Gameday: Lakers 97, Warriors 90

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Box Score Golden State Warriors 22 17 19 32 90
Play by Play Los Angeles Lakers 20 15 32 30 97


Kobe scores 39 as weary Lakers hold off Warriors

By GREG BEACHAM

Posted Jan 06 2012 10:15PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 26 of his 39 points in a dynamic second half, Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the weary Los Angeles Lakers gritted out a 97-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Matt Barnes had 16 points and six rebounds before fouling out for the Lakers, who won their fifth straight home game while playing their NBA-high ninth game in 13 days.

Los Angeles bounced back from a passionless first half with another strong effort from Bryant, who has three straight 30-point games. The Lakers outlasted the injury-depleted Warriors in the fourth quarter for their fifth win in seven games.

Monta Ellis scored 18 points and David Lee had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost seven straight road games to the Lakers.

Rookie Klay Thompson scored 14 points as Golden State played without high-scoring guard Stephen Curry, who sprained his right ankle Wednesday in San Antonio, and center Andris Biedrins, who also has an injured right ankle.

Bryant's two missed layups in the opening minutes were another reminder of the 13-time All-Star's struggles with a torn ligament in his right wrist. Before the game, Lakers coach Mike Brown acknowledged Bryant is receiving painkilling injections before every game, but said he isn't worried about Bryant's ability to hold up during the jam-packed NBA schedule.

Golden State led 39-35 after an unsightly first half for both teams, who combined for 23 turnovers.

Bryant heated up after halftime, scoring 17 points during the third quarter on a variety of jumpers and drives. Barnes also stepped up in the second half, playing perhaps his best game under the Lakers' new coaching staff.

Nate Robinson scored nine points two days after signing with the Warriors, who scored eight consecutive points to trim the Lakers' late 11-point lead to 85-82 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Los Angeles responded with Barnes' fast-break layup sandwiched between two quick baskets from Gasol, putting the Lakers back in control.

Kwame Brown had 13 points for the Warriors while enduring the usual cascade of boos from the Staples Center crowd for the former Lakers big man. Golden State hasn't beaten the Lakers at Staples Center since March 23, 2008, losing 32 of the last 35 road meetings overall.

The Lakers' ineptitude from 3-point range is among their biggest problems. After a franchise-record 0-for-11 performance in Portland one night earlier, the Lakers missed their first six 3-pointers against the Warriors, running their skid to 0 for 22, before Troy Murphy hit a 3 late in the second quarter.

NOTES: Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, the longtime Lakers big man and current broadcaster for the club. Klay Thompson scored a Pac-10 tournament-record 43 points for Washington State at Staples Center last March. ... Lakers F Josh McRoberts missed his third consecutive game with a sprained left big toe. Barnes started in his place. ... Fans near courtside included Charlize Theron, Vanessa Hudgens and Warriors owner Peter Guber.

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Points Bryant 39, 13-28 FG
Rebounds Bynum 16, 6 OFF 10 DEF
Assists Bryant/Fisher 7
Steals Gasol 3
Blocks Gasol 3


POSTGAME QUOTES



Mike Brown:

On tonight’s game:

“This game was really simple, it was really ugly. It was one of those games I felt we needed to win, and so we just found a way to win. Obviously, Kobe scored for us, he had seven assists and two turnovers so he played a solid, all-around game from that stand point. You know, obviously, we went through stretches where we couldn’t score and so he carried us. And that’s what great ones do. I thought Matt [Barnes] had one heck of a game for us on both ends of the floor. He did a solid job on Monta Ellis, and then he contributed the way that he could for us offensively by running the floor, and taking great shots within the flow of what we’re trying to do, and then he rebounded. So, that was a good performance from Matt, with the five assists too. And then Drew [Bynum] stepped up and rebounded. And Pau was Pau. But, it was an ugly night based on us getting in late on thinking, not necessarily having some legs. You know, you give Golden State credit because they hung in there and made it a game down the stretch. We just took this one however it came.”

On the team being a “work in progress”:

“It’s tough because you’re looking for some practice time to help clean this stuff up, and we just don’t have it. It’d be great to give the guys a day off because we had a back-to-back, but I think we’ve probably played the most games in the NBA right now or close to it, so it’d be terrific to give them the day off tomorrow, but we have another one coming. And there’s a lot that we have to clean up. Hopefully I can do my job, and then get them in and get them out, and not keep them too long so that they have some legs come Sunday.”

On being concerned having not won on the road yet:

“Not yet. It’s still too early, and there’s still too much to be done. Obviously, we have to play better in a hostile environment. Defensively first, and we didn’t do a good job, and then we have to execute offensively. And right now, our execution offensively I thought was pretty good the last few games. The second half in Portland it tailed off, and tonight I thought our execution offensively was not good at all. We just kind of found a way to win, even though it was really ugly.”



Matt Barnes:

On how he was able to stop Monta Ellis on defense:

“I was just helping my teammates. He [Ellis] is an all-star caliber player, you know, one of the league’s leading scorers and you just want to make him work for the shots. I know being bigger he won’t be able to shoot over me so… he’s quick but I know I can keep a little bit of space and stop uncontested shots.”

