Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/6

Game 1: Friday, January 6th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 27th
Game 3: Sunday, April 1st
Game 4: Wednesday, April 18th

Warriors 90

(2-5, 0-3 away)

Lakers 97

(5-4, 5-1 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    10:30 PM ET, January 6, 2012

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 22 17 19 3290
    LAL 20 15 32 3097

    Top Performers

    GS: M. Ellis 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 5 Stl

    LAL: K. Bryant 39 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast

    Kobe Bryant scores 39 as weary Lakers hold off Warriors

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant's injured right hand looks like a boxing glove, and his fellow Lakers' legs are exhausted from a brutal early-season schedule.

    That's still not enough to make Bryant flinch while carrying Los Angeles to yet another home victory over the Golden State Warriors.

    Bryant scored 26 of his 39 points in a dynamic second half, Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the weary Lakers hung on in the fourth quarter for a 97-90 victory over their upstate rivals Friday night.

    Matt Barnes had 16 points and six rebounds before fouling out for the Lakers, who won their fifth straight home game while playing their NBA-high ninth game in 13 days. Los Angeles bounced back from a passionless first half with another strong effort from Bryant, who has three straight 30-point games.

    "The important thing was for us to try to pick up our energy on both ends of the floor and play with a little bit more life," Bryant said.

    Bryant's two missed layups in the opening minutes were another reminder of the 13-time All-Star's struggles with a torn ligament in his right wrist. Before the game, Lakers coach Mike Brown acknowledged Bryant is receiving painkilling injections before every game, but said he isn't worried about Bryant's ability to hold up during the jam-packed NBA schedule.

    "We went through stretches where we couldn't score, and so he carried us," Brown said. "That's what great ones do."

    With 7-footers Andrew Bynum and Gasol openly struggling with exhaustion, most of the Lakers' offensive burden fell on Bryant. He handled it with his usual vicious effectiveness -- even if he didn't approve of his own methods.

    "I shot 28 times. I shot too much," Bryant said.

    Golden State led 39-35 after an unsightly first half for both teams, who combined for 23 turnovers. Bryant heated up after halftime, scoring 17 points during the third quarter on a variety of jumpers and drives.

    The Lakers then outlasted the injury-depleted Warriors in the fourth quarter for their fifth win in seven games.

    Monta Ellis scored 18 points and David Lee had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost seven straight road games to the Lakers. Golden State dropped to 2-5 before returning to Oakland for a three-game homestand.

    "A lot of the shots they were making in the fourth quarter were Kobe Bryant fadeaways from 17 feet," Lee said. "That's a tough shot to defend. He had a very good game tonight, but he was really the only guy that killed us statistically. It's tough when he has a night like that."

    Rookie Klay Thompson scored 14 points as Golden State played without high-scoring guard Stephen Curry, who sprained his right ankle Wednesday in San Antonio, and center Andris Biedrins, who also has an injured right ankle.

    Nate Robinson scored nine points two days after signing with the Warriors, who scored eight consecutive points to trim the Lakers' late 11-point lead to 85-82 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Los Angeles responded with Barnes' fast-break layup sandwiched between two quick baskets from Gasol, putting the Lakers back in control.

    Kwame Brown had 13 points for the Warriors while enduring the usual cascade of boos from the Staples Center crowd for the former Lakers big man. Golden State hasn't beaten the Lakers at Staples Center since March 23, 2008, losing 32 of the last 35 road meetings overall.

    "We've just got to get tough mentally," Brown said. "We have such a young team, and we don't have a real superstar. When the refs starting biting the whistle, we've just got to get tougher. They've earned the right to get those calls by winning championships."

    The Lakers' ineptitude from 3-point range is among their biggest problems. After a franchise-record 0-for-11 performance in Portland one night earlier, the Lakers missed their first six 3-pointers against the Warriors, running their skid to 0 for 22, before Troy Murphy hit a 3 late in the second quarter.

    Game notes

    Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, the longtime Lakers big man and current broadcaster for the club. Klay Thompson scored a Pac-10 tournament-record 43 points for Washington State at Staples Center last March. ... Lakers F Josh McRoberts missed his third consecutive game with a sprained left big toe. Barnes started in his place. ... Fans near courtside included Charlize Theron, Vanessa Hudgens and Warriors owner Peter Guber.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 97
    FGM-FGA 38-77 (.494) 37-77 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 3-11 (.273)
    FTM-FTA 10-19 (.526) 20-29 (.690)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-34 15-47
    Assists 19 27
    Turnovers 20 19
    Steals 9 7
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 6 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (2/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 13

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Los Angeles
    Monta Ellis Ellis
    Points: 18
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 39
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0

    Research Notes

    NEXT LEVEL: The Lakers struggled to score in the first half, shooting 36.6 percent with 35 points. Los Angeles shot much better in the second half, especially in its half-court offense, scoring 50 of its 62 points.
    NEXT LEVEL: After scoring 13 points in the first half, Kobe Bryant took charge rest of the game scoring 26 points, thanks to his isolation game. Coming into Friday, Bryant led the league in points off isolation plays. The 39 points scored by Bryant are an NBA season-high.

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