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Seven-footers dominate in Lakers' 99-87 victory over the Warriors

April 18, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Lakers center Andrew Bynum spins toward the basket for a shot against Warriors center Mickell Gladness in the first half Wednesday night in Oakland.
Lakers center Andrew Bynum spins toward the basket for a shot against Warriors… (Bern Margot / Associated…)

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OAKLAND -- Andrew Bynum had 31 points on precise 12-for-14 shooting as the Lakers beat the undermanned Golden State Warriors, 99-87, Wednesday at Oracle Arena.

Pau Gasol had his fifth career triple-double, amassing 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Lakers beat the Warriors for the 25th time in their last 28 meetings.

Metta World Peace had 18 points and nine assists in what was likely the Lakers' last game without Kobe Bryant.

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Bryant sat out a seventh consecutive game with a sore left shin but underwent a thorough workout Wednesday, taking dozens of shots and successfully completing running and jumping exercises without pain.

If he doesn't feel discomfort Thursday, he will play Friday against San Antonio.

The Lakers (40-23) lead the Clippers by half a game for third place in the Western Conference.

Rookie Klay Thompson had 17 points for the Warriors (22-39), who started four rookies.

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