Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Postgame Grades and Analysis

Pau Gasol posted 24 points and 10 rebounds, Nick Young had 21 points off the bench and the Los Angeles Lakers used a 15-0 run in the second half to down the Golden State Warriors, 102-95, on Friday night.

Stephen Curry sat this one out with a concussion, and his presence was sorely missed.

The Warriors shot 42 percent from the floor as the Lakers were able to ferociously defend without the threat of Curry spotting up from beyond the arc.

Los Angeles shot 48 percent, hitting on 11 of its 24 three-point tries.

David Lee led the Dubs with 21 points and 13 boards.


Key Players

Los Angeles Lakers

Pau Gasol, Center

Pau Gasol had what was probably his best game of the season tonight.

The Spaniard was simply phenomenal offensively, utilizing his footwork in the post to score easy buckets inside and setting up his defender with the threat of his his mid-range jumper.

Gasol even got a little fancy with the basketball.

Pau ended up with 24 points off 11-of-19 shooting. How many times has he shot that well this year? Not many. Gasol also hauled in 10 boards and was even a presence around the rim defensively, altering some shots in the paint.

If Gasol can keep channeling the player he was in 2010, maybe the Lakers will have a shot at making the playoffs with a healthy Kobe Bryant. 

Grade: A+


Jordan Hill, Power Forward

Jordan Hill didn't have one of the dominant nights on the glass we have become so used to, but he was still effective before fouling out in 30 minutes of action.

Hill tallied eight points and nine rebounds and played some fine post defense on David Lee.

He shot 4-of-9 from the floor and even dished out three assists.

Not a standout night for the Arizona product...

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