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Lakers blown out at Golden State

One night after stunning Clippers, L.A. gets blown out up north

Posted: October 30, 2013 11:23 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2013 11:23 p.m.

Los Angeles Laker Steve Blake (5) lays up a shot against Golden State Warriors' David Lee, right, during the first half on Wednesday in Oakland.

 

OAKLAND (AP) — Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in a spectacular shooting performance, and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94 in their much-anticipated season opener Wednesday night.

Thompson finished 15 of 19 from the floor, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, to lead the Warriors to the runaway win. Golden State led by 19 at the half, 33 at the end of the third quarter and 35 early in the fourth.

David Lee added 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Stephen Curry had 10 points and six assists as the Warriors trounced a rebuilding Lakers team playing without Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
Jodie Meeks scored 14 points and Pau Gasol had 12 points and seven rebounds for an overmatched Lakers team playing on back-to-back nights. Los Angeles beat the Clippers on Tuesday night in their season opener.

After a lackluster preseason, the Warriors finally showed why so many believe they can contend for the Western Conference title this season.

Thompson swished shots. New addition Andre Iguodala distributed the ball. Big man Andrew Bogut protected the paint. Lee piled up putback points. Curry got in the mix, too, though he wasn’t needed to be anywhere close to the made-for-TV star he was while leading Golden State to the second round of the playoffs last season.

On one play in the third quarter, Iguodala stole the ball, whirled a behind-the-back pass on a fast break to Lee, who touched it back to Iguodala for a layup that brought the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 roaring to its feet. Iguodala finished with seven points, four rebounds and four assists.

Far fewer Lakers fans than usual showed up at Oracle Arena. And the ones who did were easily drowned out by the home fans expecting big things in the basketball-united Bay Area.

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