Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Kobe Bryant recorded a near triple-double as the Los Angeles Lakers blasted the Golden State Warriors, 101-77, in their first game since the ouster of head coach Mike Brown Friday night at Staples Center.
The Lakers front office finally made their move to address their team’s dismal 1-4 start and they believe firing Brown is the first step to fix the problem.
Brown was removed from his post after a lockout-shortened season and five-games into the season, making his tenure with the purple-and-gold one of the shortest ever in team history.
Assistant Bernie Bickerstaff assumed the head coaching role for the Lakers, who cruised to their second win in six games.
Bryant was in his vintage form, recording 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 dimes in 32 minutes of action. Pau Gasol had a double-double with 14 points and 16 boards while Jordan Hill (14 pts) and Darius Morris (10 pts) finally provided the scoring punch the Lakers need off the bench.
The Lakers outscored the Warriors in all four quarters and dominated their foes across major statistical categories, including a 58-47 advantage in rebounds.
Stephen Curry scored a team-high 18 markers for Golden State, who dropped to 3-3 in the season.