tonight bounced back nicely from their Tuesday home loss to the Spurs
. Still without Kobe Bryant
, who missed his seventh straight game but is expected to play Friday, the Lakers steamrolled a Warriors
team whose chief priority is finishing with as bad a record as possible. The 99 to 87 final score
obscures the extent of the Lakers' domination. By the middle of the second quarter they led by 15, they led by 23 early in the fourth, and even Mike Brown
, who never met a starter he couldn't overwork (other than Ramon Sessions
, I suppose), emptied the bench with over five minutes left in the fourth. Pau Gasol
played a commanding game. He finished with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 boards. Andrew Bynum
scored 31 on near-perfect shooting. Metta World Peace
had a strong performance both in the post (18 points) and on defense, forcing Klay Thompson
into a 7 for 22 night.
A bit more to come later this evening. This is your postgame thread.