Golden State Warriors thrash LA Lakers in Shanghai
Klay Thompson scores 25 points as Warriors win 115-89 in a preseason NBA game
Associated Press in Shanghai
Klay Thompson scored 25 points, going five-of-six from three-point range, as the Golden State Warriors routed the Los Angeles Lakers 115-89 in a preseason NBA game in Shanghai on Friday night.
David Lee added 16 points and Draymond Green had 14 points and six rebounds for the Warriors, who beat the Lakers 100-95 in Beijing on Tuesday.
“It’s always good to beat [the Lakers],” Thompson said. “I’ve seen them rule the state of California for far too long so we want Golden State to be the team out west and it starts even tonight in the preseason.”
Shanghai native Yao Ming, who watched the game courtside, got a huge cheer from the crowd before the game, but the loudest ovation went to the injured Kobe Bryant when he joined the Lakers bench in the fourth quarter.
Bryant is sitting out the start of the season as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon.
Pau Gasol was the only Laker in double digits, scoring 16 points. The club struggled from three-point range, going just six for 24.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Gasol said. “We’ve still got to make sure we work really hard these next 11 days before opening night so the team is really ready to go. We’ve got to be ready to go from the beginning.”
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said, however, he wasn’t worried about his team’s performances in China.
“We’re pretty excited about what we can do. This is not normal. This is preseason and it doesn’t matter come January if you won four games or six games or one game,” D’Antoni said.
The Warriors opened up a close game with a 26-5 run late in the third quarter to take an 84-68 lead late in the period. Golden State got 13 points from Thompson during the run, including three 3-pointers.
“I got lucky tonight,” Thompson said. “I got a lot of wide-open shots.”
The only slight concern for the team came three minutes into the game when Andrew Bogut left with back spasms after scoring a lay-up and didn’t return. The Australian centre has battled injuries in recent years – only playing 32 regular season games for the Warriors last year – but has been fit coming into this season.
“There’s no concern,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “He actually waved me off and wanted to stay in the ballgame, but we’ve got plenty of time to make sure he’s healthy and whole and that’s important closing out this preseason.”
The Shanghai game was the final edition of the NBA’s Global Games, part of the league’s efforts to expand its brand by playing preseason games in China, Brazil, Turkey, the Philippines, Taiwan, Spain and Britain.