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Short-handed Lakers drop second straight against Warriors, 109-85

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LOS ANGELES —  Just two night removed from a 43-point blowout loss, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered the same fate falling 109-85 to the Golden State Warriors. 

The Warriors grabbed the lead early in the first quarter and comfortably led throughout the contest. Here are a few takeaways from Friday night’s loss: 

Warriors Dominate

For the second straight game, Golden State topped 100 points against the Lakers with the majority of their production coming from the starting lineup on the way to their 10th straight win. 

The Warriors top three scorers lead the way with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry combining for 71 points. Durant did most of his damage in the first half leading 16 of his game-high 29 points. 

Curry added 24 points including drilling four of the team’s 11 three-pointers on the night. Golden State has now scored 100 or more points in all but one game this season. They have also registered 30 or more assists in 10 straight games, including 12 games overall. 

“They are the best team in the league,” Jordan Clarkson said. “I think we just have to wash that one out. I don’t think we see them for a little while, so get that game out of our head and get our swag back.”

Ingram struggles

In his second straight start, Brandon Ingram struggled shooting for much of the night scoring just eight points on 3-of-18 shooting from the field along with a career-high nine rebounds in 39 minutes played. 

The 19-year-old was aggressive offensively throughout the night looking to be a factor off the dribble and finding his spots on the floor. However, he just couldn’t get anything going as his shot was often contested  traffic while making his way through the paint. 

It was a performance that Walton drew many positives from, especially keying on how the rookie forward was more “engaged” on both ends of the floor. 

“I thought Brandon played a good first half although he was 1-of-10. I thought he played well.” head coach Luke Walton said. “I just liked how he was engaged tonight. In the last couple of games, he has been locked in.” 

With there being some uncertainty in terms of Julius Randle‘s health, Ingram could remain in the starting lineup for the next few games. 

Offensive Woes

With three starters out of the lineup, Los Angeles struggled on the offensive end of the floor shooting 35.6 from the field, including 22.7 from beyond the arc.

The Lakers shot well below 40 percent from the field in each quarter failing to crack more than 25 points in any period. It was an uphill battle throughout the game that prevented them from ever making a significant push in the second half, especially with the team committing 18 turnovers.

There was also a noticeable lack of offensive firepower with Randle, D’Angelo Russell, and Nick Young all out of the lineup, which accounted for three of their top five scorers. 

“Finding some offense,” Larry Nance Jr. said of the offensive struggles. “Those guys are really good at putting the ball in the basket, so tonight we struggled to score, and hopefully they will be back soon.”

Los Angeles will likely have to continue to look for an answer on that end of the floor with Russell being out for least two more weeks and Young likely to miss Sunday’s contest against the Atlanta Hawks.

“It looked like a Thanksgiving food hangover,” Walton said. “I thought our guys played hard, we just didn’t play hard and smart tonight. Obviously having three starters out, having to play guys out of position and big minutes, I think, made the challenge more difficult.”

One positive to take away was that Clarkson looked comfortable back in the starting lineup for the first time this season leading the team with 20 points, including nailing 4-of-9 three-point attempts. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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