Kobe's 39 leads Lakers past Warriors, 97-90

635162.jpg

Kobe's 39 leads Lakers past Warriors, 97-90

BOX SCORE
LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors, playing without Stephen Curry and Andris Biedrins, lost for the 16th time in 17 games at Staples Center to the Lakers, 97-90. They finished their road trip at 0-3, and have now lost four in a row and are 2-5 on the season.Star of the game: Kobe Bryant did most of his work in the second half, scoring 26 of his game-high 39 points and helping the Lakers bounce back after being down to the Warriors 39-35 at half.

Key stretch: The Warriors were hanging in late in the third quarter, down just 57-56. But the Lakers finished the period on a 10-2 run, and took a 67-58 lead into the fourth quarter.The Warriors made a run or two in the fourth and cut the deficit to 85-82 with three-plus minutes remaining, but the Lakers ripped off six straight to put an end to that.Hes playing great, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Very aggressive, carrying that team offensively and hes their lone playmaker. Hes playing great, but thats no surprise. Thats who he is.
The real hurter was Bryants 27-footer at the buzzer over an outstretched hand that gave the Lakers big momentum.Its not enough to hang in there, Jackson said. Were not surprised about that You shoot that ball on the road, you outscore them three out of four quarters, you battle. Another tough loss but we did some very good things out there on the floor.Tale of two halves: Bryant seemed to be letting the game come to him in the first half, but he appeared to have enough of that once the third quarter came around. Bryant had 13 points at halftime going 5-for-10 from the field. Bryant took 11 shots in the third quarter alone knocking down six and just like that he had 30 points heading into the fourth quarter.Corner turn coming?: Warriors guard Monta Ellis, who finished 18 points, 10 assists and five steals, was pretty upbeat after the game, all things considered. He said he is no less optimistic about the Warriors after their 2-5 start than he was at the beginning of the year.This is a long season. Weve got a lot more games to play. Were going to turn that corner eventually. This is just a learning experience for this team. I still feel great about (this team).Jacksons first T: Jackson earned his first technical foul of the season with 2:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. He didnt get it for profanity, we know that. Jackson doesnt swear. So, what happened?I asked for a technical foul because my guys were working their tails off, Jackson said. And I refuse to watch them fight and come up on the short end.Bench play: Jackson went to his bench early on Friday and they produced. Nate Robinson, Ekpe Udoh, Klay Thompson and Brandon Rush helped lift the Warriors to an early 27-21 lead.Robinson was the teams leading scorer at halftime with nine points and thats what he ended up with. Thompson finished with 14 points, a career-high.I still have a long ways to go, Robinson said. Coach said play your game, have fun and be yourself. Its easy playing off Monta. Its fun. Were energetic and we play hard.
No Biedrins: Warriors center Andris Biedrins missed Fridays game against the Lakers because of a right ankle sprain and toe injury. Biedrins sustained the injury early in the San Antonio game on Wednesday.Kwame Brown started in Biedrins place against the Lakers.

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."