The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 77-71, in a California Classic Summer League contest on Thursday afternoon at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
The Warriors jumped out to a quick 20-13 first-quarter lead before the Lakers (0-3) roared back to total 24 points in a productive second quarter, slicing their deficit down to 43-37 by intermission. Both clubs ultimately matched each other basket for basket in the second half, leaving the Warriors (3-0) with a six-point victory. Golden State made up for a 44-35 deficit on the rebounding front by eliciting 23 turnovers from Los Angeles, 15 of which came via steals. The Lakers also did themselves no favors at the free-throw line, where their 47.6 percent success rate paled in comparison to the Warriors’ 70.0 percent figure.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes led the way for the Lakers with 14 points, a total he supplemented with eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block. Nick King followed with 13 points and four rebounds. Moritz Wagner matched King’s scoring total and added 13 rebounds, an assist, four blocks and one steal. Jeffrey Carroll turned in 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Alex Caruso offered seven points, three assists and two rebounds, but he also committed eight turnovers overall.
Marcus Derrickson paced the Warriors with 24 points, complementing them with 11 rebounds, four steals and one block. Omari Johnson collected 15 points, four rebounds and two steals. Gian Clavell poured in 10 points and added a steal. Elijah Brown contributed eight points and two rebounds.
The Warriors next take the floor Friday night against the LA Clippers in a Vegas Summer League opener, while the Lakers make their Vegas Summer League debut Saturday night versus the Philadelphia 76ers.