The Los Angeles Lakers gave fans an early Christmas gift with a 115-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors. On a night without Kobe Bryant, seven Lakers ended the game in double-digit scoring and stunned the top team in the NBA. The Lakers couldn't miss, going on two streaks of nine-straight made field goals, and the result was a (mostly) lopsided victory.
Ronnie Price replaced his hands with flamethrowers, putting up nothing but fire all night. He ended the game with 17 points and eight assists, on such a tear he was letting his teammates know he's "got this" after drilling a three. Nick Young added in 15 points off the bench, but it was his half court alley-oop to Wesley Johnson that capped off a wild first half that stood as his brightest moment of the game. Carlos Boozer scored a team-high 18 points off the bench.
The Warriors struggled to make a dent once the Lakers pushed their lead to 20 points, sustaining the margin through most of the fourth quarter and pushing Steve Kerr to wave the white flag early. The Warriors second-unit made a late push, going on a 16-0 run to cut the Lakers lead down, but couldn't finish what would have been an even more stunning comeback. Stephen Curry didn't have a bad night, making 10 of his 14 shots, but Golden State's defense had no answer for the Lakers and fell too far behind to bounce back.
The Lakers get to ride some momentum into their Christmas Day meeting with Pau Gasol. Until then, enjoy the endless steam of "Lakers are better without Kobe" jokes/analysis, and have a great holiday. One highlight for the road: