The Los Angeles Lakers got off to a great start tonight, building a big first quarter lead. In the second quarter, they extended it some more, and take a whopping 69-41 lead over the Golden State Warriors into the locker room at halftime at Staples Center. The Lakers look like locks to win their 11th straight against Golden State.
The Lakers built a 37-21 lead after one quarter, then outscored the Warriors 32-20 in the second quarter. Pau Gasol scored 20 points to lead the Lakers, and grabbed four rebounds as well. Gasol has a tweaked ankle, and the big lead is just what the doctor ordered, as Gasol won't have to play many minutes in the second half. Gasol took the baton from Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher from Friday night, as Gasol made all eight field goal attempts in the first half.
Kobe Bryant scored 13 points and had six rebounds, and Shannon Brown scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Lakers shot 65.9% in the first half, and had 20 assists on their 29 field goal makes. The Lakers out-rebounded the Warriors 24-18, and held Golden State to 35.6% shooting in the first half.
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