What a difference a week makes, huh? Last Sunday night, the Lakers were busy losing their second straight game, giving up a franchise record 22 three-pointers to the Phoenix Suns. This Sunday night, all is much more calm in Laker land, thanks to a perfect road trip on which the Lakers laid waste to the midwest, winning all three games. The Lakers beat Milwaukee, Detroit, and Minnesota on the road by an average of nearly 14 points, winning each game by double digits.
Tonight, the Lakers return home to more familiar trappings to face the Golden State Warriors, a team they have beaten 10 straight times. The Lakers have beaten the Warriors five straight times at home, and are 21-2 all-time against Golden State at Staples Center. The Lakers are 24-3 in their last 27 games against Golden State, including a 107-83 win at home on October 31. The Warriors are 2-4 on the road this season.
However, that Halloween win was against a Warriors squad without their second-best player, guard Stephen Curry. Curry is averaging 20.4 points game this season. Fellow backcourt mate Monta Ellis is averaging 27.7 points per game, which ranks second in the NBA. In the 10 games Curry and Ellis have played together, they have combined for 47.7 points per contest. That makes Currey and Ellis the third-highest-scoring duo in the NBA, behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City (51.9 points per game).
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are the second-highest-scoring duo, averaging 48.5 points per contest. Bryant has topped 30 points four times in his last six games, and is averaging 29.8 points per contest during that span. Gasol has seven straight double-doubles and has had a double-double in 11 of 13 games this season.
Sunday's 6:30 p.m. PST game will be televised on Prime Ticket.
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