The Los Angeles Lakers’ season ended with a 109-94 loss to the Golden State Warriors up North. Kevin Durant led the way with 29 points, dominating the Lakers early. The Warriors dropped 43 points on the Lakers in the first quarter and never looked back.
The Warriors pulled what was left of their starters early, giving the Lakers a small window to make a run of things in their final quarter of basketball. David Nwaba and company made a run of things, but it wasn’t quite enough.
All five Lakers starters reached double-digits, led by Jordan Clarkson’s team-high 17 points. Brandon Ingram looked to assert himself in the final game of his rookie season, putting up 16 shots but connected on just five of them. He also had five assists, five rebounds, five turnovers and
five three steals.
A bench unit that’s been highly productive for the Lakers during their surprising five-game winning streak provided little help in the final game of the year. The absence of D’Angelo Russell was definitely felt here.
Overall, it was the kind of game expected to close out a fairly disappointing Lakers season. The singular loss was nothing to get worked up about, though, and it was a peaceful loss to soak in. With nothing on the line and the season in the books, the Lakers silently sailed into the sea from the Bay Area.
The final point of the season? Metta World Peace sinking a free-throw.
So long, 2016-2017 Lakers. Hello, offseason, exit interviews, draft lottery, Las Vegas Summer League and more to look forward to in the next few months. Until then, friends.