Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers are getting their pieces
back at the same time they're playing their best basketball of the season.
Kobe Bryant tallied his eighth straight 30-plus point game and 400th of his
career in the Los Angeles Lakers' 118-115 overtime win over the Golden
Bryant finished with 34 points on 16-of-41 shooting to go with 10 rebounds for
the Lakers, who have won a season-high four straight games.
Steve Nash, who had 12 points and nine assists, returned to the starting
lineup following a 24-game absence after sustaining a non-displaced fracture
to his lower left leg on Oct. 31.
Nash came back three days after Pau Gasol rejoined the Lakers following an
eight-game absence because of tendinitis in his knees.
David Lee recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Stephen Curry provided 20
points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Golden State, which has dropped
two of its last three contests.
Trailing by 14 following Landry's dunk, which made it 90-76 early in the
fourth, the Lakers countered with a 19-5 run to tie the contest. Bryant's 3-
pointer capped the surge and made it 95-95 with 4:28 left in regulation.
Harrison Barnes' putback dunk a bit later gave the Warriors a 102-98 edge
before Dwight Howard hit a pair of free throws and Nash hit a pull-up triple
from the top of the arc for a 103-102 Lakers advantage with 1:46 to go.
The pendulum then swung back and forth as the lead switched hands four times.
Festus Ezili put home an alley-oop from Jarrett Jack, but Bryant nailed a
pull-up jumper at the other end to make it 105-104 in favor of Los Angeles
with 1:01 on the clock.
Lee then nailed a step-back jumper before Metta World Peace swished a left-
corner triple, which gave the visitors a 108-106 margin with 24.1 ticks
Jack's pull-up jumper at the other end knotted the game at 108-108 and Bryant
misfired on a jumper with 1.7 seconds left to send the contest into an extra
Howard's putback dunk and Bryant's turnaround jumper on Los Angeles' first two
possessions of overtime put the Lakers up for good, 112-108.
Later in the extra frame, Curry's trey pulled the hosts within 116-115 with
33.8 seconds left before Nash answered with a fadeway jumper in the paint for
a 118-115 lead with 16.9 ticks on the clock.
Curry misfired from beyond the arc with 4.8 ticks left and Ezeli snatched the
offensive rebound, but turned the ball over and Los Angeles escaped with the
Earlier, the Lakers led, 31-27, after a quarter of play, but the Warriors
outscored Los Angeles, 34-22, in the second and took a 61-53 cushion into the
Golden State took an 87-74 spread into the fourth.
Bryant became the fifth NBA player to register his 400th career 30 plus-point
game ... The Lakers moved to 5-11 on the campaign when Bryant tallies at least
30 points ... The Warriors turned the ball over 19 times, which led to 26
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