STEPHEN Curry waxed hot for 31 points and the Golden State Warriors exacted revenge on the young Los Angeles Lakers with a 149-106 victory on Wednesday in Oakland (Thursday, Manila time), stretching their winning streak to nine games.
Curry sank of 11 of his 18 shots for Golden State (13-2) which turned the game into a shooting clinic from the opening tip against an upstart Laker team that won by 20 in their last meeting. The Dubs shot 61.6 percent from the field and were 19-36 from downtown.
Kevin Durant scored 28 points to go with six rebounds and five assists while Klay Thompson added 26. Reserve Ian Clark went 5-5 from beyond the arc to finish with 21 markers.
The Warriors dominated early, outscoring the Lakers 41-26 in the first quarter and padding the lead to 80-49 at halftime with the Big Three combining for 57 points.
Golden State also set a new franchise record with 47 assists in the game.
LA was unable to mount a rally and was never a threat until the final buzzer.
The Lakers (8-8) were without starters D’Angelo Russell (sore left knee) and Julius Randle (hip pointer) and it showed in their lack of playmaking and cohesion. Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams both scored 16 points off the bench. Brandon Ingram, in his first career start, also had 16. LA has lost 3 of its last 4 games.
The two teams face off again on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).