Still, his 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the game helped save his entire team from embarrassment after the Lakers almost blew a 14-point lead to Russell Westbrook, who scored 17 of his 34 points in a five-minute span in the fourth quarter.
It was such an offensive clinic that the Warriors made 53 shots and 47 of them were assisted on, which set a franchise record.
Eleven-year veteran Jose Calderon started for Russell against OKC so Walton could keep intact a second unit that ranks first in the National Basketball Association with an average of 51.6 points a game.
I will pick the Golden State Warriors to win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Kevin Durant had 28 and Klay Thompson scored 26.
Brandon Ingram and backups Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams had 16 points apiece for the Lakers, who handed the Warriors one of their nine losses last season as well.
It was so bad at the end of the first half the Warriors were shooting 55 percent on 3-pointers and 55 percent on free throws-on the exact same amount of attempts. He finished with 40 points. The Warriors hadn’t scored that many points in a contest since the 1991-1992 season, back when Tim Hardaway was passing the rock to Chris Mullin and Mitch Rich- I mean, Billy Owens. “When you have a lot of new guys, we’ve gotta get more confident in our communication”. That said, everyone on the roster but Patrick McCaw did score some points, and those add up. He sat out Friday against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Pelicans have won five of seven and are 3-0 since Jrue Holiday returned after missing the first 12 games to be with his sick wife.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points.
Atlanta’s Dwight Howard had 23 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Hawks past IN 96-85. Young jammed his pointer toe during Tuesday’s win against the Thunder before scoring just eight points on 3-of-8 shooting against the Warriors.
Offseason pickup and Oracle-crowd favorite Javale McGee had another efficient night off the bench with eight points and four rebounds in a mere nine minutes.
Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 24 points. Russell, 20, had the procedure in Los Angeles under Dr. Steve Yoon.
Harrison Barnes had 22 to lead the Mavericks. Not to be outdone, the Warriors hung and 80 on the Lakers in the first half.
Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Kings over slumping Oklahoma City 116-101.
Darren Collison had 21 points for the Kings, who sank 12 3-pointers. D’Angelo Russell has already missed two of the Los Angeles Lakers las three games because of a sore left knee. He added six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block and was right in the thick of things as the Thunder fought back brilliantly from a 14-point deficit with 6:44 left in the game.