THE Los Angeles Lakers staged what could be the biggest upset of the young season against the Golden State Warriors in a resounding 117-97 victory at the Staples Center on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Wearing their Magic Johnson-era gold uniforms, the Lakers never trailed in their home floor as they won their second straight game that brought them back to .500 with a 3-3 record under the tenure of Luke Walton, a former assistant coach with the Warriors.
“We’re all buying in, we’re all buying in to the new system,” said point guard D’Angelo Russell on the team’s bench production which outscored the Dubs by 30, 61-31.
The Lakers had eight players who scored eight points or more. Lou Williams and Julius Randle led the team with 20 points apiece. D’Angelo Russell added 17 markers and four assists. Both Larry Nance Jr. and rookie Brandon Ingram each had 12, which also marked the first time the Lakers rookie scored in double digits.
The Lakers led by as much as 20 points in the third quarter, 72-52, but the Warriors came back strong with good defense and transition plays to cut down the deficit to 87-81.
At the start of the last quarter, Williams and Randle made some timely shots to widen the gap as the Lakers went on to post their third victory in six games.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points for the Warriors (4-2) which had a forgettable performance from NBA MVP Stephen Curry who went 0-10 from beyond the arc, his first game without a three point field goal since November 2014. Curry had 13 points and 11 assists while Klay Thompson finished with 10 points. Draymond Green added 16 points and nine rebounds.