On getting significant minutes tonight:

“It felt good to actually get out there and get a rhythm. You know, I’ve kind of been in and out a lot early in the season so it’s been hard to catch a rhythm defensively or offensively but tonight coach went with me and I was able to catch my second wind and I felt good out there.”



Pau Gasol:

On how team fights fatigue factor in season thus far:

“You have no choice, really. You have to fight through fatigue, you have to mentally prove yourself and to give your best effort. It’s going to be there, but mentally, if you’re strong enough, you can fight through it and still be effective out there.”

On adjusting to Bynum being back:

“It’s a little bit of an adjustment, but Andrew has been effective so that’s why we’re going to him a little more. As long as he’s effective and he scores, we’ll continue to do that. We have to have a little balance. Somebody has to space the floor a little bit and sacrifice themselves a little bit, so we just got to understand that.”



Kobe Bryant:

On team’s offensive struggles in first half:

“You’ll have a lot of nights like that with us. We’re not a transition team by any means, so you won’t see the type of fluidity that you see from other ball clubs in the league.”

On Bynum dealing with double teams:

“It’s just him getting used to it. We’re going to be going to him a lot. It’s just getting used to the consistency and touches and then dealing with double teams. He’ll be fine --- he’s a quick learner.”



Mark Jackson:

On Kobe Bryant’s game:

“He’s playing great. Very aggressive, carrying that team offensively and he’s their lone play maker. He’s playing great but that’s no surprise, that’s who he is.”

On technical foul:

“I asked for a technical foul because my guys were working their tails off and I refuse to watch them fight and come up on the short end.”



Kwame Brown:

On defending Andrew Bynum:

“He’s a grown man now. He’s grown into his body well. He’s a lot more physical now than when he first came in, I just kind of know his moves. It’s really difficult when you post Kobe Bryant and you have to take your body off of him because he is so long at the rim so I just tried to keep my body on him the whole time. It allowed Kobe Bryant to go one-on-one a lot more than we wanted him to.”



David Lee:

On Kobe Bryant:

“A lot of their shots they were making in the fourth quarter were Kobe Bryant fade-aways from 17 feet. That’s a tough shot to defend. They got to the foul line a lot, Kobe did in the fourth quarter. He had a very good game tonight but he was really the only guy tonight that killed us statistically. It’s tough when he has a night like that.”

On defending the Lakers big men:

“I think for the most part we held Bynum and Gasol in check…We can take that away but it’s about getting stops as a team. It’s not about which guy does it. The fact of the matter is that Kobe had a big game and he played well.”






Warriors-Lakers Preview

By JEFF MEZYDLO

Posted Jan 05 2012 11:53PM

It's been almost four years since the Golden State Warriors beat the Lakers in Los Angeles. Without talented guard Stephen Curry, their chances of ending that drought could be slimmer.

A nagging ankle injury could keep one of the Warriors' top scorers on the bench when they look to avoid a seventh consecutive road loss to the Lakers on Friday night.

Golden State (2-4) fell 101-95 at San Antonio on Wednesday, its third straight defeat. The Warriors biggest loss, however, might have come when Curry re-aggravated his sprained left ankle in the second half. The team's third-leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, Curry had 20, shot 7 of 11 and added eight assists in 30 minutes before leaving.

"It's been one of those things that's been chronic with me," the third-year guard said. "I've been trying to nip it in the bud, but it seems to be coming back. Hopefully it won't last too long because it's frustrating not to be able to be out there with my teammates."

Though the Warriors signed diminutive veteran Nate Robinson this week to provide depth at guard, Curry's backcourt mate Monta Ellis likely will carry the scoring load as Golden State tries to beat the Lakers (4-4) at Staples Center for the first time since a 115-111 win March 23, 2008.

The Warriors have lost six straight road games to the Lakers since then, and 31 of the last 34 meetings between these teams in Los Angeles.

Ellis had 38 points and seven assists in the loss Wednesday for Golden State, which is averaging just 90.3 points after putting up no fewer than 103.9 per contest in any of the previous five seasons.

"He was incredible and inspiring," first-year coach Mark Jackson said of Ellis. "I'm proud of his effort and his leadership."

Ellis has combined for 64 points in the Warriors' last two games against the Lakers - both at home. However, he had just five while shooting 2 of 10 before leaving with a hip injury in a 117-98 loss at Los Angeles on Nov. 21, 2010, Golden State's last visit. Ellis had averaged 25.0 points and gone 42 of 84 from the field in his previous four games there.

The Warriors will also need a solid contribution from David Lee, who posted 13 points and 10 boards against the Spurs after missing Monday's 102-91 loss at Phoenix with food poisoning. Lee had 22 points and 17 rebounds in a 95-87 home win over Los Angeles on April 6 that snapped Golden State's 12-game overall skid against the Lakers.

Los Angeles has won four straight at home since opening with an 88-87 loss to Chicago at Staples Center on Christmas, but will try to bounce back from Thursday's 107-96 loss at Western Conference-leading Portland.

