Klay Thompson punished from the outside and David Lee scored in the paint yet they were not the primary reason the Warriors’ were successful in their final effort of the Global Games tour.
That’s because Andre Iguodala provided every other conceivable element as the Warriors cruised to a 115-89 preseason win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai on Friday.
Thompson scored a game-high 25 points, dropping in five-of-six from 3-point distance as the Warriors pulled away in the third quarter before 17,482 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in a game that concluded their trip to China.
Though Lee (16 points in 22 minutes) and forward Draymond Green (14 in 23 off the bench) added capable offensive support, there is no question the star of the game was Iguodala, the team’s newest starter.
The 6-foot-6 guard once again proved to be a stat-line sprinkler: 14 assists, seven rebounds, five steals and four points. It was the kind of performance that spoke volumes about why the Warriors made the deal that resulted in Iguodala joining the franchise as a free agent in July.
Iguodala often orchestrated the offense, often setting up Thompson for uncontested jumpers and allowing point guard Stephen Curry to play off the ball. It was a tutorial on how to control a game in ways other than scoring.
With the Warriors trailing by two (54-52) at the start of the third quarter, Iguodala led the charge that finished the Lakers. The Warriors outscored Los Angeles 32-16 in that quarter to take a commanding lead that allowed coach Mark Jackson to turn to his reserves for most of the fourth quarter.
Jackson held out Jermaine O’Neal (back) as a precaution, though the veteran center played 16 minutes on Tuesday. The coach also kept Harrison Barnes (left foot inflammation) on the bench, along with backup point guard Toney Douglas, who was suffering from inflammation in his lower leg, according to the box score.