NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Los Angeles Lakers
(Tuesday, April 11th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 111, Golden State 100
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant poured in 31 points and dished out five assists to lead the LA Lakers past struggling Golden State, 111-100, at the Staples Center.
Smush Parker added 18 points and four steals for the Lakers, who won their second straight game and moved a game ahead of Sacramento in the race for the seventh spot in the NBA's Western Conference playoff race.
Lamar Odom recorded his first triple-double for the Lakers with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists while Kwame Brown also netted 15 points and pulled down 15 boards in the win.
"I am happy," Odom said afterwards. "I missed so many before by one assist or two rebounds. "Usually when you get one, you keep it rolling, I'm proud of my assists and getting everyone involved."
Bryant scored all but one of his points in the first half. He missed a majority of action in the second half as the game got out of hand.Late in the first half he rolled his left ankle, but continued to play.
Jason Richardson recorded 20 points for the Warriors, who lost their season- high ninth consecutive game. Derek Fisher tallied 18 points and five assists while Mike Dunleavy contributed 12 points in the loss.
"Kobe Bryant is a monster who is extremely difficult to defend," said Golden State coach Mike Montgomery. "They get so much confidence from having him out there."
After a solid second quarter, the Lakers ran away with the game by scoring 17 of the game's first 21 points in the third quarter. Parker highlighted the run with back-to-back treys and capped it with a running jumper to put Los Angeles on top 79-60 with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the third stanza.
A pair of Ronny Turiaf free throws, with 39 seconds left in the quarter, gave the Lakers their first 20-point advantage, 95-75, and they led 95-77 heading to the final frame.
The woeful Warriors never seriously threatened in the fourth quarter. Brown's dunk with 8 1/2 minutes left in the game gave the Lakers their largest lead of the night, 103-79, and enabled Phil Jackson to sit down his regulars.
The Warriors managed to close the gap against the Lakers' reserves but their final basket, a dunk by Ike Diogu with only five seconds remaining, would be as close as they would come, 111-100.
The Warriors built a 33-23 advantage after the first 12 minutes of action but the Lakers used a dominant second frame to see-saw back in control. Los Angeles outscored the Warriors by 16 points in the quarter and managed to take a 62-56 edge into intermission.
With the win, the Lakers clinched a winning season. In 15 years of coaching, Jackson has never suffered through a losing season...The Lakers are 24-14 as the host this season...The Warriors are 12-27 on the road this season and they have lost five straight as the visitor.
04/12 01:48:41 ET