Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th
Game 2: Friday, January 27th
Game 3: Friday, March 3rd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 11th

Warriors 100

(30-47, 12-27 away)

Lakers 111

(42-37, 24-14 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:30 PM ET, April 11, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
GS 33 23 21 23100
LAL 23 39 33 16111

Top Performers

Golden State: D. Fisher 18 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Los Angeles: L. Odom 15 Pts, 13 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Blk

Kobe scores 31 -- 30 in first half -- as Lakers roll

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lamar Odom had come tantalizingly close to a triple-double before with the Lakers. Egged on by Kobe Bryant, Odom accomplished the feat without even playing the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles didn't need Odom or any of its other starters in the final 12 minutes of a 111-100 victory over Golden State on Tuesday night -- the Warriors' season-high ninth straight loss.

Bryant scored 31 points and Odom had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double with the Lakers and ninth of his career.

"We've been joking with him because he's gotten extremely close in a bunch of games," Bryant said. "He's in a great rhythm. He knows where shots are coming from, he knows where the assists are coming from, how to set the table. It's fun to watch."

Bryant was 10-of-22 from the floor and 9-of-14 from the free throw line. He had just one point in the third quarter and didn't play at all in the fourth, when Los Angeles led by 24 points and coach Phil Jackson turned his reserves loose.

"Kobe Bryant is a monster that is extremely difficult to defend," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "They get so much confidence in having him out there."

The Lakers (42-37) moved a game ahead of Sacramento for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs after the Kings lost 123-110 to Phoenix.

Odom's rebounds were a season high, but his favorite part were the assists.

"Getting guys involved; basketball is an easier game when you bring guys with you," he said. "I feel confident and comfortable right now, scoring, rebounding and making plays. We're a much better defensive team."

Smush Parker added 18 points and Kwame Brown had 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 20 points after missing one game because of a sore right knee. Derek Fisher added 18 points against his former team.

Golden State started strongly, leading by 11 in the first half before losing for the 20th time in its last 24 road games.

"We haven't been able to put together a good, complete game in quite some time. It's frustrating," Fisher said. "We've experienced that several times this year, and we've experienced it against this team before."

The Lakers turned a six-point halftime lead into an 82-62 advantage early in the third. Parker scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, and Odom had five in the offensive burst. The Warriors managed six points over the first 7 minutes of the period.

Golden State never made any kind of serious run in the second half, falling behind by 24 on consecutive baskets by Brown.

"It's hard. The teams we are playing are all vying for playoff spots," Montgomery said. "They all have incentives."

Bryant landed hard under the basket while getting fouled on a drive 2½ minutes before halftime. He grabbed his left shin and winced in pain before hobbling off for the timeout as fans chanted "MVP! MVP!"

"Leg is OK; it's better now that I'm just standing in one place," he said, explaining that he got kicked in the same place in his last game. "Got a nice little blood clot down there. I should be fine."

Bryant returned and made the second of two free throws -- part of a 16-4 run that gave the Lakers their first lead of the game.

Asked why he didn't just sit the final two minutes of the half, Bryant responded, "Because I'm not a chump."

Parker scored six points and had a steal and pass to Bryant for a 3-pointer in the spurt that had the Lakers leading 62-56 at the break.

Game notes

Golden State's 33 first-quarter points were its most in a period since getting 35 on Feb. 8 at Washington. ... The Lakers swept the four-game season series, something they haven't lost to Golden State since 1994-95. ... The Warriors have dropped six straight to the Lakers at Staples Center. ... The cast of HBO's "Entourage" attended the game, with Jeremy Piven, who plays hard-nosed agent Ari Gold, filming scenes from his courtside seat.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 100 111
FGM-FGA 34-82 (.415) 41-93 (.441)
3PM-3PA 9-21 (.429) 9-29 (.310)
FTM-FTA 23-33 (.697) 20-31 (.645)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 19-55
Assists 17 30
Turnovers 15 12
Steals 10 11
Blocks 5 3
Fast Break Points 10 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 24 (2/0)
Largest Lead 11 24

Top Performers

Golden State
Los Angeles
Derek Fisher Fisher
Points: 18
Reb: 1
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Lamar Odom Odom
Points: 15
Reb: 13
Ast: 10
Stl: 0
Blk: 1