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Lakers @ Warriors, January 12, 2011 | Kobe takes over Oracle Arena with a vintage Black Mamba performance in an electrifying showdown with Monta Ellis and the Warriors. On the second night of a back-to-back, Kobe came out slow in the first half with just 9 points and 5 turnovers as the 15-22 Warriors held a eight point lead over the Lakers heading into halftime. Kobe turned up the intensity in the third quarter with 13 points on 5/9 shooting, but the Lakers only cut off two points from the Warriors’ lead. In an intense fourth quarter that saw Kobe and Monta Ellis go back and forth down the stretch, the two time defending champs would prevail behind 17 points by #24, scoring from all over the court to answer each bucket by Golden State. Kobe ended with 39 points on 13-for-21 shooting (.619%) to lead the Lakers to their 6th straight win.
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