Hype? What Hype? The Golden State Warriors came out smoking hot in front of a raucous “Roaracle” Arena crowd. The other splash brother Klay Thompson couldn’t miss as he scored 27 points in the first half and finished with a career high 38 points. Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut held the Los Angeles Lakers to 32% shooting in the first half. Four Warriors starters finished with 4 or more assists which showed how the ball was moving tonight. Tonight the Warriors had the biggest opening night victory since they moved to the Bay Area as they dominated the Lakers 125-94.
It was fitting that David Lee scored the first basket for the Warriors this season. Many have forgotten that Lee, not Curry, was the lone All-Star for the Warriors last year. Lee looked as though there are no lingering effects from his hip injury he suffered last year in the playoffs. Not only was Lee automatic with his mid-range jumper and dominant on the boards but he was making some great transition passes. Lee finished his short night with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists without even playing in the 4th quarter.
Klay Thompson looked like a man on a mission tonight as he was hot from the start. There were only a handful of times last year that Klay took as much initiative as he did tonight. Not only was Klay on fire from the three point line but was driving the ball to the rack. Thompson finished the game with a career high 38 points and hopefully a swagger that will last for the rest of the season.
Preseason MVP Stephen Curry was not even needed tonight. Even though Curry finished with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists it seemed as though he hardly played.
It was fitting that Kobe Bryant showed up to the game in black because the Lakers were dead by the third quarter. The Warriors were running and gunning throughout the third quarter as they looked like the Harlem Globetrotters playing against the Washington Generals.
In the 4th quarter it looked as though the preseason never ended because the Warriors were playing Kent Bazemore, Ognjen Kuzmic, and Nemanja Nedovic. The thrashing of the Lakers helped preserve the bodies of the Warriors starters who will be needed tomorrow night at the Staples Center against the Clippers.