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It was working well for the Los Angeles Lakers early on, taking as much as a 10 point lead on the Golden State Warriors in the 2nd quarter. The Warriors turned it on to close out the half, fueled by Steph Curry who scored 20 first half points and took a 6 point lead into halftime and never looked back, beating the Lakers 127-104.
Kobe Bryant ended with 28 points with 19 of those points coming in a fun to watch 3rd quarter. Bryant’s spectacular performance with its wide array of difficult shots in the 3rd kept the Lakers in the game but Klay Thompson and the Warriors were simply too potent.
“These guys, man, you can’t blink against this team. … When you blink, they bust the game wide open.” Stated Bryant regarding the Warriors following the game.
The most impressive shot of the night game from a wild reverse layup from Bryant. The shot is courtesy of @nbahdhighlight on Instagram:
Klay Thompson scores 28 of his career high 41 points in the 2nd half along with guarding the hot shooting Bryant in the 4th quarter and holding him to to 1 point. The Warriors put the game away in the 4th quarter by outscoring the Lakers 34 to 18.
Jordan Hill was impressive offensively for his 2nd straight game, ending the night with 23 points. Hill’s uptick offensively is attributed to a much improved mid-range jumper which he was knocking down with regularity on Saturday.
The loss put the Lakers record at 0-4 which is their worst start since the 1957-58 season when then Minneapolis Lakers started the season 0-7.
“Just stay the course,” said Bryant after the game. “We still have a lot of room for improvement, but we’re moving in the right direction.”
The Lakers next chance to nab their first win will be on Tuesday when they face the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.