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Golden State defeats L.A. again, 109-85

The Warriors win their tenth straight game, take the lead in the West, Draymond Green and Ian Clark injured.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time in three days, with a final score of 109-85.

With this win, the Warriors take first place in the Western Conference for the first time all season, with the Los Angeles Clippers losing to the Detroit Pistons earlier tonight.

The Warriors’ tenth straight win wasn’t quite as impressive as the 149 points and 47 assists they put up on Wednesday, but still much, much better than their last game against the Lakers at the Staples Center, where they lost in a blowout.

Kevin Durant was the top scorer of the night with 29 points and nine assists. The Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, combined for 42 points, going 8 and 7 of 17 field goal attempts respectively. Curry had three steals, while Thompson managed seven rebounds - just shy of Draymond Green’s team high of eight.

Turnovers were a problem for both teams, but the Warriors managed to capitalize on the Lakers’ mistakes more than the Lakers did. However it was still a sloppy game on both ends.

The Warriors started off the first quarter pretty cold, with the Lakers going on an early 5-0 run. But the Warriors would soon go on a 13-0 run of their own with some strong defense and consistent shooting, including a couple of shots from downtown for Curry and Durant. They closed out the first up 30-20.

Offense slowed down a little in the second quarter. Despite the Lakers’ struggle with turnovers, they chipped away at the lead, managing to get it within five.

Also, this happened.

The single most iconic moment of a hoop saying “Nope” that most will ever see. Curry was a good sport about it, laughing at himself as he watched it on the jumbo-tron while the rest of Staples Center and, in fact, the universe was laughing too.

The Warriors picked it up and went on a 9-2 run to close it out, again with a ten point lead, going to the half up 53-43.

The third quarter was a physically taxing one all around. Zaza Pachulia took a foul to the face by Jose Calderon and elbowed Timofey Mozgov on accident as he was reacting. Calderon apologized and it was ruled a common foul. Later, Mozgov would take a foul to the face from Durant, who also immediately apologized. Good sportsmanship is always good to see.

However, close to the three minute mark, Green and Ian Clark tangled up, causing both to leave the game with injuries.

The Lakers did their best to keep chipping at the lead, but the Warriors never let them get closer than 13 points, before closing out the game 109-85.

Coach Steve Kerr, never shy about sharing his opinions, said after the game that he thought it was one of the worst basketball games he’d ever seen, noting that he was not joking. He added that he thought the fans in attendance deserved a refund.

Kerr had been fired up earlier in the night about bad calls by the officials, and was within earshot of the microphones, so we got to hear him mouthing off at them personally. Angry Kerr was in fine form tonight, even if his team wasn’t.

News & Notes

  • The Warriors managed to keep their streak of 30-assist games going, managing 31 overall.
  • Dennis Rodman was in the house for tonight’s game.
  • Draymond Green says he plans on playing tomorrow and feels that Ian Clark got the brunt of their tangle-up. X-rays on Green’s ankle came back negative.

The Warriors next face the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night at 7:30 Pacific back at Oracle Arena to kick off a five game home-stand.

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