The Los Angeles Lakers hit their fourth loss of the season in a 127-104 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers started off hot but fell behind in the second quarter. Kobe Bryant went off in the third, scoring 19 points, but they still trailed going into the fourth quarter. Golden State closed out the game, and the Lakers ended their fourth game in five nights with the same results as the previous three outings; all losses.
Klay Thompson put on a clinic in his first game since signing a maximum-level extension with the Warriors. He scored a career-high 41 points, leading the Warriors while exchanging buckets with Kobe through much of the game. Stephen Curry scored 31 points while dishing out 10 dimes, and Golden State had buried the Lakers by the time the final buzzer sounded.
Kobe started the game looking like an exhausted 36-year-old guard on the second half of a back-to-back, shooting just 3-of-10 while turning the ball over five times. The way he came out after halftime was phenomenal, though, hitting just about everything no matter what the Warriors' defense sent at him. The Lakers scored 31 points in the third quarter, with 19 of them all coming from Kobe, who put up 14 field goal attempts in the quarter. Another loss, but another round of highlights from Kobe.
Kobe ended the night with 28 points, and yes, he's still got it:
Still, the Lakers were gassed by the fourth quarter and the Warriors pulled ahead without a hitch.
Los Angeles' frontcourt duo of Jordan Hill and Ed Davis had another impressive outing. Hill picked up where he left off against the Clippers, making 10 of his 14 attempts for 23 points to go with three blocks. Ed Davis scored 13 points while pulling down six rebounds.
The Lakers are off until Tuesday when the Phoenix Suns roll into town.