Kentavious Caldwell-Pope vs. Golden State
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope attempts a layup against the Golden State Warriors on April 4, 2019.
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Lakers Can't Climb Out of Early Hole Versus Warriors

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant had a simple answer for his team’s massive first-quarter lead against the Lakers.

“Their whole team is missing,” he said after closing out a 108-90 victory.

Indeed, injuries have slammed the Lakers, who were without LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Reggie Bullock. The skeleton crew quickly sunk against the defending champions, who seized a 39-12 lead at the end of the first.

The Warriors — who shot 64.0 percent in that opening frame — led by as many as 34 points in their wire-to-wire win. DeMarcus Cousins led the team with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers, meanwhile, shot a season-low 35.6 percent from the field and 21.6 on 3-pointers. In fact, Johnathan Williams was the lone Laker to find much individual success, tallying a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Fellow two-way player Alex Caruso provided the night’s biggest firework, cleaning up a missed shot and slamming it down (over teammate JaVale McGee’s head).

Rajon Rondo (5-of-15), Caruso (4-of-14) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (3-of-19) had particularly rough shooting nights. … Recent call-up Jemerrio Jones had four points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. … Eiza Gonzalez, Sarah Silverman and Naomi Osaka were among the sold-out crowd. … Before the game, the Lakers held a moment of silence for late musician and activist Nipsey Hussle.

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Nipsey in our hearts tonight.

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