Lakers are routed by the Warriors


OAKLAND — Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash didn’t join the Lakers on their trip but it somehow got worse.

Pau Gasol couldn’t even leave his hotel room Saturday because of an upper-respiratory infection.

To say the Lakers were injury-riddled, short-handed, depleted or any of the other common phrases would be a series of understatements.


GAME SUMMARY: Warriors 102, Lakers 83

They’re running out of bodies quickly, their latest ailment a surprise that led to something predictable, a 102-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

“We ran out of gas,” Coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We just didn’t have enough.”

With five players and a combined 54.5 points unable to suit up, the stat that said it all was the Lakers’ shooting accuracy through three quarters — 28.6%.

It was painful to watch, as aesthetically unpleasant as they come, the Lakers’ ebullience disappearing quickly from the previous night against Minnesota.

To put it mildly, the Lakers should burn Saturday’s shot chart.

Chris Kaman took Gasol’s place and made five of 17 shots for 10 points. Wesley Johnson missed all seven of his shots. Nick Young was five for 18, Jodie Meeks four for 11 and Xavier Henry two for nine.

Gasol had his best game this season Friday against Minnesota — 21 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists — and appeared to be enjoying himself on the court.


But the Lakers flew to San Francisco immediately after the game and Gasol was sick by the time their Saturday morning team meeting rolled around.

It caught the Lakers off guard and added to their already steep challenge in the second night of consecutive games.

Nothing seemed to go right for them. Not even debuts.

Point guard Kendall Marshall made his first Lakers appearance in the second quarter. His first statistic was a turnover. So was his second stat. He had three points in six minutes after being plucked out of the Development League on a non-guaranteed contract.

David Lee had 19 points and Stephen Curry had 18 for the Warriors (15-13), who kept the Lakers in it early because of their own shooting defficiencies (34% in the first half).

The Lakers were down only four points at halftime but scored 15 points over the next 12 minutes and trailed going into the fourth quarter, 72-57.

The Lakers made three of 21 shots in the third quarter, their overall inaccuracy (32.5%) rivaling their worst shooting game in the shot-clock era, a 29.4% debacle in a November 2004 loss to Utah.


“We’re not going to be smooth. There’s no way,” D’Antoni said. “We’ve got 15 point guards out.”

They also had 24 turnovers and only 11 assists, a numbingly poor ratio.

Saturday’s game wasn’t quite as one-sided as the one here in October, a 125-94 Lakers loss.

It might have been the only progress made by the Lakers, whatever’s left of them.

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