The Golden State Warriors dominated the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers 130-111 in Staples Center. Los Angeles was without the injured LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and Lonzo Ball. The Warriors showed no mercy, tallying up 41 assists on 50 made field goals.
Klay Thompson was completely on fire, burning down Staples Center with his scorching shooting touch. He had 44 points on 17-of-20 shooting from the field, and set an NBA record by nailing his first 10 attempts from beyond the arc. He ended up 10-of-11 from beyond the arc, doing it all in 27 minutes.
Kevin Durant added 20 points, and Steph Curry struggled from the field (3-for-12) to finish with 11 points, but had a game high 12 assists.
Thompson was feeling good early against his father Mychal’s old team. He nailed three of his attempts from long distance in the first half, and tallied 21 points after two quarters. That was important, because the rest of the starters only had 28 combined. His shot making and DeMarcus Cousins’ hustle were on display several times early on.
The Dubs had 21 assists on 24 made field goals, keeping the ball hopping around the court and flustering the undermanned Lakers. The Warriors were patient, running their sets with a confidence that eventually the Lakers jumpy defense would make a mistake. On the other end, the Lakers were aggressively looking for any cracks in the Warriors defense, making for an uptempo battle.
Randomness of Staples: Snoop Dogg and Bob Myers have an extended courtside conversation during the first quarter. Seated two seats away from each other, talking over the person in between them.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 22, 2019
Warriors 65, Lakers 55
Thompson began the third frame by picking up where he left of: dropping bombs all over Staples. LeBron James could only smirk from the bench as Thompson jogged around the court taunting the L.A. fans after ripping the nets from beyond the arc. At one point halfway through the quarter I looked at the boxscore and he was 15-of-17 from the field and perfect on all 8 of his three-pointers. #INCREDIBLE
Klay Thompson has his fifth career game with double-digit three-pointers (second this season), trailing only Stephen Curry (12 such games) for the most games with double-digit threes in NBA history.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 22, 2019
The Warriors ripped off a season high total for their third quarters with 45. The only drama in the quarter came when Curry slipped on an alleged dunk attempt and spilled to the court before immediately getting up and airballing a three. Twitter exploded as both fans and haters alike were stunned.
Steph was going for the dunk pic.twitter.com/E0nXyKtPhY— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 22, 2019
That slip & fall by Curry could’ve been worse... I always think every team is one injury away from their whole season changing... #NBA— Damien Dante Wayans (@DamienDW) January 22, 2019
The start of the fourth quarter was a surreal sight as the starters sat on the bench except for Cousins. The former Olympian was out there in garbage time, getting his legs underneath him. How stacked is this Warriors squad??
Besides that, the only thing of note in the fourth quarter was this “discussion” between Coach Steve Kerr and Jordan Bell.
Looks like Jordan Bell and Steve Kerr got into a heated discussion during a timeout. Kevin Durant had to intervene. pic.twitter.com/APcWIPBjll— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 22, 2019
It appeared to be over a terrible jumpshot Bell fired up; we know Kerr doesn’t like bad shot selection.
Anyways, that’s a wrap from L.A. folks! Another one bites the dust...