NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 3rd (All times eastern)
Golden State Warriors (3-11) at Los Angeles Lakers (9-7), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers attempt to get back on the winning track, as they welcome the Golden State Warriors tonight to the Staples Center.
On Wednesday, the Lakers suffered a tough 92-84 loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Kobe Bryant led the way for Los Angeles with 28 points on 9-of-21 shooting. Bryant also grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.
Chucky Atkins recorded 19 points against Chicago, while Caron Butler chipped in 13 for the Lakers, who shot 42 percent from the field, including 32.1 percent (9-of-28) from three-point range. The Lakers hit 13-of-17 shots (.765) from the free throw line. LA was outrebounded by the Bulls, 51-37.
Bryant has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games. He has averaged 27.4 points, seven rebounds and 8.6 assists in that span.
The Lakers are 6-2 as the host this season.
Golden State lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-99, on Wednesday at The Arena. Troy Murphy paced the Warriors with 25 points with a game-high 17 boards. Jason Richardson collected 21 points for Golden State, which has dropped three in a row and four of its last five overall.
In the fourth quarter, Minnesota took the lead for good on two free throws by Sam Cassell, making it 92-91 with around seven minutes left in the contest. After Derek Fisher missed a trey down at the other end of the court, Minnesota scored four quick points to own a 96-91 lead moments later. The Warriors trimmed the deficit to 98-97 on Mickael Pietrus' dunk with just under two minutes left, but that was as close as Golden State would get the rest of the way. Minnesota sealed the win by closing out the game on 9-2 run for the final margin.
Murphy has scored in double-digits in five straight games. He is averaging 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in that span.
The Warriors are just 1-5 on the road this season.
In 2003-04, the Lakers won three of their contests with the Warriors. Overall, the Lakers have won four of five and six of the last nine meetings in this series. Golden State has lost nine of 10 and 18 of its last 20 at the Lakers.
12/03 10:19:07 ET