Lakers 97, Warriors 90: Jan. 6 Running Diary

Below is a running diary of L.A.’s Friday evening home contest against Golden State, the Lakers looking to bounce back from Thursday’s loss in Portland, with some comments drawn from our @LakersReporter Twitter account, and a few more details in case you missed any of the action:

Starters
Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Barnes, Gasol and Bynum
Warriors: C. Jenkins*, M. Ellis, D. Wright, D. Lee, K. Brown
*Steph Curry was out with an ankle injury, while Andris Biedrins was also in street clothes.

FIRST QUARTER
6:32 Last night in Portland, Matt Barnes declared himself fully healthy, that the knee he hurt last January was officially giving him no problems. We saw his statement come to life on the court early here, as he sprinted out ahead of the pack to get a transition layup, giving L.A. an early 10-6 lead.

0:00 Son of Lakers broadcaster Mychal Thompson Klay made an early impact by hitting two jumpers, the second a pull-up three, to give the Warriors a 22-20 lead after one. It was a rather listless defensive effort from a weary Lakers team, who landed in L.A. at 2 a.m. after Thursday’s loss to the Blazers … not that Mike Brown would be interested in any excuses.

SECOND QUARTER
6:05 Nate Robinson, who was just signed by the Warriors earlier in the week, got hot early off Golden State’s bench to score nine points, sparking a 21-9 edge in bench points for the visitors.

1:15 A somewhat bizarre game kept getting more weird, as not one but two lane violations were called on the Lakers during Brown free throw attempts … yet he missed all four. Gasol finally collected the rebound, his 11th of the half. Yet it was an ugly offensive half for the home team, who shot just 36.6 percent in the half, and trailed 39-35 heading into the tunnel.

THIRD QUARTER
8:03 With nothing going inside for Bynum on offense, as Warriors double teams continued to affect him, Bryant scored four straight to cut Golden State’s biggest lead from seven to three. Gasol added his second field goal of the third moments later to make it 46-45 Warriors, giving the Spaniard a double-double.

4:46 Doing a terrific job on defense for L.A. was Barnes, who held Ellis to just eight points on 4-of-13 FG’s before Ellis got a reverse to go thanks to a screen, and had 10 points of his own (six in the first six minutes of the third) to help L.A. build a halftime deficit into a 5-point lead.

0:00 Bryant was fantastic offensively in the third, capping off a 17-point effort with a buzzer-beating triple to reach 30 points on the evening, and build the Purple and Gold lead to nine. He also found Steve Blake for a triple on the second-to-last possession, and offered his typical fist pump of approval Blake’s way.

FOURTH QUARTER
8:57 After Bynum’s put-back of a Kobe miss gave him (just) five points on 2-of-8 field goals, Barnes continued his best game of the young season, sprinting up the floor for an and-1 layup after hitting a perimeter J, towards 14 points on 6-of-8 field goals, plus six boards, two assists and his D on Ellis (6-of-17).

4:33 Kobe continued to score (37 points, matching his last home game vs. Houston), and Bynum hit the glass (15 boards, six offensive) to keep L.A. up nine despite two straight hoops from the Warriors, leading to a Mike Brown time out. The Lakers had been in control thanks to that 32-19 third quarter, and had Blake plus the rest of the starters on the floor to close the game.

2:28 A furious and fast (should have written that the other way around?) 10-0 Warriors run suddenly cut L.A.’s lead down to just three, but Gasol answered with two jumpers around another transition layup from Barnes to keep the lead safe.

0:30.9 Yet two more Warriors buckets kept things interesting for a bit, even as Kobe’s two free throws (39 points, a season-high) made it 94-88. Ellis added a 15-footer, and Gasol missed the first of two free throws with 15.9 left. A few more free throws would be added, and your final: 97-90 Lakers. Up next, the Grizzlies on Sunday … see you then.