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Los Angeles Lakers defeat Golden State Warriors 117-97 in wire-to-wire victory

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers’ bench made all the difference – dominating the Golden State Warriors’ second unit 61-31 – as they put on a show at STAPLES Center, winning 117-97.

Lou Williams led the way with 20 points. Julius Randle finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell more than held his own against Steph Curry with his 17 points and 4 assists in 22 minutes of action.

The leading scorer for the Lakers has now come from the bench in four of the first six games this season. 

The Lakers were dialed in from tip off, holding the Warriors to just 15 points in the first quarter. Golden State had 8 turnovers and shot just 29 percent in the opening 12 minutes. 

The second quarter felt like the opposite – offensively – as the Warriors closed the game somewhat with a 34-point quarter. The Lakers put up 41 to take a 16-point lead into the break. 

The 41 points scored in the second quarter were the most in any quarter this season. 

What allowed this level of play for the young Lakers was the fact that the Lakers have a matchup for the Warriors at every position. It wasn’t necessarily a matter of matching the Warriors’ talent, but being able to compete with their four stars, and the Lakers have athletes at each of those positions. 

“We’re sharing the ball, playing like a team and we’re fighting […] our guys from opening tip really got after it,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said after the win. 

“To beat them on the glass like that and to have that many assists means we’re playing the right way,” Walton added. 

Steph Curry, who had hit a three-pointer in an NBA-record 157 straight games, went 0-of-10 Friday night from beyond the arc. 

He finished with 13 points in 31 minutes on 5-of-17 shooting. Fellow splash brother Klay Thompson struggled also, shooting 2-of-10 from three-point range, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-18 shooting. 

In their last two games combined vs the Lakers in STAPLES Center, the Splash Bros. are 3-of-37 from beyond the arc. 

“Defense wins games,” Russell said in the post-game press conference, on whether it’s the offense of defense that led to two straight Lakers’ victories. 

J.J. Redick now has the record, having hit a three-point field-goal in 61 consecutive contests. 

Kevin Durant led the way for Golden State with 27 points in 35 minutes of action on 10-of-16 shooting, finishing with a plus/minus of -17. 

“They had nothing to lose, they were playing with house money,” Durant said. “They came out playing loose, playing the game, playing together, playing with energy, feeding off their crowd and they hit us in the mouth.”

“We’re not gonna be perfect every game, as much as you want us to me,” Durant added after the loss.

The Lakers host the Phoenix Suns Sunday evening at STAPLES Center, scheduled for a 6:30 PM PST tipoff. 

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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