The shorthanded Golden State Warriors played Los Angeles Lakers nearly even through two and a half quarters, trailing by nine at halftime and evening the game on an Andre Iguodala three-pointer at 63-63 in the third quarter. However, a Pau Gasol up and under, a Nick Young three pointer, and a bucket from Jordan Farmar put the Lakers ahead by seven with 1:32 left in the third quarter.
The Warriors followed a timeout with two stagnant offensive possessions, as can be expected when a team’s two best creators are missing, and watched the Lakers push the lead to 12 to close the quarter.
While their score would not entirely reflect it, the Warriors seemed to feel the absence of anything resembling a point guard. The 95 points came on a disproportionately high number of offensive possessions, meaning the Warriors had a relatively inefficient scoring night against a poor Los Angeles defense.
Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and David Lee were all able to create occasional offensive opportunities, but without Curry and Iguodala to draw defensive attention Lee and Thompson could not score efficiently. Stephen Curry’s return should alleviate the scoring woes. The absence of Iguodala, however, may put the defense to test, and the bench remains weak without Toney Douglas and Jermaine O’Neal.