Klay Thompson splashed in 22 of his game-high 36 points in the first quarter Tuesday night, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 109-88 walloping of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Stephen Curry re-injured his troublesome left shin, but stayed in the game and has no plans on sitting out again.
Kobe Bryant missed his third straight game with a bum right shoulder, and the Lakers experienced some hilarious fan betrayal.
Per the AP:
The defending champion Warriors became the first NBA team to win 33 of its first 35 games. […] Curry stayed in the game after knocking legs with Roy Hibbert in the third quarter, leaving the star guard with obvious frustration on his face. He missed two games with a bruised lower left leg last week before returning for Golden State’s past three games, unwilling to take more than the minimum time away from the Warriors’ 33-2 season.
“It’s frustrating and annoying,” Curry said. “Long-term, it’s not something I have to worry about. It’s just playing through an injury.” […] Curry only agreed to go to the locker room before the fourth quarter, after the Warriors had scored 22 straight points to put it away. He said he has been told it would take four weeks to fully heal his leg, “but I’m not sitting out four weeks.”
“I played with a guy like that,” said interim head coach Luke Walton, Kobe Bryant’s championship-winning teammate with the Lakers. “I wasn’t going to put him back out there at first, but he was pretty adamant about it.”