Klay Thompson shot 17-20 from the field and 10-11 from three in a 44 point performance that boosted the Warriors over the LA Lakers, 130-111. The win was the 8th in a row for Golden State, who are now a full game ahead of the Denver Nuggets for first place in the western conference.
DeMarcus Cousins made his second start for the team, registering 8 points and 9 rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
Klay Thompson hit 10 straight three pointers in the game, setting yet another league record, this time for most three pointers made without missing (10). The 10 three’s was 4 short of his own league record 14 three’s made in one game.
The Lakers return to LA 1-2 on a difficult road trip. Without Lonzo Ball and LeBron James, the Lakers had no chance at keeping up with the scoring of Golden State. The young pair of Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma combined for just 33 points. As expected LA is struggling heavily without LeBron. The Lakers are now 5-9 without James, and their position in the western conference standings is starting to be effected. When LeBron initially went down with his groin injury on Christmas Day, the Lakers were well above .500, and occupied the 5th spot in the west. LA now finds themselves out of the playoff picture, in 9th place after getting passed up by the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, and San Antonio Spurs.
With Lonzo and LeBron out, the Lakers are slowly sinking in the west. The next two games for the Lakers are the Timberwolves at home on the 24th, and then the Suns at home on the 27th. These are must win games for the Lakers, as they need to get back to winning ways before the tough stretch of games that sees them play the 76ers, Clippers, and Warriors back to back to back from late January to early February.