LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant had perhaps the strangest of his
11 career triple-doubles -- and he needed two free throws with 1:22
remaining to accomplish it.
Bryant, hardly a factor for the first three quarters, had 10
points, 10 assists and a season-high 12 rebounds for the Los
Angeles Lakers in a 97-88 victory over the Golden State Warriors on
Bryant didn't plan to spend most of his 43 minutes on the floor
as a playmaker, but the nine-year NBA veteran had little choice
because of the way the Warriors were swarming him every time he had
"It's not my intention to go out and score 50, either. You've
just got to read the defense during the course of the game," said
Bryant, who also committed eight turnovers. "I've worked hard on
my game since I came into the league so that I could be a better
playmaker. So whatever the opposition throws at me, I feel like I
Caron Butler scored a season-high 27 points, helping hand the
Warriors their fourth straight loss. Chris Mihm had 15 points and
10 rebounds, and Brian Cook had 15 points before fouling out.
Jason Richardson scored 22 points for the Warriors, and Troy
Murphy had 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Lakers have won 19 of
their last 21 home games against Golden State dating to 1993-94,
the only season in franchise history they failed to beat the
Warriors in Los Angeles.
Bryant shot 3-for-12 and had only four points in the first three
quarters. But he took over down the stretch, as usual. He powered a
12-0 run with six points and two assists, and finished with his
second triple-double this season. It also was his fifth
double-digit game in assists.
"I'm a hell of a passer sometimes, so I can go either way,"
Bryant said. "For me, the personal challenge comes from the
opposition thinking that I can't pass and can't get other guys
involved. So I respond to that challenge. I've done it to the tune
of three championships."
Bryant had his most productive game of last season with 45
points against the Warriors the last time the teams met on April
11. He didn't take a shot in the first quarter.
He had five assists before making his only field goal of the
half, a driving layup that increased the Lakers' lead to 50-41 with
2:18 left in the second quarter.
"I wasn't going to force the issue, so I just moved the ball
around," said Bryant, who entered the game averaging 20 shots and
an NBA-leading 27.8 points. "Every night for me is a different
challenge. I really enjoy passing the ball and getting guys going --
especially Caron, who had a tough time the last game."
Clifford Robinson scored seven of his 11 points in a 4:33 span,
including a short jumper that put the Warriors ahead 80-79 with
6:05 to play, and Speedy Claxton followed with a three-point play
for their biggest lead.
But Bryant responded with an 18-footer and a 13-foot bank shot
before Cook's 3-pointer capped the pivotal rally and gave Los
Angeles a 91-83 cushion with 2:52 left.
The Warriors opened the third quarter with a 9-1 spurt that
turned a seven-point halftime deficit into a 56-55 lead, their
first since Richardson's game-opening layup. Derek Fisher's layup
sent the teams into the fourth quarter tied at 71-all.
Fisher, who spent his first eight NBA seasons with the Lakers
and won three championship rings, faced them in a regular-season
game for the first time since signing a six-year, $37 million free
agent contract with the Warriors. He had four points and two
assists in 19 minutes and missed his first five shots.
"I came here to win a game and that didn't happen, so it takes
a lot of the fun away," Fisher said. "But to have them think
enough of me to take a couple of minutes to show their appreciation
for what I tried to bring here for eight years, it just feels
The Lakers are 29-7 when Bryant reaches double digits in
assists, including 3-2 this season. ... Bryant had four points, six
turnovers and three fouls in the first half, while attempting only
two shots. ... The Lakers' 10 wins have come against eight teams
with a combined 36-80 record, including two victories over
Milwaukee and two over New Orleans. ... Fisher's departure from the
Lakers left Bryant and injured forward Devean George as the only
holdovers who played for the team during its entire three-year