And to think, if you believe Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Klay Thompson was close to being a reserve.

The sidekick in the Splash Brothers duo turned out to be the best player on the court Wednesday night. His career-high 38 points highlighted Golden State's 125-94 embarrassment of the Los Angeles Lakers, who played without Steve Nash.

"It felt great," Thompson said. "That's what we live for. It's crazy. I never imagined I'd have 38 points in three quarters. But, you know what, you can surprise yourself sometimes."

The Thompson-led onslaught was the largest margin of victory on opening night in Warriors history.

Golden State never trailed, leading by as much as 35 points. The game was so one-sided, it was hard to discern whether Golden State is that good or the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers are that bad.
The Warriors are expected to get a much more stern test Thursday night. They conclude their first back-to-back set at the Los Angeles Clippers, who are no doubt still smarting from the shocking loss the Lakers handed them Tuesday.

"It's going to be a battle," point guard Stephen Curry said. "They won the division last year, so we're trying to get to where they are. We understand they didn't play as well as some people probably expected for their first game. And your home opener is a big deal, so they'll want to protect their home court. So it's a big task for us."