Lakers Fall To Golden State, Drop Third Straight Game

Tonight's loss snapped a 12-game winning streak by the Lakers over the Warriors.

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Lakers Fall To Warriors 95-87, Lose Third Straight Game

The Los Angeles Lakers dropped their third straight game, losing 95-87 to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland. David Lee scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Warriors, who have won six of their last seven home games. Andrew Bynum continued his rebounding barrage, grabbing 17 boards to go with his 13 points.

The first quarter looked like the Lakers would snap their losing skid, as the two-time defending champs built a 23-14 lead. Golden State made just seven of 29 shots from the field (24.1%) in the opening quarter, including 0-for-7 on three-pointers. The Warriors made up for their poor shooting in the first quarter, shooting 45.3% (29-for-64) the rest of the way, including 38.9% (7-for-18) from beyond the arc.

After an ugly first half, the Warriors were up five, and the game remained close into the third quarter. Golden State was up 54-50 with 7:46 remaining in the third, but then went on a 20-5 run over the next 8:17, building a 19-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Lakers cut it to eight points with under three minutes left, thanks to 10 points from Kobe Bryant in just over two minutes, but never got closer than that.

Tonight's loss snapped a 12-game winning streak by the Lakers over the Warriors. Bynum has had nine 17-rebound games in his career, and five of them have come in the last five weeks. Bryant led the Lakers with 25 points. Monta Ellis led Golden State with 26 points. The Lakers conclude their brief road trip Friday night in Portland.

For more news and information on the Lakers or tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Head To Oakland Looking To Snap Two-Game Skid

The Los Angeles Lakers just three days ago were the hottest team in the NBA. Now, two surprising home losses later, the Lakers look to get back on track tonight in Oakland as they face the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have beaten the Warriors in each of their last 12 outings, including the last six in Oakland. The Lakers are 11-2 in the second night of back-to-back games this season, including 10-2 on the road.

Despite the loss to Utah last night, Andrew Bynum had another stellar game. The big man in the pivot grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds to go with his four blocks and 12 points. Bynum in his career has had eight game of 17 or more rebounds, and four of those games have come in the last month. Since the All-Star break, Bynum has averaged 11.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks, all while shooting 60.0% from the field.

Another big man to have success against Golden State this season is Pau Gasol, who has averaged 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in three games against the Warriors this season, shooting 65.1% from the field. The Warriors have won five of their last six games at home. The Lakers are 26-12 on the road. Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL and ESPN.

For more news and information on the Lakers or tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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