LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers made history on Friday night but it was not the kind a team would to make as they fell to the Golden State Warriors 112-95 led by Stephen Curry‘s triple-double which handed them their franchise-record 54th regular season loss.
After the Warriors built a double digit lead in the first half behind a second-quarter surge that included the team shooting 62 percent and Curry scoring 11 of his 30 points for the game, they kept their sizable lead throughout the third quarter that grew to as much as 20 points despite shooting 39 percent from the field in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Golden State was able to maintain their double digit advantage despite a late run from the Lakers led by Nick Young’s scoring 14 of his team-leading 25 points for the game that cut the lead to just 11 points 103-91. Los Angeles would not get any closer at the Warriors closed the game on a 9-4 run.
It was just too much Curry whose triple double of 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, was the first Warriors’ player since Wilt Chamberlain to record four triple-doubles in a season. Chamberlain had five during the 1962-63 campaign.
“He makes the game easier for everybody else,” D’Antoni said. “You are talking about a guy that got a triple double tonight and if you start from there a lot of guys can play well. That’s what Steve Nash did in Phoenix and Dallas, where everybody can play well.
“He puts them in the right spots to where the ball will be delivered and makes the whole team better. He is just one of those special point guards that make everybody better.”
The win for Golden State not only gave the Lakers their most losses in a season surpassing the 1957-58 season, it also clinched a spot in the playoff.
In the loss, the Lakers had four players in double figures with double performances from Jordan Hill with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Ryan Kelly had 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was not only a troubling night defensive but also across the board as they were outrebounded 57-42, beat in fast break points 26-12, and points in the paints 46-32.
“I think we just dug ourselves into too big of a hole in the second half,” Jodie Meeks, who a part of the team’s offensive struggle as he scored 10 points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field. “We didn’t really come out and execute as well as we would like to, but you’ve got to give some credit to them. They played some good defense and they scouted us pretty well, so they’re a good team.”
The first quarter featured plenty of back and forth action with eight lead changes and five ties including Jordan Farmar‘s buzzer-beating 20-foot jumper to tie the score at 26 at the end of the quarter. Kelly led Los Angeles offensively with eight points and four rebounds, and as for the Warriors Curry came out shooting as he scored 11 point to along with three assists and three rebounds.
In the second quarter, Golden State began to separate from Los Angeles behind yet another 11 points from Curry and 62 percent team shooting that helped them lead by as much as 15 points. Steve Blake, in first game against the Lakers since being traded to Warriors, came off the bench to contribute in the quarter as he scored all eight of his half points that included two 3-pointers and three assists.
Despite trailing for much of the second quarter, Hill led the Lakers in scoring as he chipped eight of his team-leading 12 first-half points.
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