Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas get into verbal spat on the bench

Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas

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. 

All of this led to a boiling point for the Lakers with Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle getting into a bit on the sideline during a timeout and had to be separated by teammates. 

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. 

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. 

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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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. 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, @BGarciaivsports.


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