Warriors start slow, rout depleted Lakers 102-83

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2013 at 1:06 am •  Published: December 22, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson didn't need to give a big speech before his struggling team faced the depleted Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

Recalling a loss against the short-handed San Antonio Spurs the last time out was good enough.

David Lee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Andrew Bogut grabbed 20 rebounds and the Warriors shook off a slow start to rout the Lakers 102-83.

"I told the guys, 'What we don't want to do is let any more opportunities slip," Jackson said. "And tonight, we're in our building against a team that we're supposed to beat in our building. And the mindset was to handle our business.'

"And we did that."

Stephen Curry scored 18 points and Klay Thompson added 17 points to help the Warriors pull away with a 26-8 spurt to start the third quarter. Golden State (15-13) went ahead 83-70 early in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

"We knew how important this game was for us," said Bogut, who also had 12 points, two blocks and an assist. "We won a game we should have won."

Los Angeles had more notable names at home than at the arena.

Pau Gasol sat out with an upper respiratory infection for the Lakers, who already were missing Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation in back), Steve Blake (torn ligament in right elbow) and Jordan Farmar (torn left hamstring).

Nick Young scored 20 points, and Chris Kaman had 17 rebounds and 10 points for the Lakers (13-14) in a sloppy game by both teams.

The Lakers committed 24 turnovers, while the Warriors had 18. Golden State shot 38.8 percent and Los Angeles shot a season-low 32.5 percent.

"They battled. We just didn't have enough," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Though the Lakers were undermanned, the Warriors had failed to consistently take advantage of opportunities against short-handed teams lately.

Golden State had lost three of its last four games, including Thursday night at home against a San Antonio team playing without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. The lone win during that stretch was against New Orleans, which played without injured starters Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans.

The Lakers have been decimated even more by injuries. Los Angeles used its 12th different starting lineup this season: Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and Kaman.

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