It didn’t look good for the Lakers halfway through Saturday’s game in Golden State. It looked even worse after three quarters, as the Warriors turned their 8-point halftime lead to 13 going into the fourth quarter. But when the final buzzer sounded at the end of overtime, the Lakers were the ones that walked off the court celebrating their 118-115 road win.
It started when the Lakers’ reserves, led by Metta World Peace, scored 10 straight points after trailing 90-76 less than 90 seconds into the final period. Then Kobe Bryant came back into the game, received a bounce pass from Dwight Howard, and that led to a wide-open dunk, capping off the 12-0 run that cut the Warriors’ lead to two.
A Bryant three finally tied the game at 95 with 4:28 to go. The final four minutes saw 3-pointers made by Jodie Meeks, Steve Nash, and World Peace, the last of which gave the Lakers a two-point lead with 24.1 seconds left.
Jared Jack tied the game with 15 seconds left, but with a chance to win the game, Kobe couldn’t hit at the buzzer. It sent the Lakers into their first overtime game of the season.
The Lakers struck early in the extra period and took the lead for good with the help of Bryant and Nash.
In his first game back, Nash played 42 minutes and had 12 points and 9 assists. Howard started slow, sitting out much of the second and third quarters with foul trouble. Eight of his 11 points came in the fourth quarter and overtime. Bryant had 34 points on 16-of-41 shooting, bringing his streak of 30-point games to eight. The bench also stepped up with 46 points, 20 of which came from World Peace.
“We can get a lot better, but [this] is a good start,” Mike D’Antoni said.
The Lakers look to continue their 4-game winning streak on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks at Staples Center.