NBA Game Summary - Golden State at LA Lakers
(Sunday, December 9th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 123, Golden State 113
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half and dished out eight assists, as the Lakers ran past the Golden State Warriors, 123-113, at the Staples Center.
Andrew Bynum added 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for Los Angeles, which beat Golden State for a ninth straight time. Derek Fisher had 15 points and Lamar Odom contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for LA, which has won 14 of the last 15 meetings. The Lakers have also won nine straight at home against the Warriors.
"We survived a slow start," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I thought we would be a little rusty not having enough practice time between games, but we played a stellar second half and we were able to get it to Andrew and use him to our advantage."
The Lakers had seven players in double figures. Vladimir Radmanovic ended with 14 points, Trevor Ariza 11 and Ronny Turiaf scored 10 points.
The Lakers shot 53.1 percent from the field, on the way to their third straight victory.
Baron Davis ended with 20 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who had a two-game winning streak broken. Golden State had won eight of its previous nine games, but went 8-of-33 from three-point range in this game. They fell to 1-16 all-time at the Staples Center.
"We were beaten, outplayed, and they deserved to win," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We gave it the old college try and it wasn't to be today."
Monta Ellis' free throw cut Golden State's deficit to 99-95 with 8:45 remaining, but the Lakers went on a 16-4 spurt to blow it open. Bryant started the flurry with a jumper and ended it with a three-point play with 4:41 left, essentially sealing the win.
Stephen Jackson tallied 18 points for the Warriors, who lost despite a 47-38 rebounding advantage.
The game was tied at 31 going into the second quarter and the tight matchup continued with the Lakers holding a 60-59 lead at the half. LA opened the third on an 8-1 spurt though before Golden State came back with 12 in a row to go ahead 71-68.
The runs continued, as the Lakers surged to an 88-77 lead with 2:54 left in the third. Ariza capped the rally with a free throw and it was 92-86 going into the fourth.
Mickael Pietrus had 14 points and Ellis 13 for the Warriors...LA went 8-of-18 from three-point range.
12/10 01:02:26 ET