Lakers stun Golden State Warriors, 115-105, without Kobe Bryant

Lakers 115 - Golden State Warriors 105 (end of regulation)

The Lakers took on the best team in the NBA by record, without Kobe Bryant, and yet somehow coasted to an easy 10-point win.

Bryant, struggling through fatigue, sat out Tuesday night when the Lakers took on the Golden State Warriors (23-4).

In a well-rounded team effort, all 10 Lakers scored, led by Carlos Boozer off the bench with 18 points and nine rebounds.


Ronnie Price responded to a nine-point Stephen Curry third quarter, giving the Lakers three quick three-pointers and 11 in the period; 17 for the game with eight assists and three steals.

Nick Young scored 15. Wesley Johnson and Ed Davis added 14 while Bryant’s replacement in the starting lineup, Wayne Ellington, scored 12. Jeremy Lin added 11 with five assists and three steals.

Even former Lakers center Vlade Divac hit a big shot, all the way from half court during a break in the game, winning $90,000 for charity.

As a team, the Lakers converted 51.7% from the field and 46.2% from three-point range (12-26).


Golden State’s bench did their best to close the gap in the fourth quarter, holding the Lakers scoreless for almost 5 1/2 minutes, but the 24-point deficit was too much to overcome.

Curry finished with 22 points. Klay Thompson added 18, David Lee 12, Justin Holiday 11 and Festus Ezeli 10. The Warriors shot 46.4% from the field and 46.2% from behind the arc (12-26).

The Lakers (9-19) will travel to Chicago to play the Bulls (19-9) on Christmas Day. The Warriors also play on Christmas, visiting the Clippers (19-10) at Staples Center.

Lakers 95 - Warriors 73 (end of third quarter)

Stephen Curry started to do what Stephen Curry does, scoring seven points in a 50-second stretch and nine straight for his team.

The Lakers’ 21-point lead was quickly shrunk to 10, but just when it looked like the Warriors were primed to overtake the Lakers, Ronnie Price converted a trio of three-pointers in a minute and a half.

When the dust settled, the Lakers were up by 22 points.

Price led the Lakers with 15 points, followed by Wesley Johnson and Ed Davis with 14 each. Wayne Ellington scored 12, as the Lakers shot 56.5% from the field and 52.4% from three point range.


Curry scored 22 points, as the Warriors shot 42.2% and 44.4%, respectively.

Lakers 63 - Warriors 48 (halftime)

The Lakers extended their lead in the second quarter to 15, giving the Warriors a surprisingly difficult time.

Wesley Johnson and Ed Davis led the Laker with 12 apiece. Nick Young added 11 off the bench. All 10 of the available Lakers scored, including rookie Jordan Clarkson with two points.

As a team, the Lakers shot 56.3% from the field with 19 assists. Golden State shot 40.0% with just seven assists.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both scored 13 for the Warriors. Center Festus Ezeli added 10.

Defensively, the Lakers had nine steal’s to the Warriors’ four, and a 5-2 advantage on blocks.

Lakers 34 - Warriors 24 (end of first quarter)


Despite playing without Kobe Bryant (rest), the Lakers opened up against one of the top teams in the NBA, with one of their best first quarters of the season.

Wayne Ellington, starting in Bryant’s place, didn’t score -- but the Lakers as a team shot 60.9% from the field, led by Wesley Johnson with seven points.

Nick Young added six off the bench, as eight different Lakers scored.

The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry with seven points. Golden State shot 43.5% from the field.


The Lakers (8-19) have lost three-straight games.

They’ll try to break that streak against the NBA’s best team in the Golden State Warriors (22-3) on Tuesday night at Staples Center without Kobe Bryant, who will sit out his first game of the season.

The Warriors are down Andrew Bogut (knee).

The Lakers are still without Xavier Henry (Achilles), Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (leg).

For an in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors.

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