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.
Mike Brown had this to say about Pau, via Lakers.com:
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.