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The Splash Brothers were especially wet last night at Staples Center, particularly Klay Thompson who was a perfect 4 for 4 from the 3 point line and finished with a game high 25 points which helped his Golden State Warriors top the Los Angeles Lakers, 120-105.
The Warriors got out to a 13-4 lead within the first 4 minutes of the game and never relinquished the lead. The lead ballooned to as much as 24 points on the night.
Kobe Bryant again looked good, moving with the fluidity and speed that we have grown accustomed to just prior to his Achilles injury. Bryant finished with 15 points on 5 for 11 from the field. A couple of areas where Bryant is still working his way back is his lift on his jump shot which is still very weak and he was the person guarding Thompson through his early point explosion so defensively he has a way to go.
Carlos Boozer led the Lakers in scoring with 16 points, many coming way of very crisp looking jumpers from the elbow area. Jeremy Lin got the start and was perfect from the field, finishing 4 for 4 and totaling 14 points.
Coach Scott had mentioned to reporters earlier in the week his desire for the team to keep 3 point shot attempts in the 10-15 area and so far through 2 preseason games the team has fulfilled his request. The Lakers shot 11 3-point shots on Tuesday, hitting just 1 of those attempts, and took 10 in their first game against the Nuggets. On Thursday the disparity from long distance between both teams was huge. The Warriors knocked down 12 of their 21 3 point attempts which resulted in a 36 to 3 point disparity from 3 point land. This might be an area that needs revisiting.
Here is a shot chart from Thursday’s game (via ESPN.com.) As you can see the Warriors take shots from all over the court while the Lakers are heavily focused on getting shots up close to the basket.
The Lakers were without Steve Nash who was sitting out to rest. Also, Xavier Henry, Nick Young and Ryan Kelly all sat out as they recover from injuries. Jordan Clarkson left the game for good in the 2nd quarter with what is being reported as a left calf strain.
The Lakers next preseason game is on Sunday, October 12, in Ontario, CA versus the same Golden State Warriors.