NBA Game Summary - Golden State at LA Lakers|
(Friday, November 9th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 101, Golden State 77
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 27 points
on Friday night, as the Los Angeles Lakers got the post-Mike Brown era off on
the right foot with a resounding 101-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors
at Staples Center.
Brown was fired earlier on Friday in the wake of a dismal 1-4 start for a team
which many national pundits pegged as the favorites to win the Western
"It's been a long day," Bryant admitted. "We were all surprised with the news.
We just had to go about our business."
Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff coached Los Angeles to victory on Friday,
but the team announced the search for a permanent replacement would begin
immediately, with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and former Knicks bench
boss Mike D'Antoni emerging as the frontrunners.
"I had butterflies, but I enjoyed myself," Bickerstaff remarked. "Every body
had a little pep in their step. We made some progress."
On the court, Bryant added nine rebounds and seven assists, while Pau Gasol
recorded a double-double with 14 points and 16 boards to help the Lakers earn
their fifth consecutive victory over the Warriors.
Stephen Curry paced Golden State with 18 points and five assists and Klay
Thompson chipped in 15 points for the Warriors, who have alternated wins and
losses through the first six games.
"They dominated us on the offensive boards," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
"We had too many turnovers. We just didn't take care of the basketball."
The Warriors remained close early on and trailed just 23-22 after 12 minutes
David Lee opened the second with a layup to put the visitors in front, but
Antawn Jamison buried a triple at the other end to spark a 10-2 surge from Los
Angeles, as the Lakers grabbed a 33-26 lead with just under eight minutes
remaining until halftime.
Golden State scored the next five points to pull within two, but the Warriors
didn't score a bucket from the field over the next six-plus minutes and were
outscored 14-5 until Curry's pullup jumper with less than 15 seconds left sent
the visitors into the locker room facing a 47-38 deficit.
The Warriors scored the first seven points of the second half to pull within
two yet again, but the Lakers responded with a decisive 17-5 swing, including
nine from Bryant to build a 64-50 lead with just under three minutes left in
The advantage ballooned to 72-55 after three frames and peaked at 28 in the
fourth as the Lakers cruised to the double-digit victory.
Jamison finished with six points and seven rebounds ... Lee recorded a double-
double with 10 points and 12 boards ... Los Angeles scored 23 second-chance
points compared to just 10 for Golden State ... The Lakers shot 40 percent
from the field and held the Warriors to 33.7 percent shooting.
11/10 01:48:57 ET