The 0-3 Los Angeles Lakers were seeking for their first victory of the season as they were up against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California. This was Lakers’ fourth game in five nights, coming against yet another tough opponent, and the Lakers lost once again, 104-127.
The Lakers have now started the season off 0-4, and this marks the first 0-4 start to the season since the team moved to Los Angeles.
Klay Thompson, who recently signed a four-year, $70 million contract extension, showed that he is worth every penny, putting in a career-high 41 points.
Thompson was in foul trouble in the first quarter, so it was Stephen Curry who was carrying the scoring load, dropping 14 points in the quarter. However, the Lakers were in control, owning the pace and playing as a team to take a 35-29 lead. Jordan Hill picked up where he left off last night against the Clippers, scoring 10 points in the first.
Los Angeles continued their fine play early in the second quarter. Ed Davis was impressing once again as he was hustling, rebounding, and converting near the rim. The Lakers suddenly took a 10-point lead, 43-33, but that lead would not last too long.
Curry checked back into the game, and the Warriors really quickly converted on three straight three-point plays – one was a corner three by Harrison Barnes, one was an and-one play by Barnes, and the other was three costless throws by Curry as he was fouled beyond the arc. The Warriors went on a 14-0 run to eventually attain a six-point halftime lead.
The third quarter, Kobe Bryant displayed vintage plays. He drained some difficult fall away jumpers over Thompson, including one deep corner jumper over two Warriors players. Bryant put in 19 of his 28 in the third quarter, but his team would play little defense as Thompson was having quite a shooting night on the other end.
Kobe received a ton of help offensively again in this game, but the defense was non-existent. The Warriors shot 55.4 percent from the field, including 47.8 percent from threes.
The game got away from the Lakers completely in the fourth quarter. Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant were turnover prone in this one, mainly in the fourth, as they combined for 12 turnovers – 5 from Lin, 7 from Bryant. The Lakers had 22 turnovers as a team, resulting into 26 Warriors points off turnovers.
Thompson and Curry continued to pour it on late in the fourth as the Warriors lead grew to 23, and they won with a final score of 127-104.
This marks the fourth straight game that the Lakers have let their opponents score 108 points or more. They are now allowing their opponents to score 118.0 points per game - inexcusable. As expected, the Lakers once again lost the three-point battle. The Warriors were a plus-21 from that distance. The Lakers were also dominated in the paint, 42-62.
Jordan Hill was the second leading scorer for the Lakers this game with 23 points, five rebounds, and four assists on yet another efficient shooting night, going 10-of-14 from the field. Kobe’s 28 points came on 28 shots in 36 minutes. Wesley Johnson quietly put in 15 points, and Ed Davis chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds. Jeremy Lin was absolutely terrible in this game. He had six points and six assists on 0-for-6 shooting to go along with the five turnovers mentioned earlier.
Klay Thompson added five boards to his 41 points. Stephen Curry had a double-double with 31 points and 10 assists. This would be the second time that both Thompson and Curry score over 30 points in a game.
The Lakers will get a couple of days off as their next game is on Tuesday, November 4, against another tough opponent, the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors resume action tomorrow, November 2, against the Portland Trail Blazers.
As the Lakers drop to 0-4, currently the worst record in the league, the Warriors improve to 2-0.