December 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Marreese Speights (5, second from right) commits a flagrant foul 2 on Los Angeles Lakers small forward Nick Young (0, second from left) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 102-83. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Turn Up Defense In Blowout Of Los Angeles Lakers

The Golden State Warriors held the Los Angeles Lakers to just 32.5 percent shooting and forced 24 turnovers en route to a 102-83 win at Oracle Arena Saturday night.

The short-handed Lakers, playing without any healthy point guards and without center Pau Gasol, who stayed in Los Angeles with an upper respiratory infection, stayed in the game for a half only because the Warriors played just as sloppily as L.A. did for the first 24 minutes.

The 24 turnovers tied a season-high for a Warrior opponent and the 32.5 percent shooting was the worst of any Golden State foe this season.

Yet the Warriors led only 46-42 at the half despite a 17-2 edge in fast-break points because Golden State shot just 34 percent in the first half.

But the Warriors got things going after halftime, shooting a respectable 44.4 percent and holding the Lakers to just 28.9 percent shooting. Golden State outscored the Lakers 56-41 after the break.

The game did get a bit chippy late when Marreese Speights was tossed from the contest for a flagrant two foul against L.A.’s Nick Young early in the fourth quarter.

David Lee scored 19 points for Golden State to go with 10 rebounds, Stephen Curry recovered from a slow start to finish with 18 points, nine assists and three steals, Klay Thompson tossed in 17 points and Speights had 10 points and two blocks before his ejection.

Andrew Bogut, meanwhile went for 12 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, to go with two blocks.

Young led the Lakers with 20 points, Jordan Hill had 14 and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes, Jodie Meeks had 13 points, four assists and three steals and Xavier Henry also scored 13 points. Chris Kaman, starting in place of Gasol, had 10 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks.

The Warriors will be back on the road Monday night to visit the Denver Nuggets. Tipoff is 6 p.m. Pacific.

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