Saturday , Dec , 04 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Golden State Warriors Team Report – December 4

=== Golden State Warriors Team Report – December 4 ===

(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors were handed a setback by the Los
Angeles Lakers on Friday night at the Staples Center.

The Warriors were handed their fourth consecutive loss, as LA posted a 97-88
victory behind a season-high 27 points from Caron Butler and a triple double
by Kobe Bryant.

Jason Richardson racked up 22 points and seven assists, while Troy Murphy
recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who fell to 3-12 on the
year.

The Lakers were down 83-79 with six minutes remaining, but reeled off 12
unanswered points to forge ahead to stay. Chucky Atkins began the deciding run
with a three-pointer and Bryant sank a pair of clutch jumpers. The spurt
concluded when Brian Cook drained a trey from the baseline with 2:48 to go
which put Los Angeles up 91-83.

Golden State has lost in 19 of its last 21 visits to Los Angeles, including 10
of the last 11 matchups.

The Warriors are back in action on Saturday night when they host the
Indiana Pacers.

Tonight’s game marks the first meeting of the season between the Pacers and
Warriors. Indiana won both matchups last year and has taken five of six and
seven of the last 10 encounters. The Pacers have also won in two of three and
five of their last seven trips to Oakland.

GSW