New-look Warriors visit the Lakers
(Sports Network) – Pacific Division rivals battle when the new-look Golden
State Warriors visit the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center.
This is the second of four meetings between the clubs this season. The Lakers
picked up a 110-98 road victory on November 1st in Oakland.
Golden State has lost six straight at the Lakers, who have won five in a row
in this series.
The Lakers, who open a three-game homestand, enter the contest on a two-game
losing streak. On Saturday, David West finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds
as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets defeated the Lakers, 113-103, at the
Superstar Kobe Bryant had 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the
loss to the Hornets for the Lakers, who wrapped up a three-game road trip with
a 1-2 record. Maurice Evans ended with 23 points and seven rebounds, while
Smush Parker netted 13 in defeat.
LA is an impressive 18-4 at home this season. The Lakers will also host
Charlotte and San Antonio on the current homestand.
Golden State has also dropped two in a row. LeBron James posted 32 points and
seven rebounds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Warriors, 106-104, in
overtime on Saturday at ORACLE Arena.
The Warriors made a blockbuster trade Wednesday, revamping their lineup by
acquiring Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell
from the Indiana Pacers for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Ike Diogu and
Jackson finished with 29 points and seven rebounds in the loss to Cleveland,
but missed a game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer, while Harrington
posted 14 points and 12 boards. Jasikevicius scored 10 points in the Golden
State debut for all three players.
Monta Ellis notched 16 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who have
dropped five of their last six games overall. Matt Barnes posted 12 points and
seven boards off the bench.
Two-time All-Star Baron Davis, who leads Golden State in scoring (20.9 ppg)
and assists (8.6 apg), did not play against the Cavs as he was suspended one
game by the league on Saturday for swinging at the Clippers’ Quinton Ross
during the Warriors’ 115-109 loss. Davis is eligible to return to the court
Golden State is 4-14 on the road this season. The Warriors have lost five in a
row as the visitor. They return home to host the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday
and the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.