NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 26 29 27 12 94
LA Lakers 38 29 31 22 120
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , November 13, 2019
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 18,997

Surging Lakers welcome battered Warriors

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

  1. The Lakers are 5-19 (.208) against the Warriors since 2013-14. The Warriors have had a winning record versus the Lakers in six consecutive seasons, tied with the Rockets' currently active streak for the second-longest streak versus the Lakers all-time. Only the Celtics (seven straight from 1955-56 to 1961-62) have ever posted a longer streak of winning seasons versus the Lakers.
  2. Golden State has lost four straight games; one more loss would give the team its first five-game losing streak under Steve Kerr (since 2014-15). The Warriors have had just five losing streaks of three or more games in this span.
  3. Over his last three games, D'Angelo Russell has scored 115 points (38.3 ppg) and has 20 assists (6.7 apg). In the last 35 seasons, only four Warriors have reached these marks in a three-game span: Russell, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Monta Ellis.
  4. Los Angeles has won at least eight of its first 10 games for the first time since 2010-11 (also 8-2). The Lakers beat the Suns last night despite allowing a season-high 115 points. Last season, they allowed at least 115 points in five of their first 10 games.
  5. LeBron James is averaging 11.0 assists through 10 games this season (110 total). His previous high through 10 player games of a season was 97 in 2016-17 with the Cavaliers.
  6. The Lakers are allowing 11.9 points per game fewer than they did last season, the largest improvement in the NBA. The Warriors are allowing 10.0 points per game more than they did last season, the second-largest increase in the NBA (Memphis, +12.9).

Two clubs heading in opposite directions meet Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

The Lakers host the Golden State Warriors in the second game of back-to-back contests for Los Angeles. The Lakers won for the eighth time in nine games by earning a 123-115 road win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

An ailing Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Davis has been playing through a sore right shoulder but also took a shot to the ribs against the Suns.

Multiple reports on Wednesday afternoon said Davis would not play Wednesday night to rest his sore shoulder and ribs.

Kyle Kuzma had his best game of the season off the bench with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including two clutch 3-pointers down the stretch. LeBron James added 19 points, 11 assists and seven boards.

Los Angeles recorded 39 assists, the most for a Lakers team since 2009. Phoenix had 32.

The Lakers' passing game helped dictate the outcome.

"It was key. We talked about it a lot over the last couple of days after the Toronto loss," James said referring to a Sunday defeat to the Raptors. "(Monday), we talked about how we could not only get good shots but great shots. Tonight, we showed that."

The Lakers will look to blow past the woeful Warriors, who have lost four in a row and seven of their past eight contests. Despite their recent troubles, it isn't all doom and gloom in the Bay Area.

"We understand it's a long season," said rookie forward Eric Paschall, who had eight points and six rebounds Monday in Golden State's 122-108 setback to the Utah Jazz in San Francisco. Paschall is averaging 15.6 points per game. "We play the game of basketball to win. We have a team full of competitors that want to win."

Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell scored 33 points, including 18 in a row in the third, and dished out eight assists against the Jazz. Russell has scored at least 30 points in four straight games, all defeats.

Draymond Green returned after missing five games with an injured index finger. Green, however, was ineffective, finishing with four points, four assists and seven rebounds in 22 minutes before being ejected early in the fourth quarter.

"It's discouraging to be 2-9, but it's a long season and there is no reason why we can't get on a run, win some games and start to feel better about things," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, referring to the team's record.

Injuries continue to plague the Warriors. In addition to All-Stars Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and Klay Thompson (left knee, ACL) being out, center Kevon Looney (neuropathy), guard Damion Lee (fractured right hand) and center Omari Spellman (left ankle sprain) aren't expected to play Wednesday.

Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, who missed the opening nine games due to a strained right calf, made his season debut against the Suns. Rondo had five points, seven assists and six rebounds in 14 minutes. Rondo is not expected to play Wednesday in the second of back-to-back games.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 13, 2019

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