NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Golden State
(Monday, March 15th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 124, Golden State 121
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 124-121 win over Golden State, their ninth straight win over the Warriors.
Pau Gasol added 26 points, while Andrew Bynum contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds, as the Lakers posted their third straight victory. Lamar Odom totaled 17 points and 12 boards in the win.
"We let them get back into the game, but at the end of the day, we still won," Bryant said. "The only issue I am having is with my own turnovers. I turned the ball over too many times."
Stephen Curry ended with 29 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who lost for the seventh time in eight contests. Chris Hunter had a career- best 22 points, but Monta Ellis struggled in a big way for Golden State, going 5-of-23 from the field in a 13-point effort.
Ellis' driving layup moved the Warriors within 123-121 with 10.6 seconds left, and the door was left open for the home team when Bryant went 1-of-2 at the foul line with 8.6 on the clock.
Curry then missed a three-point shot, but Ellis got the long rebound and race to the top of the arc. The attempt from Ellis bounced three times off the rim before finally falling away as the horn sounded.
"There were three seconds left and I didn't see anyone else so I just launched the ball," Ellis said. "At first I thought it was short, but when it hit the rim and then hit the backboard I was like 'okay it's going to go' but then it went to the left and I was like 'son of a gun'. But hey it was a great game to me. I liked everything about it, and we played excellent."
The Lakers shot a sizzling 13-of-19 from the field in the third quarter to turn a six-point halftime deficit into a seven-point lead moving to the fourth. Derek Fisher scored all of his nine points in the period.
Bryant's layup capped a string of 12 straight points for LA, which rallied for a 79-74 lead at the midway point of the quarter.
Ahead 94-87 going to the fourth, the Lakers widened their lead to double digits at 100-90 on Odom's layup two minutes into the stanza. Golden State scored 10 of the next 11 points, but the see-saw continued with the Lakers gaining a 121-110 lead on a pair of Gasol free throws with two minutes to go.
One last rally from the Warriors fell short.
The Lakers held a 39-32 lead after 12 minutes, but the Warriors scored nine in a row late in the second to take a 63-57 lead. It was 65-59 at halftime.
The Warriors forced 24 turnovers, converting that to 29 points. Bryant had nine turnovers and Bynum eight...Ellis also had 11 assists and five steals...Corey Maggette scored 18 for the Warriors, who went 13-of-30 from three-point range.
03/16 02:36:37 ET