Both teams were coming off victories over Boston, as Golden State used a big fourth quarter to stun the defending champions on Friday, one day after the Lakers snapped the Celtics' 19-game winning streak.
Los Angeles kept the momentum going, however, winning its fourth straight game after hitting 51.6 percent from the floor. Derek Fisher and Sasha Vujacic logged 19 and 17 points, respectively, while Andrew Bynum chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds.
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Jamal Crawford, who was questionable with a strained left groin, poured in a team-high 22 points to go with five assists for Golden State, which has lost eight of its last 10 affairs. Brandan Wright, Marco Belinelli and C.J. Watson each tallied 14 points in the loss. Andris Biedrins pulled down 17 rebounds.
"They beat us, they've got the whole package," said Warriors head coach Don Nelson. "They're well-coached and Kobe [Bryant] is still the man. He makes everybody better when he's on the floor."
It was 10-point game in the third quarter before Bynum's three-point play ignited an 8-2 run midway through the frame. Pau Gasol added another three the old fashioned way a little later for a 91-75 lead and Lamar Odom's trifecta made it a 102-85 Lakers advantage heading to the fourth.
"We came out in the second half and controlled the game," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "Sasha did well off the bench. Golden State has still not recovered from injuries. They haven't played well on the road."
Vujacic nailed a pair of from behind the arc in the early fourth and Fisher followed with one of his own for a 117-95 lead with 6 1/2 minutes left and the Lakers cruised from there.
LA scored the final eight points of the first quarter to jump out to a 34-27 edge, and the difference stayed at seven, 65-58, at the break.