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NBA FINAL IN 1ST OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 1OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 20 20 25 20 4 89 LA LAKERS 25 19 23 18 11 96 FINAL IN 1ST OT HIGH SCORERS: GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 25, ERICK DAMPIER 19, TROY MURPHY 14 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 45, SAMAKI WALKER 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9 HIGH REBOUND: GSW - ERICK DAMPIER 16, TROY MURPHY 13, ANTAWN JAMISON 10 LAL - RICK FOX 14, SAMAKI WALKER 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 HIGH ASSISTS: GSW - JASON RICHARDSON 8, GILBERT ARENAS 5, ANTAWN JAMISON 2 LAL - BRIAN SHAW 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 ATT: 18,997Game Story
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Robert Horry helped take some pressure off Kobe Bryant. Bryant scored a season-high 45 points and Horry stepped up big in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers stopped a four-game losing streak with a 96-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors. In the midst of their longest losing streak since 1995, the Lakers were carried by their superstar guard for four quarters before Horry again came through in the clutch. After Troy Murphy scored the first basket of overtime to give the Warriors the lead, Horry answered with a 3-pointer with 3:52 remaining, putting the Lakers ahead for good at 88-87. The teams went scoreless for more than two minutes until Horry converted a driving layup while taking a flagrant foul from Antawn Jamison. He converted the free throw for a 91-87 lead with 1:45 left and Bryant made a fadeway from the foul line for a six-point lead. "(Kobe) forced some shots down the stretch, but he is also the one who got us in position to win," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We needed somebody to step up and at that time no one else was meeting the demands. ... We were just stalling out there. Rob hit a three for us and he got the three-point play off a flagarant foul situation, which is ultimately what won the game for us." Horry scored seven points in overtime after he was held to two in regulation. He also gutted it out after appearing to injure an ankle late in regulation. "I just got a couple of plays to me when I was open," Horry said. "Kobe just got me the ball in good spots. He was drawing so much attention that it was easier to get open." Bryant, who scored the Lakers' other four points in overtime, took at least 40 shots in a game for the second time this season, going 18-of-40. The victory helped Jackson avoid his first five-game losing streak since 1994, when he coached Chicago. Jamison had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Erick Dampier 19 and 16 for the Warriors, who were abysmal in overtime. Golden State made just 1-of-8 shots from the floor and was 2-of-8 from the line in the extra session and 18-of-33 overall. "We picked an inopprtune time not to shoot well from the line," Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "We've done a great job all year, it's one area thus far we've improved on from the foul line." Before the Warriors unraveled in overtime against the three-time defending champions, it did not look like they would get to play an extra five minutes. Bryant made two free throws with 85 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers an 85-79 lead. But Jamison made a short shot in the lane and drew a foul to make it a three-point game with 41 seconds left. With a chance to seal the game, Bryant missed a tough fadeaway, giving the Warriors another chance - and they cashed in in dramatic fashion. Gilbert Arenas, who struggled all night, was short on a 3-pointer and Jamison grabbed the rebound. He got the ball to Jason Richardson, who drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner, tying it at 85-85 with 4.6 seconds remaining. "I think that the 3-pointer that Richardson hit kind of lets us know the way things are rolling right now," Bryant said. "The ball has just not been bouncing our way." Arenas and Richardson - the Warriors starting backcourt - combined to score just 20 points on 9-of-33 shooting. Both came in averaging more than 16 points. Richardon's rough night probably could be attributed to the fact that he drew the defensive assignment on Bryant. "I was trying to get him out of his comfort zone, get the ball out of his hands," Richardson said. "He's their primary scorer on the team and we know he's going to take a lot of shots, and he did. You know, he's Kobe Bryant. Nobody's going to stop him. Nobody in the NBA is going to stop him." The Warriors were able to compensate for the weak performance by their backcourt with a dominating effort up front. In addition to Jamison and Dampier, Murphy had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. After a timeout, the Lakers had a chance to win it, but Horry threw away the inbounds pass after Bryant and Jamison collided face-to-face. Jamison's forehead was bloodied while Bryant was hit in the mouth. "I felt my tooth in my mouth," Bryant said. "I felt I had shifted my tooth. The other tooth shifted all the way back, diagonally, so that it was behind my other tooth." Before the collision, Bryant took plenty of shots at the Warriors. He made 10-of-19 from the field and scored 24 points in the first half, helping the Lakers to a 44-40 lead. Samaki Walker was the only other Laker to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
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