The Los Angeles Lakers have accomplished what seems to be the most unlikely of tasks this season, and defeated the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have been dominant all season, and the Lakers have been one of the worst.
The Lakers were also playing without Kobe Bryant in their win last night, and clearly no one thought that they would have a chance to beat the team with the NBA’s best record with a record of 8-19 coming into the game. The Warriors are now 23-4 after losing to the Lakers.
The final score of the game was 115-105, and it is easily the biggest upset in the NBA so far this year. Bryant sat out during the game in order to rest as coach Byron Scott thought it would be good for him to rest up and prepare for the next game.
As a veteran for the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant was averaging 35.5 minutes through the first 27 games, and he was only shooting 37.2 percent. At the age of 36, he recently passed Michael Jordan to become the 3rd highest scorer in NBA history.
With arguably the NBA’s best back-court, the Golden State Warriors are led by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and while they still put up big numbers, it was somehow not enough to beat the desperate Lakers.
The Lakers shocked everyone with their big win, and Nick Young shared his thoughts on the game when saying “It was a good team win. We just had a lot of energy, and it was a lot of fun from the start. From the locker room to the court, we felt good. Some guys just played free tonight and did their thing. They had no handcuffs on them.”
The Lakers received help from Carlos Boozer playing his new part off the bench, and also the first start from Wayne Ellington, playing in Kobe’s place, and scoring 12 points. He was one of seven players on the team to score in double figures.
The Los Angeles Lakers face the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day, while the Golden State Warriors will travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers in the night game.[Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons]