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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-frazzle...
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Kobe Bryant’s wrist injury seems to impact him on the court in spurts. There bad shooting nights and some lost control on the dribble, then he’ll turn around and look like his old self for a stretch. In the Lakers loss to Denver Kobe shot 6-of-28 and there were questions, he bounced back with 14-of-29…
Kobe Bryant scored 26 of his 39 points in a dynamic second half, Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the weary Los Angeles Lakers gritted out a 97-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have won just 2 of their last 13 games in the Rose Garden.
Warriors' Brown does job on Bynum, but Lakers still get what they need
The imperative is an element of urgency based off of observation with some evidence to back it up. But like most anything in the NBA, the imperative is rarely black and white, cut and dried. Basically I’m hedging in case Bryant averages 35 points per game over the next seven games. Kobe Bryant scored 39…
Kobe Bryant has been taking a numbing injection to his shooting wrist before each game.
Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and dished out nine assists as the Los Angeles Lakers downed the Memphis Grizzlies, 90-82.
"I'm very sad for Brandon," The Lakers superstar says, adding, "I hope it's not the end for him."
One team has found an all-around team approach to winning, the other has relied on their superstars to maintain their prestige in the Western Conference. And now the self-entitled team travels from their southern palace, draped in their royal gold and purple attire, to yet again conqueror, as they have so many times before, the rugged north.
The Rose Garden arena will have a playoff...