Warriors rout the Lakers, 125-94
Warriors 125, Lakers 94 (final)
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.
The Lakers, playing without Steve Nash (rest) and Kobe Bryant (Achilles’ tendon) shot only 39.3% from the field with 17 turnovers.
Xavier Henry and Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 14 points apiece. The Lakers had six players in double figures but never truly competed against the Golden State onslaught.
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.
David Lee has chipped in 24 points for Golden State. Pau Gasol was second for the Lakers with 12.
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.
The Lakers have been led byt the 10 points apiece from Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks but as a team they shot only 32.6% from the field and 30% from three-point range while turning the ball over 11 times.
Klay Thompson scored 27 points on only 12 shots. David Lee was the only other Warrior in double figures with 14, but Thompson’s explosion was more than enough.
Golden State shot 53.5% from the field and 63.6% ( 7 of 11) from long range with seven turnovers.
Warriors 26, Lakers 16 (end of first quarter)
Taking on the Warriors in their season opener has been a challenge for the Lakers, at least through the 12 minutes.
Klay Thompson dominated with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 4 of 4 from three-point range, as the Warriors shot 52% from the field.
The Lakers shot only 28%, led by four points apiece from Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman.
Steve Blake, starting at point guard for the resting Steve Nash, missed two shots and didn’t score.
The Lakers (1-0) visit Golden State on Wednesday night in the Warriors’ season opener.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Lakers, who are coming off an emotional win over the Clippers on Tuesday night.
Golden State will be down a man with forward Harrison Barnes sitting out with a foot injury.
Steve Nash will not play on the second night of back-to-back games. Steve Blake will start in the backcourt along with Jodie Meeks.
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Warriors.
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