The good vibes of a nice win over the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t last long as the Los Angeles Lakers were dropped back to reality in a 149-106 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers were without D’Angelo Russell — who is expected to miss a few weeks after undergoing platelet rich plasma therapy on his sore left knee — and Julius Randle, on the second half of a back-to-back, and looked as vulnerable as expected under those conditions.
The Warriors wasted no time, slamming the Lakers in the first quarter with 41 points. The purple and gold tried to fight back, cutting the massive deficit they found themselves in by halftime down to 12 points, but Golden State charged through the end of the third quarter and waltzed to the finish line.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton had to dig into his bag, starting Luol Deng at power forward, Brandon Ingram at small forward and Jose Calderon at point guard to adjust to the personnel available. Ingram had as good a night as possible considering the circumstances, scoring 16 points to lead all Lakers starters in his first career start.
Golden State dominated, with Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combining for 85 points. Draymond Green added in a mere five points, but did his damage by dishing out 11 assists. It was the kind of blitz from the Big Four everybody envisioned when Durant made his decision in the summer. Absolute devastation lay in their path.
All in all, what can you say? The Warriors are one of the best teams in the NBA, the Lakers were in just about the worst case scenario, and the score reflects just that. The good news: it’s over. The bad news? They play again on Friday. Be thankful you didn’t have to watch this one over your Thanksgiving feast.