LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant each scored 21 points as the Los Angeles Lakers grabbed its first win of the season, while the Golden State Warriors dropped first of the term on Sunday.
Charles Barkley is now free to eat, after the LA Lakers (1-5) outscored the Charlotte Hornets in the second half on their way to a 107-92 victory – the first win of the season for Byron Scott’s team.
Barkley said on TNT last week that he would be fasting until Scott’s side won a game this season and Lakers forward Ed Davis, who scored 10 points and five rebounds in the win, used social media to fire back at the TNT commentator.
“Charles your fat a– can eat now,” Davis wrote on Twitter.
Before that though, Bryant scored 21 points and six rebounds and Lin added 21 points and seven assists for the Lakers, which snapped a five game losing streak.
“I know the city probably feels good about it,” said Scott after the win. “Mentally, it gives us the vision that we can win.”
Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and five rebounds and Jordan Hill collected 12 points, seven assists and six boards in the win for Los Angeles.
Also on Sunday, the Phoenix Suns ended Golden State’s five game undefeated winning run on the season with a 107-95 victory at US Airways Center.
Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and seven boards and Goran Dragic and Gerald Green each added 19 points apiece in the win for Phoenix.
“We knew if we were just solid at the defensive end, they would be turning the ball over because that’s what they’ve been doing this whole season,” Thomas said.
“Guys were open and they knocked down shots. It started at the defensive end, though.”
Stephen Curry finished with 28 points, 10 assists and five steals, but also had 10 turnovers in the defeat for Golden State (5-1), who were dropping their first game of the term.
“We just made a lot of stupid plays that gave them life as opposed to putting the nail in the coffin when we had the opportunity to do that,” Curry said after the defeat.
Draymond Green scored 22 points and nine boards in the defeat.
In other results, the Toronto Raptors (6-1) handed the Philadelphia 76ers (0-7) a seventh successive defeat to start the season with a 120-88 result, while Oklahoma City Thunder (2-5) held off the Sacramento Kings (5-2), 101-93.
NBA SCORES, RECORDS ON NOV. 9
Toronto Raptors 120 (6-1) – Philadelphia 76ers 88 (0-7)
Phoenix Suns 107 (4-3) – Golden State Warriors 95 (5-1)
Miami Heat 105 (5-2) – Dallas Mavericks 96 (4-3)
Brooklyn Nets 104 (4-2) – Orlando Magic 96 (2-5)
Oklahoma City Thunder 101 (2-5) – Sacramento Kings 93 (5-2)
Utah Jazz 97 (3-4) – Detroit Pistons 96 (2-4)
Portland Trail Blazers 116 (4-3) – Denver Nuggets 100 (1-5)
Los Angeles Lakers 107 (1-5) – Charlotte Hornets 92 (3-4)