Los Angeles Laker LeBron James (23) throws down over Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) and center James Wiseman during the first half on Mon Mar 15, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)
What a difference a day makes. The Warriors, coming off their best game of the season on Sunday, were soundly trounced by the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers Monday night at the Chase Center.
The Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol did not play Monday night. Former Warrior Damion Jones started at the center position for the Lakers and played well on both ends of the court.
The Lakers won the third and fourth quarters, too. LeBron James, Harrell, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kyle Kuzma, and the rest of the Lakers could not be stopped. The Lakers outscored the Warriors 63-47 in the second half to win easily 128-97.
Game Notes and stats: With the loss, the Warriors are 20-20 for the year. They have lost five of their last six games. The Lakers are 26-13.
The player of the game was LeBron James. James recorded his 98th career triple-double. He finished with 22 points, ten rebounds, and 11 assists. He is fifth all-time in the NBA with triple-doubles. Harrell scored 27 to pace the Lakers, Horton-Tucker has 18, Kuzma 17, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 14. Damion Jones had 8 points and four rebounds.
Curry led the Warriors with 27. Curry had two assists to pass Guy Rodgers for the Warriors’ all-time assist leader. Curry has 4856 assists, one more than Rodgers. Andrew Wiggins knocked down 15, Kelly Oubre, 12. The second unit backcourt of Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion had 14 and 10.
The Lakers outrebounded the Warriors 53-35. LA had 36 assists on 49 field goals. They finished the night shooting 62.8% from the field. The Lakers controlled scoring in the paint 68-40.
The Warriors go on the road for three games. They play the Houston Rockets Wednesday night in Houston. The game starts at 5 pm. They play a back-to-back series with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday and Saturday.