Lakers Gameday | 03/23/08 | Warriors 115, Lakers 111
Jackson answers call after Warriors blow double-digit lead to clip Lakers
Stephen Jackson scored six of his 31 points on two 3-pointers in the final 38 ½ seconds, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-111 Sunday night after blowing a 26-point lead.
Jackson's first 3-pointer gave the Warriors a 112-108 lead. After Kobe Bryant's 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds left drew the Lakers within one, Jackson connected from the top of the key with 8.5 seconds left to complete the scoring.
Ellis also had 31 points along with seven rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, who won for the 10th time in 14 games. Baron Davis scored 18 points and Al Harrington added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State (43-26), which remain 1½ games ahead of Denver in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Bryant scored 16 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, and added a season-high 14 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Lakers (48-22), who had their three-game winning streak snapped and fell percentage points behind the Western Conference-leading New Orleans Hornets.
Lamar Odom had 19 points and a career-high 22 rebounds and Ronny Turiaf and Derek Fisher scored 16 each for Los Angeles.
Lakers center Pau Gasol missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle, and won't play Monday night when the teams meet again in Oakland in a possible playoff preview. Golden State's Mickael Pietrus sat out the game due to a strained groin.
The win was the second straight for the Warriors over the Lakers after a nine-game losing streak to their in-state rivals.
Ellis made two foul shots with three minutes remaining to snap a 101-101 tie, and a jumper by Davis 30 seconds later gave the Warriors a four-point lead. They were on top the rest of the way, although the Lakers drew within one twice in the last minute.
Bryant made two free throws with 5:08 left to give the Lakers a 99-97 lead -- their first since the middle of the first quarter. Neither team led by more than four points after that.
Turiaf scored five straight points to tie the game at 95 with 6:48 remaining. The Lakers had trailed 75-49 in the opening minute of the third quarter.
After a 3-pointer by Harrington gave Golden State its 26-point lead, the Lakers suddenly got on a roll, going on a 32-9 run to draw within three points. Bryant had 11 points, Fisher added 10 and Odom scored six during the spurt. The Warriors scored the last three points of the third quarter to make it 87-81.
Ellis had nine points during an 18-8 run to start the second quarter that gave Golden State a 52-38 lead, and the Warriors scored the last 13 points of the period to make it 72-49 at halftime, prompting many in the capacity crowd of 18,997 at Staples Center to boo the Lakers off the court.
The 72 points matched Golden State's high for a half this season, and were the most allowed by the Lakers in a half.
Jackson made four 3-pointers in as many attempts while scoring 16 points in the first quarter to help the Warriors take a 34-30 lead. Davis picked up two personal fouls and a technical in the opening three minutes, but played nearly 21 minutes in the first half, and didn't pick up his third personal until the fourth period.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors have split their first two meetings this season, but the Lakers still hold a significant advantage in the series over the last few years.
The Western Conference-leading Lakers try for their 10th consecutive home win over the Warriors on Sunday in the first game of a home-and-home set between teams that could meet in the first round of the playoffs.
Los Angeles (48-21) hasn't lost to the Warriors (42-26) at home since a 114-110 defeat on Jan. 22, 2003. In the nine wins since -- including a 123-113 victory on Dec. 9 -- seven have been by 10 or fewer points. Lakers star Kobe Bryant missed one of those games with a sprained ankle, but has averaged 31.3 points in the other eight.
Golden State beat the Lakers 108-106 at home on Dec. 14 to snap a nine-game overall losing streak to Los Angeles. The Warriors have won just two of the last 16 meetings between the teams.
With Los Angeles leading the West and Golden State currently holding the eighth and last playoff spot, a playoff meeting between the Pacific Division rivals is a distinct possibility. The Warriors host the Lakers on Monday to close out the season series.
The Lakers are looking to win their fourth straight following Friday's 130-105 win against Seattle. Los Angeles shot 60.7 percent from the field -- its second-highest shooting percentage of the season.
Eight players scored in double figures, led by Bryant's 23. Lamar Odom had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Ronny Turiaf had 14 points and six assists. The Lakers had a season-high 36 assists.
"We are sharing the ball, making sure everybody touches it and putting guys in positions where they can be successful," Turiaf said. "It's so much easier for us to score on other teams because they can't just focus on Kobe or Lamar."
Turiaf has started the last four games in place of the injured Pau Gasol (ankle), who coach Phil Jackson said likely won't be available for either game against the Warriors.
Despite Gasol's injury, as well as ones to Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza and Chris Mihm, Jackson said he feels good about his team's chances to maintain its slim lead over New Orleans and Houston for the West's best record.
"I think we're the front-runners," Jackson said. "I mean, if we had a healthy roster, I'd be much more comfortable saying that. But at this point, given our schedule, I think we have a real good opportunity."
The Lakers play six of their next seven at home, where they have won eight of their last nine games.
Golden State, meanwhile, is trying to hold onto the final playoff spot in the West with a 1 1/2-game lead over ninth-place Denver. The Warriors have alternated wins and losses in their six games and are coming off a 109-106 loss to Houston on Friday.
Baron Davis scored 27 points and Monta Ellis added 24. Golden State's bench was outscored 33-6 by the Rockets' reserves.
"That's a game that definitely hurts," Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson said. "We've still got a lot of games left but this is a game we should've won. We flat out should've won."
Because the Warriors are eighth in the West, Davis is thinking about moving up in the tight conference standings.
"We want to win as many as we can out of these last 14 games and put ourselves in a good position," he said. "We are still in the eighth spot, but we definitely want to get us a nice streak together ... so we can possible get up to the five or six (seed)."Copyright 2007 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited
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NOTES & CONNECTIONS
The season’s series is currently tied 1-1 between the Lakers and the Warriors after Los Angeles swept each of the last two season series with Golden State 4- 0. This will be the 284th regular season meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 177-106. The Lakers have not lost a season series to the Warriors since they were defeated 2-3 over five games during the 1994-95 season. The Lakers are 14-2 in their last 16 overall games against Golden State after having a 9-game winning streak against Golden State snapped 12/14 at ORACLE Arena. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 16-1 alltime against the Warriors and have won nine straight at home. On the road, the Lakers have gone 7-3 against the Warriors in their last 10 and have won four of their last five at ORACLE Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 24-6 against the Warriors. In 42 career games including 33 starts against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.4 points. Lamar Odom posted his first triple-double as a Laker with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Warriors on April 11, 2006. In the Lakers first meeting with Golden State this season on December 9, Andrew Bynum recorded his 10th double-double of the season with a 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in just 28 minutes as Los Angeles defeated Golden State 123-113. Lakers guard Derek Fisher played two seasons for Golden State, where he averaged a career-best 13.3 points during the 2005-06 season. Golden State’s Matt Barnes and Baron Davis along with the Lakers Jordan Farmar and Trevor Ariza all played collegiately at UCLA.
WIRE TO WIRE
Through games played on March 21, the Lakers are now second in the league in wire-to-wire victories, behind Dallas (16) and just ahead of Boston (12).
The Lakers have also played TWO games in which the opposite is true, having never held a lead in their November 23rd loss at Boston (94-107) and their January 17th loss versus Phoenix. Last season, the Lakers lost FIVE games in which they trailed wire-to-wire while dropping SIX such games in 2005-06.Click here to read the full Game Notes