Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Steve Blake made two free throws with 42.2 seconds remaining and the Lakers held off Golden State just enough to earn a hard-fought 118-116 victory on Friday at Staples Center to stay alive in their hunt for the postseason.
Pau Gasol recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds and Kobe Bryant netted 34 points, despite leaving in the fourth quarter with an apparent lower body injury for the Lakers, who won their 10th straight at home versus intrastate rival Golden State.
Dwight Howard netted 28 points and Blake added 14 and five assists in the win which puts the Lakers one game ahead of Utah for the Western Conference's last playoff spot.
Stephen Curry led all players with 47 points on 9-of-15 shooting from behind the arc to go along with nine assists and three steals for the Warriors, who have dropped two straight after clinching their first playoff appearance since the 2006-07 campaign with a win versus Minnesota on Tuesday.
David Lee had 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Klay Thompson scored 25 points to go along with seven helpers in defeat.