Lakers 118-115 beat Warriors in overtime as Nash makes solid return

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Star center Dwight Howard got into early foul trouble on a “whistle happy” night for the officials before fouling out in overtime. He scored just 11 points.

Pau Gasol had 10 rebounds, nine points and six assists.

Meanwhile, a spirited Jarrett Jack finished with 29 points and 11 assists off the bench and David Lee supported 20 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat for the Golden State Warriors (18-10), which committed 10 of its 19 total turnovers in the first quarter alone.

Point guard Stephen Curry ended with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while David Lee, who got off to a fast start collected 20 points and 11 boards.

Elsewhere, Klay Thompson contributed 18 points and Harrison Barnes added 13 for the Warriors in the defeat.

Golden State took a 90-76 lead with ten-minutes left in the game, but were unable to keep the lead as the Lakers came rushing back.

“They started making shots and we didn’t take care of the basketball,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

“You look back and realize that one defensive rebound, one well executed defensive trip, one less turnover and we are out of here before overtime.

“It’s disappointing the way the fourth quarter went, but Kobe Bryant has a history of making shots. He did that tonight.”

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After 28 games in the Los Angeles Lakers 2011 shortened schedule, they were 16-12.