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News » Golden State Warriors routed by Los Angeles Lakers 130-97


Golden State Warriors routed by Los Angeles Lakers 130-97


Golden State Warriors routed by Los Angeles Lakers 130-97 Acting head coach Keith Smart said the Warriors played like "we were star-struck," an analysis that forward Corey Maggette seconded.

The franchise player, guard Monta Ellis, called it "a sloppy game all around," and rookie guard Stephen Curry summed up Saturday's game with three words: "They bullied us."

After five games of encouraging Basketball against top-flight opponents, the Warriors came crashing back to earth with a 130-97 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena. And the Lakers did it without a dominant performance from Kobe Bryant.

"We came off two great games on the road," Ellis said, "and come home to our fans (and force them) to watch this? Nobody played well tonight."

Saturday's debacle at the hands of the defending champions completes a six-game stretch against some of the best teams in the NBA. The Warriors had encouraging showings at Cleveland and Boston before beating Portland at home and winning at Dallas. They hung close until late at San Antonio, giving them five straight games of positive play.

Then it all disappeared Saturday.

Golden State shot 39.1 percent from the field, including 4-for-17 from 3-point range. Ellis saw his streak of 30-point games snapped at three, finishing with a team-high 18 on 8-for-19 shooting.

The Warriors' defense struggled mightier than their offense. The Lakers set a season high in points while getting just 20 on 8-for-20 shooting from Bryant. Los Angeles shot 54 percent from the field while scoring 62 points in the key.

"We played a very bad game," Smart said. "We never got into the game. We didn't show our fans how we are able to play and have been playing. We didn't get up and do anything defensively. "... We got stuck with the ball. We got selfish and, with this team, you can't keep the ball on one side of the floor."

But Saturday, the Lakers were too much. Los Angeles' depth hurt the Warriors , as the Lakers got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Pau Gasol, 19 points from Ron Artest, and 17 points off the bench from Shannon Brown. The Lakers had 30 assists on 51 field goals, as their execution and size left the Warriors completely overmatched.

The Warriors hung close with the Lakers until Bryant checked out of the game.

Golden State trailed 17-14 after Bryant picked up his second foul. But the Lakers closed the half on a 19-8 run to seize control of the game. The Warriors trailed 36-22 after one quarter despite the fact Bryant had not taken a shot.

The Warriors cut the Lakers' lead to 60-50 at halftime, but another subpar performance in the third quarter doomed their comeback chances.

Golden State was outscored 38-25 in the third as the Lakers made 15 of 24 from the field in the quarter. And it wasn't Bryant who hurt the Warriors . His eight points in the quarter were fewer than Artest (10) and Derek Fisher (nine) scored.

Meanwhile, the Warriors turned the ball over six times and missed 10 long jumpers in the quarter.

A 24-8 Lakers run midway through the third put the game away. The Lakers, on the other hand, pounded the ball inside. They scored 14 points in the key, getting 10 points from Artest during the run.

The Warriors trailed by as many as 34.


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Added: November 29, 2009

 

 
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