Both teams have to dig deep in their bench to put a competitive roster together, but the Warriors showed the value in having just one superstar on the floor with Kevin Durant leading the way for the Dubs.
Durant scored a team-high 26 points and also added 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Usually Durant and his illegitimate son, Brandon Ingram, make life hard on each other, but Durant saw little resistance from L.A.’s wings, or should I say, lack thereof.
For the Lakers, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez continued their dominance up front, combining for 42 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks, all from Lopez. To think there was a time where these two barely saw the floor together. The Lakers are 20-15 with Randle in the starting lineup.
Isaiah Thomas disappointed in his first start for L.A., but in his defense, no one was firing in all cylinders for the Lakers. Hopefully he gets another chance to prove himself soon.
The Lakers will host the Miami Heat on Friday night. We’ll see you then.