Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th
Game 2: Friday, January 27th
Game 3: Friday, March 3rd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 11th

Warriors 105

(19-23, 8-11 away)

Lakers 106

(23-19, 12-8 home)

Coverage: FSW

7:30 PM ET, January 27, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 OT T
GS 28 19 26 21 11105
LAL 31 24 11 28 12106

Top Performers

GS: B. Davis 29 Pts, 1 Reb, 10 Ast, 3 Stl

LAL: K. Bryant 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast

Kobe's 25 in fourth, OT lift Lakers past Warriors

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In the first game since his remarkable 81-point outburst, Kobe Bryant didn't score much -- until he needed to.

Bryant turned it on late Friday night, scoring 25 of his 30 points in the fourth period and overtime to rally the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-105 victory over Golden State.

Bryant, whose 81 points against Toronto on Sunday were the second-most in NBA history to Wilt Chamberlain's 100 in 1962, said heading into the game against the Warriors that the only thing important to him was that the Lakers win.

He made sure they did.

Hesitant to shoot through the opening three quarters, when he was 2-of-12 from the floor and Los Angeles fell behind 73-66, Bryant scored 16 in the fourth -- including a pair of free throws to even it at 94 with 7.1 seconds left in regulation.

"They came out and they zoned up and they trapped and they doubled, and we just continued to move the ball," Bryant said.

"It took me three quarters to kind of get the rhythm down on what they were trying to do defensively so I could go into attack mode in the fourth quarter, where I was able to start attacking the basket a little bit and get something going."

He scored nine points in overtime, including four free throws in the final 6.7 seconds to give Los Angeles just enough to withstand Mickael Pietrus's 3-pointer for Golden State at the buzzer.

"Kobe is always a factor in the game," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said. "I don't think Golden State stopped him from scoring; he just got other guys involved in the offense. It was a game where Kobe did not have to force the issue until late."

Bryant, coming off the Lakers' four-day break, finished 7-of-22 from the floor, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and made 14 of 16 free throws. He also had eight assists.

In Sunday's win over Toronto, he went 28-of-46 from the field.

After making just two shots in the first quarter against the Warriors and going 0-for-7 the next two periods, it became apparent that Bryant would not be able to challenge another one of Wilt's records -- 161 points in consecutive games, which he set by getting 61 against Chicago before his 100-point game against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

Smush Parker added 17 points for the Lakers against the Warriors. Baron Davis led Golden State with 29 points and Pietrus had 20 in his first start of the season.

Derek Fisher, Bryant's former backcourt mate with the Lakers, scored 18 but was called for an offensive foul with 12.8 seconds left in regulation, leading to Bryant's tying free throws.

Jason Richardson, Golden State's leading scorer at 22.8 points a game, did not make the trip to Los Angeles because of a sore back, and Mike Dunleavy went out with a sprained left ankle early in the second quarter and did not return.

"It's a tough deal. Mike got hurt early, and J.R. was not with us," said Warriors coach Mike Montgomery, also pointing out that Davis fouled out in the closing seconds of overtime, joining teammates Fisher and Troy Murphy.

"Kobe Bryant is a load down the stretch," Montgomery added. "He keeps coming at you. He gets calls when he needs calls. He is smart."

Game notes

Bryant, told before the game that he needed 80 points to tie Chamberlain's two-game record, laughed and said, "You guys got me nauseous just thinking about it." ... Los Angeles begins a seven-game road trip in Detroit on Sunday. ... Richardson, who scored a season-high 37 points in a 110-104 loss to the Lakers on Jan. 14, left in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to Dallas. He may be able to play Saturday when the Warriors host Portland. Bryant sounded disappointed that Richardson missed the game, saying he likes the Warriors guard and, "The last time we were up at Golden State, he had a great game and he torched me a little bit. So I was looking forward to playing him here and making my adjustments."

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 105 106
FGM-FGA 38-96 (.396) 33-81 (.407)
3PM-3PA 8-26 (.308) 8-15 (.533)
FTM-FTA 21-28 (.750) 32-46 (.696)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-50 16-48
Assists 21 23
Turnovers 18 20
Steals 11 7
Blocks 2 6
Fast Break Points 12 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 39 (0/0) 26 (2/0)
Largest Lead 9 10

Top Performers

Golden State
Los Angeles
Baron Davis Davis
Points: 29
Reb: 1
Ast: 10
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 30
Reb: 5
Ast: 8
Stl: 0
Blk: 0