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Andrew Bynum added 21 and 12 rebounds but the Lakers went 0 for 11 from 3-point range and fell to 0-3 on the road. Los Angeles is shooting just 22.8 percent from beyond the arc this season - third-worst in the NBA.

Despite his injured wrist, Bryant has totaled 67 points in the last two games. He's averaged 26.8 points during his career against the Warriors.

Bynum has averaged 22.3 points and 15.8 boards in four games since opening the season by serving a four-game suspension stemming from the 2011 playoffs.

"He's been really aggressive," teammate Pau Gasol said. "I'm glad to see him with this level of intensity and energy."

The Lakers are trying to avoid their first losing record through nine games since 2005-06, when they opened 4-5.


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Probable Starters
  Lakers    
  #9 Barnes SF #1 Wright  
  #16 Gasol PF #10 Lee  
  #17 Bynum C #15 Biedrins  
  #24 Bryant SG #8 Ellis  
  #2 Fisher PG #30 Curry  



Lakers Kobe Bryant
(torn lunotriquetral ligament, right wrist) is probable.
Matt Barnes
(bursitis, left hip) is probable.
Derrick Caracter
(torn lateral meniscus, left knee) is out.
Pau Gasol
(sprained right shoulder) is probable.
Josh McRoberts
(sprained left big toe and left thumb) is doubtful.

Stephen Curry(sprained ankle) is day-to-day.



Game 1: 01/06 - GSW @ LAL
Game 2: 03/27 - LAL @ GSW
Game 3: 04/01 - GSW @ LAL
Game 4: 04/18 - LAL @ GSW


GAME NOTES

SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers won last season’s series with Golden State 3-1 after sweeping the 2010-11 series 4-0. The Lakers have swept four of the last six season series with the Warriors and have not lost a season series to Golden State since they were defeated 2-3 over five games during the 1994-95 season. The Lakers and Warriors have met 297 times in the regular season during the Los Angeles Era with the Lakers leading the all-time series 189- 108. Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers and Warriors have met a total of 388 times with the Lakers holding a 240-148 all-time series advantage. The Lakers are 26-4 in their last 30 games against Golden State but had their 12-game win streak against the Warriors snapped in their most recent meeting 4/6/11 at ORACLE Arena (87-95). At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 22-2 all-time against the Warriors. On the road, the Lakers have gone 8-2 against the Warriors in their last 10 games at ORACLE Arena. In 55 career games including 46 starts against the Warriors, Bryant is averaging 26.8 points per game with a high game of 51 points, his 4th highest average among all teams behind Charlotte, Toronto and Portland. Lakers guard Derek Fisher played two seasons for Golden State, where he averaged a career-best 13.3 points during the 2005-06 season. Lakers forward Troy Murphy was drafted by Golden State with the 14th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. Murphy played his first five and a half NBA seasons with the Warriors, averaging a double-double for the year three times in the Bay Area (2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06). Kwame Brown played for two-plus seasons with the Lakers from 2005-08, averaging 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 136 games before being traded to Memphis along with Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol and first round draft picks in 2008 and 2010 in exchange for Pau Gasol and a 2010 second round draft pick. Warriors rookie guard Klay Thompson, who played his prep basketball locally at Santa Margarita HS in Orange County and was selected by Golden State with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, is the son of former Lakers forward/center and current radio color analyst Mychal Thompson.


BRYANT YOUNGEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 28,000 POINTS; 6th EVER TO REACH MILESTONE
With a free throw at the 10:43 mark of the third quarter January 1st at Denver, Kobe Bryant reached 28,000 points for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 28,000 points in NBA history (33 years, 131 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (34 year, 109 days) who reached the milestone back on December 8, 1970. Michael Jordan (34 years, 333 days), the only other guard in NBA history to score 28,000 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (34 years, 363 days), Karl Malone (35 years, 212 days), and Shaquille O’Neal (37 years, 319 days) round out the top six. Additionally, in reaching 28,000 points in 1,109 games, Bryant became just the 6th player in NBA history to do so and the 5th fastest in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 28,000, doing so in 825 games, followed by Jordan (886), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,008), Karl Malone (1,070) and Shaquille O’Neal (1,154).

Last season, Bryant reached the 27,000 point milestone with his 28th point January 30 vs. Boston. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 27,000 points in NBA history (32 years, 160 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 202 days) who reached the milestone back on March 11, 1969. Additionally, Bryant became the 8th player in NBA history to score 27,000 points and the 5th fastest to do so (1,069) in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 27,000, doing so in 780 games, followed by Jordan (852), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (965) and Karl Malone (1,035). The youngest player in league history to accumulate 18,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 28,000 points, Bryant was the 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000, 12th fastest to 21,000, 12th fastest to 22,000, 11th fastest to 23,000, 9th fastest to 24,000, 9th fastest to 25,000, 8th fastest to 26,000 points and 5th fastest to 27,000 points in terms of games.


BRYANT NOW 3RD ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST During the 2009-10 season, with his 29th point on February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. In the history of the NBA, only two players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (28,049): Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277). Last season, Bryant moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,511) 12/19/10 at Toronto and John Havlicek (26,395) 12/10/10 at Chicago into third on this list.






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