The Golden State Warriors are now on a 10-game winning streak after defeating the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers, 109-85, on Friday night at the Staples Center.
Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 29 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Stephen Curry added 24 points while Klay Thompson had 18 points to help the Warriors beat the Lakers for two consecutive games. Three Lakers’ starters, including D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Nick Young, missed the game due to injury.
Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, and Jose Calderon started in the Lakers’ third game against the Warriors. The Lakers started the game full of energy as Ingram blocked Durant. Jose Calderon knocked down a three-pointer, giving the Lakers a 5-0 lead. However, the Warriors capitalized on the Lakers’ turnovers, resulting in a 13-0 run.
The combination of Durant, Thompson, and Curry seemed to be too much to handle for the Lakers. They tried to cut the lead by a single digit but their opponents were too good on the offensive end. Clarkson stepped up for the Lakers with 20 points.
“They’re the best team in the league,” Clarkson said. “I don’t think we see them for a little while, so (we can) get that game out of our head and get our swag back.”
In their first matchup, the Lakers stunned the Warriors. However, in their past two games, the Warriors showed their ‘true form’ and took revenge against their former assistant coach Luke Walton. They are now finally living up to expectations from a ‘Super Team’.
“It’s nice learning lessons in wins, but I think we’re a better team since the last time we stepped foot in this building,” Curry said. “We’re still trending in the right direction. You don’t take anything for granted, but it’s nice we put together consecutive good performances.”
The Warriors host the Timberwolves on Saturday. The Lakers will face the Hawks on Saturday at the Staples Center.
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