Kobe, Lakers too much for Warriors in L.A.


Kobe, Lakers too much for Warriors in L.A.

Lakers 120, Warriors 112Player of the game: Kobe Bryant scored 40 points on 16-for-28 from the field, helping the Lakers hold off a late rush by the Warriors. It was the first time Bryant made at least half of his shots in a game since March 4.

Im very proud of the way we fought, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. There was a point where they were making shots. They had us on the ropes and we battled back. We responded, put ourselves in a position to win the game. They made big shots especially Kobe.Key stretch: With the Warriors down just one point 97-96 with seven minutes remaining, the Lakers ripped off nine consecutive points to regain separation.Ramon Sessions buried a 3-pointer, Kobe Bryant knocked down two free throws and Pau Gasol and Bryant scored in the lane and just like that the Lakers had re-established control.The Warriors pulled within three points later than that but never had the ball with an opportunity to tie.Im not going to tolerate games where we dont play with energy and effort, Jackson said. Were not good enough to play with 30 minutes of energy and effort. Im proud of this group. Weve got every excuse tailor-made for us, but we dont use it.Five turnovers: The Warriors committed just five turnovers, which equaled a franchise-low. Interestingly, they committed just five turnovers against the Lakers on Tuesday which tied a franchise-low at that point.Wright stuff: Dorell Wright was very efficient, scoring 14 points in just 20 minutes, but he didnt play in the fourth quarter. Instead, Warriors coach Mark Jackson stayed with Klay Thompson and Richard Jefferson on the wings. When Jackson did substitute for Thompson with under four minutes remaining in the game, he brought in Dominic McGuire.Bynum sits in second: Lakers center Andrew Bynum suffered a sprained left ankle in the first half and didnt return for the second. Bynum wound up playing just 10 minutes and was scoreless.He appeared to land on the foot of teammate Josh McRoberts with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter.Biedrins sighting: Andris Biedrins, who had missed the previous six games because of a strained groin, returned to action against the Lakers on Sunday.Warriors coach Mark Jackson went to Biedrins early in the first period after starting center Jeremy Tyler picked up three quick fouls and were talking really quick fouls.The Warriors were shorthanded at center because Mickell Gladness, whom the team signed for the rest of the season, was unavailable because of family matters.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

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Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins


Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.


Warriors by 8.5


Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.


Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.


The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.


THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.