Warriors 102, Lakers 83

Dave Del Grande, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors broke open a close game with a 21-4 third-quarter run that led to a 102-83 victory over the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
Golden State held the Lakers to 2-of-13 shooting from the field during a 7:15 stretch of the third quarter as the Warriors took advantage of a team playing without five key players, including Kobe Bryant (broken leg) and Pau Gasol (upper respiratory infection).
The win was the fourth in a row at home for the Warriors (15-13) over their in-state rivals and prevented the Lakers (13-14) from overtaking them in the Pacific Division standings.
The Warriors led 46-42 at halftime and 51-46 in the third minute of the third quarter before their offense and defense clicked simultaneously for the first time all night, leading to the breakaway spurt.
Six different Warriors scored during the 21-4 run, including center Andrew Bogut, who spiked home a lob by guard Stephen Curry for a 62-48 lead with 4:35 left in the quarter, and backup power forward Marreese Speights, who had six of the team's final eight points in the flurry.
By the time backup center Robert Sacre ended the Lakers' 2-of-13 shooting, four-turnover sequence with a driving layup with 1:53 left in the quarter, the Warriors were up 72-52 and well on their way to their second win on a five-day, three-game homestand.
The Lakers never got appreciably closer in the fourth quarter, which featured the ejection of Speights for a flagrant foul on Lakers backup shooting guard Nick Young.
Power forward David Lee (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Bogut (12 points, 20 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the Warriors, who outrebounded the Lakers 55-50.
Curry (18 points, nine assists) and Klay Thompson (17 points) also scored in double figures for Golden State, as did Speights, who had 10 off the bench.
The Warriors' defensive effort was one of their best of the season. The 83 points allowed were their third fewest of the season and came after they had allowed 12 of their previous 15 opponents to reach triple figures.
Young overcame 5-of-18 shooting from the field to score 20 points to top the Lakers, who were coming off a 104-91 home win over Minnesota on Friday night.
Lakers big men Jordan Hill (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Chris Kaman (10 points, 17 rebounds) matched their Golden State counterparts with double-doubles, and starting shooting guard Jodie Meeks added 13 points.
Kaman was starting in place of Gasol, who played in Friday's win over Minnesota but then came up sick. He is expected to return for the Lakers' next game on Monday at Denver.
The Lakers shot just 32.5 percent from the field overall and 20 percent from 3-point range in their lowest scoring output of the season.
The Warriors' run followed a defense-dominated first half in which neither team led by more than six points and neither shot better than 35.7 percent from the field.
NOTES: With regular starters PG Steve Nash, SG Kobe Bryant and C Pau Gasol out of action, the Lakers started their 12th different lineup in the season's 27th game. ... Gasol (28), PG Steve Blake (14) and SG Jordan Farmar (14), all missing Saturday night, combined for 56 points when the Lakers beat the Warriors 102-95 in Los Angeles on Nov. 22. ... The Lakers and Warriors have played three times this season. Golden State has yet to see Bryant, who has played only six games. ... Asked before the game whether he thinks he's being tested by all the injuries this season, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni shook his head and noted: "Every coach has challenges. Last year (with Dwight Howard) was pretty much a test. ... The Lakers were playing the second night of their seventh back-to-back sequence already this season. They'd gone 1-1 in their first six sets, beating Minnesota 104-91 on Friday to tip off their seventh. ... On their three-game homestand that ended Saturday night, the Warriors missed the New Orleans Pelicans' second- and fifth-leading scorers (PF Anthony Davis and SG Tyreke Evans), the San Antonio Spurs' Nos. 1, 2, and 4 scorers (PG Tony Parker, C Tim Duncan and SG Manu Ginobili) and two of the Lakers' top three scorers (Gasol and Bryant). ... The Lakers (at Phoenix) and Warriors (at Denver) both play Monday before returning home to host Christmas Day games -- Miami visiting the Lakers and the LA Clippers traveling to take on Golden State.

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