NBA Game Summary - Golden State at LA Lakers|
(Sunday, April 1st)
Final Score: LA Lakers 120, Golden State 112
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - One night after a horrendous shooting
performance, Kobe Bryant returned to MVP form with 40 points, and the Los
Angeles Lakers beat Golden State, 120-112, at Staples Center.
Despite losing Andrew Bynum to an ankle injury, the Lakers posted their fifth
win in seven contests. They also beat the Warriors for the 15th time in the
last 16 meetings.
Bryant missed his first 15 shots and went 3-of-21 from the field, but made the
go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute in an 88-85 home win over the
Hornets Saturday afternoon. On Sunday night, he recorded his fifth game of at
least 40 points this season. Bryant ended 16-of-28 from the field.
Bynum suffered a moderate sprain of his left ankle late in the first quarter.
He rolled the ankle by landing on the foot of teammate Josh McRoberts while
contesting a shot from David Lee. X-rays taken at the Staples Center were
negative. He will be evaluated Monday.
"With Andrew out of the lineup, it's not a championship formula, but we can
win," Bryant said.
Pau Gasol provided a big lift after Bynum left and ended with 26 points, 11
rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Ramon Sessions contributed a season-
best 23 points along with nine assists.
"When Andrew went down we stepped it up and played well," Gasol said. "I had
more looks and I felt comfortable. Once Kobe knocked down his first three or
four shots, I knew he was going to have a big game."
Lee had 27 points for the Warriors, who lost their fifth in a row.
"I was proud of the way we fought. We put ourselves in a position to win,"
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Credit Kobe, he made some big shots at the
end and gave them some breathing room. That's Kobe."
Golden State committed just five turnovers and made 11-of-21 attempts from
beyond the arc, but could not provide the muscle needed to beat the Lakers.
The Warriors were outrebounded, 50-29.
Richard Jefferson, who had 16 points, hit a three to get the visitors within
115-112 with 1:21 on the clock. Metta World Peace came right back 12 seconds
later by nailing a long-distance shot from the left wing to restore the six-
point margin and seal the outcome.
Bryant scored 13 in the opening quarter, but LA led only 27-26 after 12
minutes. It was 57-54 for the hosts at the half.
The Lakers started to pull away in the third when they shot 60 percent. Bryant
scored 12 in the period, and the Lakers were up by as many as 15. They led,
89-76, going to the fourth.
Klay Thompson, who ended with 18 points, hit a driving layup to bring Golden
State within 97-96 with seven minutes to go, but LA netted the next nine
points, capped by a Bryant jumper.
The Lakers moved 1 1/2 games clear of the Clippers for the lead in the Pacific
Division...Bryant has 112 games in which he's scored at least 40 points...Nate
Robinson went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and scored 17 in defeat...Troy Murphy
equaled a season-high with 11 boards for LA...Golden State hasn't achieved
much success as the guest in this series, losing eight in a row and 24 of 26
04/02 00:56:44 ET
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