OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Ronny Turiaf had just buttoned his shirt
after the best game of his NBA career when his cell phone rang.
Kobe Bryant couldn't travel to the Los Angeles Lakers' latest
victory, but the injured star clearly didn't miss a minute of
Turiaf's breakout performance.
"I told you! I told you!" Turiaf said into the phone, breaking
into a wide grin. "You're crazy. Thanks for the advice."
Whatever Bryant has told his teammates while he's sitting out,
Turiaf had career highs of 23 points and nine rebounds, and
Lamar Odom scored 22 points in the Lakers' second victory in two
days without the defending league scoring champion, 110-98 over the
Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
Odom added nine rebounds and nine assists, and Luke Walton
scored 15 points as the Lakers followed up their surprising 114-106
victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night with a thorough
thumping of the Warriors in coach Don Nelson's inauspicious debut.
"We need every win we can get, especially without my man
here," Odom said. "If we can get these wins on the road, it'll
help us a ton."
Bryant stayed home to rest his surgically repaired right knee,
and coach Phil Jackson also remained in Los Angeles while he's
recovering from hip replacement surgery four weeks ago -- but the
Lakers' role players and assistant coaches led their 10th win in 11
meetings with Golden State.
Assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who ran the club in Jackson's
absence, doesn't know when Bryant will be back in action -- but with
Turiaf's impressive play and Odom's steady efforts, the Lakers
didn't need either.
"We have a lot of guys who can do a lot of things," Rambis
said. "If we can get them to understand their potential and their
ability to work together, I think we're going to have a really good
Monta Ellis scored 22 points, Baron Davis had 18 and Jason
Richardson added 15 in his first appearance for the Warriors since
undergoing cleanup surgery on his right knee late in the summer.
Nelson waited until a few minutes before tip-off to decide
Richardson, Golden State's leading scorer last year, would play.
But Richardson clearly was rusty, and his teammates didn't look
ready for the regular season despite their 7-1 preseason mark.
Nelson, the NBA's second-winningest coach, had an ugly start to his
second tenure with the club he led to its last playoff appearance
12 seasons ago.
"So much for good starts," Nelson said. "I was disappointed
with our performance, our energy and with whatever else went on out
there. We reverted to last year, maybe worse. Any way you cut it,
we were poor tonight. The team is telling me I might have to make
Nelson pledged to improve the Warriors' free-throw shooting and
shot selection, but absolutely nothing changed in the opener.
Golden State missed all nine of its 3-point attempts and went just
12-for-21 from the free-throw line in the first half.
"I hurt the team out there," Richardson said. "I need to get
my conditioning up. We didn't come out as the team we were capable
of being. That's the first and last game we'll play like that."
Nelson ripped his entire team, but reserved particular disdain
for Davis, who "pounded the ball too much," and Mike Dunleavy,
who "was a disaster. He didn't rebound, he didn't score, he didn't
Los Angeles closed the third quarter on an 18-8 run with seven
points apiece from Odom and Turiaf, whose rookie season never got
going after he underwent heart surgery. Turiaf pounded the Warriors
with the same relentless energy he showed in his college days at
Gonzaga, more than doubling his previous career high of 10 points.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity I have," Turiaf said. "I'm
just trying to have some fun, and I have really great teammates.
We're a young team, and it's fun when young guys get an opportunity
to showcase their skills."
The Lakers fans in attendance roared when he hit a 22-foot
jumper to put Los Angeles ahead by 18 points in the fourth quarter.
The sellout crowd at newly christened Oracle Arena headed for the
exits throughout the fourth, with the remaining fans booing the
Warriors even after a late run made the deficit respectable.
Warriors C Troy Murphy had 11 points and 13 rebounds while
wearing a clear mask to protect his broken nose. ... F Vladimir
Radmanovic played despite a hand injury, scoring 11 points for the
Lakers. G Shammond Williams made his Lakers debut after sitting out
the opener with an abdominal strain. ... G Dajuan Wagner and C
Adonal Foyle were inactive for the Warriors, who are paying Foyle
more than $8 million this season.
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