Golden State had lost three of its last four games, including Thursday night at home against a San Antonio team playing without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. The lone win during that stretch was against New Orleans, which played without injured starters Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans.
The Lakers have been decimated even more by injuries. Los Angeles used its 12th different starting lineup this season: Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and Kaman.
Gasol was the only player to start the first 26 games. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was hoping Gasol would be healthy enough to play Monday at Phoenix.
At this point, the Lakers need anybody they can get. Los Angeles beat Minnesota on Friday night in its first game since Bryant fractured his left knee, but the Warriors — who struggled for long stretches again — were too much to overcome on consecutive nights.
Neither team led by more than six points in a forgettable first half, and both sides hovered just above 30 percent shooting for most of the game.