Warriors top Lakers for 10th straight win
LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Durant had 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors won their 10th straight with a 109-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center.
Stephen Curry scored 24 points and dished out five assists for the Warriors (14-2), who own the best record in the NBA. Klay Thompson contributed 18 points and seven rebounds, while Draymond Green added 12 points and eight rebounds for Golden State, which beat the Lakers for the second time in three days.
Eight of the Warriors' victories during the streak have been in double figures.
Jordan Clarkson had 20 points to lead the Lakers (8-9). Lou Williams added 13 points, while Larry Nance Jr. chipped in 11 points and seven boards.
Injuries robbed the Lakers of three of their starters. Point guard D'Angelo Russell missed his third game with a sore left knee, while forward Julius Randle sat out his second with a hip pointer. Shooting guard Nick Young (sore left toe) also was unavailable.
The Warriors lost Green and reserve guard Ian Clark after the two collided in the third quarter. Green suffered a left ankle contusion when he landed on Clark, who fell under the basket. Clark apparently sustained an injury to his throat. Neither returned to the game.
The Warriors used a third-quarter burst to take command. A 19-7 spurt to open the quarter boosted Golden State to a 72-50 advantage after a reverse layup by Green midway through the quarter. They led 80-64 heading into the final period.
The Warriors' lead never dipped below double digits.
The Warriors had 31 assists to 20 for the Lakers. It marked the 10th consecutive game the Warriors recorded at least 30 assists. They had a franchise-record 47 in Wednesday's 43-point blowout of the Lakers.
The Warriors led 53-43 at the break. They outshot the Lakers 47.7 percent to 35.6 percent. Golden State also converted 7 of 14 (50 percent) from long distance compared to 3 of 10 (30 percent) for Los Angeles.
For the game, the Warriors shot 51.8 percent to 35.6 percent for the Lakers. Golden State converted 11 of 28 (39.3 percent) from 3-point range to 5 of 22 (22.7 percent) for Los Angeles.