Durant leads Warriors' 2nd straight win over Lakers, 109-85

Golden State followed up its 43-point win in Oakland on Wednesday with another comfortable victory in these clubs' third regular-season game in three weeks, although Kerr and Walton didn't see much to like about a sloppy post-holiday contest.

PG - Stephen Curry / SG - Klay Thompson / SF - Kevin Durant / PF - Draymond Green / C - Zaza Pachulia. The 24-year-old has produced 12 double-digit scoring performances, which includes three games of 20 or more points. Most impressively of all, the Warriors tallied an assist on 47 (!?!) of their 53 made buckets, a franchise record (albeit one that gave dubious credit to some hockey assists).

"That's the beauty of our team is that we have so many passers", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "No, we'll have one before game time". Jose Calderon started in his place against the Thunder and performed admirably with 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers.

The 19-year-old was aggressive offensively throughout the night looking to be a factor off the dribble and finding his spots on the floor. Additionally, the end of their bench might be getting a tad larger, as their first round draft pick Damian Jones suited up for his D-League debut.

After the game, former Warriors assistant coach and current Los Angeles head coach Luke Walton said: "The 47 assists on [53] field goals is one of the greatest stats I've ever heard or seen". "I just liked how he was engaged tonight". But obviously, Randle didn't look like the way he plays the last couple games before that. But if the Warriors play like this, there are very few things, free throw shooting included, on planet Earth that can stop them. He is second on the revitalized Lakers with 16.1 points per game, and he leads the team with 4.8 assists.

It was just the Clippers' second loss in 13 games as they fell to 7-1 away from home.

Even after a shaky start that saw the offense learn how to work together with its new pieces, the Warriors are now leading the leading the league in offense by a mile. They were poor at the back, allowing Warriors to score nearly 150 points.

Back in the 80s (or so my father tells me - I wasn't alive back then), the juggernauts of the East and West were the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, respectively.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Oladipo needed to clear out of the area on that play. "I was just trying to figure everybody out in that starting group and just play", said an Orange County Register article. Obviously having three starters out, having to play guys out of position and big minutes, I think, made the challenge more hard.

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. Los Angeles (8-9) tried to reintroduce that fight from the first meeting but was outdueled. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge.

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