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The number of the day is:

February 19, 2009


12, as in twelve different players scored in double digits during last nights game between the Lakers and Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors were led by Cory Maggette, Steven Jackson and Jamal Crawford with the latter scoring 23 and the other two dropping 24 points each. Joining them with double digits scoring for the Warriors were Monta Ellis(15), Anthony Randolph (career high 14), and former Laker Ronny Turiaf (14 points). Thanks to their frenetically paced offensive attack they managed to push the Lakers to the brink leading the by as much as 12 and holding the lead over the Lakers from the middle of the first through much of the fourth.

The Lakers got hot in the fourth going on a 17-3 run thanks to back-to-back threes from Trevor Ariza and twelve points from reigning league MVP Kobe Bryant. Lamar Odom continued his fantastic play of late, scoring 22 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Surprisingly Josh Powell scored 17 points and grabbed 7 boards off the bench, his break-out game of the season can most likely be attributed to the news of the Chris Mihm trade to Memphis for a future 2nd round pick which will boost his playing time greatly. Already mentioned Trevor Ariza dropped 17 off the bench, hitting 7-12 field goals and 3-5 from downtown. Pau was his usual awesome self; scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists. Derek Fisher continues to be dangerous from deep, scoring all 12 of his points on 4-7 shooting. But what about the reigning league MVP? Although he had a rough shooting night (9-22), the crowd praised his performance with an MVP chant in the waining moments of the game. Bryant ended with 30 points, but also added 9 assists and 2 amazing blocks. In the end the Warriors offensive attack wasn't enough as the Lakers prevailed 129-121.

The loss moves the Warriors record to 19-36, and 12 games out from the 8th seed. Its a good thing these Warriors have no shot at the playoffs, because this would be the last team the Lakers would want to face in the first round on the playoffs. There next game is Saturday against the improving Oklahoma City Thunder. With the win the Lakers remain with the best record in the L at 44-10, the third best start in Laker history. There next game in Friday in Los Angeles, where they face off with the Hornets. The game can be seen on ESPN at 10:30.

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