The Los Angeles Lakers could be facing the right team to continue their winning ways.
After snapping their longest losing streak of the season, the Lakers will go for a second straight win Sunday when they visit the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers (31-25) routed Boston 122-96 on Friday to end a six-game losing streak and will now face the Warriors (26-30)—a team they’ve won six straight against and 13 of the last 15. The Warriors last win over the Lakers was 126-99 at home on April 18, 2005.
A win also could give Los Angeles momentum going into road games this week against division leaders Utah and Phoenix.
Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 38 points in the first quarter Friday and had nine assists. He shot 9-for-12 in the opening quarter, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
“A win is a win,” said Bryant, who had 42 including 16 from the free-throw line in a 108-103 win over Golden State on Jan. 22. “In the NBA, you have to be ready to play every night because any team can beat you on any given night.
“It’s good to get a win. To get back on the right track, you’ve got to start somewhere.”
Los Angeles, which holds the sixth spot in the West, shot 54.2 percent from the field Friday to improve 13-0 when shooting at least 50 percent this season.
The Lakers continue play short-handed with forwards Kwame Brown and Luke Walton out with sprained ankles. Brown has missed 25 straight games and Walton 13. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic is expected to be out two months after injurying his shoulder snowboarding in Utah during the All-Star break. He originally told the team he slipped on a patch of ice while walking.
“I lied about what happened, but I just couldn’t keep it to myself,” said Radmanovic, who averages 6.9 points and 3.4 points and started the last 11 games before the break. “I did a silly thing by snowboarding - and then I panicked about what was going to happen.
“I felt really bad about it. I let my teammates down and the whole organization down by not letting them know what really happened.”
Jackson may consider bringing in Scottie Pippen, a seven-time All-Star whom he coached with the Chicago Bulls and wants to come out of retirement after not playing since 2003-04.
“I anticipate that I will talk to Scottie at some point,” Jackson said. “We have to entertain the possibility because we’re a little bit short at forward.”
Golden State committed six turnovers and missed 10 of 15 shots in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 103-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
“We felt like we could still win the game. But they made some big shots and got a couple of three-point plays at the end, and it was hard to keep their momentum down,” Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson said. “We hate that it happened, because we stayed in the game for so long.”
Al Harrington had 24 points and guard Monta Ellis had 17 points and 13 assists as he continues to see his role increase since leading scorer Baron Davis has been out after undergoing knee surgery this month. Davis averages 20.7 points per game.
Jason Richardson played his second game since missing 22 with a broken bone in his hand and scored 18 points off the bench after having 19 on Wednesday in a win over Memphis.