The Los Angeles Lakers saw their two-game winning snapped on Wednesday night in a 117-106 loss to the defending champions Golden State Warriors in a battle of short-handed teams.
It was a back-and-forth affair that the Warriors held control for the most of the contest and pulled away in the second half behind their balanced offensive effort led by Kevin Durant‘s game-high 26 points. The Lakers held their own offensively, but the lack of defense was a huge issue throughout the night with Golden State shooting 55 percent from the field and held a 29-15 edge in points off Los Angeles’ 14 turnovers.
Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle getting after it 👀 pic.twitter.com/YSRBmveEM8
— Tailgate Sports (@_TailgateSports) March 15, 2018
Both Randle and Thomas were seen a short while later shaking ending any bad feelings between them with the focus quickly shifted back to the task at hand.
Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle shake hands and squash their beef pic.twitter.com/M89hJRGGxT
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 15, 2018
Following the game, Thomas revealed that it was over miscommunication on the defensive end of the court.
“Nothing. Just two basketball players competing,” said Thomas via Spectrum SportsNet. “That’s all it was. We want the best for each other. We want to win. We are two of the leaders on the team that are competing. There was a misunderstanding at one point and we talked about it and we’re good as teammates should.”
Meanwhile, Randle echoed pretty much the same sentiment about the situation voicing that the reason for the vocal spat was to get the most out of each other on the court.
(1/2) Julius Randle on bustup with Isaiah Thomas: "It's great. Honestly. We expect a lot out of each other. It's just communicating. We expect a lot out of each other. We want to win. We expect to win these games." pic.twitter.com/aDw0jarRAr
— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) March 15, 2018
As for Wednesday’s game, both Randle and Thomas each put together strong outings in the tough loss on the road. Randle tallied a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Thomas got his first start with Kyle Kuzma nursing a sprained right ankle scoring 20 points with five 3-pointers, which saw 15 of those points come in the first half.
The Lakers will head back to Los Angeles for a Friday home tilt against the Miami Heat.
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