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Lakers: Sun Yue, Andrew Bynum
Warriors: Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright, Kelenna Azubuike
Lakers Fish, Kobe, Luke, Pau and Bynum
Warriors Monta Ellis, Jamal Crawford, Stephen Jackson, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf
I was excited to see that Golden State simply borrowed the NBA’s “Where ___ Happens” for their pregame video, not worrying about any potential lack of originality. Whatever, the fans in this building will soon make up for it – to my mind thus far this season, it’s been the best (non Lakers) crowd.
Also, Nellie Ball is going to be in full force tonight, because Golden State’s four best players are all shoot-first guys: Ellis, Crawford, Jackson, and Corey Maggette off the bench. That’s fun.
11:42 It didn’t take long to notice the sizeable presence of Lakers fans here, not with the explosion of support after Fisher opened the game with a triple.
8:38 Pau’s first assist of the night came after Bryant smartly cut to the hoop to put L.A. up 11-7. Gasol seems to never miss the open man, so this is no surprise coming off his 10 assist game last night at STAPLES. In fact, Pau and Odom’s passing at the five and four positions combines with a great passing three man (Walton) and two solid passing guards to make this current group of Lakers the league’s best passing starting five. Wouldn’t you say?
7:36 How dumb is defensive three seconds sometimes? While Ellis was dribbling the ball on the opposite side of the floor, Odom had one foot in the lane about 20 feet away, and was given the technical. What’s the point? No one was stacking the paint.
6:08 Randolph, a rookie out of LSU, has been doing his best Odom impression in grabbing four offensive boards (though two were on his own missed layups), the latest tip-in giving G.S. a 18-15 lead. Meanwhile, Odom got whistled for his second foul, bringing Josh Powell in early as the Warriors went on a 7-2 run to take an eight-point lead.
3:47 Well there’s something we haven’t seen yet this year: Kobe’s 360 dunk. It came thanks to a Bryant steal and ensuing breakaway, capping a 6-0 run to cut the lead to three.
1:47 Gasol’s second dunk of the quarter followed another vicious Bryant dunk to again cut the home team’s lead to three after they’d pushed to seven behind Turiaf. The former Laker was everywhere in the quarter, going for nine points, two boards, two assists, two blocks and a steal. But his replacement hasn’t been bad either, with Josh Powell registering three offensive boards (four total) plus four points in five minutes.
0:00 The quarter ended with a missed three from Ariza, and the Warriors took a 34-30 lead into the second. Scoring has been quite easy for L.A., so once the purple and gold picks up its defensive intensity a bit they have to feel OK about their chances.
In the quarter, the Lakers shot 52 percent but turned the ball over six times and committed six fouls, and the Warriors sunk 4-of-5 threes to just the game-opening triple from L.A.
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