The Lakers benefited from an uncharacteristically sloppy Warriors’ team that turned the ball over with regularity.
And it wasn’t even that close! Klay Thompson added 15 points, but the Splash Brothers were a combined one of 18 from three-point range.
Warriors talisman Steph Curry struggled on the night, scoring 18 markers and only making 1 of 10 attempts from beyond the arc. He dominated the start of the second quarter, contributing three big three-pointers and a steal/hockey assist to build a 10 point lead.
The NBA champion Golden State Warriors set a league record Monday with their 45th straight regular-season home victory. But man, yesterday was a dud.
This game was the first game in National Basketball Association history where a team with a winning percentage over.
Nick Young and Brandon Bass each had 13 points, and Huertas had his solid game.
Pre-game hype was all about it being Kobe Bryant’s final contest against the Warriors but the crowd of 19,000 at Staples Center arena got more than they bargained for with a rare win by the cellar-dwelling Lakers.
ESPN’s BPI gave the Warriors a 93 percent chance to win at the beginning of the day. Curry has never scored more than 54 points in a game-which he did on February 27, 2013 against the Knicks-but Lakers coach Byron Scott believes he could still eclipse Bryant’s record. Clarkson and Russell were 7 of 13 from three-point range Sunday.
With the loss to the Lakers, the gap between Golden State and San Antonio for the top spot in the Western Conference continues to slowly get closer. As a team, the Warriors shot just 40 percent from the field while connecting on just four of 30 three-pointers.
After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr took a moment to make a playful jab at his team following such a stunning loss. At 55-6 they still have the best record in the league.
The Warriors will be hoping to bounce back at the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, with the Lakers’ next match also against the same opposition 24 hours prior to that. In all actuality, it’s not a major thing since the team could beat the Lakers with or without him.
Golden State played without forward Andre Iguodala, who had an injured left hamstring.