nameant wrote:damn smush. we ESCAPED with this one.
LA Times: Jackson was only 6-4 at Golden State during his first five seasons with the Lakers. He wasn't around last season when the Lakers were drilled here, 126-99, on the way to a 2-19 finish to end the season.
"I reminded the players that their last game up here was not one that was a thing of beauty," Jackson said, "and that they should remember the moments on the court that they had when they walked off here with a 40-point loss." It was only a 27-point loss, but point taken.
"The idea was just to win and keep in mind what happened the last time we were here," said Bryant, who made 13 of 28 shots.
Bryant's finish Saturday wasn't quite as dramatic as his six-point show in the final 90 seconds of Thursday's victory over Cleveland, but he did more than enough to keep distance between the Lakers and Warriors.
He made a turnaround from 19 feet to provide a 106-100 lead with 2:23 to play and then took a pass from Parker on a flash through the lane and put in a layup over Warrior center Adonal Foyle for a 108-100 lead with 1:17 left.
After the latter, he spread his arms and glided to the bench, airplane-style. "I broke it out," Bryant said. "It's fun for us. You hit a big shot, come back down to the bench, your guys kind of get hyped about that stuff."
Bryant played with a pad made of rubber and plastic on his right wrist. "I have a tendency just to ignore things like that because I think he plays through them well," Jackson said. "He has control of what the injury is about and he's capable of handling the amount of discomfort he has around it. I think we'll be fine with that."
Said Bryant: "[Trainer] Gary Vitti did a great job of coming up with something there that protected my hand. I got hit on it about five times in the first half. It hurt, but it didn't hurt nearly as much as if I didn't have the Gary Vitti special."
Brown had one of his best quarters as a Laker, making all four of his shots and taking four rebounds in the first quarter as the Lakers took a 34-28 lead. He continued from there, making his first six shots before missing a 17-footer with 6:12 left in the second quarter.
"The lord was with him," Jackson said.
Parker was also an early part of the story, scoring 17 in the first half, including a highlight-worthy steal of an inbounds pass followed quickly by a dunk over Warrior center Ike Diogu in the second quarter.
"Smush really played up to that level," Jackson said. "Things were flowing for him in a way that we haven't seen too often this season."
Yahoo: Bryant finally is feeling fairly good -- despite a sore wrist wrapped in a makeshift brace.
"It's a Gary Vitti special," Bryant said, referring to the Lakers trainer. "I can play through that stuff. Hey, man, somebody's got to take a beating."
Bryant even got testy with Dunleavy midway through the third quarter. When Dunleavy elbowed Bryant in the right eye while trying to block the Los Angeles superstar's layup attempt, Bryant screamed and pointed at Dunleavy before Davis separated them.
"He knew what he did," Bryant said, adding he was hit on his brace at least four times. "When he hit me, he knew what was going to happen. It just sharpened my focus."
"Usually, I have big quarters," Parker said. "Tonight, my points were spread out. ... We're finally starting to come together and play team D. We're starting to execute on offense a little more."
"Obviously at the end of the game when they needed buckets, certainly Kobe was the guy who made every shot he took," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "That's why he's so good."
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