Injuries continue to plague the Los Angeles Lakers, who traveled to Oakland to face off against the Golden State Warriors on the weekend and had to do so without Spanish power forward and center Pau Gasol, who is suffering from a respiratory infection after leading the team the night before to a 104-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Without Gasol, the Lakers were only able to hold out during the first half and ultimately proved unable to withstand the Warriors attack, going down to a 19-point defeat.
Power forward/center David Lee contributed a double-double, notching 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to head the list of five Warriors - who are 15-13 for the season so far - in double digits for the night.
Guard Stephen Curry did not shine in his offensive game, missing 10 of his 15 shots from the field, but he racked up 18 points and added nine assists along with three steals.
Reserve guard Nick Young sank 20 points, making him the leader of the Laker's largely ineffective attack, even though they, too, had five players in double digits, including four of the starters.
Center Jordan Hill finished the night with a double-double including 14 points and 10 rebounds, while power forward/center Chris Kaman, who played in Gasol's place, was the best in the paint with 17 rebounds, including 15 defensive ones, along with three blocked shots and 10 points.
The Lakers now stand at 13-14 for the season but are doing without the services of guard Kobe Bryant, as well as Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, all of whom are on the injured list.
Another part of the tale of the Saturday night matchup is told in the number of turnovers, with the Lakers losing the ball 24 times compared with just 16 for the Warriors. EFE