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The Golden State Warriors completely bum rushed the Los Angeles Lakers from the outset and at one point were up by as many as 38 on Sunday night.
Steph Curry scored 30 points and fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, scored 18 points, in route to a 136-115 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.
The only positive out of the Lakers camp was the performance of Kobe Bryant who scored 44 points on the night in just 3 quarters. Bryant was 15 for 34 from the floorand went 11 for 16 from the free throw line. Bryant’s high shot count is a continued talking point among talking heads and he discussed it with reporters after the game.
“I’d rather get guys involved early. That’s always the intent,” Bryant said. “But when you go down 10-12 points in the hole, man, I’ve got to try to keep us in the ball game at some point. The responsibility is on me.”
Here is a video of all of Bryant’s 44 points on the night and it’s vintage Kobe.
After a few good showings Carlos Boozer put up a stinker, scoring just 6 points on 3 for 13 from the field in 20 minutes of play.
Jordan Hill was 2nd on the night in the scoring department, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Jeremy Lin took just 2 shots and went scoreless in 22 minutes. Ronnie Price took a bulk of the minutes in the blowout but didn’t fare much better, finishing with 2 points in 31 minutes of play.
With the game out of reach bench players got some playing time, such Jordan Clarkson who scored 10 points in 18 minutes of play. Robert Sacre played 15 minutes and scored 10 points on 5 for 8 from the field.
The loss drops the Lakers record to 1-9 on the season. The only team keeping the Lakers from the bottom are the Philadelphia 76ers who are win-less in 9 games this season.
The Lakers do get some good news with the prospect of Nick Young returning to the line-up for their next game. The Lakers will start a mini 3 game road trip in Atlanta to play the Hawks on Tuesday.
Fan Photos of the Game
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