During a game when LeBron James left early because of an injury, the Los Angeles Lakers opened a can of whoop-ass on the Golden State Warriors with a 127-101 beating in Oakland Christmas Day.
James was officially listed as questionable to return after straining his left groin in the third quarter, but the Lakers kept him out for the remainder of the game. The four-time NBA MVP still contributed 17 points and 13 rebounds in 21 minutes before departing.
Per ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, Lakers head coach Luke Walton said after the game James will have an MRI on Wednesday.
Head coach Luke Walton was able to rally his team thanks to another strong game from Ivica Zubac. The third-year center finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Tuesday’s victory is the biggest of the season for the Lakers, who have struggled with an 8-9 record away from Staples Center.
Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 19 points. Rajon Rondo had a double-double off the bench with 15 points and 10 assists in 23 minutes.
Stephen Curry struggled to find his rhythm, scoring 15 points on just 5-of-17 shooting. Kevin Durant led all Warriors starters with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.