LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers were handed another defeat on the season, while the Miami Heat also dropped a game on Sunday in NBA action on Nov. 16.
Stephen Curry collected 30 points and 15 assists for Golden State to top Kobe Bryant’s game-high 44 points for Los Angeles, as the Warriors brushed aside the Lakers 136-115 at STAPLES Center.
Curry shot 10 of 19 from the field and knocked down 5 of 8 from three-pointers in the victory.
“We had a great start to the game. We were focused at both ends of the floor and we made it as tough as possible on them at the defensive end,” Curry told reporters after the game.
“Our defense definitely made Kobe make some tough ones. If you make him work, hopefully you’ll wear him down. And we were able to do that.”
Forward Marreese Speights scored 24 points and nine rebounds, Klay Thompson finished with 18 points and Andrew Bogut added a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win for the Warriors (8-2), who improved to 4-1 on the road this season.
Bryant led the struggling Lakers with 44 points on 15 for 34 shooting from the floor.
The 36-year-old veteran guard scored 17 points in the first quarter and 28 points at halftime, but the Lakers still trailed 74-55 at the interval.
Bryant also attempted 24 shot from the field in the first half, the most by a player “since at least the 1996-97 season,” but his efforts were out-matched by an impressive Warriors team, which got off to a fast start.
“They came out and knocked down shots and put us in a hole pretty quick,” Bryant said after the Lakers got off to the franchise worst 1-9 start.
“We’re not getting back in transition and giving up a lot of points.
“We’ve got to give ourselves an opportunity to play half-court defense. … They’re running the ball and shooting in transition in five seconds before you really get an opportunity.”
Jordan Hill scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Ed Davis, Robert Sacre and Jordan Clarkson all added 10 points, as they combined for 16 of 33 in the defeat for Los Angeles, which is now 1-5 at home.
“I’d rather get guys involved early. That’s always the intent,” Bryant said. “But when you go down 10-12 points in the hole, man, I’ve got to try to keep us in the ballgame at some point.
“The responsibility is on me. I mean, when things go good, it’s us. When things go bad, it’s me.”
Harrison Barnes had 14 points, Draymond Green finished with 10 points and eight boards and Andre Iguodala scored 10 points in the win for Golden State, who now won three straight.
Warriors rookie head coach Steve Kerr was always confident about his team’s ability to win in L.A., but revealed that he was happy that Bryant’s big outing didn’t eventually hurt the travelers.
“I think that just says that he’s still Kobe and he can get 44,” Kerr said. “As long as it doesn’t hurt us too much and the game’s going our way, then we’re going to play him straight up.
“Kobe’s Kobe, and he’s always going to score — no matter how old he is. I’m sure it’s tough on him, but he’s such a competitor.”
MIAMI HEAT BEATEN AT HOME FOR THE THIRD TIME
The Miami Heat were beaten 91-84 by the Milwaukee Bucks at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Both teams are now 5-5 on the season.
Brandon Knight scored 20 points and rookie forward Jabari Parker added 13 points and six rebounds for the Bucks, which also got 11 points apiece from Larry Sanders, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zaza Pachulia.
Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 18 points, with Shawne Williams finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat for Miami, which played again without All-Star guard Dwyane Wade.
The struggling Heat were losing for the third successive time.
“We have to figure it out,” Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said afterwards.
NBA SCORES AND RESULTS ON NOV. 16
Houston Rockets 69 (9-1), Oklahoma City Thunder 65 (3-8)
Milwaukee Bucks 91 (5-5), Miami Heat 84 (5-5)
New York Knicks 109 (3-8), Denver Nuggets 93 (2-7)
Golden State Warriors 136 (8-2), Los Angeles Lakers 114 (1-9)