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Lakers Rout Warriors, Move To 2-0 At Home

 

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Original Source: Lakerfanatics

It really happened, again. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors at home and this time it was a blowout. Final score, 117-97. The Lakers were in control of the game from start to finish and everyone chipped in to the 20-point victory. My takeaway from the big win—the Lakers love playing the Dubs, as does rookie Brandon Ingram who had his best performance this season against them just like he had his best preseason game against them.

D’Angelo Russell and the starters set the tone early being aggressive on offense and getting to the free-throw line early. The bench followed suit playing with high energy and being active on defense helping extend the lead. Larry Nance Jr. was his high-flying self, posterizing the Warriors at every chance he got while Nick Young was great offensively hitting some big threes when the Warriors cut into the Lakers’ lead. However, Young was most impressive on defense which included an amazing block on Warriors guard Klay Thompson.

 

 

 

The Lakers did have some help with an off shooting night from the Dubs. Thompson and Stephen Curry went 2-for-20 from the three-point line, and Curry saw a streak of 157 games with a made three-pointer snapped. They simply missed wide open shots that they usually make but hey, the Lakers will take that. Golden State was also done in with sloppy play committing 20 turnovers. The Lakers, on the other hand, had 16 turnovers but all the lucky bounces went their way. There were some wild, prayer type shots that fell for L.A. and all Golden State could do was shake their heads. But you can’t just chalk this win up to the Warriors’ off night and some lucky rolls for L.A. This young team was focused, active, and sharp enough to take advantage of all of the Warriors’ mistakes.

So did the Warriors have an off night which aided in the Lakers’ blowout victory, yes, but this Lakers win was no fluke. Being a plus 11 on the boards against Golden State was no fluke. The future is bright in L.A. and clearly with Luke Walton as head coach, the team is in good hands.

Notable Stats:

D’Angelo Russell– 17 points, 4 assists

Julius Randle– 20 points, 14 rebounds

Nick Young– 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Lou Williams– 20 points, 4 assists, 3 steals

Larry Nance Jr.- 12 points, 9 rebounds

Brandon Ingram– 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

 

 

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