Both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors were coming off embarrassing losses to the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs heading into Wednesday night’s game, but behind Andrew Bynum’s monster first half and Pau Gasol’s fifth career triple-double, the Lakers ensured themselves an easy 99-87 win over the injury-riddled Warriors.
Bynum continued his recent domination with a 31-point performance on 12 of 14 shooting, while hitting all seven of his free throws. He rested during the fourth quarter, as Gasol secured his first triple-double since early last season. Gasol finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
The Lakers looked like a different team just one night after giving up 112 points to San Antonio, holding their opponent to 87 points on 42% shooting. They also passed the ball with remarkable efficiency, assisting on all but three of their field goals.
The Warriors simply had no answer for the Lakers’ interior presence.