Kobe, Lakers too much for Warriors in L.A.


Kobe, Lakers too much for Warriors in L.A.

Lakers 120, Warriors 112Player of the game: Kobe Bryant scored 40 points on 16-for-28 from the field, helping the Lakers hold off a late rush by the Warriors. It was the first time Bryant made at least half of his shots in a game since March 4.

Im very proud of the way we fought, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. There was a point where they were making shots. They had us on the ropes and we battled back. We responded, put ourselves in a position to win the game. They made big shots especially Kobe.Key stretch: With the Warriors down just one point 97-96 with seven minutes remaining, the Lakers ripped off nine consecutive points to regain separation.Ramon Sessions buried a 3-pointer, Kobe Bryant knocked down two free throws and Pau Gasol and Bryant scored in the lane and just like that the Lakers had re-established control.The Warriors pulled within three points later than that but never had the ball with an opportunity to tie.Im not going to tolerate games where we dont play with energy and effort, Jackson said. Were not good enough to play with 30 minutes of energy and effort. Im proud of this group. Weve got every excuse tailor-made for us, but we dont use it.Five turnovers: The Warriors committed just five turnovers, which equaled a franchise-low. Interestingly, they committed just five turnovers against the Lakers on Tuesday which tied a franchise-low at that point.Wright stuff: Dorell Wright was very efficient, scoring 14 points in just 20 minutes, but he didnt play in the fourth quarter. Instead, Warriors coach Mark Jackson stayed with Klay Thompson and Richard Jefferson on the wings. When Jackson did substitute for Thompson with under four minutes remaining in the game, he brought in Dominic McGuire.Bynum sits in second: Lakers center Andrew Bynum suffered a sprained left ankle in the first half and didnt return for the second. Bynum wound up playing just 10 minutes and was scoreless.He appeared to land on the foot of teammate Josh McRoberts with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter.Biedrins sighting: Andris Biedrins, who had missed the previous six games because of a strained groin, returned to action against the Lakers on Sunday.Warriors coach Mark Jackson went to Biedrins early in the first period after starting center Jeremy Tyler picked up three quick fouls and were talking really quick fouls.The Warriors were shorthanded at center because Mickell Gladness, whom the team signed for the rest of the season, was unavailable because of family matters.

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

On Tuesday morning, the Lakers made sweeping changes to their front office.

Magic Johnson is now the president of basketball operations and both general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss were fired.

Los Angeles -- looking to hire a new GM -- originally targeted Warriors GM Bob Myers, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

But as Wojnarowski reports: "After Myers signed a recent contract extension, it became clear to Lakers brass that it would be unable to lure Myers."

In September, the Warriors promoted Myers from general manager to president of basketball operations/general manager.

Myers was named the NBA Executive of the Year following the 2014-15 season.

After playing in D-League All-Star Game, Briante Weber recalled to Warriors

After playing in D-League All-Star Game, Briante Weber recalled to Warriors

The Warriors recalled guard Brianté Weber from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today.

Weber was assigned to Santa Cruz to allow him to participate in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game on Saturday in New Orleans, where he tallied four points, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes for the West squad.

Weber, who signed his second 10-day contract with the Warriors on Feb. 14, has appeared in five games with Golden State this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 assist in 8.2 minutes.

Prior to joining Golden State, the 6’2”, 165-pound guard appeared in 31 games (all starts) this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.26 steals in 36.8 minutes and garnering NBA D-League Player of the Month honors in January.

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