The Warriors for the second consecutive night sized up their opponents and quickly blew them off the court.
One night after a 25-point win over the Hornets in Oakland, the Warriors on Sunday went into Staples Center and executed a 136-115 demolition of the Lakers.
Point guard Stephen Curry led the way, with 30 points and 15 assists in 30 minutes. Six other Warriors scored in double figures, as Marreese Speights came off the bench for 24, Klay Thompson had 18, Andrew Bogut 15 and Harrison Barnes 14, with Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala adding 10 apiece.
The Warriors (8-2) led by as much as 38 and shot 53.5 percent from the floor – including an astonishing 50 percent from 3-point range – in winning their third consecutive game.
And, oh, that turnover bug that suppressed them earlier seems to be fading. The Warriors finished with 16, but had only seven before coach Steve Kerr, taking note of a 36-point lead, turned to the subs in the fourth quarter.
Kobe Bryant, battling a viral infection, led the Lakers with 44 points in 31 minutes, shooting 15-of-34 from the field. Los Angeles shot 39.4 percent from the field.
The game belonged to the big men, so Bogut and Speights on this night earned the right to share the trophy.
Bogut's numbers (15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists in 21 minutes) were strong but, moreover, his offensive touch continues to improve.
Speights continues to assert himself as a potent scoring option off the bench, but also added nine rebounds in his 21 minutes.
The opening tip?
OK, seriously, the Warriors already were up eight (39-31) with 9:45 left in the second quarter when they used 17-5 run to go up 56-36 with 6:06 left in the half.
The Lakers got no closer than 14 the rest of the game.
Speights was the driving force during the Warriors' rally, scoring 10 points.
The Warriors scored 40 points in the second quarter and 41 in the third, the first time since November 1991 that they put together consecutive quarters of 40 or more points.
For the first time since February 1995, the Warriors totaled at least 30 assists in three consecutives games. They had 32 against the Lakers.
David Lee (strained left hamstring) is out indefinitely. He is scheduled to undergo reevaluation this week.
The Warriors do not play a game the next four days, returning to action Friday, when they face the Jazz at Oracle Arena.