The Los Angeles Lakers made it back-to-back losses to the Golden State Warriors in a 109-85 thrashing. The Lakers were without Nick Young on top of Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell, making for an uphill battle from the start.
Jordan Clarkson got his first starting nod of the season, taking the green light and scoring a team-high 20 points. Brandon Ingram remained in the starting lineup and showed some nice defensive flashes, especially in the first quarter. Ingram swatted Draymond Green to create a nice fastbreak possession, and shadowed Kevin Durant nicely on a fadeaway to interrupt his shot. In a game like this, the small things are all you can hang on to.
Ingram was aggressive with his shot, attempting 17 field goals, but made just three of them. That the record-setting Dubs added Durant, a guy who can effortlessly fill up game-highs in scoring (29) and assists (9) is truly unfair. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 42 points.
The team put up a reasonable fight, all things considered, and looked more put together than they did in the complete collapse that happened on Wednesday. This wasn’t the complete blowout we saw last time, though the Lakers were clearly overmatched.
The Lakers lick their wounds staying in Los Angeles until Sunday, when the Atlanta Hawks are in town. Let’s hope Randle and Young are feeling up to lacing up for that one, though you’d think the Lakers can only go up from back-to-back games against the Warriors.