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Lakers punish Warriors 120-94 behind LeBron James’ 23 points

Former Dub JaVale McGee had a monster double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell led the Warriors with 21 points, 8 assists

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors got hammered 120-94 by the Los Angeles Lakers in a contest between Pacific Division rivals. The rivalry has swung Hollywood’s way recently with the absence of the Splash Bros, but the Lakers were missing Anthony Davis as well in this matchup.

The Lakers shellacked the visitors behind LeBron James 23 points and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 22, and former Warrior JaVale McGee had a dominant performance with 18 points and 17 rebounds.

The Dubs were led by D’Angelo Russell’s 21 points and 8 assists. Eric Paschall scored 15 points in his first regular season game at Staples Center.

First Half

The Lakers came out with the vigor of a team that has been bullied by Golden State for several years. James led the way with 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting and 6 assists. I knew he was serious when he was calling isos and breaking a sweat in the first two minutes. Golden State was helpless to stop him.

Russell returned fire though, hellbent on rescuing his undermanned squad from the clutches of his former team. He ripped off 17 points by halftime, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and tallying up 7 assists. This young fella is truly a special offensive weapon.

Los Angeles shot a red-hot 63% from the field going into intermission (29-of-46 from the field) with 19 assists, running a beautiful game on the Dubs’ hapless defense.

The Warriors shot a respectable 48% with 17 assists of their own, but there was no way they could keep up with the Lakers knifing through their defense like a hot knife through butter.

Lakers 67, Warriors 55

Second Half

The punishment continued in the second half, spearheaded by a dominant effort from McGee.

Dwight Howard had 15 points and 8 rebounds, looking rejuvenated against the thin Warriors front line.

At least rookie Eric Paschall got some valuable experience vs a future hall-of-famer.

It wasn’t pretty, as expected. This is valuable experience for the Dubs, and it’s the ninth Lakers win of the season.