Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Friday, December 3rd
Game 2: Saturday, January 15th
Game 3: Friday, January 21st
Game 4: Monday, April 18th

Lakers 104

(20-15, 7-9 away)

Warriors 102

(11-27, 8-11 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, January 15, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 33 18 26 27104
    GS 29 20 32 21102

    Top Performers

    LAL: L. Odom 27 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    GS: D. Fisher 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    Late driving layup proves difference

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant made certain he was with the Los Angeles Lakers in spirit, bombarding his teammates with phone calls throughout the day of their first game without him. Even at halftime, the injured superstar was dialing their cell phones in the locker room.

    Lamar Odom definitely got Bryant's messages.

    Moments after drawing a charge from Adonal Foyle, Odom made a driving a layup with 1.3 seconds left, and the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 104-102 on Saturday night for their second straight win largely without the NBA's second-leading scorer.

    Odom had 27 points and 12 rebounds, taking over Bryant's leading role on both ends of the court while the Lakers rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He scored 24 points in the second half with a singular resolve usually provided by Bryant.

    "With Kobe out of the game, there's going to be more shots available," said Odom, who went 11-for-26 -- his second straight game with a season high in shot attempts. "It's just about making the right shot. It's going to be like that while he's gone."

    Odom stepped in front of Foyle's slow drive to the hoop with 12.6 seconds left, drawing the biggest foul of the night. Odom then got the ball at the top of the key, drove past Cliff Robinson and made a hanging layup to clinch Los Angeles' fourth victory in five games.

    "Before the game ... I said, `We have to get L.O. in a situation, if the game's on the line, for him to make the decision," coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He just kept taking it to the basket and finished a beautiful shot."

    Chucky Atkins added 20 points as the Lakers weathered the frantic final minutes and an inspired effort by Derek Fisher, who scored a career-high 29 points against his former teammates. The Warriors lost their ninth straight in front of their first sellout crowd of the season.

    Bryant went on the injured list after spraining his ankle in the first quarter Thursday against Cleveland. Though he skipped the trip, Bryant was glued to the television at home in Newport Beach -- and he bugged Caron Butler, among others, before the game and at halftime.

    "He was very happy everybody is playing well," said Butler, who had 16 points. "We told him to get well soon."

    The final three minutes featured three lead changes and back-to-back 3-pointers by Mike Dunleavy, who had 21 points and nine rebounds. Speedy Claxton had 15 points, but missed a desperate jumper at the buzzer.

    Troy Murphy had 14 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for Golden State, but Jason Richardson missed his ninth straight game since spraining his ankle in practice on New Year's Eve. Their leading scorer's absence has been disastrous for the Warriors, who were on a four-game winning streak when he went out -- but haven't won since.

    The Warriors knew Odom was capable of taking over the game, but thought they had a strategy to slow him down. It worked for only a half.

    "We expected him to come out more aggressive in the second half," Robinson said. He's their go-to guy. He needed a lot of shots to get the points he did. I think we did a pretty good job on him."

    Warriors coach Mike Montgomery knew Odom would be trouble. He tried to counter Odom's size with Foyle, but Odom roared past the slower center while scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter.

    "He's a hard matchup for us," Montgomery said. "I thought Foyle could handle him. We had so many chances tonight, but we just couldn't pull it out."

    Fisher scored 19 points in the first half against the Lakers, his employer during his first eight NBA seasons before joining Golden State last summer. He clearly was fired up -- and got a technical foul in the fourth quarter for shoving Atkins after a collision.

    Fisher hit a 3-pointer on the Warriors' next possession to give them an 88-79 lead, then did a bigfoot walk to the other end of the court in front of the Lakers' bench.

    Rookie Sasha Vujacic made his first NBA start in Bryant's place, scoring eight points.

    Game notes

    Los Angeles made just six turnovers. ... Bryant's absence comes at perhaps the best possible time in Los Angeles' schedule. The Lakers play their next nine games at Staples Center, including a designated road game against the Clippers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 102
    FGM-FGA 42-92 (.457) 39-92 (.424)
    3PM-3PA 8-12 (.667) 12-31 (.387)
    FTM-FTA 12-22 (.545) 12-16 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-50 13-48
    Assists 14 27
    Turnovers 6 10
    Steals 5 3
    Blocks 3 8
    Fast Break Points 13 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 10 9

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Golden State
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 27
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Derek Fisher Fisher
    Points: 29
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0