The Warriors beat the Lakers on Wednesday night, 149-106. That number, 149 points, in and of itself, should tell you much of how this game went and how unbelievable the Warriors were. But there’s a lot to it. So here goes, quick takeaways on an Oracle demolition of the Lakeshow.
The ball has never moved like this
Golden State set a record with 47 assists on 53 made baskets. That’s a franchise record for assists, and the most since Phoenix had 47 in 1991. Their 88.6 percent assist rate is the highest in league history for a team with more than 50 made field goals. Draymond Green led all players with 11 assists, Steph Curry had nine, Kevin Durant five. Patrick McCaw and David West each had four, for crying out loud.
The Warriors always move the ball, but the Lakers, short-handed and on a back-to-back, just couldn’t stay attached to any shooter coming off screens. The Lakers defense couldn’t do anything to stop them. That’s no surprise, but the level to which the Warriors sliced and diced was ridiculous.
It was the Warriors’ ninth consecutive game of at least 30 assists. The record is held by the Hornets with 13 straight.
The Warriors were motivated and when they are motivated, they are terrifying
Remember how dominant they looked vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder (who were also on a back-to-back)? The Lakers are one of two teams to beat the Warriors, and Golden State came out determined to rectify that issue. They came out with focus, firepower and intensity on both ends. Throw together a little Splash Brother magic, some great passing by Draymond Green (and Zaza Pachulia) and you have how this went down.
Just let it be known: If you beat the Warriors — and especially if you embarrass them and run it up the way the Lakers did two weeks ago when the Warriors were on a back-to-back (after that Thunder game as a matter of fact) — you’re going to pay for it the next time through.
Ian Clark had himself a night
Clark finished with 21 points in less than 18 minutes on 7-of-8 shooting and had the whole team going nuts for his performance. He has had some rough moments in the bigger games, but Clark continues to put up good numbers in the garbage-time stretches he has. He’s going to get paid big time when he becomes a free agent down the line. The Warriors effect.
Brandon Ingram looked good
Sixteen points for Ingram, and he continues to play hard. He looks mature for the game despite his waif-like frame, and he made some good plays defensively on a bad night for the Lakers. He even shot 6 for 12 from the field.
Bad news for L.A.
Guess who they play next? These same Warriors on Friday, back in L.A. Enjoy that turkey, fellas.