It didn't take long for the Golden State Warriors to catch fire as they easily handled the Los Angeles Lakers in a 109-88 loss. Klay Thompson scored 22 points in the first quarter, putting the Warriors on his back while taking the Lakers out of the game right out of the gates. The three-game winning streak comes to an end in disastrous fashion for the purple and gold.
The Lakers hung around the 12-point deficit range through much of the first half, but a huge 22-0 run in the third quarter from the Warriors turned a sorta-competitive-by-the-differential game into a complete blowout. Both D'Angelo Russell and Kobe Bryant sat out and L.A. looked completely outmatched from a talent standpoint through most of the game.
Lou Williams missed all seven of his shot attempts, struggling from the field but did convert all 10 of his free-throw attempts. Julius Randle had a rough night from the field in his 19 minutes on the floor, making just one of his eight attempts. Randle did, however, contribute by pulling down a team-high nine rebounds with four assists to go with them.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 36 points, making six of his 12 three-point attempts. Stephen Curry left the game early shortly after coming up gimpy after tweaking his leg, ending the night with 17 points with four makes from deep. Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 23 points but did so on 20 shots.
There was nothing pretty about this one. The most notable piece might be that Tarik Black played seven minutes off the bench, finally finding some time on the court once the rout was on through the second half of the game. The Lakers are off Wednesday and travel to Sacramento to face the Kings on Thursday.