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April 2, 2013

Golden State Warriors dominate the LA Lakers

Golden State was able to open up a 23-point wining margin by the halftime break. And they never looked back.

By Stephen Lars

The Warriors were able to rely heavily on Steve Curry and his healthier ankle as he guided the team with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists to take a 109-103 win over the Lakers. LA gave it all they had, including a phenomenal second half effort from Kobe Bryant, who guided the Laker with 36 points and 8 rebounds. But it certainly wasn’t enough. The Lakers got 21 points, 9 rebounds and seven assists from the veteran Steve Nash, but that was about all these two guys got from the rest of the Lakers. Coming back from a foot injury, Pau Gasol was non-factor all game long. He could have easily won the least valuable player award for his lackluster effort. The Spaniard finished the night with seven points in a below average 3-for-8 shooting effort. He also recorded eight rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

LA gave it all they had, including a phenomenal second half effort from Kobe Bryant, who guided the Laker with 36 points and 8 rebounds. But it certainly wasn’t enough.

It seems as if the Lakers go into real trouble when they start all of their stars. At least in paper a team that plays with Bryant, Gasol, Nash and Howard as starters should be a powerful and dangerous squad. Well, it seems that individually these guys are phenomenal, together, however, it just doesn’t work. And this is something that by all means has to be figured out by the Lakers head coach Mike D´Antoni. Even Kobe Bryant acknowledges the issue. "We just got to maintain our poise and just think about execution and what we're going to do", Bryant said in the postgame press conference after the Lakers dropped their third straight game. "You got to look at what teams are doing against us in terms of spreading us out and rolling the big, and now we collapse and we're releasing the shooters. This is about the third game in a row that that's happened to us. Not get overly emotional. Just look at what's going on and just make adjustments."

The Warriors also got a great performance from David Lee who chipped in with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Klay Thompson scored 22 in a game were the Lakers were going up-hill since the start and never got closer than 6 points. The Warriors are now 41-31 for the season and are on a game ahead of the Houston Rockets at 39-31 for the season and 4½ games in front of the Lakers (36-35) for sixth place in the West. The Lakers, however, are now only 1 game ahead of the Utah Jazz, which took a 107-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Salt Lake City earlier Monday night.

The Lakers big men were a non-factor. We already talked about Gasol, but Howard was not that much of a threat either. He finished the night with a technical foul, a bloody nose and only 11 points and 15 rebounds. He got in a small fight with Lee and said that he would seek revenge at some point. D’Antoni, on the other hand, knows quite well what’s at steak here. "We're trying to get into the playoffs right now. That's more of a disappointment," D'Antoni said. "But we still have time to figure it out. Still have time to get into the playoffs, still have time to make an impact. But time is running out."

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.