Lakers win fourth straight without Kobe
LOS ANGELES – Shannon Brown set career highs with 27 points and 10 rebounds while starting in place of the injured Kobe Bryant, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 104-94 on Tuesday night.
Andrew Bynum added 21 points and seven rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing two games because of a bruised right hip that still gives him discomfort. He was 8 for 11 from the field in 30 minutes.
Brown made his third start and had his first career double-double, scoring eight points in the final 1:13 while Bryant sat out his fourth straight game because of a sprained left ankle.
The defending NBA champions have won all four games they’ve played without Bryant, who also was unable to play in the All-Star game.
Four different players have led the Lakers in scoring during his absence, including Ron Artest, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, who had 18 rebounds and eight points against the Warriors.
Anthony Morrow scored 23 points and C.J. Watson added 20 off the bench for the Warriors, who lost to the Lakers for the eighth straight time and have dropped 29 of their last 32 road games against Los Angeles.
Stephen Curry had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who are 2-20 against the Lakers at Staples Center since the arena opened in 1999.
The injury-ravaged Warriors used their 30th different starting lineup while losing for the 10th time in 11 games. Corey Maggette had 17 points after missing two games with a dislocated ring finger on his non-shooting hand, but leading scorer Monta Ellis missed his second straight due to a sprained left knee and was in Birmingham, Ala., to get it examined by Dr. James Andrews.
The Warriors, who came in averaging a league-best 23.2 fastbreak points, didn’t crack that column until Watson made a driving layup with 9:46 left in the second quarter to trim the Lakers lead to 38-26. Former Laker Ronny Turiaf’s dunk capped a 25-9 run that turned Golden State’s 14-point deficit into a 49-47 lead with 1:55 left in the half.
Bryant did not miss a game in either of the previous two seasons. The next game he plays will be his 1,000th during the regular season, and will make him the youngest player in NBA history to reach that milestone.
NOTES: The Lakers are 57-33 all-time when Bryant has been out of the lineup. … A moment of silence was observed in memory of former Lakers coach and general manager Fred Schaus, who died last Wednesday at age 84. … Frank “Pep” Saul, who played on three Lakers championship teams in Minneapolis during the 1950s, turned 86 years old on Tuesday. He’s the second-oldest living Lakers player behind Gene Stump – who was born 95 days before Saul. … Brown made a pair of jumpers less than a minute apart that originally were ruled 3-pointers. But both were changed to 2-pointers after the referees reviewed the tape during a timeout with 4 1-2 minutes left in the first quarter.
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