"We're finally finding some consistency," Gasol said. "We're finally putting good efforts mentally and physically together."
Gasol had a big offensive game at an opportune time: The Spanish 7-footer pledged $1,000 for every point he scored against the Warriors to UNICEF disaster relief in the Philippines.
Gasol acknowledged thinking about his pledge with every basket, and he began the evening with another concern after hearing news of his brother Marc's sprained left knee in Memphis.
"I had too many things on my mind," Gasol said. "I definitely had that motivation of scoring tonight for the Philippines. Once I started knocking down those outside shots, it opened things up for me."
David Lee had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes scored 20 points in the Warriors' second straight loss without Curry, who missed both games with a concussion.
Golden State then lost Andre Iguodala, who replaced Curry as the Warriors' point guard. Iguodala had six points and six assists before limping to the locker room in the third quarter with a left hamstring injury.
"Once I heard a pop, I knew it was serious," Iguodala said. "This one kind of worries me a little bit. I'll take it serious, I'm sure. ... I'm not even walking right now, so we're going to have an MRI (on Saturday)."
Klay Thompson scored just two of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for Golden State, which struggled to find an offensive flow in Curry's absence. Barnes made his third start of the season in Curry's absence, with Iguodala moving over to be Golden State's offensive playmaker. Andrew Bogut added 12 points and 13 rebounds.
"We had enough to get it done, and we did not get it done," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "We're a no-excuse basketball team, and it's just disappointing right now. We cannot walk away with a good taste with how we played and the effort we put forth."
Curry banged his head on the court Monday at Utah, forcing him out of Wednesday's game against Memphis and this one.
The Lakers know all about injury absences: Bryant still hasn't played since tearing his Achilles tendon during Golden State's last visit to Staples Center in April, while Nash is out for at least another week with nerve root irritation.
While Young's second-half offensive burst propelled his team, the Lakers also had one of their better defensive games of the young season, holding the Warriors well under the 103.8 points-per-game average put up by Los Angeles' opponents so far this season.
"The biggest thing for me is everyone is accepting of the guy in front of him or beside him," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Everyone is rooting for everyone, and we just didn't have that last year.
Obviously we are not as talented, but it's a lot better team."
Bryant returned to practice with his teammates this week, but wasn't quite ready to begin his 18th NBA season against the team he was facing when his 17th ended.
The Lakers took their first lead on Farmar's 3-pointer right before the first-quarter buzzer, and they stretched the advantage to 55-46 at halftime with a late 13-5 run. Gasol was effective inside and out while scoring 16 points, and Blake hit two of the Lakers' five 3-pointers.