Dubs Unable to Slow Lakers Down in L.A.

The Warriors’ struggles on defense continued in Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers as they could not stop the Lakers’ early three-point barrage. Though Los Angeles entered the game with the 5th lowest three-point percentage in the NBA (31.8 percent), the Dubs watched as the Lakers made five treys and shoot 72.7 percent from the field (16-for-23) in the quarter to take an early 12-point lead, a lead the Dubs would not be able to overcome the remainder of the game in their 120-94 loss. D’Angelo Russell led all Dubs with 21 points in the effort, with Eric Paschall adding 15 off the bench.



Points Rebounds Assists
Russell – 33 Cauley-Stein – 11 Russell – 8
Poole / Chriss – 11 Green – 7 Green – 4
Burks – 10 3 Tied – 6 Burks – 3

Points Rebounds Assists
Gobert – 25 Gobert – 14 Ingles / Conley – 7
Mitchell – 23 Mitchell – 8 Mitchell – 6
Conley – 22 Mudiay / O’Neale – 4 O’Neale – 4

The Jazz, however, would soon take control of the game by simply out-executing the Warriors. Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell each scored over 20 points for the Jazz, who made 16 3-pointers while shooting better than 50 percent from distance for the majority for the game.

Rookie guard Jordan Poole tallied 11 points and Marquese Chriss and Alec Burks also scored in double figures for the Dubs, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Jazz, the top defensive team in the league that happened to outscore the Dubs by 21 on 3-pointers and 18 at the free throw line.

Draymond Green made his return to game action after missing the previous five games, finishing with four points, four assists and seven rebounds before drawing two technicals and getting ejected in the fourth quarter.

Also of note was rookie forward Eric Paschall playing against his childhood friend Donovan Mitchell. The lone Warrior with a positive differential (plus three) in 30 minutes, Paschall tallied eight points and six rebounds and two steals while Mitchell turned in 23 points and was a game-high plus-17 in his 33 minutes on the floor.

The loss, the fourth straight for the Dubs, drops the Warriors to 2-9 on the season, and it won’t get any easier on Friday when the team starts a spurt of five of six games on the road with a visit to Southern California to face the Lakers.


More Notables …

  • Friday marked the Warriors’ second-straight game vs. the Timberwolves that went into overtime… The Warriors fell, 131-130 on 3/29/19 at Minnesota last season.
  • This was the first game of the Warriors’ third set of back-to-backs this season with the set concluding tomorrow at Oklahoma City… The Warriors are 0-3 in the first game of back-to-backs this season.
  • Tonight marked Golden State’s first overtime game of the season… Golden State was 0-4 last season in overtime contests… The Warriors’ last overtime victory came on 12/18/17 at the Lakers (116-114).
  • The Warriors made 22-straight free throws before missing their first attempt in overtime, finishing 23-of-24 from the line.
  • D’Angelo Russell became the 14th player in Warriors-franchise history to score at least 50 points in a game… This is the first time he has scored 50-or-more in his career (five outings of 40-plus points)… Tonight marked the most points scored by a Warriors player this season (previous: Eric Paschall, 34 points on 11/4 vs. Portland)… Russell became the first Warriors player not named Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, or Klay Thompson to score 30-or-more points in consecutive-games played (had 30 on 11/1 vs. San Antonio) since Monta Ellis had two straight 30-point games during the 2011-12 season (2/18-2/20/12)… Prior to tonight, the last Warriors player not named Curry, Durant or Thompson to score at least 50 points was Jamal Crawford, 50 points on 12/20/08 at Charlotte… Tonight was the most points scored by a Warrior vs. the Timberwolves, surpassing the previous high of 46 points by Stephen Curry, 11/12/15 at Minnesota.
  • Jordan Poole has now made all 23 of his free throw attempts (two tonight), becoming the first Warrior in 20 years to begin a career with a free throw streak of 23-or-more makes from the line (Elias Sports Bureau)… Poole is the first Warriors rookie to make at least 23-straight free throws at any point of a season since Klay Thompson made 29-straight free throws during the 2011-12 (Elias Sports Bureau).
  • Eric Paschall recorded 12 points marking the fourth-straight game in which he scored in double figures.
  • Alec Burks posted a reserve-high 18 points and season-highs of nine rebounds and two blocks.


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