Lakers Blow Out Warriors At Home To Improve To 3-0

The Lakers are 21-2 all-time against the Warriors at Staples Center.

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Lakers Dominate Warriors, Win 107-83

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pau Gasol scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, as the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Golden State Warriors, 107-83, at Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who have won three in a row to begin the season for the first time since winning seven straight to commence the 2008-09 campaign. Lamar Odom chipped in with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Monta Ellis finished with 20 points for the Warriors, who had opened the season with wins over the Clippers and Rockets. Dorell Wright had 18 points and five boards.

Golden State was without the services of guard Stephen Curry (sprained ankle).

The Lakers came out of the gates on fire, as they started the game on a 14-2 run. Andris Biedrins' jumper cut the gap to six, 18-12, with over five minutes to play in the first quarter.

Los Angeles, though, ended the stanza on a 16-2 spurt. Bryant tallied eight points during the flurry, which Odom scored the final six points of for a 34-14 lead after 12 minutes.

The Warriors scored the first 11 points of the second period. Ellis' three- pointer cut the deficit to 34-25 with under eight minutes remaining. The Lakers got back on track quickly, and Gasol's two free throws made it a 56-35 game. Golden State's Charlie Bell made a three-pointer before the break.

A evenly-played third quarter resulted in LA taking an 81-64 advantage into the fourth.

The Lakers put the game away with 12 straight points in the early stages of the final frame.

Los Angeles won all four meetings with rival Golden State a year ago and is unbeaten in the previous 10 matchups in this series. The Lakers have also won 24 of the past 27 encounters with the Warriors, losers in five straight and 21 of their last 23 contests at the Lakers...Los Angeles forward Luke Walton (hamstring) missed the game...The Lakers made 23-of-30 free throws, while the Warriors went 6-of-13 from the charity stripe.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors: Stephen Curry Out, Plus Pregame Notes

Tonight's battle of undefeated teams at Staples Center is tilted even more heavily in favor of the Los Angeles Lakers. Guard Stephen Curry, who re-injured his sprained right ankle Friday night against the Clippers, is out tonight for the Golden State Warriors. In fact, Curry isn't even with the team, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

Warriors G Stephen Curry will not travel to LA for Sunday’s game against Lakers due to sprained right ankle.  He is listed as day-to-day.

Here are tonight's probable starting lineups, as well as injury reports for both teams.

Warriors

In addition to Curry, forwards Lou Amundson (fractured right index finger) and Ekpe Udoh (left wrist surgery) are out for Golden State/

Lakers

Andrew Bynum, who is out until at least Thanksgiving while recovering from right knee surgery, is the constant on the Laker injury report right now. Luke Walton is listed as doubtful, and he likely won't play, as he has a strained right hamstring. Theo Ratliff is listed as probable with a sore left knee.

For more Lakers new and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors: Expect A High-Scoring Game

Tonight's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors is not only a battle of undefeated teams, but figures to be a high-paced affair. In the early going this season, the Lakers and Warriors are fifth and seventh in the NBA, respectively, in pace rating:

Team Pace Rtg* NBA Rank
Lakers 99.0 5th
Warriors 98.3 7th
*Pace Rtg is an estimate of possessions per 48 minutes

The Lakers have played at a high pace in the first two games, a contrast from last season when they were ranked 14th in the league with 92.8 possessions per game. The Warriors led the NBA in pace last season, and in three of the last four seasons as well. The one season that Golden State didn't lead the NBA in pace rating, they finished second.

The Warriors are similar in style to the Lakers' first two opponents, making for some exciting basketball, writes C.A. Clark of Silver Screen and Roll:

I mean, c'mon NBA. For a team like the Lakers, the regular season can be a bit of grind, and that sentiment can extend to the fanbase as well. Let's face it, for a team with its eyes on postseason glory, the whole process of getting to that postseason is a bit of an afterthought. But did the NBA really have to drive that point home by scheduling the same team for the Lakers' first three games? Fast pace, offensive firepower, little to no defense, you might as well combine these three teams and call them the Golden Phoenix Rockets. Actually, that sounds kind of awesome. Who says contraction is a bad idea?

Then again, if the beginning of this NBA season has lacked a bit of variety when it comes to our opponents, it certainly has not lacked in quality entertainment. For the general public, an up-and-down game with lots of points is always going to have the watchability edge over teams that dig in and slow the game down. So perhaps we should be thanking the league for easing us into the season and not forcing a slow down slug-fest against a team like the Bobcats or Hornets.

Of course, with Stephen Curry out tonight, the Warriors won't be as potent offensively, but expect an up-and-down affair tonight at Staples Center, perhaps not unlike last night's football game between USC and Oregon at the Coliseum.

For more Lakers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Look To Stay Undefeated Hosting Warriors At Staples Center

The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay undefeated as they host the Golden State Warriors tonight at Staples Center. Golden State, like the Lakers, is 2-0, but they will be without Stephen Curry, who re-injured his sprained right ankle in Friday night's win over the Clippers, also at Staples Center.

The Lakers have beaten the Warriors nine straight times, and have won 23 of the last 26 meetings between the two teams. The Lakers have not lost a season series to Golden State since 1994-1995. They are 20-2 against the Warriors at Staples Center.

Lakers' head coach Jackson, with Friday's win in Phoenix, became the fastest coach in NBA history to 1,100 wins, and is the only coach in history to win 70% of his games (70.5%). Under Jackson, the Lakers are 33-7 against the Warriors.

The Lakers' big men have flourished in their two opening wins. Lamar Odom is averaging 16.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game, while Pau Gasol is averaging 25.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. Gasol nearly had a triple-double Friday night in Phoenix, with 21 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists in the Lakers' 114-106 defeat of the Suns.

Luke Walton missed the first two games with a strained right hamstring, but was upgraded to doubtful for tonight's game. However, Walton is still expected to miss tonight's game, but will try to play Tuesday against Memphis.

Tonight's game is at 6:30 p.m. PDT, and will be televised on Fox Sports West.

For more Lakers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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