No Kobe, No Problem: Turiaf leads Lakers past Warriors
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Ronny Turiaf led all scorers with a career-high
23 points, 14 of which came in the third quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers
toppled the Golden State Warriors, 110-98, at the Arena in Oakland.
Turiaf, who came off the bench and shot 8-for-10 in just under 25 minutes,
also posted a career high in rebounds with nine.
Lamar Odom poured in 22 points and nine boards and Luke Walton contributed
with 15 points for the Lakers, who defeated the Phoenix Suns in their season-
opener on Tuesday. They also won for the second straight game without All-Star
Kobe Bryant, who is recovering from knee surgery.
Monta Ellis scored 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Warriors, who dropped
to 7-14 in home season-openers.
Baron Davis had 18 points, but shot just 6-of-19 from the field. Jason
Richardson had 15 points and Troy Murphy grabbed 13 boards.
With a 49-48 lead going into the third quarter, Los Angeles took control of
the second half.
Turiaf’s 14 points helped Los Angeles build up an 87-73 advantage. With 4:14
left, the Lakers opened up a 10-point lead after Odom drained a jumper and
followed up with a driving layup. It was Turiaf, though, who kept Golden State
at bay with a pair of free throws, a layup and a dunk in the final 2 1/2
The Lakers padded their lead in the fourth, leading by as many as 18 with just
under six minutes to play. However, the Warriors cut it to 100-91 with 3:01
left on two free throws by Ellis, who also followed up with a pair of dunks.
Odom countered and hit a driving layup and a turnaround hook shot en route to
The first quarter ended in a tie, 22-22. The Warriors held a four-point lead
with less than one minute to play, but Walton hit a layup and a dunk to even
the contest. Walton and Odom each had eight points for the Lakers while Murphy
scored seven for Golden State.
The two teams traded leads throughout the second frame, but it was Maurice
Evans’ slam with 43 seconds remaining that put the Lakers by one going into
The Lakers shot 45 percent from the field while the Warriors hit 42 percent of
their shots…Los Angeles had 16 turnovers, compared to 10 from Golden
State…Attendance was 19,596…It was the second night the Lakers scored 30-
plus points in the third frame.