Game Recap: Pau Gasol’s 24 Points Leads Lakers To Victory Reviewed by Momizat on . With the return of Kobe Bryant to the practice court and four days off, the Los Angeles Lakers are re-energized and look for a win against the Golden State Warr With the return of Kobe Bryant to the practice court and four days off, the Los Angeles Lakers are re-energized and look for a win against the Golden State Warr Rating:
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Game Recap: Pau Gasol’s 24 Points Leads Lakers To Victory

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With the return of Kobe Bryant to the practice court and four days off, the Los Angeles Lakers are re-energized and look for a win against the Golden State Warriors. Without Stephen Curry who is out with a concussion, the Lakers hope to take advantage and redeem themselves for the 125-94 loss earlier this season. While the Lakers are without Chris Kaman and Steve Nash, Jordan Hill has averaged a double-double since being inserted into the starting line-up.

First Quarter

Both teams started at a frantic pace as the Warriors got out to an early 10-4 lead. However, the Lakers were able to close the gap with eight points from Pau Gasol. While both teams struggled from the field, the Lakers bench came in with good energy on the defensive end and limited the Warriors to one possession. With a three-pointer by Jordan Farmar to end the quarter, the Lakers lead 22-21.

Second Quarter

With Andre Iguodala at point guard, Jordan Farmar applied good on-ball pressure to disrupt the Warriors’ offense. On the offensive end, Farmar scored five quick points and had five assists in just eight minutes of play. While both teams would go back and forth, Gasol’s strong start would continue when he came back in the game. With four quick points from Gasol and a three pointer by Steve Blake, the Lakers got out to a six point lead and would finish the half strong. Led by Gasol, the Lakers were able to extend the lead to nine heading into halftime.

Third Quarter

The Warriors got off to a quick 4-0 run to cut the Lakers’ lead to five. While the teams went back and forth, the Warriors would make another run to cut the lead to one with the help of Laker turnovers. Midway through the quarter, the Warriors were able to tie the game at 63 all. However, the Lakers would respond with their own 12-0 run to end the third quarter and open the biggest lead of the game.

Fourth Quarter

To start the fourth quarter, Shawne Williams hit a three-pointer to push the lead to 15. With the Warriors playing zone, they were able to disrupt the Lakers’ offense and cut the lead down to 11 midway through the fourth. However, Young would hit another three-pointer to prevent Golden State from cutting the deficit to single digits. While the Warriors tried to make one last push, the Lakers finished the game with strong defense.


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  • Gregory Choa

    Great win for the Lakers, important because it’s the first time this season the team has won back to back games at home…gotta win again on Sunday vs the Kings, going away. My biggest takeaway from this game though, besides how much I’m loving Steve Blake at the point to start games and Farmar coming in off the bench to spark the second unit, was how much better Pau was looking in this one. It’s possible that Gasol is only now just beginning to get his legs under him coming back from an offseason of relative inactivity in the wake of the procedure to help take care of the tendinitis in both his knees…we saw some flashes of the vintage Pau that we all know and love, it was good to see.

  • jeremy

    all i have to say is warriors dont have a bench or at least a decent one and without curry they arent really the same

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The Lakers bench made 7 shots from 3 pointers tonight.Lakers bench scored 44 points the Wolf Pack scored 44 points combined.The best bench in the NBA was led in scoring by Nick Young,he scored 21 points.Also Jordan Farmar had a good game for the Lakers.Now for the starters Pau Gasol showed up and played hard for the Lakers he is shutting the haters up IMO.Nice home win for the Lakers.Stephen Curry sat out and then Iggy got hurt that helpled

  • tom721

    I hope he(pau gasol) makes his donation$24k) to the Philippine Red Cross, and no one else. Sir, you are turly the best.

  • Chyeah

    Lakers got lucky tonight lol. With Steph Curry then Iguodala out, Lakers took advantage. However its not such a bad thing to have luck, luck can even bring you championships.

    • Matt Williams

      Warriors were depleted, but unfortunately people fail to realize, so are we.

      • Chyeah

        Good point but I wanted to see them beat the Warriors with Steph Curry and Iguodala, only then I’ll be impressed. But anyways a win is a win, we’ll take it anyday.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    A lot of people were commenting on espn that the reason Lakers won this game is that Curry was out. And that GS is still the better team. I say, maybe NOT! Everyone seems to forget, we don’t have Kobe and Nash on the lineup.. Add a healthy Kobe to this lineup and we could easily be top 4 in the west.

  • Jim213

    Good overall game from the starters and the bench mob. Although, the 2nd units didn’t score their avg. ppg their defense along with pressure at times helped the team to attain another win. Overall hustle along with players starting to get a better feel for their roles improved overall team play.

  • Paytc

    Remember my saying ….. Don’t get too high on wins or too low in defeats. The Lakers did what they must do and that is win winnable games especially at home. This is their first two game win streak. Hopefully we win the next home game and carry the momentum on the road. We need players to continue to play well so we have added trade value to make a defining move in Feb IMO. I am not confident we can win a championship without shuffling a piece or two. Championship or bust ! Business is never personal.

    Go Lakers !

  • Daryl Peek

    Good win. Gotta get better every game. Lets make this a three game win streak Sunday night and get back to .500!

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