The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 99-87, in a game that was over by the third quarter. Led by their big men, the Lakers dominated the short-handed Warriors as Bynum and Gasol combined for fifty-three points. The final score was not indicative of the actual drubbing the Dubs received, as the Purple & Gold were up 23 at one point. Bynum and Sessions did not play a single second of the fourth quarter as Mike Brown opted to play his bench. Classic garbage time, folks.
Bynum had his way early on in the game, scoring seventeen first-quarter points against uh, Michell Gladness. Pau Gasol had his fifth career triple-double as he controlled the offense and pace of the game (but unlike his Catalan counterparts, he also got a win. Go Blues!) in the 2nd Half. He was especially phenomenal in the third quarter, dishing out four assists along with eight points as the Warriors were content with shooting jumpers.
I can’t say enough about Pau [Gasol]. We talked about it earlier in the year that this is the type of guy we can play in a lot of different areas. We could play him on the post, off the elbow, we could play him out at the wing sometimes, and he could help in a lot of different ways. Sometimes it’s scoring, sometimes rebounding, and sometimes finding the teammates to make the basket. For him to come up with a triple-double at 7 foot 1 this way is remarkable. I would be surprised to see how many seven footers would have a triple-double this way choosing points, blocks, assists, and rebounds.
So, finally, the Lakers pick up a "looks like a win" type win and get set to travel down to San Antonio. Kobe back?
Via Mike Trudell:
Good news for LAL: Kobe says he's good to go, with no minute restrictions. His shin is "good," has no worries.
Three. Games. Left.