(Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers crushed the Golden State Warriors 101-77 on the day its head coach Mike Brown was fired for a poor start to the new season.
Kobe Bryant shot 10-of-18 from the field for 27 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists in the win for the Laker (2-4).
Pau Gasol impressed with 16 rebounds and 14 points, while Jordan Hill supported with 14 points as well. Dwight Howard only shot 2-of-6 from the field for six points and he also had eight boards.
“Pau was fantastic,” Bryant told reporters.
“He played with the type of intensity we’re accustomed to seeing from Pau. The important thing is he needs to keep up that intensity.
“He’s so talented he can come out and coast to a 20 points and rebound game but we need this intensity.”
The Lakers shot 40 percent from the field and had a better night at the charity line – knocking down 21-of-28 free throws for 75 percent.
Star guard Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 18 points with Klay Thompson added 15 points in the defeat.
David Lee finished with a double-double of 12 rebounds and 10 points for the Warriors, who after a slow start were held to just 39 points in the second half.
Also on Friday night, the New York Knicks (4-0) remains undefeated this season after beating the Dallas Mavericks 104-94 at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony was impressive again on the night – scoring 31 points in a dominant performance from the league only undefeated side this term.
J.R. Smith hit 3-of-3 from three point range and shot 50 percent from the field for 22 points, while Ronnie Brewer added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks in the victory.
O.J. Mayo led the way for the Mavericks with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Vince Carter had 15 points and Chris Kaman scored 14.