Oh, what a wild weekend it was. Outside of the basketball world, we saw a massive upset with Nate Diaz beating Conor McGregor in UFC 196. Inside the basketball world, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to knock off the — at the time — 55-5 Golden State Warriors.
What? How? Are you sure it wasn’t the Santa Cruz Warriors?
Yes, I’m sure. It wasn’t a close game, either, as the final score was 112-95 in favor of LA. A big reason the Warriors fell was that they only shot 4/30 (season-low 13%) from the three-point line; on two-point attempts they shot 53%. Such a poor shooting display from outside is an oddity for the Warriors, as Sunday marked just the third game this year where they shot less than 25% from outside.
The Lakers were led by D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, who scored 21 and 25 points, respectively. Russell added in five assists and four steals while Julius Randle was big on the boards, pulling in 14 rebounds. Overall, the Lakers had seven players in double-figures (Bryant, Randle, Clarkson, Russell, Huertas, Bass, and Young) compared to just two Warriors (Thompson and Curry).
Whether you believe it was great defense by the Lakers or poor offense by the Warriors comes down to optimism or pessimism. Of Golden State’s six losses this season, five have come by double-digits and all six have come by teams that are somewhat mediocre.
Golden State hosts Orlando on Monday while the Lakers play at home against the Magic on Tuesday.
Around The League
Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo continue to compile triple-doubles, and both recorded one on Sunday. Giannis tallied 26 points, 12 rebounds, and ten assists while adding three steals and four blocks. Westbrook had 15 points, ten boards, and eleven assists in a 104-96 win.
James Harden had one of his most efficient games of the season and put up 40 points, 14 assists, and only had one turnover against Toronto. Corey Brewer had 23 and Dwight Howard had 21 as the Rockets beat the Raptors 113-107.
The Blazers have cooled off severely and lost their third straight game against Detroit, 123-103. Reggie Jackson had 30 points and nine assists while Andre Drummond had 14 points and 18 rebounds.
OKC 104 – MIL 96
GSW 95 – LAL 112
PHX 109 – MEM 100
DAL 114 – DEN 116
POR 103 – DET 123
PHI 98 – MIA 103
HOU 113 – TOR 107