Warriors mount huge comeback, but fall to Lakers 104-101

March 28, 2012, 5:03 am
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OAKLAND The Warriors overcame a 16-point first-half deficit and had a lead against the Lakers with inside of 90 seconds remaining. But Kobe Bryant made a pair of clutch jump shots, and the Lakers wound up with the win.Lakers 104, Warriors 101Player of the game: Matt Barnes came off the Lakers bench and gave them some real nice minutes. Barnes, who played the whole fourth quarter, finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.Key stretch: After David Lee (23 points, nine rebounds) had put the Warriors up 97-95 with 1:22 remaining, Kobe Bryant went to work. Bryant, who had been struggling from the field, buried a contested jumper from the baseline with 1:05 left to tie the game.Then after a Klay Thompson miss, Bryant hit another contested jumper again over Brandon Rush with 32.3 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a 99-97 lead.My mother and father didnt raise any fools, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. I fully understand were playing against the Los Angeles Lakers with a guy who is an absolute assassin. When you look at the rosters, the starting lineup, if I was a betting man it would have been safe to say the Lakers would drill us.

But Ive got a bunch of guys that compete, get after it, work extremely hard and have tremendous character and pride. We gave ourselves a chance. Im proud of them and I told them that.After Rush missed a tough left-handed drive with 25 seconds left, the Warriors were forced to foul.Bryant finished with 30 points, but shot just 9-for-24 from the field.On that last shot, my hand hit his hand, Rush said. So I thought it was good defense. Hes one of the greatest players to play the game and he managed to make the shot. Thats what he does.Rebounding issues: Defensively, the Warriors did pretty well in the first half, holding the Lakers to 44 percent shooting from the field. But the Warriors had trouble on the glass, and subsequently gave up too many second-chance points.By halftime, the Lakers had a 28-17 edge on the glass, with Gasol grabbing 13 rebounds in 18 first-half minutes.Its just a bunch of bad news bears that find a way to compete, Jackson said of his team.

Bench play: Former Warrior Matt Barnes had a wonderful first half for the Lakers, scoring 10 points, grabbing six rebounds and handing out three assists in just 13 minutes.Barnes, a member of the 2006-07 We Believe Warriors, knocked down two of three 3-pointers and was his usual bothersome self on the defensive end.Meanwhile, the Warriors didnt get much out of their subs. Mickell Gladness, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire combined to shoot 2-for-9 in the first half and total just seven points.But boy did things change in the second half particularly for Rush and McGuire. Rush had 21 of his 23 points in the second half, and McGuire defended and even did a nice job at point guard.McGuire ended up with four points, seven rebounds and five assists.No Nate: Point guard Nate Robinson warmed up before the game and was in uniform, but he wound up not playing because of a strained right hamstring.Jenkins started in Robinsons place his 11th start of the season. Jenkins, who was coming off a career-high 27 points against Portland on Sunday, got off to a slow start, missing three of his first four shots as the Warriors fell behind 18-12.Jackson subbed for Jenkins with three-plus minutes in the first quarter, then brought him back midway through the second. Jenkins seemed to get his sea legs under him in his second stint, and he scored eight points in the second quarter.Jenkins finished the first half with 10 points and two assists.

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