Though they were anything but sharp, the Warriors pushed their win streak to 10 Friday night in Los Angeles with a 109-85 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.
There was, however, a cost to the victory, as forward Draymond Green and guard Ian Clark both left the game with injuries and did not return.
Four players scored in double figures, led by forward Kevin Durant, who flipped in 29 points. Stephen Curry totaled 24 points and Klay Thompson 18. Green left with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Warriors recorded 31 assists, pushing their ongoing franchise-record of games in which they have posted at least 30 to 10 in a row.
The Warriors (14-2) overcame 18 turnovers – their second-highest total of the season – by being only minus-1 (45-44) in rebounds and limiting the Lakers to 35.6-percent shooting.
The Lakers (8-9), playing without starters Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young, were led in scoring by Jordan Clarkson with 20 points.
No one in a Warriors jersey was more effective than Durant.
Durant’s line: 29 points (11-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, 4-of-6 from the line), nine assists, six rebounds and two blocks. He played 33 minutes and finished plus-36 for the game
After Jordan Clarkson’s 3-pointer gave the Lakers a 12-7 lead with 8:12 remaining in the first quarter, the Warriors came back with a 13-0 run to go up 20-12 with 4:14 left in the quarter.
The Warriors led for the remainder of the game, with the Lakers in the second half getting no closer than 11.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (L ankle contusion) and G Ian Clark (hit in the throat) were injured in the third quarter and did not return. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors and made his debut Friday night.
Lakers: F Julius Randle (hip pointer) and G Nick Young (L toe sprain) were listed as questionable and declared out before tipoff. G D’Angelo Russell (L knee soreness) and C Ivica Zubac (R ankle sprain) were listed as out.
The Warriors immediately after the game returned to Oakland, where on Saturday night they will face the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle Arena.