Warriors vs. Lakers Game Recap: No Kobe, No Problem

Seven Lakers (9-19) scored in double figures en route to a 115-105 victory over the Warriors (23-4) on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The loss was just Golden State's second in its last 20 games.  

The emergence of Marreese Speights has made all of the difference for the Golden State Warriors. The fact that David Lee has been injured most of the season, and the team still has the best record in the league is a sign of how good they truly are under new head coach Steve Kerr.

We all know that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the straw that stirs the drink for Golden State, but you have to give credit to Harrison Barnes for consistently hitting a wide number of outside shots when called upon.

“(The Lakers) made some great individual plays, but I think we might have let them get too comfortable in the first quarter where they got their rhythm,” Stephen Curry said. “We never left our imprint on the game like we needed to. We got in a situation where we had to rely on a comeback. And we got to 10 in the third quarter, and at that point we’re at their mercy if they’re hitting tough shots.”

“They kicked our (butts). They were much better than we were.” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “We weren't ready to play. We started turning the ball over immediately. We never had any energy, which is going to happen occasionally in the NBA with 82 games.”

With Kobe Bryant given the night off, Carlos Boozer led L.A. with 18 points, while finishing one rebound shy of a double-double. Ronnie Price’s 17 points were one away from his career-high, and he also recorded eight assists and three steals. Ed Davis connected on all seven of his shots to end with 14 points, while Nick Young (15), Wesley Johnson (14), Wayne Ellington (12) and Jeremy Lin (11) all surpassed 10 points.

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