Lakers vs. Warriors Post-Game

The Lakers held to a slim one-point lead at halftime, but dominated the second half to overtake the Warriors 123-113. An impressive seven Lakers scored in double figures, led by Kobe Bryant’s 28 and Andrew Bynum’s career-high tying 20 points.

“Well I don’t know what to tell you,” said Warriors Coach Don Nelson. “We were beaten, outplayed, and they deserved to win. We gave it the ol’ college try, and it wasn’t to be today. We just didn’t play well today and I don’t know if they did or not, you have to ask Phil. They certainly played better than we did.”

Coach Phil Jackson credited the Lakers 9-0 spurt in the third quarter as the run that energized the team and established a cushion that helped the team thwart several mini runs by the Warriors in the final 12 minute frame. Jackson praised the contributions of Ronny Turiaf who ignited the Lakers in his 20 minutes on the floor, especially with Bynum out of the game.

Jackson also credited the strong performance of Bynum for helping to set the tone early on in the game. With the undersized Golden State lineup unable to fight back against Andrew’s length, the Lakers center effortless maneuvered his way in the lane, completing yet another double digit outing. Specifically, Jackson said he liked the way Andrew was able to pass out of the post and find open teammates, breaking down the Warriors’ defense in the process.

Trevor Ariza also played an effective game for the Lakers, with Jackson complementing his ability to activate the team’s defense.

Jackson said one of the keys to the game for the Lakers was forcing turnovers and then capitalizing on them — two areas in which the Lakers excelled tonight. Prior to the game, Jackson also discussed the Warriors knack for disrupting a team’s offense by creating mismatches. Afterwards, he said he was extremely pleased with his team’s ability to play to its strengths, effectively utilizing a Bynum-Turiaf tag-team to prevent the Warriors from creating too many match-up problems.

Looking ahead to Thursday night’s showdown with San Antonio, Jackson said he is hoping that Luke Walton will be ready so that the team can practice this week at close to full strength.