Lakers vs Golden State: Lakers defeat Warriors with a big fourth quarter
Lakers 115, Warriors 110 (final)
It took a big effort from Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom in the fourth quarter for the Lakers to defeat the Golden State Warriors and win their sixth straight game.
Bryant scored 30 of his 39 points in the second half. He had 17 points in the decisive fourth quarter.
Odom had 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers scored 46 points.
Monta Ellis tried to carry the Warriors, scoring 38 points on 15-for-26 shooting. Ellis played all 48 minutes for Golden State.
Pau Gasol had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers.
Warriors 75, Lakers 69 (end of third quarter)
Kobe Bryant was trying to do his part to help the Lakers cut their deficit, scoring 10 consecutive points in the third quarter.
But Bryant was matched by the effort from the Warriors' Monta Ellis, who had 31 points through three quarters, including a buzzer-beating jumper.
One of the more, well, interesting plays was made by Ron Artest.
The Lakers' forward drove baseline and jumped in the air to make a pass. The problem was that he hit the floor before he made a the pass, and was called for traveling.
Warriors 53, Lakers 45 (end of first half)
The Lakers, once down by 14 points in the second quarter, came back to take the lead 43-42, but the Warriors went on an 11-2 run to end the quarter.
Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 23 first-half points, making eight of 12 shots.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Warriors 26, Lakers 21 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers' three-point defense wasn't very good in the first quarter. Because of that, Golden State had a five-point lead at the end of the quarter.
The Warriors made four of eight from three-point range, with their last two baskets of the quarter coming on three-pointers by Dorell Wright and Monta Ellis.
The Lakers talked about their defense early Wednesday as they prepared to play the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers entered the game ranked 10th in the NBA in points allowed, giving up 95.9 points per game.
During their five-game winning streak, the Lakers haven't allowed 100 points in a game.
They will face a Warriors team that is ninth in scoring, averaging 101.7 points per game.
The Warriors have guard Monta Ellis, who is fourth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 25.2 points per game.
"There is a certain amount of attention that's going to defense," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "When we play defense, it's a team effort."
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Oakland