LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives around Ekpe Udoh #20 of the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on January 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant Leads Lakers To Fifth Straight Home Win

The Lakers are 27-4 in their last 31 games against Golden State.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors Recap: Kobe Bryant & His 'Boxing Glove' Hand Keep Shooting, And Scoring

Nearly one week ago, Kobe Bryant played one of the worst games of his career. He had six turnovers and made just six of 28 field goals in a road loss at Denver, the only Los Angeles Lakers player in the last 25 years to miss more than 20 shots in a game. Three games later, Kobe is still Kobe, which is what we knew all along.

Bryant scored 26 of his 39 points in the second half Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, almost singlehandedly turning a seven-point third quarter deficit into a lead that the Lakers never relinquished. The Lakers beat the Warriors 97-90 for their fifth straight home win.

Kobe shot the ball 28 times on Friday night, the same number as Sunday in Denver, but the results were much better for the Lakers. He made 13 of those field goal attempts, and was able to get to the free throw line a season-high 14 times, making 12. Bryant has made a whopping 40 field goals in the last three games, shooting 49.4% during that span.

Sure, he has taken 27 shots per game in the last three games, but with 35.3 points per game and a trio of 30-point games during that time, that will get it done. Especially when considering Bryant is playing with a torn ligament in his right wrist, an injury that requires him to receive pain-numbing treatment before each game. As Matt Barnes told Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA, "He's playing with a boxing glove for a hand. It's that swollen."

In the last three games, Bryant with that boxing glove for a hand has given the Lakers a puncher's chance.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors: Kobe Bryant Scored 39 Points In 97-90 Win

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers used a strong third quarter to overcome the Golden State Warriors 97-90 at Staples Center on Friday night. The Lakers won their fifth consecutive home game and improved to 5-4 on the season.

After an ugly opening 24 minutes, the Lakers trailed the Warriors 39-35 at halftime. But in the third quarter Bryant nearly outscored the Warriors all by himself. Kobe scored 17 of his season-high 39 points during the period as the Lakers surged into the lead. Golden State led 46-39 with 9:29 remaining in the third quarter, but a 14-2 Lakers run put them into the lead for good.

Bryant made 13 of 28 from the field and set new season highs with 12 free throws made in 14 attempts. Bryant also dished out seven assists, as did Derek Fisher.

Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum helped the Lakers control the middle, especially in the second half. Gasol had perhaps his finest game of the season with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. Bynum continued his rebounding assault, grabbing 16 boards for the Lakers. However, Bynum's double-double streak was stopped at four games as he was held to just nine points in the game. The Lakers outrebounded the Warriors 47-34 on the night.

Matt Barnes scored a season-high 16 points for the Lakers, making seven of his 19 field goal attempts, and helped hold Monta Ellis to just eight of 20 shooting for the Warriors on the defensive end. The Lakers shot 48.1% from the field in the game. After making just one of eight three-point attempts in the first half, the Lakers sank two of their three shots from distance in the second half.

David Lee had a double-double for Golden State with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie Klay Thompson, former Pepperdine star and son of former Lakers player and current Lakers announcer Mychal Thompson, scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench in his Staples Center debut as a pro.

The Warriors missed nine of their 19 free throw attempts.

The Lakers improved to 1-1 in the second half of back-to-back games so far this season. Los Angeles is off on Saturday, but hosts Memphis on Sunday night.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors Halftime Score: Golden State Leads 39-35 After Ugly First Half

After an ugly first half at Staples Center on Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers trail the Golden State Warriors 39-35 at halftime. The Lakers shot just 36.6% (15 for 41) from the field in the first half and committed 12 turnovers.

Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 11 rebounds and scored six points in the opening half, though he made just three of nine field goal attempts. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 13 points in the first half. Andrew Bynum grabbed seven rebounds for the Lakers, who outrebounded Golden State 29-22.

Troy Murphy hit a three-pointer midway through the second quarter, the only one made by the Lakers in eight attempts. The three by Murphy snapped a streak of 22 consecutive misses from three-point land by the team.

Nate Robinson scored nine points off the bench to lead the Warriors and Monta Ellis added eight points. David Lee grabbed nine rebounds to go with his four points in the opening half.

The Lakers have beaten the Warriors six straight times at Staples Center.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors Game Score: Kobe Bryant Scores Eight, But Lakers Trail 22-20 After First Quarter

Kobe Bryant scored eight points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter of play, but the Lakers trail the Golden State Warriors 22-20 after one at Staples Center. It wasn't quite the frenzied pace we are used to with Golden State, which has slowed it down under new head coach Mark Jackson.

The Lakers have had a decided advantage down low, as Pau Gasol grabbed six rebounds and Andrew Bynum grabbed five boards in the opening quarter. The Lakers outrebounded Golden State 16-11 in the first 12 minutes.

To say that the Lakers have been struggling with three-point shooting would be an understatement. Coming into Friday, the Lakers have shot just 22.8% from beyond the arc, good for 28th in the NBA. The Lakers tied a franchise record on Thursday for most three-point shot attempts (11) without a make in their loss at Portland, and have made just 11 of 72 three-pointers in their last four games (15.3%). The Lakers were 0-for-3 in the first quarter from beyond the arc.

Both Ekpe Udoh and Klay Thompson led Golden State with five points off the bench in the first quarter.

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Basketball: Stephen Curry Out For Warriors With Ankle Injury, Josh McRoberts Doubtful For L.A.

The Golden State Warriors have lost six straight games to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, and have lost 26 of their last 30 games overall against the Lakers. Golden State's task got that much harder Friday night, as guard Stephen Curry is out with a sprained right ankle.

Rookie Charles Jenkins will start at point guard in place of Curry for the Warriors, per Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area. In addition, center Andris Biedrins is a game-time decision with right ankle and toe issues.

The Lakers are expected to be without Josh McRoberts, who is listed as doubtful with a sprained left big toe and left thumb. McRoberts has missed the last two games. Here are Friday's probable starting lineups:

Warriors (2-4)

Point Guard: Charles Jenkins

Shooting Guard: Monta Ellis

Small Forward: Dorell Wright

Power Forward: David Lee

Center: Andris Biedrins

Lakers (4-4)

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Matt Barnes

Power Forward: Pau Gasol

Center: Andrew Bynum

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Warriors Basketball: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers look to wipe the taste of Thursday's loss in Portland out of their mouths Friday night as they return home to host the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, the opener of a three-game homestand. Here are the relevant details of Friday night's game:

Records: Lakers (4-4); Warriors (2-4)

Location: Staples Center, downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports West, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call

Offensive Efficiency: Lakers 104.2 points per 100 possessions (10th in NBA); Warriors 98.9 (26th in NBA)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers 100.9 (12th); Warriors 106.5 (22nd)

Ownage: The Lakers have won 26 of their last 30 meetings with Golden State. They have won six straight against them in Los Angeles, and are 22-2 all-time against the Warriors at Staples Center.

Man In The Middle: Andrew Bynum has played four games and he has four double-doubles, with at least 12 boards in each game. Bynum is averaging 22.3 points and 15.8 rebounds per game in the early going this season.

Leading Scorers: Kobe Bryant, Lakers 26.4 points per game (third in NBA); Monta Ellis, Warriors 23.8 ppg (eighth)

Leading Rebounders: Bynum, Lakers 15.8 rebounds per game (second in NBA); David Lee, Warriors 8.4 rpg

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Return Home To Host Warriors At Staples Center

The Lakers are 26-4 in their last 30 games against Golden State.

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