The Los Angeles Lakers got down big early against the Golden State Warriors Monday night and had to continue their trend of playing from behind as of late. A first-quarter 12-point deficit turned into a halftime 23-point deficit, giving the Lakers a ton of work to do.
Kobe Bryant had a solid third quarter, as did Steve Nash, but the backcourt got little support from the front line and the game was just never able to turn around.
The general trend for the entire game was the go-to problem with the Los Angeles offense, as they put together one of two possessions. Either Kobe played some isolation ball, or Steve Nash or Steve Blake did their best to run a play through the post.
Defensively, Los Angeles was a complete disaster. Golden State's guards constantly found themselves open for jump shots, which is a shame because every guard they have is capable of knocking down a jumper. Jarrett Jack, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry all had huge nights for the Warriors, combining for 66 points.
Los Angeles did have a huge chance to cut into Golden State's lead in the third quarter, shooting nine free throws at the end of the quarter, but they ended up making just two of them. What could have been an 11-point game remained an 18-point game.
The Lakers did end up making a run, but the Warriors made just enough shots and the Lakers missed just enough to leave the comeback just out of their grasp, falling 109-103 at the Oracle Arena.
It was a rough loss, shrinking Los Angeles' eighth-seed lead to just a game over the Utah Jazz.