The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will not be sending tape of their Dec. 21 game to the Hall of Fame, but Golden State played solid defense and emerged with a 102-83 win.
The Lakers are still coping with news of Kobe Bryant's fractured knee, which will keep him out approximately six weeks, per NBA.com. Then they found out Pau Gasol would also be a scratch due to an upper respiratory infection, so Chris Kaman started.
Kaman notched pretty stats with 10 points, 17 boards and three blocks, but he also shot 5-of-17 which is hard to fathom. One of those shots was an air-balled desperation three-pointer...with three seconds left on the clock. Nick Young led all scorers with 20 points but shot 5-of-18.
Andrew Bogut was immense down low and snagged 20 rebounds to go with 12 points. Steph Curry finished with 18 points and nine dimes. David Lee slowed down in the second half but still reached a double-double with 19 and 10. Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 10-of-30, but they were 8-of-17 from three-point range.
Both teams are shot below 36 percent in the first half and Golden State clung to a 46-42 lead. The Warriors clamped down on defense in the third quarter and opened up a comfortable lead as the Lakers threw up shots and kicked the ball around; they committed 24 turnovers. The Warriors won the third quarter by 11 points and they never looked back.
Marreese Speights was ejected in the second half for a hard foul on Nick Young. Speights attempted to wrap him up on a drive to the hoop but he ended up hooking his arm around Young's neck and swinging him around. The refs reviewed it and decided it fit the bill for a flagrant-2.
The Dubs improve to 15-13 while the Lakers dip below .500 to 13-14.
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