Lakers aim to continue success against Warriors
(Sports Network) – Having stopped one streak, the Los Angeles Lakers will aim
to extend another this evening when they travel to the ORACLE Arena to battle
the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 122-96 win over Boston on
Friday. Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 38 points in the first quarter to help
Los Angeles stop the first six-game losing streak in coach Phil Jackson’s 16-
year NBA coaching career.
Bryant ended 13-of-23 from the field, including a 5-of-7 clip from three-point
range, and also had nine assists as Los Angeles won for the first time since
February 5 at Atlanta.
Andrew Bynum added 16 points for the Lakers, who avoided their sixth straight
loss at the Staples Center. Now the Lakers take to the road where they are
11-16 on the season. Los Angeles, which is sixth overall in the West, will
play at Utah on Monday.
On the injury front, Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic revealed on Friday
that he injured his shoulder snowboarding, and not after slipping on a patch
of ice last Saturday as he originally told the club. His injury is expected to
keep him out two months.
The Lakers have won six in a row over the Warriors, including two games this
season, and 11 of 12 overall in the series. The Lakers swept the four-game
series last season.
LA has also won five of six at Golden State.
The Warriors had a two-game winning streak halted on Saturday, as Elton Brand
scored 31 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked a career-high eight shots to
lead the Los Angeles Clippers over Golden State, 103-90.
Al Harrington had 24 points and seven boards to lead the Warriors. Jason
Richardson added 18 points for Golden State, which is a solid 20-9 at home
this season and enters tonight’s tilt one game out of a playoff spot in the
Golden State will begin a five-game Eastern Conference road trip in Milwaukee
on Tuesday and will also visit Chicago, New York, Washington and Detroit on