For the first half of the basketball game, the Lakers competed with the reigning NBA champions.
Over the final 24 minutes, the Golden State Warriors showed why they're still the best team in the league, running away for a 116-98 victory on Thursday night in Oakland.
Stephen Curry scored 26 points, making eight of 16 three-point shots, and the Warriors pushed a 52-49 halftime lead to a 14-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Kobe Bryant, playing his final career game in the Bay Area despite a sore Achilles' tendon, received a warm ovation from the crowd as he checked out with 3:04 left in the game. Bryant finished with eight...