-95
By Greg Beacham
November 23, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) Pau Gasol had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Nick Young scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers took advantage of Stephen Curry's absence for a 102-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake scored 14 points apiece for the Lakers, who returned from four days off to win consecutive games for the first time all season.
David Lee had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes scored 20 points in the Warriors' second straight loss without Curry, who missed both games with a concussion. Andre Iguodala, who replaced Curry as the Warriors' point guard, had six points and six assists before limping to the locker room in the third quarter with a strained left hamstring.
Klay Thompson scored just two of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for Golden State, which struggled to find an offensive flow in Curry's absence. The Lakers calmly maintained a big lead throughout the fourth quarter of their 11th straight home win over their upstate rivals since March 2008.
Jordan Hill added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, while Gasol had a big offensive game at a particularly opportune time. The Spanish 7-footer pledged $1,000 for every point he scored against the Warriors to UNICEF disaster relief in the Philippines. Barnes made his third start of the season in Curry's absence, with Iguodala moving over to be Golden State's offensive playmaker. Andrew Bogut added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Curry banged his head on the court Monday at Utah, forcing him out of Wednesday's game against Memphis and this contest. The fifth-year star is averaging nearly 20 points per game and is fourth in the NBA in assists, forcing Golden State to make significant changes to its offense in the absence of his playmaking and 3-point shooting.
The Lakers know all about injury absences: Kobe Bryant still hasn't played since tearing his Achilles tendon during Golden State's last visit to Staples Center in April, while Steve Nash is out for at least another week with nerve root irritation.
While Bryant returned to practice with his teammates this week, he wasn't quite ready to begin his 18th NBA season against the team he was facing when his 17th season ended. The Lakers host Sacramento on Sunday night before heading out on a three-game East Coast road trip.
While Young's second-half offensive burst propelled his team, the Lakers also had one of their better defensive games of the young season, holding the prolific Warriors well under the 103.8 points-per-game average put up by Los Angeles' opponents so far this season.
The Lakers took their first lead on Farmar's 3-pointer right before the first-quarter buzzer, and they stretched the advantage to 55-46 at halftime with a late 13-5 run. Gasol was effective inside and out while scoring 16 points, and Blake hit two of the Lakers' five 3-pointers.
Los Angeles then scored the final 12 points of the third quarter after Golden State tied it, with Young hitting a pirouette 3-pointer to cap the rally. The Lakers held the Warriors without a point for more than five minutes, eventually going up 80-65 early in the fourth.
NOTES: Lakers C Chris Kaman sat out with a sore back. Warriors C Jermaine O'Neal sat out with a bruised knee. ... Serbian rookie Nemanja Nedovic got a bit of playing time in the first half with Curry sidelined, but committed two fouls in his first 17 seconds in the game. ... Former Minneapolis Lakers forward Vern Mikkelsen died Thursday at 85. Mikkelsen's name tops a banner at Staples Center honoring Hall of Fame members from the franchise's years in Minnesota.
Postgame: Pau Gasol(11/22/13)
Postgame: Jordan Farmar(11/22/13)
Postgame: Nick Young(11/22/13)
Postgame: Mike D'Antoni(11/22/13)
Warriors vs. LakersPau Gasol scores 16 points and Steve Blake adds 10 points as the Lakers lead the Warriors at halftime 55-46.
You will be rewardedNick Young forces the turnover and in transition catches the alley-oop lob from Jordan Farmar for the strong finish.
Shootaround Preview: WarriorsDan D'Antoni breaks down tonight's match up vs the Golden State Warriors.
Practice: Pau Gasol(11/21/13)
Practice: Jordan Hill(11/21/13)
Practice: Mike D'Antoni(11/21/13)
Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni:
(On what he saw on the floor this game)
“I thought most of the game was pretty good. I thought the ball movement was pretty good. We had some guys that made some big shots, Nick Young especially. Also Shawne Williams had a couple threes that broke it open. I thought all night our defense was good, things we talk about such as running them off the threes and stuff. We got a little sloppy at the end it’s just too bad we didn’t finish very well but they are without their point guard which would make a big difference for any team.”
