|David Lee, PF 27 MIN | 8-13 FG | 8-9 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | +27The Lakers tried helping off Lee early in the contest and paid dearly for the strategy. The southpaw was often the recipient of passes while on the move and he caught them with his strong mitts and got himself to the basket for scores. Furthermore, he punished the smaller defenders that guarded him down on the block.|
|Andrew Bogut, C 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +17Bogut was really good in this contest but actually benched himself because of fouls he committed. Nonetheless, he protected the basket quite well and cleaned up the boards in limited minutes.|
|Stephen Curry, PG 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +28Steph committed a few bad fouls and had to hold back a little, but he helped the Dubs build on their sizable halftime lead in the third quarter. He was seemingly around every loose ball and made a few solid defensive rotations that flustered the Lakers.|
|Andre Iguodala, SG 28 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +28In his first game with the Warriors, Iguodala was exactly who the Dubs signed in the offseason. He defended on the wing, helped shut down Nick Young and also assisted in creating a few turnovers with his long arms. In addition, he did a good job of sharing the ball and creating highlight plays.|
|Klay Thompson, SG 31 MIN | 15-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 38 PTS | +30Thompson brought a flamethrower into this contest. He made practically every shot he took and even forced the Lakers to send soft double-teams at him every now and then. At one point, it looked as though Klay stopped looking at the basket altogether. All he had to do was shoot and it was money.|
Two Things We Saw
- Golden State rotated early and often in the paint. They made it difficult for the Lakers to get any clean looks at the basket.
- The Dubs often got caught with their hands in the cookie jar in this one. They spent large stretches of the night reaching in to swipe at the ball and also were a little too aggressive with their perimeter defense. Ultimately it helped create turnovers and got the Warriors out on the break, but it’s something to keep an eye on going forward.