The Los Angeles Lakers had no chance from wire-to-wire against the Golden State Warriors in a 111-77 loss. The Warriors move to 16-0, and now own the best record to start a season in NBA history. The outcome comes as no surprise, and the Roaracle was booming as the Warriors ran the Lakers out of Oakland and into the wrong end of the history books.
Kobe Bryant matched a career-worst night, shooting just 1-of-14 in 24 minutes. It was another night of tough shot attempts that weren't anywhere near going in, amounting to another showing that exemplified the kind of year it's been for Kobe. The horrendous offense, along with trying to keep up against a juggernaut like the Warriors, made for one of the worst outings we've seen from Bryant this season.
D'Angelo Russell had a rough night chasing Stephen Curry around the court. Curry had no trouble finishing around him even in sequences where Russell did as good a job as he could have been asked to stick to him on drives. D'Angelo had a solid game all around, finishing with eight points (4-of-8 from the field), five rebounds and two assists in just under 26 minutes of playing time. His backcourt mate Jordan Clarkson had a down game, making just two of his 11 attempts.
Steph, meanwhile, had a "quiet" night, mercifully dropping just 24 points on the Lakers. He made four of his 12 three-point attempts and tacked on nine assists for good measure. The Warriors' offense was whirling and twirling around the purple and gold, moving the ball like maestros who knew what they were trying to accomplish every possession. Golden State ended the night with 32 assists as a team to the Lakers' 16.
The Lakers looked lost on offense and helpless on defense. This wasn't a competitive game, but a microcosm of how these two franchises are currently on polar opposite ends of the NBA spectrum. The Warriors looked like a team that deserves to be 16-0, while the Lakers looked like a team that is lucky to have two wins to go with their 12 losses.
The game is over, the outcome is pretty much what everyone expected, and the Lakers THANKFULLY are off until Saturday. Good fight, goodnight.