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Lakers turn back depleted Warriors, 102-95

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Lakers 102, Golden State Warriors 95 (final)

The Lakers took advantage of a depleted Golden State Warriors squad to take a 102-95 victory at Staples Center on Friday night.

Playing without point guard Stephen Curry (concussion) and backup point guard Toney Douglas, the Warriors also lost their temporary replacement, Andre Iguodala, when the point forward left the game with an apparent hamstring injury in the third quarter.

The Lakers took advantage, scoring 15 consecutive points after the injury to Iguodala to turn a 63-63 tie into a double-digit lead.

Pau Gasol, who pledged $1,000 for every point scored to Philippine typhoon relief, had 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Lakers point guards Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar each scored 14. Farmar also had eight assists in only 18 minutes. Guard Nick Young also gave the Lakers a boost from the bench with 21 points.

The Warriors were led by power forward David Lee with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Center Andrew Bogut also had a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Forward Harrison Barnes and guard Klay Thompson added 20 and 19 points, respectively, for Golden State.

The Lakers shot 47.6% from the field and 45.8% (11 of 24) from three-point range.  The Warriors shot 41.5% and 40.9% (9 of 22), respectively.

While the Warriors played shorthanded (also missing Jermaine O'Neal, Festus Ezeli and Ognjen Kuzmic), the Lakers were without Kobe Bryant (Achilles' tendon), Steve Nash (back) and Chris Kaman (back).

The Lakers, who improve to 6-7 on the season, will host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

The Warriors (8-5) host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Lakers 75, Warriors 63 (end of third quarter)

The Warriors made up their nine-point halftime deficit to tie score at 63, but the Lakers would score 12 unanswered points to finish the third quarter ahead by 12 points.

Andre Iguodala left the game with the Lakers leading 65-63 with what seemed to be a groin or hamstring injury. Golden State, already playing without point guards Stephen Curry (concussion) and Toney Douglas (leg), turned to Kent Bazemore with little success.

Pau Gasol scored 20 points to lead the Lakers. Nick Young contributed 13 for the Lakers, who have shot 47.7% from the field and 38.9% from three-point range.

The Warriors had 14 turnovers while shooting 41.1% from the field.  Klay Thompson scored 17 to lead Golden State.

Lakers 55, Warriors 46 (halftime)

The Lakers finished the half with their biggest lead of the game after Steve Blake made a three-pointer with 21.2 seconds left in the second quarter.

Pau Gasol, who is donating $1,000 for every point scored Friday for Philippine typhoon relief, scored 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

The Lakers' point guards played well against the shorthanded Warriors. Blake had 10 points with four assists, while Jordan Farmar had eight and four, respectively.

David Lee (13 points) and Klay Thompson (12) led the Warriors, who shot shot 41% from the field.

The Lakers shot 54.8% from the field and 45.5% (5 of 11) from three-point range.

Lakers 22, Warriors 21 (end of first quarter)

Jordan Farmar's three-pointer with two seconds left gave the Lakers their first lead of the game, 22-21, over the Warriors.

Despite playing without Stephen Curry (concussion), Golden State pushed to an early six-point lead.  Andre Iguodala started at point guard with Harrison Barnes getting the start at small forward.

Pau Gasol led all scorers with 10 points as the Lakers shot 52.6% from the field.

David Lee had seven points to lead the Warriors, who shot only 28.6%.

Pregame

The Lakers (5-7) host the Golden State Warriors (8-4) on Friday night at Staples Center.

The Warriors bombarded the Lakers, 125-94, in Oakland on the second day of the season.

Even if Stephen Curry (concussion) doesn't play, it won't be easy for the Lakers to get a win against one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

The Lakers are expected to be without Kobe Bryant (Achilles' tendon), Steve Nash (back) and Chris Kaman (back). 

In addition to the questionable status of Curry, the Warriors will be without Jermaine O'Neal (knee, groin), Toney Douglas (leg), Ognjen Kuzmic (hand) and Festus Ezeli (knee).

For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Warriors.

ALSO:

Pau Gasol raising money for Philippines; visits L.A. kids' hospital

Coach Mike D'Antoni's early take on Kobe Bryant's return to practice

Kobe Bryant sits out Lakers practice because of 'general soreness'

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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