Stephen Curry’s NBA-record streak of consecutive games with a a 3-pointer has ended at 157. On Friday night, the young Los Angeles Lakers blew out Curry’s Golden State Warriors 117-97 in a stunning result. Luke Walton’s team out-fought, out-hustled and flat-out out played the Warriors from beginning to end.
The story off the game was Curry though. Los Angeles hounded the reigning unanimous NBA MVP, and he finished the night 5-for-17 from the field and a shocking 0-for-10 from 3-point range. Curry finished with just 13 points.
The Lakers certainly aren’t going to be contending for a title this year, but the team’s young roster is going to be a whole lot of fun. Julius Randle finished the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Lou Williams (20), D'Angelo Russell (17), Larry Nance Jr. (12), Brandon Ingram (12) and Nick Young (12) all ended the game in double figures.
More than anything, the Lakers’ defense was impressive Friday night. They held a Warriors team averaging an NBA-best 115.4 points per game to just 97. In addition to that, Curry didn’t hit a shot from beyond the arc for the first time since November 11, 2014 against the San Antonio Spurs.
Kevin Durant tried to keep the Warriors in the contest by dropping 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, but it wasn’t enough. The Lakers just simply wanted it more.
Los Angeles is in the middle of what could be a lengthy rebuilding process, but wins like Friday night’s will be big as signposts along the way. It was a statement that when things are right, the Lakers can battle with the best. Talent isn’t an issue for this squad, but consistency will be. It was a huge night for Walton’s bunch.