(On the Nick Young coaching experience)
“It’s great, he has a great personality, he’s fun and he’s always laughing, he’s always up. Plus he’s playing defense which even makes his jokes a little funnier. He’s concentrated, has a lot of energy. Always can score the ball and he did it tonight, one three he made a stop on the slide, that was huge.”
(On alley oops working at first then seems like to many)
“No not too many, just didn’t do it right. When Wes [Wesley Johnson] is in he is always a threat. He is the guy we like to throw it to. You can’t get better at it unless you try.”
(On this year’s Laker’s vs. last years)
“The biggest thing for me is everyone is accepting of the guy in front of him or beside him. Everyone is rooting for everyone, and we just didn’t have that last year. Obviously we are not as talented but it’s a lot better team.”
(On this season’s team confidence)
“Its two different expectations and when you have those sometimes you crumble under the weight of them. Again, the team did end up 28 and 12 one of the better records in the league in the last 40 games. That’s over, we have a nice little group that we need to improve, we need to get some things worked out and get Kobe back whenever we can, Steve Nash whenever we can and see what we got.”
Lakers Guard Jordan Farmar
(On his rhythm in tonight’s game)
“It’s important for me to try to do that, just try to be aggressive and get myself going as well as get everyone else involved. Tonight I did feel good.”
(On tonight’s offensive plays)
“We have different styles of play and can hit you from different ways. It makes it hard to stop us and to game plan for it, but I have to try to make that consistent and I have to be aggressive to be one of those weapons and one of those threats on the court at all times.”
(On Klay Thompson’s game tonight)
“Just try to make them take tough shots. He’s an amazing player and they were a lot of stuff for him so It’s going to be like that sometimes even the best shooters in the world have off nights. We just tried to do our best to make him have one of those nights tonight.”
Lakers Guard Nick Young(On his chemistry on the floor with Jordan Farmar)
“He has it going. We’ve been playing together for a while, so we already had that chemistry coming in. I feel comfortable when I’m out there with him.”
(On his approach to games off the bench oppose to starting)
“It takes time. It’s the beginning of the year, you get more comfortable. Everyone started feeling their role on the team. I can’t ask for more.”
(On his defensive style)
“Just trying to stay in the game. That’s what they want and I’m just going to try to give them everything they want. Just let them play the game, trying to get an easy fast break.” Lakers Guard Steve Blake
“I’ve been saying it for a long time, it’s going to take the whole team to be successful this year. We just can’t put it on one or two guys. Our bench came through for us again. Pau played great and on the defensive end we did it together so it was a fun night.”
(On Pau Gasol’s game tonight)
“You could tell he felt good. He had a little pop twist up and playing with confidence and of course we try to give him the ball whenever we can.”
(On his rhythm with Farmar in tonight’s game)
“He’s playing great. That’s so big for our team. I think he will continue to play that way. I’m enjoying and loving watching it from the sideline and he gives us an edge against every team.”
Lakers Forward/Center Pau Gasol
(On things coming together for his performance tonight)
“I definitely had that motivation of scoring tonight for the Philippines. Once I started knocking down those outside shots, it opened things up for me because then I could attack off the dribble. They [Warriors] didn’t know what was going to come to them. I had an effective night, especially in that first half. I was happy to get the win first, but also to score all those points for a really good cause.”
(On winning two games in a row for the first time all season and finding consistency)
“I think we’re finally finding some consistency and putting good efforts mentally and physically together, and that’s giving us opportunities to beat teams. As long as we continue this path, we’ll be in really good shape. Now, we have to continue to stay focused on this next game against Sacramento on Sunday, and keep the winning streak going.”
(On having Nick Young as a teammate)
“He’s unique. He’s definitely special. He’s a guy that feeds on his own confidence, so when he feels good about himself, he becomes a very effective player and a great scorer. Tonight, he got it going and hit some big shots. He’s a very skilled offensive player, but definitely has a personality and we have to embrace it.”
