Absolute domination from the Golden State Warriors in their 109-103 beatdown of the L.A. Lakers.
Sure, the Lakers made this a game late, pulling within single digits with less than two minutes left. But in all honesty, even though L.A. lost by just six points, this one was never really that close.
While the 109 points the Warriors scored were impressive, their pressure on defense was almost more impressive.
Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash did all they could, accounting for 55 of the Lakers’ 103 points, but the Lakers’ lack of defense made their production insignificant.
The most shocking piece of the Lakers’ performance was Dwight Howard’s lack of domination—accounting for just 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Against the Warriors’ interior defense, Howard should have had more looks on offense and more easy shots around the rim.
David Lee, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors, accounting for 70 of the Warriors’ 109 points.
Throw in Jarrett Jack’s 19 points, and you’ll see that the rest of the Warriors’ team scored just 20 points.
The Lakers’ woeful offense wasn’t the only reason for this blowout loss.
As a team they shot just 69.4 percent from the free-throw line. When you consider that they shot 36 free throws, it makes sense why this one wasn’t close throughout.
It was a rough loss for the Lakers, a solid win for the Warriors and a game that made the Western Conference playoff picture even more difficult to call.