Playing without Pau Gasol, who was out with a respiratory infection (missing his first game of the season), this game was ugly from the start, but it had some nice moments. Just not enough of them happened for the purple and gold. Both teams missed a lot of shots, with GS stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combining for 12 points in the first half. I don't think anyone expected that to last, but both finished 5-15 for 18 and 17 points respectively. They weren't the ones who killed the Lakers tonight. David Lee, who always plays well against LA, scored 19 points on 8-18 shooting
The Lakers also killed themselves with 24(!) turnovers while the Dubs had 16. LA also gave up 28 fastbreak points while only scoring 11 themselves. Offensive rebounding suffered as well with the Lakers grabbing only 12 and Golden State gobbled up 16, 9 by Andrew Bogut, who had 20 overall. Chris Kaman was a bright spot in his second consecutive game, scoring 10 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. Nick Young continues to impress off the bench, though most of his 20 points came at the free throw line. Swaggy was 5-18 from the field, but 9-12 from the stripe.
He almost lost his head in the 3Q after driving to the basket for a second consecutive dunk and being grabbed around the neck by Maureese Speights. Nick was obviously heated and had to be pulled away by a ref, but he kept his cool while the play was reviewed. After viewing the tape, it was decided that Speights' foul was a Flagrant 2 and he was ejected. After ending the first half down just four, the Lakers ended up scoring fifteen points in the third, an ugly mark by any measure.
The Lakers set a season record for lowest points scored (their previous low was 85), and shot 33% for the game (they held the Warriors to 39%. The best stat of the night? 4-20 on 3 pointers, which equals 20%.
Second night of a back-to-back, schedule loss, low expectations, call it what you want. Just don't call it basketball.