At this point, there's no such thing as a bad win for the Warriors. But Saturday night's 102-83 victory over the Lakers certainly qualified as an ugly win in front of a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena that had some trouble staying awake. The Warriors (15-13) won for only the fourth time in their past nine games and probably needed to be facing the ailing Lakers (13-14) just to lock up the latest victory. The Lakers, who were without five of their top 10 players and playing their third consecutive set of back-to-back games, committed 24 turnovers that led to 28 Warriors points and shot just 32.5 percent from the floor. Still, the Warriors plodded along in a tight game for 2 1/2 quarters before realizing that they could take advantage of a squad missing Steve Blake (torn ulnar collateral ligament), Kobe Bryant (fracture of the lateral tibial plateau), Jordan Farmar (hamstring tear), Pau Gasol (upper respiratory infection) and Steve Nash (nerve root irritation in the back). "Obviously, with no Kobe and no Pau, they were missing their two best players," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "...I told the guys, 'What we don't want to do is let any more opportunities slip.' We felt tonight - even if they had Pau Gasol - we were in our building and playing against a team that we're supposed to beat. "The mind-set was to handle the business, and we did that." Twelve of the Lakers' 14 players have started at least once this season, and they used their 12th different starting lineup Saturday. They looked like a unit that hadn't logged much time together, and the Warriors finally took advantage in the third quarter - when the Lakers coughed up seven turnovers and made just 3 of 21 field-goal attempts (14.3 percent).
Warriors have shortcomings in blowout of Lakers
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 22