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Lakers 99, Warriors 87: A Successful Night For Both Teams

Apr 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (center) sits on the bench against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (center) sits on the bench against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
The Lakers 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.