Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Friday, November 23rd
Game 2: Sunday, December 16th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 26th
Game 4: Thursday, March 14th

Lakers 90

(20-5, 6-4 away)

Warriors 101

(12-17, 7-7 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, December 26, 2001

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 20 23 23 2490
    GS 27 20 29 25101

    Top Performers

    LAL: K. Bryant 39 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    GS: A. Jamison 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Kobe scores 39, but Jamison's Warriors prevail

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers didn't have Shaquille O'Neal, and they almost lost Phil Jackson. Other than Kobe Bryant, they didn't have anyone who could score.

    Antawn Jamison

    But even after a 101-90 loss to the last-place Golden State Warriors, the two-time defending champions still had their bravado.

    "I seriously doubt they're going to do that to us next time we come down here," said Bryant, who scored 39 points.

    Antawn Jamison scored 28 points and Danny Fortson had 15 points and 20 rebounds as the Warriors pounced on the Lakers in O'Neal's absence Wednesday night.

    O'Neal went on the injured list Tuesday with arthritis in his big toe. Though Bryant lit up the Warriors, Jamison hit enough big shots for the Pacific Division's last-place team to hand the NBA's best team its fifth loss of the season.

    Golden State improved to 4-2 under interim coach Brian Winters, with three wins in four games at Oakland. The Lakers saw the game as an anomaly caused by O'Neal's absence, exhaustion and their own poor execution -- but don't try telling that to the Warriors.

    "A lot of guys have matured," Jamison said. "Two or three weeks ago, we might have crumbled under the pressure. We stayed poised. This team has really progressed in the right direction."

    The game was reminiscent of Jamison's memorable duel with Bryant at the Arena last season, when the stars scored 51 points apiece in an overtime victory that was the highlight of the Warriors' dismal season.

    After Bryant hit consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Lakers to 87-83 with 2:18 left, Jamison made back-to-back shots and later hit two free throws to seal it.

    "The Lakers pushed us to the limit, which I knew they would," Winters said. "They're a team that thinks they can win anywhere, (so) we wanted to make their whole team work hard."

    Bryant, who said his pulled ribcage muscle felt much better as the game went on, scored 26 points in the second half on a barrage of outside shots, but he was basically the Lakers' only hope on offense. His frustration showed when he got a technical foul with 5:42 to play.

    "He took on a little bit more than we wanted him to, but he had a good night," Jackson said. "Some nights are going to be like that. We made a couple of good runs, but offensively, they really took the ball at us."

    While trailing throughout the second half, the Lakers lost their composure during a series of questionable calls and officiating blunders that resulted in a 3-pointer getting taken off the scoreboard for Golden State.

    Devean George was ejected moments after he fouled out with 4:57 to play, but the officials started play while the Lakers still had just four players on the court. Larry Hughes then hit a 3-pointer.

    Jackson got a technical foul and was ejected by referee Rodney Mott when Jackson complained he hadn't been given sufficient time to substitute for George.

    Jackson came to midcourt to argue. After a long conversation, the officials waved off Jackson's ejection and Hughes' 3, infuriating Winters and the sellout crowd.

    "I've seen a lot of strange scenes, but nothing like that before," Jackson said.

    "The referee made a bonehead play," Bryant said. "It's part of the game. He acknowledged it, and he took it back."

    Rookie Jason Richardson scored 20 points for Golden State. He also put on his near-nightly dunk exhibition, making two one-handed rebound slams.

    "It didn't matter who was out there," Richardson said. "It just feels great to beat the Lakers."

    Los Angeles, which came from behind to beat Philadelphia on Tuesday night, got 12 points and eight rebounds from Slava Medvedenko.

    For the second straight night, the Lakers fell behind in the first half. The Warriors led by 11 points early in the second quarter, but the Lakers scored 11 straight before going to halftime trailing 47-43.

    Game notes
    Fortson has at least 17 rebounds in his last four games. No Warrior has done that since 1972-73, when Nate Thurmond had at least 17 in nine straight. ... With 9 1/2 minutes to play and the Lakers trailing by 12, Bryant turned to a heckler behind the scorer's table and said, "It's a long game. I wouldn't cheer too much if I was you." ... Golden State has won just five times in its last 26 meetings with the Lakers. ... In the first half, Ralph Burge of Auburn, Calif., won $25,000 from a local casino by putting a golf ball across the court through a 3-inch hole under the opposite basket.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 101
    FGM-FGA 37-90 (.411) 36-82 (.439)
    3PM-3PA 5-24 (.208) 2-6 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 11-14 (.786) 27-36 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-36 16-57
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 16 21
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 8 8
    Fast Break Points 10 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (3/0) 23 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Golden State
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 39
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2