NBA Game Summary - Golden State at LA Lakers
(Tuesday, February 16th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 104, Golden State 94
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Shannon Brown netted 12 of his career-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers won their fourth in a row - all without superstar Kobe Bryant - this time beating Golden State, 104-94, at Staples Center.
Brown, filling in for Bryant (sprained left ankle), also had a career-best 10 rebounds in logging his first career double-double. He shot 11-of-19 from the field as the Lakers began the post All-Star break by winning for the ninth time in 11 contests.
"I didn't know I was going to start until the pregame talk," Brown said. "I came out aggressive. They're a team that likes to play up and down and I like to play like that. It means a lot to have a career-high, but it wouldn't have meant anything if we wouldn't have gotten the win."
Andrew Bynum, who missed the previous two contests due to a bruised right hip, started at center and had 21 points and seven rebounds in the win. Ron Artest chipped in 15 points and Pau Gasol registered 14 points and nine boards. Lamar Odom scored nine to go with a game-high 18 rebounds as the Lakers beat Golden State for the eighth straight time.
Anthony Morrow scored 23 and Stephen Curry narrowly missed a triple-double with 11 points, 10 boards and eight assists, but the Warriors lost for the 10th time in 11 games. C.J. Watson had 20 points.
"We had some opportunities, but when we needed to make shots we didn't make any shots," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "Stephen had an off night. I think (Derek) Fisher got into his head a little."
Watson's jumper tied the game at 89 with 4:37 left, but Artest made one free throw to push LA ahead for good. Gasol added a layup and four foul shots for a 96-89 cushion with 1:43 remaining.
Brown later sealed the win, sinking a jumper over Corey Maggette for a 98-91 margin with 1:13 left.
"We managed to play the best over the last three minutes. Shannon had a fine game. He gives us that extra hustle. I'm glad it's over," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.
Brown scored 10 in the first quarter to help the host team to a 36-24 lead after 12 minutes, but Golden State scored 11 in a row in the second for a 49-47 edge following a Ronny Turiaf jam inside two minutes left. The Lakers led 54-51 at the break.
The Lakers scored seven in a row late in the third, pushing to a 76-66 advantage. They were in front, 79-73 moving to the fourth.
Monta Ellis missed the game for Golden State with a sprained left knee...Golden State has lost 20 of its last 22 at the Lakers...Maggette had 17 points.
02/17 01:38:37 ET