Veteran guard Troy Hudson hit a long jumper with three-tenths of a second left for the winning basket. Of great early-October concern to the Lakers should be a first quarter in which they were outscored, 41-20, although they were playing without Lamar Odom, Luke Walton and Kwame Brown. “We were pretty slack on defense,” Coach Phil Jackson said. “I thought our first unit played tentative.” Bryant had a quiet nine minutes in the first half, going scoreless on one shot with four turnovers. On many occasions he looked to pass first, most notably when he passed up a sure fastbreak dunk, giving the ball instead to Maurice Evans for two. Bryant scored all 17 of his points in the third quarter and sat out the fourth, the Lakers trailing at the time of his exit, 91-74. He finished with five assists and six turnovers. “That wasn’t pretty,” Jackson said. “We were trying to get him to manage the game, not try and control it.” Generally speaking, the Lakers — mainly Bryant — will try to push the ball for the first seven seconds of the shot clock before moving from free-flow into the parameters of the triangle offense.
“The guys on the team just got to get accustomed to playing this different style a little bit,” Bryant said. “We all do.” Much of the Lakers’ fourth-quarter comeback came against a Warriors lineup of Austin Croshere, Patrick O’Bryant, Matt Barnes, Marco Belinelli and former Laker Tierre Brown. Warriors starters Baron Davis, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson and Andris Biedrins did not play in the second half. Rookie Javaris Crittenton had 18 points, much of it against Hudson. Vladimir Radmanovic, who had a horrid 2006-07 season, had 20 points and made five of seven three-point shots. “Last year was just the beginning for me. I didn’t know anything about the triangle offense and I was kind of lost trying to find my place on the court,” Radmanovic said. “This year, it’s different.” – – – – – Walton, out almost a week because of a strained hamstring, is expected to practice today and could play Thursday against Golden State. The Lakers leave Hawaii on Friday.