Lakers put a beating on Warriors, and don't blame the schedule: Takeaways

So the Warriors, it appears, are not invincible. Not by a long shot. In just six games this year, they’ve already been thoroughly beaten twice — first by the Spurs on opening night, and then again on Friday by a Lakers team that looks to be much improved under Luke Walton.

The final score in L.A. was 117-97.

It was a drubbing.

Here are four takeaways:

1. First, give the Lakers some credit

In every facet of the game, the Lakers were better. You can chalk it up to the Warriors being on a back-to-back after an emotional win over Oklahoma City Thursday night, but the Warriors won a lot of back-to-backs last year. Pretty much every one they played, matter of fact. The Lakers, now 3-3 on the year, flat out beat them.

So many guys weren’t just good for L.A., but great. DeAngelo Russell, who finished with 17 points, started the game with six straight points and hit a monster three to stop the flood of a Warriors third-quarter run that was threatening to overwhelm the Lakers. He was confident, aggressive and sharp all night, as was L.A., which effectively won the game twice — first with a great first quarter, and then when it responded to that Warriors 16-2 third-quarter run by outscoring Golden State 18-14 the rest of the period to preserve a double-digit lead heading into the fourth.

The Lakers of last year would’ve folded right there. That is a terrific sign.

Back to the performances — Lou Williams, who finished with 18 points off the bench, hit huge shots down the stretch. Larry Nance Jr. finished with 12 points, nine boards and one of the nastiest dunks you’ll ever see. Nick Young, who has somehow become a wily veteran, finished with 12 under-control points including about a 30-foot 3-pointer while also playing … solid defense? Julius Randle, who Luke Walton says can be like Draymond Green, was absolutely everywhere with 20 points and 14 boards. The Warriors had no answer for him in the paint.

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