Tuesday on NBA

By Don Phillips
Tuesday, January 5
at L.A. Lakers
10:30 p.m.

On November 24th in their first meeting with the Lakers, the Warriors became the first team in NBA history to start a season with a 16-0 record with the win over the Los Angeles Lakers, extending their franchise-best winning streak to 20-straight games (dating back to the end of the 2014-15 campaign)… The victory marked Golden State’s franchise-best 27th-straight home win… The Warriors finished with 32 assists on 45 made field goals, while matching a season-low with eight turnovers (three in the first half)… Golden State allowed 11 points in the first quarter, the fewest points scored by a Warriors opponent in any frame this season… The game was tied twice in the first minutes of the game, but the Warriors pulled away, eventually leading by as many as 41 points… Stephen Curryfinished with a game-high 24 points, hitting four three-pointers to extend his regular-season streak of games with at least one three-pointer to 89-straight, tying Dana Barrosfor the second-longest such streak in NBA history… Leandro Barbosa led the Warriors’ second unit with season-highs in points (13) and field goals made (6).
Golden State leads the NBA in points per game (114.0), assists per game (28.7), threes per game (12.5), three-point percentage (.421), fast break points (21.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.80).The Warriors rank second in field goal percentage (.484) and point differential (
+11.8) and fourth in blocks per game (6.48).

Golden State leads the NBA in Offensive Rating (111.9), which measures the points scored by a team per 100 possessions, and ranks fifth in Defensive Rating (98.4), which measures the points allowed by a team per 100 possessions… The Warriors are second in Net Rating (13.4), which is the difference between Offensive and Defensive Rating.The Warriors have dished out at least 30 assists in 16games this season, a league-high.

Stephen Curryleads the league in scoring (29.7points) despite playing only 34.1minutes per game… In NBA history, no player has ever scored over 30 points per game in fewer than 35 minutes. Curryleads the league in true shooting percentage (.677), which accounts for field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage taken individually, and ranks secondin effective shooting percentage (.628), which accounts for three-point field goals being worth 50 percent more than other field goals.

Draymond Greenleads all forwards in assists, dishing out a career-best 7.4assists per game, the most ever by a Warriors forward in a single season.

Draymond Greenis the first Warrior ever to record back-to-back triple-doubles twice in the same season (11/27-11/28, 12/31-1/2) and first player in the NBA since LeBron Jamesand
Jason Kidd did so in the 2007-08 campaign.On 1/2 vs. Denver, Draymond Greenbecame the first player since Larry Birdin 1987 to post at least 29 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists in a single game.

The injury bug bit the Lakers yet again in 2014-15, with 14 players missing time due to
injury/illness, and seven players missing extended time (15+ games):Kobe Bryanttore his right rotator cuff 1/21 at NOP and had season-ending surgery to repair it 1/28.Rookie
Julius Randlesuffered a fractured tibia in his right leg in the season opener 10/28 vs. HOU, sidelining the 19-year-old for the season.

Again this season, injuries are destroying them.

Selection: Golden State

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