Nobody got hurt. The Lakers didn’t lose by 50. There are only three games left.
These were reasons for the Lakers to celebrate a 112-95 loss Friday to Golden State at Staples Center.
The season that won’t ever end is down to a handful of days. Nobody’s complaining. No crying. Tension was sucked out of this season a month ago, if not longer.
There’s a lot of losing, though, six in a row for the Lakers (25-54) after a late run fell short, extending their team record for losses in a season.
Stephen Curry had 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Golden State. Then the second half began.
He finished with 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a game that thankfully went quick, not quite two hours.
The Lakers hadn’t been good at anything this season and they were lousy spoilers Friday. They hoped to dent Golden State’s chances at making the playoffs, but the Warriors (49-30) clinched a spot with the victory.
“You’re playing against teams that got it all together … and we’re figuring out who’s going to play tonight,” Lakers forward Nick Young said. “It’s tough.”
The Lakers hadn’t dropped a season series to Golden State since 1994-95, but that changed Friday (3-1, Warriors).
Steve Blake came back to torment his former team, putting together a 13-point, five-assist night two months after the Lakers traded him to the Warriors to save about $4 million in salary and luxury taxes.
“He didn’t have to come in and hit, like, three threes on us right away,” Young said. “But I’m proud of him.”
Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni said he missed Blake “about every day. Steve Blake’s great. He’s great.”
The guys the Lakers acquired for Blake didn’t play Friday — Kent Bazemore because of a season-ending foot injury and MarShon Brooks because of MarShon Brooks (he rarely plays).
To be fair to the Lakers, only nine guys suited up for them. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Chris Kaman, Xavier Henry and Bazemore sat out.
To be fair to the Warriors, nobody on the Lakers — healthy or otherwise — could have stopped Curry in the first half. He made nine of 14 shots and had a perfect assist-to-turnover ratio of seven to zero.
Curry later became the first Warriors player with four triple-doubles in a season since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962-63.
The Lakers didn’t go out entirely meekly, cutting the lead to 12 after trailing by 21 with 7:33 to play. Then Curry drilled a three-pointer with 2:06 left, David Lee scored on a hook shot and the threat ended.
Young had 25 points and found a reason for Lakers fans to attend the home finale Sunday against Memphis. Or so he hoped.
“Come out and see ‘Swaggy P’ one last time,” he said.
Three games remain for the Lakers. Twelve quarters. One hundred and forty-four minutes. Not that anybody’s counting.