Rapid Reaction: Warriors 112, Lakers 95
April, 11, 2014
By Dave McMenamin
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Blake was back in town to play his former team and was asked before the game if there was any commonality he could come up with to explain how the down-on-their-luck Lakers actually managed to beat a handful of playoff-bound opponents this season.
Blake pointed to L.A.'s outside shooting as the great equalizer, no doubt remembering how his dagger 3 before being traded to the Golden State Warriors led the Lakers to a road win in Houston early in the season.
Come game time, Blake showed off his personal shooting ability by scoring 13 points and making five of his nine shots off the bench.
The Lakers? Not so much.
L.A. shot just 35-for-89 as a team (39.3 percent).
There was no upset in the cards on this night.
How it happened: A game after being outscored by 20 points in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets to blow their chance of a victory, it was the second quarter that did the Lakers in Friday. The Warriors outscored the Lakers 32-17 in the second, shooting 13-for-21 as a team (61.9 percent) compared to 8-for-24 for L.A. (33.3 percent). Golden State pushed its lead to as many as 21 in the fourth before settling on the 17-point win.
What it means: The Warriors are a team playing for something. The Lakers aren't. Not much more to it than that.
Hits: Nick Young went on a personal 7-0 run as part of a 14-point fourth quarter, finishing with a team-high 25 points off the bench.
Jordan Hill (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Ryan Kelly (14 points, 11 rebounds) both chipped in with double-doubles.
Misses: With 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, Stephen Curry became the first Warriors player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962-63 with four triple-doubles in a season. Chamberlain had five that season.
Blake's 13 points set a new season high for him with Golden State and matched the total he'd scored in his past eight games combined (going 5-for-17 in those games).
Jodie Meeks shot just 2-for-12.
L.A. was outscored 46-32 in the paint.
Stat of the game: 11. The Warriors snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Lakers at Staples Center, where the Lakers had also beaten them in 20 out of 21 games overall.
Up next: And then there were three. The Lakers play their final home game of the season Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies and then go on the road to play the Utah Jazz on Monday and San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday to wrap things up.