Lakers vs. Warriors: Gasol leads Lakers' rout of Golden State
Pau Gasol didn't miss any of his field-goal or free-throw attempts, a big reason why the Lakers ran over the Warriors, 117-89, Sunday night at Staples Center.
Gasol was 10 for 10 from the field and eight for eight from the line, scoring 28 points.
Gasol is the sixth Laker to be perfect from the field with a minimum of 10 attempts. The last to do it was Byron Scott in 1986, when he also went 10 for 10 from the field.
Gasol also had nine rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.
He did this all in 30 minutes, none in the fourth quarter.
In fact, none of the Lakers' starters played in the fourth.
The Lakers have won four consecutive games.
They play again Tuesday night at home against the Chicago Bulls.
Lakers 95, Warriors 60 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers continued to pour it on the Warriors in the third quarter, never letting up. They seemed to score with ease.
Pau Gasol didn't miss a shot through three quarters, going 10 for 10 from the field and eight for eight from the free-throw line in scoring 28 points. He also had nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Kobe Bryant had 20 points through three quarters.
Lakers 69, Warriors 41 (halftime)
By halftime, the Lakers had played everyone except for Sasha Vujacic.
By halftime, the Lakers had built a lead as big as 30 points before settling for a 69-41 bulge at the intermission.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 20 points in the first half. He was eight for eight from the field.
Lamar Odom led the team with nine rebounds.
The Lakers shot 65.9% from the field in the first half.
Lakers 39, Golden State 21 (end of first quarter)
It was all about punishing the Warriors inside in the first quarter. That's what the Lakers did, going inside seemingly at will.
The Lakers scored 24 points in the paint. Some of the points were on the fast break.
Gasol had 14 points on five-for-five shooting, while Bryant had nine points and Odom six points.
The Lakers will see an old friend starting at power forward for the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night at Staples Center.
With David Lee out with a left elbow injury, Vladimir Radmanovic was expected to start in his place.
Radmanovic was on the Lakers team that lost to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals.
The Lakers are prepared to see a Warriors team that still likes to shoot a lot and is led by its backcourt.
Monta Ellis leads Golden State in scoring, averaging 27.7 points per game, and Stephen Curry is second, averaging 20.4 points.
-- Broderick Turner
Photo: Lakers center Pau Gasol pulls down a rebound over Warriors forward Jeff Adrien on Sunday. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times