The Lakers took on the best team in the
Bryant, struggling through fatigue, sat out Tuesday night when the Lakers took on the Golden State Warriors (23-4).
In a well-rounded team effort, all 10 Lakers scored, led by
Even former Lakers center
As a team, the Lakers converted 51.7% from the field and 46.2% from three-point range (12-26).
Golden State's bench did their best to close the gap in the fourth quarter, holding the Lakers scoreless for almost 5 1/2 minutes, but the 24-point deficit was too much to overcome.
Curry finished with 22 points. Klay Thompson added 18,
The Lakers (9-19) will travel to Chicago to play the Bulls (19-9) on Christmas Day. The Warriors also play on Christmas, visiting the Clippers (19-10) at Staples Center.
The Lakers' 21-point lead was quickly shrunk to 10, but just when it looked like the Warriors were primed to overtake the Lakers,
When the dust settled, the Lakers were up by 22 points.
Price led the Lakers with 15 points, followed by
Curry scored 22 points, as the Warriors shot 42.2% and 44.4%, respectively.
The Lakers extended their lead in the second quarter to 15, giving the Warriors a surprisingly difficult time.
As a team, the Lakers shot 56.3% from the field with 19 assists. Golden State shot 40.0% with just seven assists.
Defensively, the Lakers had nine steal's to the Warriors' four, and a 5-2 advantage on blocks.
Lakers 34 - Warriors 24 (end of first quarter)
Despite playing without
Nick Young added six off the bench, as eight different Lakers scored.
The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry with seven points. Golden State shot 43.5% from the field.
They'll try to break that streak against the
The Warriors are down
The Lakers are still without
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