The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t just beat the Golden State Warriors in an exciting 117-97 home victory, they led wire-to-wire and delivered free tacos to the roaring Staples Center crowd. It started off as a slow night for both teams, but the Lakers pulled away with in a resounding return to Staples Center.
The Warriors scored just 15 points in the first quarter, coming up cold from the field despite taking high-quality shots. The Lakers didn’t fully capitalize on the early window, but it gave them enough space to work with.
Larry Nance, Jr.’s poster dunk on David West may have been the breaking point, with Leaping Larry vaulting off of the veteran’s head for a massive jam. The Lakers’ other budding power forward, Julius Randle, had a great game scoring 20 points with 14 rebounds. He also had two assists and a stifling block on Draymond Green.
Lou Williams continues to be a revelation off the bench, scoring 20 points and delivering impactful blows with his shot-making and foul-creating talents. Brandon Ingram had a solid all-around game off the bench, using his length to disrupt the Warriors’ passing lanes. Ingram ended the night with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Stephen Curry missed all 10 of his three-point attempts, ending a streak spanning over 150 games of made threes. Klay Thompson’s early-season struggles extended, going just 4-of-18 through the night. D’Angelo Russell scored 17 points, including a tough buzzer-beating shot over Klay.
The Lakers stumbled out of the gates too, but they got their footing under them and controlled the Warriors from start to finish. It doesn’t mean anything in November, but it was a fantastic victory for the team. Every players made big plays throughout the game, and the final score reflects a hard-earned win for the purple and gold.