The Lakers Dominate The Warriors On Halloween
It’s hard to fathom how people draw comparisons between the Yankees of basketball to their South Beach rivals, as the ” best team money can buy” is in line to pay $25 million dollars in luxury tax this season, while Miami isn’t ranked in the top ten payrolls of the NBA.
What a luxury it is to be able to pay a nucleus of Kobe Bryant ($24.8 million), Pau Gasol ($17.8 million) and Lamar Odom ($8.2 million) – while still breaking off Andrew Bynum ($13.7 million) to chill and get healthy.
Not hating, merely stating fact.
And while the HEAT have already played two of the top four teams in the NBA so far, the Los Angeles Lakers soft early-season schedule hasn’t provided a true gage of where they currently stand amongst the league’s elite.
Sunday night was no different.
Dominating from the outset, the Lakers cruised to a 107-83 victory against a short-handed Warrior team playing without one of their best players, Steph Curry (ankle)…..
The Lakers (3-0) as usual, were led by Pau Gasol (26 points+12 boards), Kobe Bryant (20 points+7 assists) and Lamar Odom (16 points+14 rebounds). Odom continued his torrid start to the season, registering his third double-double in four games, and is now averaging 16 points + 15 rebounds on the season.
Don’t expect the Lakers to slow down against inferior competition either, especially with Kobe Bryant proclaiming that his knee is 100% after Sunday’s win.
The Warriors were never in the game from the jump-ball, as the Lakers jumped out to a 12-0 lead and led 34-14 at the end of the 1st. Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 20 points, who shot 40.9% from the field as a team.
Ya’ll boy David Lee continued his horrendous start for the Warriors, scoring no points, grabbing three rebounds and committing five turnovers in 19 minutes. Lee signed a $80 million dollar contract over the summer.
Shockingly, rookie Jeremy Lin actually contributed on the floor for the Warriors, nabbing four steals and dishing out three assists in 16 minutes. Lin played his most quality stretch of basketball since the summer league, and is finally showing signs that he can play on the NBA level – and is not just a PR sideshow/circus act.
Former Warrior Matt Barnes played his best game of the young season for the Lakers (7 points, 6 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal) in 23 minutes.