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NBA Game Summary - Golden State at LA Lakers

(Friday, December 3rd)

Final Score: LA Lakers 97, Golden State 88

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Caron Butler netted a season-best 27 points and Kobe Bryant compiled a triple-double as the Los Angeles Lakers topped Golden State, 97-88, at the Staples Center.

Bryant finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Lakers, who rebounded from Wednesday's 92-84 loss at Chicago. Chris Mihm chipped in 15 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Brian Cook added 15 points off the bench in the win.

"Even though Kobe didn't have a really good (shooting) night, it was great to show that the guy can win even when he's not at the top of his game," said Los Angeles head coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

Jason Richardson racked up 22 points and seven assists, while Troy Murphy recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who fell to 3-12 with their fourth consecutive defeat.

The Lakers were down 83-79 with six minutes remaining, but reeled off 12 unanswered points to forge ahead to stay. Chucky Atkins began the deciding run with a three-pointer and Bryant sank a pair of clutch jumpers. The spurt concluded when Cook drained a trey from the baseline with 2:48 to go which put Los Angeles up 91-83.

"I knew (Golden State would) give us a heck of a game," Tomjanovich remarked. "I'm happy with our defense holding them down. And we got a real good game from Caron."

Golden State trailed 54-47 at the intermission, but began the second half with a 9-2 flurry, capped by Richardson's short jump shot with 9:15 to play in the quarter, to grab a 56-55 edge. The game remained tight through the rest of the period, with neither team up by more than five points, and was deadlocked at 71-71 heading into the final 12 minutes.

The Warriors went up 78-76 on Clifford Robinson's basket with eight minutes left, but Cook hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to put LA back ahead. Another Robinson field goal followed by Speedy Claxton's three-point play gave Golden State a four-point cushion before the Lakers assumed control.

Butler poured in 11 points in the first quarter, including seven during a 9-2 run which gave the Lakers a 24-16 lead with two minutes to go in the period. Los Angeles, which shot 63 percent for the opening stanza, ended the quarter with a 29-20 advantage after Tierre Brown buried a three-pointer with two seconds left.

A three-point play from Brown followed by Jumaine Jones' layup off a nifty pass from Odom put the Lakers up 44-30 midway through the second. The Warriors then outscored Los Angeles 11-2 over the next 2 1/2 minutes to get back into it. Eduardo Najera's fastbreak dunk ended the spurt and cut Golden State's deficit to 46-41 with 3:10 remaining before the break.

The Lakers would get the lead back to double figures when Butler's bucket at the 1:47 mark put the hosts up 52-42, but the Warriors would again fight back before the end of the half. After Mike Dunleavy sank two free throws, Richardson was fouled after converting a layup with 25 seconds left. He promptly sank the bonus attempt to trim the margin to five points.

Brown then putback his own miss with three seconds on the clock as Los Angeles went into the locker room ahead 54-47.

Game Notes

Derek Fisher, who played eight seasons with Los Angeles before signing a free- agent contract with the Warriors, had four points in 19 minutes in his first game against his former team...Golden State has lost in 19 of its last 21 visits to Los Angeles, including 10 of the last 11 matchups...Butler's previous season-high was 23 points, set November 9 at New Orleans...The Lakers shot just 20.8 percent (5-of-24) in the third quarter...Bryant's triple-double was his second this year and the 11th of his career.

12/04 01:38:50 ET

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