THE FACT: The Los Angeles Lakers ran their home winning streak against the Golden State Warriors to 11 games.
THE LEAD: The Warriors got even thinner at the point guard spot Friday night against the Lakers, who dropped them 102-95 at Staples Center Friday night. Stephen Curry missed his second straight game with a concussion, Toney Douglas missed his sixth straight game with a leg injury and Andre Iguodala, forced to play out of position at the point because of the injuries, went down with a left hamstring strain late in the third quarter. The Lakers (6-7) took full advantage as starting point guard Steve Blake and backup Jordan Farmar each scored 14 points and helped force 19 turnovers, leading the Lakers. David Lee led the Warriors (8-5) with 21 points.
QUOTABLE: "We're a no-excuse basketball team and it's just disappointing right now. ... We cannot walk away with a good taste with how we played and the effort we put forth." --Warriors coach Mark Jackson
THE STAT: The Lakers have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
TURNING POINT: Iguodala, who came in shooting 47.8 percent from 3-point range, made his first 3 of the game to tie the score at 63 with 4:22 left in the third quarter. But shortly after stealing a pass from Xavier Henry, he headed to the locker room limping badly and clutching his left leg. The Lakers seized the moment and took off on a 15-0 run that stretched into the early parts of the fourth quarter. The Warriors never got closer than seven after that sequence.
HOT: Lakers center Pau Gasol played like the four-time All Star many have come to expect in L.A. He scored a team-high 24 points on 11-for-19 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds. He earned his points with a variety of spin moves in the post, some face-up perimeter shots and a few turnaround jumpers. Nick Young continues to flourish in a reserve role for the Lakers, scoring 21. Harrison Barnes was the only Golden State player who really shined, shooting 9-for-14 and scoring 20 points. Lee scored a team-high 21 points but shot just 7-for-17, while he and Andrew Bogut collected 13 rebounds each.
QUOTABLE II: "If we keep playing like we played tonight, there won't be no stopping us." --Lakers forward Jordan Hill
NOT: The Warriors shot 6-for-21 in the opening quarter and only slightly warmed up from there. Klay Thompson, who scored a career-high 38 points when these teams last met Oct. 30, shooting 15-for-19 from the floor, finished 6-for-20 with 19 points, his worst shooting game of the season. His lowest-scoring game of the season also took place inside Staples Center, when he was held to 10 points in a loss to the Clippers on Nov. 1. The Warriors were 10-for-19 at the free-throw line at one point in the second half, but went 8-for-9 down the stretch to finish at a somewhat respectable 64.3 percent clip. Iguodala had six turnovers in the 28 minutes he was on the floor.
GOOD MOVE: Young's impressive night wasn't limited to his offensive contributions. Midway through the first quarter, he poked the ball away from Barnes on the perimeter and it rolled to Farmar. Young knew where to go next, making a B-line for the basket where he got the basketball back for a layup. Barnes was involved in the top defensive play for Golden State, blocking Jodie Meeks from behind on a second-quarter breakaway, which led to an easy transition bucket for Bogut going the other direction.
BAD MOVE: Blake and Wesley Johnson executed a couple nice lobs this season and connected on one early against Golden State, but then they went to the well once too often. On the final two tries, Johnson didn't come close to catching the ball in flight as he was well defended, leading to two of the five turnovers for Blake and some easy transition points for the Warriors. The Lakers needed to stick with what they do best and not try to imitate their Staples Center co-tenants, the Clippers.
NOTABLE: For every point scored against the Warriors, Gasol will donate $1,000 toward the Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. ... With the absence of Curry and Douglas, rookie Nemanja Nedovic was the only available point guard for the Warriors, but he played just six minutes, missing both shot attempts. Kent Bazemore, a natural shooting guard, filled in at the point after Iguodala left the game.
UP NEXT: For the Lakers, Sunday vs. Sacramento, Tuesday @ Washington, Wednesday @ Brooklyn. For the Warriors, Saturday vs. Portland, Tuesday @ New Orleans, Wednesday @ Dallas.