If the NBA had a mercy rule, Wednesday night's "battle" between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors would have certainly qualified.
The Warriors were relentless, shooting a stunning 57.7% (15 of 26) from three-point range to flatten the Lakers by 31 points.
Klay Thompson led all scorers with 38 points in 31 minutes, sitting out the fourth quarter. Thompson shot 15 of 19 from the field while hitting 5 of 7 from three-point range.
David Lee was the game's second-leading scorer with 24 points in 26 1/2 minutes.
After an opening-night victory over the Clippers on Tuesday, the Lakers fall to a 1-1 on the season.
The Lakers won’t get much rest, playing again on Friday at Staples Center against the San Antonio Spurs.
Warriors 96, Lakers 63 (end of third quarter)
Any halftime adjustments to slow Klay Thompson have been ineffective as the Warriors' guard poured in 38 points in 31 minutes, shooting 15 of 19 from the field.
Golden State finished the quarter with a 33-point lead, shooting 55.4% from the field and 55.6% from three-point range. They didn't turn the ball over in the third period.
The Lakers were led by 14 points from Jodie Meeks, shooting 32.8% from the field and 30.8% from behind the arc as a team.
Warriors 59, Lakers 40 (halftime)
The Warriors unloaded on the Lakers in the second quarter, scoring 33 points to build a 19-point halftime lead.