OAKLAND, Calif. -- In this season of gift-giving, the Golden State Warriors have been getting a lot of them lately from opponents showing up to Oracle Arena with major players sitting out.
They finally took advantage of the generosity Saturday. It took a bit longer than it probably should have, but the Warriors found a second-half groove and pummeled a badly strapped Los Angeles Lakers team, 102-83.
The Lakers not only were without star Kobe Bryant as well as guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar because of injuries, but standout big man Pau Gasol was scratched just before game time because of an upper respiratory ailment.
The Lakers, sporting a barely recognizable cast, had a miserable night, hitting just 26 of 80 shots (32.5 percent) and were even worse from long range -- 4 for 20 (20 percent) on 3-pointers.
With Gasol out, the Warriors controlled the paint, outscoring the Lakers 46-33 inside and outrebounding them 55-50 with center Andrew Bogut pulling down a season-high 20 to go along with 12 points.
David Lee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Stephen Curry had 18 points with nine assists, and Klay Thompson scored 17 points.
The ragtag aggregation of Lakers hung around a lot longer than expected and trailed only 51-46 with less than eight minutes to go in the third quarter.
But the Warriors finally shifted into high gear and went on a 21-4 run the opened the lead by as many as 22 before taking a 15-point lead into the fourth,
After the Warriors failed to break free because of their own poor shooting, Thompson's 3-pointer with 6:39 left gave them a double-digit lead, 56-46, and they built from there.
Lee hit a short jumper, and Stephen made two free throws to bump the lead to 14. And after the Lakers countered with Chris Kaman's basket, Bogut threw down a dunk on a lob from Curry, and Curry made an 18-footer.
Marreese Speights gave the Warriors some of his best minutes this season, making three baskets and a driving layup that put the Warriors up by 22.
The Warriors led just 46-42 at halftime, shooting 34 percent after a 1-for-8 start. They took 11 more shots than the Lakers, who connected on only 35.7 percent of their attempts, but could never forge a lead of more than five points.
Curry made his first two shots, both 3-pointers, but missed his next seven and finished with only six points in the half. Lee led the Warriors with 13 points and eight rebounds at the break, and Bogut once again was a force underneath with 11 rebounds and two blocks.
-- Curry entered the night having scored at least 20 points in 12 consecutive games, the longest such streak by a Warrior since Chris Mullin did it 21 straight. Over the 12-game span, Curry averaged 29.3 points, 9.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals.
-- Even with this three-game homestand, the Warriors have played the most road games (15) in the NBA.
-- Curry's younger brother, Seth, who had been playing with the Warriors' D-League team in Santa Cruz, signed a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to a Twitter post by his father, Dell Curry.
Seth Curry, who went through Warriors training camp, averaged 21.3 points, 7.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 12 games with Santa Cruz.
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