LOS ANGELES – No matter the circumstances, the Warriors always enjoy demolishing the Lakers. So rarely does it happen that it's satisfying even in preseason.
And even when this Lakers roster clearly is beneath the historical standard.
The Warriors 120-105 preseason victory Thursday night at Staples Center was utterly complete, a tip-to-horn domination of the franchise that has tortured them so many times over the decades.
For a Warriors team undergoing appreciable strategic changes on offense, and not always gracefully, the smart ball movement and red-hot shooting sent good vibes throughout the locker room and coaching staff.
"The big emphasis in training camp was ball movement,'' coach Steve Kerr said. "When this team just makes the easy play and the easy pass, good things happen.''
Klay Thompson (25 points) and Stephen Curry (20) led the scoring assault. That they were getting open shots was partly the function of poor Lakers defense and partly the function of an improving grasp of the offense.
"We're showing a little different look than last year, just by how fast we have been playing and how many times the guys are touching the ball,'' Curry said. "But I think we can get a lot better and still refine that a little bit.''
Getting his first look at the New Warriors, Lakers star Kobe Bryant was impressed.
"They shot the ball (well) and that's not a very easy team to guard,'' he said. "They moved the ball very well. We have to come out next game and just adjust.''
The Lakers have two full days to prepare for the rematch.
THE GOOD: Thompson continues to make a statement with his play, particularly his scoring. He scored 11 points in the first five minutes, including three 3-pointers in the first 3[1/2] minutes. Through two games, he is attacking with a ferocity we've not seen. Maybe it's the goatee.
Or maybe it's those ongoing negotiations for a contract extension.
After simmering early, Curry lit up the Lakers in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in 10 minutes, including 3-of-3 3-point shooting. He also had a game-high six assists.
The Warriors sizzled from the floor, shooting 56 percent. The five starters combined to shoot an astonishing 67.6 percent (25 for 37), with the percentage rising to 75 from 3-point range, where they hit 9 of 12.
THE BAD: Not much to see here, other than various aches and pains, none of which seem to be serious.
Andre Iguodala broke his nose late in the first half. He expects to play when the Warriors face the Lakers again on Sunday, this time in Ontario.
Harrison Barnes took a shot to the shoulder but returned to the game. He also assumes he'll play Sunday.
Andrew Bogut hit the deck while setting a screen in the third quarter and limped off the court. Kerr said he's fine.
THE TAKE: The Warriors were crisp. They were sharp. Passes zipped and zoomed past Lakers defenders with almost clinical precision. When Thompson and Curry are lighting it up, the Warriors are tough for anybody to beat.
This Lakers team, a motley crew of veterans and youngsters hoping Kobe can deliver some magic, is not very good. The Warriors can't be concerned with that. Their focus is on evolving throughout the preseason in hopes of being ready for the Oct. 29 opener.
Winning their first two games is a nice beginning.