Lakers defeat Golden State Warriors, 120-99, in exhibition game
The Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 120-99, Thursday night in an exhibition game.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 23 points and seven rebounds.
Kobe Bryant didn't play because he rested his right knee, which he had surgically repaired this summer.
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson didn't attend the game because of flu-like symptoms.
Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw took charge of the team because the Warriors are a team that he scouts during the regular season.
The Lakers improved to 3-4 in the exhibition season.
They play their final exhibition game Friday night against the Warriors in Ontario. Bryant is expected to play in that game.
Sasha Vujacic, who started in place of Bryant, had nine points on four-for-five shooting. Vujacic had missed several practices because of a concussion, but he was back Thursday night and able to play 14 minutes 44 seconds.
Luke Walton, who missed the first six exhibition games with a strained right hamstring, played 11:13 and had five points and two assists.
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from San Diego
Photo: Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic goes for a steal against Golden State forward Dorell Wright in the first quarter Thursday night. Credit: Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press