LOS ANGELES "It was ugly," said Lakers' coach Mike Brown after his team's 97-90 win over the Golden State Warriors Friday night at Staples Center. "But we'll take it."
Such are the realities of a team in transition that is now 5-1 at home and 0-3 on the road.
Kobe Bryant was once again remarkable, torching the 2-5 Warriors for 39 points and 7 assists. He was backed up by Pau Gasol's usual steady game17 points and 11 rebounds. The Lakers also got a major contribution from forward Matt Barnes, who totaled 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists despite being in foul trouble for most of the fourth quarter. He eventually fouled out. Andrew Bynum, who has taken the league by storm early this season, had 16 rebounds, but just nine points on 3-9 shooting. Monta Ellis led Golden State with 18 points and 10 assists. Stephen Curry missed the game with continuing ankle maladies.
"We needed the win, so we found a way to win," said a somewhat-frazzled Brown in his post-game news conference. "For...