In their final matchup of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors in Oakland by a score of 99-87. This was the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams, with the Lakers winning all four games.
The Lakers have the inside advantage in most games they play, but in this one the advantage was very obvious. Without their top three front court players in David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins, the Warriors were forced to start two rookies against the Lakers big men. Jeremy Tyler and Mickell Gladness had the daunting task of slowing down all star's Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum of the Lakers, and they did not fare well.
Playing once again without Kobe Bryant who is nursing a shin injury, the Lakers looked inside early and often. Bynum started out with a 17 point first quarter and ended up with 31 points and nine rebounds on 12-14 shooting. Gasol also had a big game recording a triple double with 22 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds.
Charles Jenkins of the Warriors led the team with 11 assists, but scored only six points. Klay Thompson led all Warriors players in scoring with 17 points, however he struggled percentage-wise as he was only 7-22 from the floor and 1-8 from three.
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