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News » Lakers whip Warriors by 33 points

Lakers whip Warriors by 33 points

Lakers whip Warriors by 33 points The Warriors' streak of competitive Basketball came to a crashing end Saturday at Oracle Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers, without a dominant performance from guard Kobe Bryant, blew out the Warriors 130-97. Golden State shot 39.1 percent from the field while allowing the Lakers to set a new season-high in scoring despite getting just 20 points on 8-for-20 shooting from Bryant.

Guard Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting to go with six assists and five rebounds. Forward Corey Maggette had 17 points and six rebounds. Guard Anthony Morrow had 15 points and five rebounds, and rookie guard Stephen Curry had 13 points on 5-for-15 shooting with and eight assists.

The Warriors conclude a daunting stretch of games that featured the some of the league's best teams. They had encouraging showings at Cleveland and Boston before beating visiting Portland and winning at Dallas. They hung close until late at San Antonio, giving them five consecutive games of positive play.

But Saturday, the Lakers were too much. Los Angeles' depth hurt the Warriors , as they 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 made baskets, as their execution and size left the Warriors completely overmatched.

The Warriors (5-10) were hanging close with the Lakers (12-3) until Bryant checked out of the game.

Golden State trailed 17-12 when Bryant left the game after picking up his second foul. The deficit was three after forward Anthony Randolph made the ensuing free throws. 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 Bryant not even taking a shot.

The lead grew as the Warriors' offense continued to sputter. A lay-up by Lakers center Andrew Bynum made the score 42-25 three-plus minutes into the second quarter.

The Warriors mounted a mini-run to end the first half, mostly at the free throw line. Seven of the Warriors' last 15 points in the first half came at the line as the cut the Lakers lead to 60-50 at the half.

But then another subpar performance in the third quarter doomed the Warriors .

Golden State was outscored 38-25 in the third. The Lakers made 15 of 24 from the field in the quarter. And it wasn't Bryant who hurt the Warriors . His eight in the quarter was fewer than Ron Artest (10) and Derek Fisher (9).

Meanwhile, the Warriors offense managed just 40.9 percent shooting while turning the ball over six times.

A driving lay-up by Ellis cut the Lakers' lead to 69-60 with 8:37 left in the third quarter. But Los Angeles stepped on the pedal and put the game away over the next six minutes. The Warriors gave up a 24-8 run with a jumper-heavy offense and matador defense. Golden State went 4-for-10 five of the misses jumpers with four turnovers during the stretch. The Lakers, on the other hand, led by Artest, who scored 10 during the run, pounded the ball inside.

They scored 14 points in the paint, capped by a fast-break lay-up from Farmar that made the score 93-68 with 2:39 left in the third quarter.

The Warriors trailed by as much as 34.

Lakers 130, Warriors 97 ?Monday: vs. Pacers, 7:30 p.m. ?TV: CSN

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