The Los Angeles Lakers puled off a blinder to hand the defending Champions, Golden State Warriors, their sixth defeat in the season. The Warriors lost 112-95 as they recorded their worst performance in the season. Sunday nights loss was regarded as one of the major losses in the NBA history.
As per the ESPN reports, Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell led the young Lakers’ unit to victory scoring 25 and 21 points respectively. Kobe Bryant too chipped in with 12-points but wasn’t available in the fourth quarter.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, “The teams had a .727 difference in win percentage, making the Lakers’ win the biggest upset in NBA history.”
“We got what we deserved,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “When the ball doesn’t go in, you have to win with energy and defence and toughness, and we didn’t have any of that.”
“I joke with Steph all the time that this team is full of millennials, and millennials can’t focus,” Kerr said, “so we looked like millennials today. We weren’t locked in at all. We weren’t focused. But every team is going to have a tough time being locked in for 82 games. It’s hard.”
According to Bleacher Report, Steph Curry scored 18 points while Klay Thompson managed to put 15 points as Warriors did nothing in the game to improve their offense. Sources note that a team which averages nearly 13 long-range shootings, missed 26 of 30 attempts.
“I would say 24 of them were good shots that just missed,” Curry said. “It happens.”
The Lakers did manage to improve their record in Sunday night’s game to 13-51 while the Warriors fell to 55-6.
“We haven’t brought our A-plus game, but we’ve found different ways to win,” Curry said. “That’s what we’ve been most proud of this year. Today could have been the same story had we made shots in the third quarter and not dug ourselves such a huge hole.”
“It happens,” said Draymond Green, who just missed a triple-double, with nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. “It just can’t happen anymore.”