NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 28th (All times eastern)
Golden State Warriors (9-22) at Los Angeles Lakers (24-5), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging Los Angeles Lakers will resume a five-game homestand tonight versus the Pacific Division-rival Golden State Warriors from the Staples Center.
Los Angeles opened the residency in fashion by ending Boston's franchise- record 19-game winning streak with a 92-83 victory on Thursday. Superstar Kobe Bryant notched 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Pau Gasol scored seven of his 20 points in the game's final three minutes of action.
Lamar Odom chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for LA, which finished the game on a 13-2 run and improved to 15-1 at home this season, capturing the 12th straight victory at the Staples Center. Los Angeles has won three in a row overall and will also host Utah, Portland and New Orleans.
Lakers head coach Phil Jackson posted the 1,000th win of his illustrious career, becoming the fastest coach to attain the achievement.
Golden State is also coming off a big win versus Boston, as it recorded a 99-89 victory over the Celtics on Friday at ORACLE Arena.
Stephen Jackson scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and added seven rebounds and four assists for the Warriors, who erased a 12-point halftime deficit and outscored Boston 35-17 in the final frame. Jackson had missed the previous four games with a hand injury.
Marco Belinelli finished with 22 points for Golden State, which had lost seven of eight coming into the game. The Warriors will try to work on their 4-15 record as the visitor Sunday evening.
In injury news for Golden State, guard Jamal Crawford is questionable against the Lakers because of a strained left groin.
Golden State and Los Angeles split four meetings a year ago, but the Lakers have won 15 of the previous 18 matchups in the series. Los Angeles sports a 16-2 mark over the past 18 encounters with Golden State at Staples Center.
12/28 10:22:53 ET