The Los Angeles Lakers scored their second straight win after the All-Star break, defeating the Golden State Warriors 128-97 on Monday at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
The Lakers had after the first quarter a narrow lead and broke the game on in the second quarter. The Warriors would have been staring at a bigger half-time deficit if Andrew Wiggins’ summer beater hadn’t made it a 15-point game.
The Lakers shot 62.8 percent off the field and went 11 of 27 with three pointers Los Angeles also harassed the Warriors inside, claiming a 46-30 lead on rebound, beating the Golden State by 28 points in the suit.
Montrezl Harrell, C, Lakers: 27 points (11-14 FG, 0-1 3PT), five rebounds, three steals, one assist
Stephen Curry, PG, Warriors: 27 points (9-17 FG, 4-7 3PT), three rebounds, three steals, two assists
Andrew Wiggins, SF, Warriors: 15 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 3PT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported earlier the day the Anthony Davis could be absent for three weeks or more due to his Achilles tendon and calf injuries. This is one of those nights when it comes in handy to have the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to make up for Davis’s continued absence.
Kevon Looney struggled with dire problems throughout the game, and Warriors newcomer James Wiseman was surpassed in guarding Montrezl Harrell inside. Harrell had 19 points in the first half alone.
Montrezl Harrell felt it in the 1H with 19 PTS and 27.8 FPTS on ESPN! 🔥 https://t.co/MVhFixtSi1
As beaten up the Lakers are, they miss Davis, Gasol and Caruso, they still have considerable firepower off the bench. Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell are two of the most prolific submarines in the NBA, and Talen Horton-Tucker continues to impress (8 points so far).
Points in the color:
Lakers 36 – Warriors 18
Draymond, Bazemore, Looney and Poole are a combined 7-0 for a Warriors team that made 13 turnovers and allowed the Lakers to shoot 68.6% (24/35) off the field in the first half. Since the Lakers jumped a big lead in the first half, they didn’t have to ask much of James. That’s a nice luxury to enjoy when the 17-time all-star has already said he has no intention of taking a break the rest of the way.
This was a great night for the Lakers. In addition to Harrell, Kyle Kuzma (17 points, five rebounds, four assists) and Talen Horton-Tucker (18 points, 10 assists) played a key role in the bank.
Listen to me if you’ve heard that before. Stephen Curry had a great night but was largely offensively disappointed with his supporting cast. While that wasn’t one of Curry’s most notable feats of the season, he wore Golden State as much as could reasonably be expected.
The game was remarkable, at least in that the two-time MVP became the Warriors’ all-time assists leader .
With his second assist of the night, Stephen Curry (4,856 career assists) overtook Guy Rodgers (4,855) as the franchise’s all-time assists leader. https://t.co/c6muPbDLLw
Aside from the lack of depth that is shown, Draymond Green’s inability to make a positive impact on the game in offensive situations is blatant.
Yes, if they do Draymond and Looney start, they either need Steph to get nuclear or something solid from Wiggins and / or Oubre offensive. If that doesn’t happen, it will be difficult. https://t.co/cQqXsdyT7O
Warriors take on when Draymond Green scores …
– Eight or more points: 8-1
– Five or less points: 4-10
He’s got two tonight, the late third.
By and large, things won’t change this season unless General Manager Bob Myers is active before the March 25th close. And even then, it’s hard to imagine that Myers can hit a deal that will make Golden State a real title contender.
The Lakers have a three-game home stand starting Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Warriors set out to play the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
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